Legion: Chapter 27

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I’m sorry, son, the show’s over. 

Legion has been a really strange show since the first episode. Then again, the main character, David Haller, was one of the stranger critters in Marvel’s X-Men books: the bastard son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier, with multiple personality disorder and each personality having a different power. The tv show went in for the surreal, and was, at times, difficult to follow. Chapter 27 ends the series, and sort of wraps things up. As both a season and series finale, there will be spoilers below. You have been warned.

The show opens with random scenes of the great outdoors, a long quote, and seeing the progression of David’s life. David has now become the series narrator, giving Switch’s Lessons in Time Travel. He and his father prepare to do battle with Farouk, trying to change the outcome so David doesn’t spend years possessed by a malevolent telepath. As they prepare psionic weapons, and David decides he likes fighting at his father’s side, they storm Farouk’s room and find he’s been joined by the Farouk from David’s own time, so their two to one advantage is gone. There’s some surprised conversation, and David teleports, launching himself into battle with the earlier Farouk, leaving the later one to his father.

Syd, Kerry, and Cary wage a desperate battle against the Time Demons, trying to protect themselves, Gabrielle, and baby David. Things keep shifting around them, and Kerry tries to get Cary to use his formidable brain to come up with a solution for them. He does come up with something, as Syd keeps blasting away with her shotgun. Gabrielle isn’t sure if the others are gods or if she’s lost her mind completely. Syd urges David to do whatever he’s doing faster.

David brings Farouk I to that round room with all the doors, and unleashes a flood of David’s against the Shadow King. He keeps hurling them back with blasts of power, but gets overwhelmed eventually. Elsewhere, Farouk II and Xavier decide to have a talk instead of a fight. Cary’s voice comes out of the gleefully fighting Kerry, asking how things are going, and she tells him she’s too busy to answer, which is fair enough.

David loses his fight to Farouk I, ending up in a straightjacket in the astral plane. Three of him start a musical number, using an eerily appropriate Pink Floyd song, especially when Gabrielle joins in. Their duet gives David strength enough to burst free of his restraints, which turn out to be something unexpected. David leaps to attack Farouk, pounding him into the floor or ground or whatever that is there. Forgotten about in the rush of action, Switch looks horrible from pushing her power so hard. Desperate, she cries out for her father, and things get weird as he shows up and teaches her some truths about who they are, and they enjoy a reunion.

Xavier and Farouk II have a conversation about changes in perception over the years. They also talk about their shared past, and eventually, Xavier makes a suggestion. Kerry battles on, but we can see this is taking a toll on her. Switch’s father offers to take her to new places, but she wants to do something first. David has about gotten his wish with Farouk when Xavier and the other Farouk show up and tell him to stop. David is furious at first, but Xavier explains a new arrangement they’ve made. David scoffs, but Xavier assures him this can happen if the young man agrees. While the Xaviers make their peace, Farouk talks to himself, and shows himself new things, imparting some of the older’s wisdom on the younger.

Just as Syd runs out of ammo and things are looking desperate, Switch pops up. She brings the fighting to an end, and has a long talk with Syd. Everything is going to change, Syd is told, but your struggle mattered and there will be a new you that is glorious. Switch thanks Syd for what she did earlier in Switch’s life, and then leaves for places and times unknown. A puzzled Kerry weakly asks from the floor what just happened, and Syd tells her she thinks they just saved the world. Xavier, David, and the Farouks all go their separate ways. Syd checks in on Kerry and she and Cary will have to get used to some changes in their relationship. Or they would, anyway. But…

Xavier gets back home, greets Gabrielle, and they are very happy to see each other. Xavier asks about David, and Gabrielle tells him their son is upstairs with his extraordinary friends. Xavier announces he won’t travel around anymore, and muses that he always wanted to be a teacher. That could be a nod to his eventual role with the X-Men, or it could just be a random bit of conversation. It’s hard to tell on this show.

Adult David joins Syd standing over baby David’s crib, his dramatic entrance spoiled by Switch telling Syd he was coming. They talk about what will happen now, and there are some painfully honest moments. Eventually, Syd makes a request of David and the two of them fade away, since David’s past has now been changed and the time travel rules of the X-Men Universe are apparently different than those of the Avengers’ world. So… essentially, none of this show ever happened. But it might, again, depending on some of the choices David makes, but probably won’t, since he never gets possessed… Time travel doesn’t really make for clear narratives a lot of the time. But, at any rate, that’s the end of the story, episode, season, and series.

What I liked: Xavier and the older Farouk sitting down to talk makes sense. That’s usually Xavier’s preferred approach, and the older Farouk has seen a lot by this point. The odd goodbye over David’s crib made as much sense as anything, and was a fitting end to the series, and the saga of Syd and David. This world was already different from the “main” X-Men Universe, and now it’s even more so.

What I didn’t: The reveal of what Switch was seemed a bit odd and out of nowhere. The entire series now never having happened was a weird twist I’m not sure we needed. Syd and David were in love with each other for a while, and were good together, and now none of that will happen, I guess. It’s an odd ending.

I’ll give this episode a 3 out of 5, and the series as a whole a fish out of 9448.5. which makes just as much sense as a lot of what happened here.

Adios, Legion. It was an experience.

 

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