Unlike poor Ned Stark, whom he played in Game of Thrones' first season, Sean Bean won't be losing his head anytime soon as Martin Odum, the rugged chameleon hero of TNT's Legends (Wednesday, 9/8c). Losing his mind, however, might be an occupational hazard.
The best parts of this otherwise disappointingly generic spy thriller depict Bean burrowing into Martin's psyche as a (what else, and wait for it) legendary FBI deep-cover operative, who commits so fully to his carefully manufactured false identities, or "legends," that he signs alimony checks with his alias's name. His unsteady sense of self only gets more confused when a hooded stranger warns him that Martin isn't even really Martin, that "everything about him is fake."
Yes, in case you haven't guessed, this special agent is apparently Bourne again, and if Legends itself falls short of instant-icon status (despite producers with Homeland and 24 among their credits), it's no fault of Bean's, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes.
TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the drama Legends starring Game of Thrones alum Sean Bean, the network announced on Wednesday.
Based on the a book by the same name by Robert Littell, Legends is about an undercover agent named Martin Odum (Bean) who works for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division. Martin can transform himself into a completely different person for each job, but starts to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that he isn't the man he believes himself to be.
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