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I am almost amazed that Legion is back for its season-three premiere tonight. In the first place, though he is Professor X’s son, Legion’s stories in the comic books were always tangent to the X-Men. He had almost zero standalone value for Marvel Comics before this show started. Secondly is the fact that season two was slightly more confusing than season one, while still somehow being longer and less entertaining. Also, who even does an eleven-episode season? Legion, that’s who. The musical numbers in season two were not as consistent and important to the heart of the show as they were the first year. Lastly it was kind of a weak play to utilize the Shadow King as the “Big Bad” two seasons in a row, especially considering he was so much scarier in season one.
But that brings us to last year’s finale and the truth at the core of David Haller’s personalities. He is a schizophrenic with multiple personality disorder, and he often has played the role of demented all-powerful madman in the X-Men comics. So in a weird switch up that was foreshadowed by Future Syd, a version of her that has come back to surprisingly help Farouk, we saw that David was always season two’s secret Big Bad.
The episode started with a psychic battle set to what may have been the coolest musical number all year: a duet of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” sung by David and the Shadow King as cartoon animations display their mental combat. Farouk almost won, but Lenny sniped a tuning fork that was strangely in the landscape, and that allowed Legion to get the upper hand. Future Syd confronted David then and shot a gun at him, but Lenny again saved the day by shooting that bullet out of the air. Division Three arrested both Farouk & Lenny. David then committed the sin that Future Syd was so furious about – he altered Syd’s memories of events to put her at ease with him once more. So at ease, in fact, that they slept together. When he was confronted about it by his allies at Division Three, he realized that if not the worst bad guy ever, he was at least a horrible boyfriend to Syd. Before they could constrain him though, David teleported away with his ol’ pal Lenny (brilliantly played by the morbid Aubrey Plaza).
So yes, they did leave it dangling, and a third season will help us find resolution hopefully, but I doubt we’ll go further than that. It is an eight-episode order that starts tonight, a summer filler. I hope it is a bit wittier and scarier like the first year was. I’m pretty much in for the long haul though: 19 down, 8 to go.
On tonight’s episode, “Chapter 20,” David gains a following.
Catch up with David tonight on FX at 10/9c.
I’ll also be tuning in to the greatest cartoon on TV, American Dad!