The end of a strange, strange show. Legion is about David, a man with lots of problems including mental health issues, a mutant living inside him for almost thirty years and lots of other stuff. Did I say mutant? Yeah, this is based on an X-Men story about Legion, the mutant that is Charles Xavier’s son. The show is pretty far removed from the X-Men story, though. They don’t reference any of that. X-Men probably don’t even exist in that world. This show is more exploring David as well as putting out plenty of strange but well-crafted episodes.
Seasons 1 and 2 were strange with lots of wonderful moments. Season 3 continues on with the a lot of odd things happening. There is a new major character, Switch, a time traveler. She is how David plans on fixing everything. He wants to go back in time to stop his life from getting so messed up. But in doing so, he unleashes something on the world that makes Syd and the rest of Division 3 ramp up their efforts to stop him with Farouk’s help.
Hearing the plot typed out doesn’t do the presentation any justice. This show is something to be experienced. That’s the way to get engrossed in all of the visuals and wonder set up. Somehow, Legion turns what should be minor flashbacks or side plots on other shows and turns them into an entire episode, such as Charles Xavier meeting his wife. They make it work. The show moves at it’s own pace, even at the last season.
Some episodes can feel like why was it there? Why did it take a full episode to do? But other times, I really enjoyed how different each episode was from each other.
Still, the characters that are not David, Syd, Switch or Farouk might as well not exist. They only get some minor importance before going back to being background stuff. It’s sad since most of those characters are really interesting even in the small amount of focus time they get.
For those characters, though, they get a lot of great scenes. I liked the episode dedicated to Syd. I thought Farouk was wonderfully acted as always. He’s both in control yet vulnerable. Switch is an interesting new character, and I felt for her plight. David is the most important, of course, and this season is about what he becomes.
The look and feel of this show is was draws me in. It feels different from anything else I’ve seen on TV, and the show isn’t afraid to take things further. The substance might appear more important than it really is, but the style is always fantastic.
The last season is actually decently straightforward and understandable while still keeping up with all of the uniqueness this show offers. Give it a try if you’re wanting something different. It will draw you in with wonderful scenes and atmosphere as well as a wide variety of episode styles. I really enjoyed what was presented, and I think they told a good story at the end of it.