As they say, all good things must come to an end. Legion has brought a new and unusual perspective to the world of mutants. Often being an underused character in the Marvel universe, the stand-alone series has given him a new life. Legion has the potential to become one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men world, although with questionable intentions. We are given a brief glimpse into the man behind the power, and how he came to be. Although the surface has just been skimmed, the insanity driven series won’t soon be forgotten. (Spoilers Ahead)
A delusion starts like any other idea…
Whether you are a new fan, or old, it doesn’t take long for the story to evolve into a chaotic masterpiece, leaving you questioning your very sanity, every step of the way. Through the mayhem, the creators have woven a human element into the fabrics of the story. Not only can you relate with the characters, but you also come to root for them, cry for them, be angry for them and everything in between. It has been one hell of a rollercoaster these past 3 years, but well worth the ride.
From the beginning, David Haller, played by the brilliant Dan Stevens, was dealt an unstable hand. The fact that his parents found love in a sanitarium, dealing with their own personal demons, is an irony that is not lost within David’s own, personal experiences. Love transcends time. Charles Xavier (Harry Loyd) and his beloved, Gabrielle Haller (Stephanie Corneliussen), defy all odds, bringing David into the world that would soon consume him.
time heals all wounds
The enemy is time itself, always shifting, unpredictable, with its own demons lying in wait. A delicate balance must be upheld, or it will all collapse. As fate would have it, Switch (Lauren Tsai), a gifted time traveler, enters the life and times of Legion, just when David needs it the most. With her aid and his power, they work to undo what is wrong in the world, his world. Trying to put the pieces back together again. Without pain, without suffering, without regrets. If only life was able to be like that, but the bad is needed just as much as the good.
As the usual suspects work to put a stop to the perpetual madness, the loss is a constant factor in their lives. No one is safe from harm or the far-reaching, god-like powers that are contained inside of David. The suffering has gone on for so long, there has never been a sense of calm or peace. The past holds the key, and each of them is on this journey for a very specific reason. They all matter, all their actions matter, it aids in the battle to come.
The end of it all
Father and son against the world, trying to hold on to the strands of time that matter. It all comes down to the previous plights, in order to recover the future. There are no rules, just disorder. As the demons continue to consume time, soon they will all cease to be. The battle is being waged on all fronts, in order to put the world back together again. Apart they are powerless, but together, they have a fighting chance. The timelines are melding, collapsing and decaying, but nothing is impossible in this world.
Syd (Rachel Keller), Kerry (Amber Midthunder), and Cary (Bill Irwin) give it their all, right to the very end. Protecting the innocent Baby David and his doting mother, giving him a chance at redemption. All David ever wanted was a chance, to be loved and not forgotten. They are given the opportunity to ignite the parental instincts in his forlorn mother. Mental illness runs in the family, but that doesn’t mean it makes them undeserving of something wonderful. This gives the much-needed edge to the elusive second chance.
is this it?
This brings in another question. Can people change? Even if they were bitter and sadistic tyrants? At first glance, how can you trust such a monster who has brought nothing but pain and suffering? You can’t help but think that Farouk (Navid Negahban), has other intentions, especially now that he and his younger self are together. Instead of battling with Charles to the death, he offers him a drink and a conversation. War is not the answer. There needs to be a way where each side can co-exist. It all comes down to mutual respect. With time comes knowledge, and soon that is passed on, giving a great understanding.
When a series ends, closure is often sought after. I believe that the creators gave fans just that. It felt organic like something grand was coming to an end, complete with a fresh start for all. Life as they knew it would disappear, but they would still exist in their new lives. All that death and destruction would cease to be. Time wasn’t the enemy, after all, she was just learning, evolving and ascending into a higher existence. Switch, was exactly where she needed to be. They all were.
This is truly the end. In a bittersweet, good, kind of way though.
Shows like this don’t come along very often, but when they do, it stays with the viewers for a very long time.
We Are Legion
This was the series finale for Legion.
Previous reviews on Legion can be found here.