14th Jun2018

‘Legion 2×11′ Review

by Paul Metcalf

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So here we are at the finale of season 2 of Legion, and the big confrontation between David (Dan Stevens) and Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) finally takes place. As we’ve come to expect from Legion though, nothing goes as expected in this show.

The confrontation between Farouk and David takes place, but it is the confrontation between Syd (Rachel Keller) and David that has much more of an impact, not only on David, but on the future itself.

Watching this episode of Legion, the reason why the story felt a little stretched out becomes apparent. We were being educated for what was to come so that we would understand what it means to the future of the characters. While there are many characters in Legion that we have come to know and love, the audience must realise the main focus is always on David. It is fair to say that he is expected to be the hero, and with that role we assume certain things about his character.

What we learn in the finale though is just who the real hero is, and just how complicated a character David himself is. We knew what was coming really, that has been teased for the whole season, and you just have to look at the comics to know that he is anything but a simple human being that can just live a normal life. The most interesting thing from watching this episode has to be that it is a game changer for the characters. In reality we don’t know what is to come, and what David will do, but things have changed. While this may not be good news for David’s friends it is awesome news for the audience as the excitement rises as David reaches that tipping point in his character.

What has to be applauded also is the way that Legion handles mental illness and doesn’t shy away from the fact that David is ill. His friends try to help him and he fights against it, because of course in his mind there isn’t anything wrong with him. The show itself tells us, this is his delusion.

This episode also handles the impact of David’s actions well and does something that is important. When confronted by something that he does in this episode, it isn’t just described as “you used your powers to do something, and you hurt people” it is said in real world terms. It emphasises the true evil of what he did, and then of course we get his excuses. In those excuses we see the same old excuses that we hear in real life. This adds impact to the actions he took and giving it a real-world emphasis, it hits home with the audience that David does need help, and most importantly what a monster can really look like.

Legion’s second season will be seen as a success because it takes the audience on somewhat of an origin story for David and his future in the show. This really does feel like the real start of David’s story and with Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) back as his sidekick, the excitement for season 3 is going to be high.

Was Legion season 2 a complete success?

It wasn’t perfect but it was still better than most shows on television right now. The fearless way the makers experimented with each episode and broke the rules of what the audience expects makes it a special experience. Has it reached the lofty heights of Twin Peaks though? My answer to that has to be… not yet.

***** 5/5

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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