Legion Season 2 Thoughts

I wasn’t too sure if I was going to write this. Normally, when I watch a show I have an inkling into what is going on and what is going to happen next. There is an anticipation to the next episode, but with Legion I feel that I’m watching style over substance. It’s beautiful to look at, but I’m not too sure if there is much of a story behind it all.

So, David is the big bad. My comic reading friends new this was coming, but with the theme of the season being delusions, it really came down to the question of who was deceiving whom. Of course, it was David trying to convince himself that he was a good person. The reveal was the realisation that David enjoyed the evil things that he did. The dance off was great to watch, but was David evil then?

I have a problem with this, it was never sold to me at the time that this was happening. Maybe he is an unreliable narrator, and it is possible that I was watching the scenery more than the action itself, but I just don’t think it worked.

My biggest disappointment with the season was how little the supporting cast were used. Jean Smart’s Melanie was criminally under utilised, and the side plots seemed to just stall. Was the Kerry\Cary stuff sorted out. What about Ptonomy now being in a computer? It just went nowhere.

There are two things which are great about this show. Firstly, Aubrey Plaza is fantastic as Lenny. There is something simply unhinged about her performance throughout the season. Going from third wheel with Farouk and Oliver to being the one person trusted by David. Chapter thirteen is a simple tour de force for the character.

The second thing that is great about this show is it’s style. It is wonderfully crafted and put together, moving seamlessly between the harrowing and the sublime. The whole finale is great from start to finish being it the fight at the beginning and the trap that David goes into during the Shadow King’s trial. It is a visual treat for the eye.

Originally, it was going to be a ten episode season, but it was expanded to eleven to help with the ending. I really enjoyed this extra episode, but I’m not sure that it saved the season as a whole. I’m probably missing something, and am not smart enough to keep up with what is going on. I like weird, but I think overall it is just too much for my simple mind. I don’t believe that I will be watching the third season when it comes around.

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