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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Deaths, guns, violence, deception in disappointing drama.

TV TNT Drama 2014
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Viewers who come to Legends prepped with the knowledge that its executive producer Howard Gordon was involved with the creation of Homeland and 24 no doubt will be expecting something similar to those shows: twisty, dark tales of the criminal element. Well, yeah, except Legends isn't nearly as good as it should be. First of all, though the high-concept setting is fine (if a little seen-it-before, as in the better Alias) but lazily executed with a case-of-the-week structure that's borrowed from the Law & Order franchise. Second, the writing and plot points are eye-rollingly trope-ish. A fuzzy image culled from a train station security camera can be zoomed in on so tightly that a facial-recognition system identifies the subject. Odum shoots a whole bunch of suspects without having to do any paperwork. He rids himself of an identity's truck by simply driving it under a bridge and setting it on fire. Really? There's no FBI lot he was supposed to bring it to?

Even worse, considering how strong female lead Carrie is on Homeland, the women on-screen are mostly window dressing for Odum to flirt or fight with. In the show's pilot, Ali Larter has to pass crucial information to Odum. How does she manage it? She impersonates a stripper, meets Odum in a go-go club, and offers him a lap dance. Sigh, really? Wasn't setting police work scenes in strip clubs the thing to do right about the time Beverly Hills Cop came out? Three-plus decades ago? Poor Ali Larter. She deserves better. So does Sean Bean, Morris Chestnut, and every other fine actor in this mess.

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