Πέμπτη, 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

LEGENDS Episode 204 "The Legend of Ilyana Zakayeva" Summary & Brief Review

Official synopsis: In present day Paris, Kate is a fugitive as a result of her link to a violent attack. Martin puts her into hiding and attempts to use Nina Brenner (Kelly Overton) to get Kate out of trouble. Meanwhile, Ballard learns some useful information from Ilyana that could lead him to Martin. In 2001 Prague, when Ilyana asks Dmitry for a dangerous favor, he offers her a deal instead. And Tamir tries to save his own skin by using evidence that could help Ballard and Gabi finally nail Dmitry.
http://www.tntdrama.com/shows/legends/season-2/episode-4/the-legend-of-ilyana-zakayeva.html

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

When we last saw them in the present day, Kate was wounded from Ifti Bulfati's terrorist attack on the Parisian Muslim protesters and Martin was acting to get her away from the chaotic scene before the police could catch them. He was well aware that this is a complication he didn't need, with every security bureau looking for him, but he had to help her. Using his training, he gained access to a relatively safe place and tended Kate's wounds. Martin also told her the truth- that he was once a spy- and that she needed to stay put until he could arrange for her safety. He was willing to turn himself in as trade for her freedom, but that deal went upside down when his CIA contact Nina Brenner, who is Martin's former FBI partner Tony's Rice's friend, was overridden by MI6 in their pursuit of Kate Crawford whose name they had when investigating the Paris terrorist attack. Kate still couldn't believe Ifti did such a horrible thing.


In the meantime, because of MI6 Simon Hardy's pressure from his superiors to make an arrest in the Paris terrorist attack, Ilyana Zakayeva Crawford had been under surveillance in case Kate called home. This move paid off as she did, because in the course of the operation, Ilyana went on television to plead for Kate to do so. As it happened, present day Curtis Ballard, the FBI rogue agent also chasing Martin because he had been Dmitry, happened to see it and told his Czech police ex-partner Gabi that he was going to speak to her. Gabi wasn't pleased because in 2001 when they had had evidence on Dmitry via Chechen gangster Doku Zakayev's brother Tamir, the state attorney Alex Blasik (her future husband) had refused it (he was in the criminal's pay.)

In 2001 Ilyana Zakayeva, as wife of Doku, was a desperate person. Dmitry seemed literally like a life preserver for her, since Doku planned to return to Chechnya and that would mean more Islamic faith restrictions placed upon her, as well as a bleak future for her daughter, Katya. She liked learning, the idea of working outside the home, and was furious when Doku destroyed her school books. She was furious enough and scared enough to ask Dmitry for the unthinkable- permanent removal of Doku. Dmitry had said if she needed anything, she should ask him. But he also liked her, and that scared her too.

"Dmitry" wasn't permitted by MI6 to kill their lead to the Chechen general. He instead proposed getting Ilyana and Katya out of the country, if Ilyana would help them capture the war criminal.

SO how is Martin going to get out of this one? I'm trying to figure out if he really expected a trade- him for Kate- to blow up in his face, or did he expect it and has a plan to implement? As Tamir astutely observed when the agents tried to use him to catch Dmitry: "He is very smart." I was also thrilled to see another longtime fave, Nick Brimble, among the cast this week!! He played the British MI6 boss.

Here is TNT's brand new mid-series LEGENDS S2 survey! If you've seen episodes 201-204, please let them know what you think! It's important- despite acclaim for Sean's performances, ratings numbers haven't been all that great. https://www.tvinnercircle.com/S.aspx?s=648&r=QT4tg3jY0vG1633oa4Vh5M&so=true&a=1311&fromdetect=2

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Written by Donna DeBoer (@DRLDeBoer on Twitter)