Legion travels through time to bring a mind-blowing story to an end with stunning visual style and dazzling concepts.
The third season of Legion reinvents itself with yet another stunning storyline with amazing visuals and wonderful new characters. With this final season Legion is coming to an end, and does so with a much clearer narrative, that still doesn’t cease to amaze, to wrap up David’s origin story. Artistically stunning, a deep and profound storyline and an original concept with extraordinary characters, this series is truly an authentic and unique story that is unparalleled.
This third season consists of 8 episodes with each a duration of 41-52 minutes. It has a continuous storyline where David turns out to be the villain who has to be stopped to prevent a catastrophe.
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After it became clear that it would be David who would cause a mass destruction instead of Farouk, he now is the one to be stopped. We already saw a much darker side of David, even sexually assaulting Syd and his powers causing megalomania and when he felt betrayed by his friend, he escaped. Now the former members of Summerland and Division 3 are tracking him down to stop him. But he has started a cult and cloaked his whereabouts.
In the meantime, the story starts with Jia-yi, a mutant who can time travel. Through signs she is led to David and he thinks she can help him. He wants to use her to go back in time to prevent Farouk possessing baby David. He calls her Switch.
But this time travel isn’t without consequences. Beings who live outside of time, Time Eaters, are entering our world to devour time and erase the world.
It’s a battle within time against the clock and with multiple time streams, a double doses of Farouk and multiple Davids, to save the world and baby David.
Why you should watch it
This third season of Legion has yet another atmosphere and vibe, but feels very familiar due to the same characters and their motives. By adding a new character Jia-yi it brings a new different vibe so it feels very fresh. She’s colorful, smart and really adds to a different feel of the series.
Because this last season is the most approachable and more straightforward, despite the time travel, it’s more clear what is happening. With more emphasis on the horror, the science fiction element of time travel, applied in a very Legion way, by making it a very surreal trip, it’s also shown in a more understandable way.
But it wouldn’t be Legion if the visuals weren’t stunning and weird at the same time. Where surrealism is used to the fullest. The airship, the time portal, the way Switch timetravels, the design of the Time Eaters, it all looks extremely amazing. Even the heroes, Syd, Cary, Kerry, Clark and Ptonomy look stunning with some having undergone a make-over. The void between times is creepy and feels like a surreal painting. The cinematography that visually gives life to time is absolutely great and adds to a fantastical vibe.
Other two characters that are newly introduced are David’s father and mother. We get to know Charles Xavier and Gabrielle, how they met and how Charles also met Farouk. Past and present collide in a tale of origin. The making of a hero and a villain.
With episodes that have a function of different tales about different people, there are little stories within a bigger story that form one amazing surreal epic tale. Syd being sedated and living a life on the astral plane where she is found and raised by Melanie and Oliver who have resided there, is turned into a wonderful fairytale that is very real while it plays out in her mind.
This season is all about time. Time travel. But time is also a character that acts as a friend, who can heal wounds, to find peace or bring insights. Switch embodies time and her character makes all what is happening possible. She is David’s healer, his guide to self exploration. Switch therefore is the most important character of this season, both metaphorically and physically. But time also plays tricks on people. It tells a heartbreaking story of Lenny, that shows us a whole new side of her. It toys with Cary and Kerry. And time is non-existent on the astral plane.
It is truly a worthy finale that wraps up everything we have seen and experienced in the first two seasons. It’s a season of second chances, hope, fighting for what is the right thing to do, and repentance. It gave us a lot of psychological insight inside the human psyche, brought with exceptional style and an authentic voice.
My favorite part
I loved Switch and her part in the story. The way the season starts with her and thus creating a whole new vibe that feels fresh and bubbly and exciting, is full of anticipation. David has completely lost it in his own created bubble of hallucinations and drugged joy. His lair is very creatively shaped and also a bit disturbing, like the giant sow. The colors make it even more tripping.
This season has it all. It’s fun, it’s full of action, time travel, creepy Time Eaters, mind tricks, even romance. And the time travel is just awesome. Although time travel is anything but new, Legion gives it an original spin that manages to absolutely amaze you. The ending is very satisfying and it’s nice to see for once, a series having a well deserved ending with a great conclusion.
Scare factor: ★★★★☆
Surreal factor: ★★★★★
Originality factor: ★★★★★
Entertainment factor: ★★★★★
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Cast and crew
Legion is created by Noah Hawley and based on the Marvel character Legion a.k.a David Charles Haller created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz in 1985. It stars Dan Stevens (David Haller), Rachel Keller (Sydney Barrett), Lauren Tsai (Switch) Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker), Bill Irwin (Cary Loudermilk), Jeremie Harris (Ptonomy Wallace), Amber Midthunder (Kerry Loudermilk), Katie Aselton (Amy Haller), Jean Smart (Melanie Bird), Jemaine Clement (Oliver Bird), Hamish Linklater (Clark Debussy), Harry Lloyd (Charles Xavier), Stephanie Corneliussen (Gabrielle) and Navid Negahban (Farouk Amahl).
Music: Jeff Russo. Cinematography: Dana Gonzales, Polly Morgan, Erik Messerschmidt. Production company: 20th Century Fox Television, 26 Keys Productions, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donner’s Company, FX Productions, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Television, Walt Disney Television. Original network: FX.