“PLEASE STAND BY,” reads the display inside the commencing seconds of “Chapter 20,” the 1/3 season ultimate of Legion. It’s possible that “Look, please simply stay with us, we’re certainly going to try and make it well worth your while” become too long to head on a test display picture, so the display went with the old-faculty ordinary, after a 2d season that alienated many viewers (and ended on a particularly dispiriting word).
Noah Hawley and corporation may be forgiven some playful entreaties to undergo with their strange little collection. Either manner, the phrases quickly dissolve into “BEDTIME IS HERE,” as deliberate an announcement as feasible for the display’s signature hallucinatory imagery because it starts offevolved the state-of-the-art head journey. Is there any real justification for it inside the narrative? Hell, it wouldn’t be Legion if there has been.
The smartest flow that this first episode makes is to transfer the target audience into the attitude of an emblem-new character, mainly the usage of Switch’s mutant energy to rescue the story, the collection, and the characters from the dour destiny is created. Last season ended with the transformation of allegiances that ripped apart the shape this series had mounted: After spending season two secretly running with the destiny model of Syd to prevent Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King, from being killed by using Division 3—he’s needed to keep the arena from Future David, it seems—David crossed the line.
He tortured Oliver to demise, believing him to own Farouk’s recognition, after which he sexually assaulted Syd by messing with her thoughts (to dispose of her horrific emotions about him) and then slept with her. It turned into a distasteful stop to a narrative that had struggled to preserve momentum, and it led to all of Division three not only becoming on David, however teaming up with the Shadow King to attempt to keep him beneath wraps. It failed; David grabbed Lenny and got the hell out of the metropolis.
As opposed to playing expository seize-up (that comes later), we start with someone we’ve in no way visible earlier than—a new start to provide a sparkling entry into the warped world of the display. Switch (who’s perfectly content material to drop her given name for her new mutant sobriquet) comes into this story with the equal trepidatious angle that would easily be transferred to a cautious target market, making for secure identification. What little we know of her lifestyles to date suggests a remoted and tightly managed lifestyles, so it’s no shock to look her jump at risk to move on a journey while the flyer was soliciting someone along with her particular mutant strength—time tour—takes her on an elliptical scavenger hunt.
Her adventure is mostly an allegory for all people looking at the display because it makes her out of the “actual world” through a kaleidoscopic tunnel (prefaced utilizing a dance quantity, of course) and into the trippy fugue kingdom of David’s new domestic, a residence populated utilizing self-recounted cultists there to get excessive on David’s “peace and love” psychic-powered cocktail. Of route, she’s straight away given correct reason to be wary, as David tells her one of the guidelines to the entrance is not any secrets and techniques, which he demonstrates by way of analyzing her thoughts and recreating her bedroom in critical element. “How about agreeing with?
she asks. “I attempted that.” But despite those warning bells—magnified via the belief that David spent a maximum of his life in mental institutions, with a literal (now not metaphorical) monster in his head—Switch is committed to helping David, beginning with maintaining him alive before Division 3 can arrive at Syd places a bullet in his chest, which occurs two times. All of which suggests Switch would possibly recognize a touch greater approximately the state of affairs than she we could on, because whilst Farouk greets her on the Astral Plane and gives to arrange along with her comparable to something David can also have presented, she turns him down with a declaration that includes multitudes:
The motive is straightforward. He is a man. And you’re robotic.” Farouk is identical elements annoyed and delighted utilizing her disappearance. It’s a new mystery to solve, and given his next efforts to maintain Syd from joining the strike team to take out David. He has his very own mysterious motives for looking to preserve his enemy alive.
Then again, the final individuals of our old group seem to be in an unusual vicinity. They’ve been looking David, sure; however, Cary Loudermilk has also been busy building a brand new cybernetic home for the Mainframe, in a reproduction of Ptonomy, albeit with a mustache. (“Beware the mustache guy,” goes one among David’s warnings on the flyer Switch sees.) So it’s uncertain how a lot, if any, of Ptonomy stays—remaining time we saw him.
His awareness changed into doomed to wander approximately within the Mainframe—and this new edition gets proper down to business with Vermillion at its side. Unfortunately, we only get a few moments with them (unless you be counted David repeatedly vaporizing Kerry throughout Division’s assaults). However, the Loudermilks continue to be one of the few heat and alluring presences at the show.