Friday, August 2, 2019

What I’m Watching: Legion

Legion: Season 3, Episode 6 “Chapter 25” (B-)

While I can appreciate the excitement of the opening credits finally rolling just ten minutes before the end of the episode when Syd finally found her way back to herself, there’s so little time left on this show that this isn’t how I would have wanted to spend almost the entirety of an hour. I had wondered what had become of Melanie and, to a lesser extent, Oliver, presuming that Jean Smart had simply decided not to return to the show for its final season. Instead, we were treated to this odd dark fairy tale, with Jason Mantzoukas, a standout comic performer from “The Good Place” and “Sleeping with Other People,” as the wolf. This almost felt stranger than anything else we’ve seen on this show, and that was before we got to the point of Oliver suggesting a rap battle. I don’t know why that had a place in this universe, other than as a nod to Jemaine Clement’s real-life involvement with “Flight of the Conchords” and the band, but that made Clement and Mantzoukas stick out on this otherwise dramatic show. I was much more into the final extended scene where Syd asked Cary not to tell her about the return of the time demons, which found Cary absorbing a distraught Kerry so that he could take on her injuries and she could go back out to bravely fight. We have just two episodes left, and I hope that the majority of the time is going to be spent with this crew and with David since I want to see as much as I can before, regardless of what happens on the show, they disappear from my reality for good.

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