After last week’s disappointing start, I did give Legends another chance, but it’s just not worth the tv time, you guys.
The case of the week this time – about the kidnap of a scientist and his family – was secondary to the mystery of Martin, obviously, but neither was very interesting. The fact that the dialogue was banal and the plotting cliched would be bad enough on its own, but the show’s main problem is that the lead role was clearly written (and styled – look at that slick leather jacket) with someone like Josh Holloway in mind; an actor with a lighter touch who can make the smirking flirtatiousness and cheeky confidence that Martin is supposed to have seem natural and often charming. Contrast that with the moment this week where the therapist asked if Martin’s sexual function was normal and he said it was “Exceptional😉” – that seemed neither natural nor charming. I was embarrassed to be alive.
That type of cheesiness coupled with the performances of the rest of the cast (Ali Larter in particular, who has the most screentime with Sean Bean and yet is the most spectacularly mismatched with his style) suggest that the show wants to be a snazzy companion piece to Holloway’s recent (and cancelled) Intelligence. But instead they’ve (mis)cast Sean Bean, an excellent actor whom I like a lot and want good things for, but one who is just too serious and gritty for this role and this writing. It’s as if they gave Daniel Day-Lewis a spot in Hawaii Five-0. Awkward, ill-fitting and not something I’d want to see again any time soon.