Chapter 20 – | Review Score – 4/5
Chapter 21 – | Review Score – 4/5
Chapter 22 – | Review Score – 4/5
Chapter 23 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Chapter 24 – | Review Score – 4/5
Chapter 25 – | Review Score – 3/5
Chapter 26 – | Review Score – 4/5
Chapter 27 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Weird, convoluted, and visually stunning, Legion is one of those shows that’s always walked a fine line between style and substance. Following a strong first season, Legion’s second appeared to deviate somewhat, favouring stylish, hedonistically charged episodes that failed to progress the plot in a meaningful way. Back for a third and final season, Legion returns to wrap up all its unresolved plot issues, whilst remaining true to its style of presenting aesthetically charged, stylish episodes in the process.
Picking up where it left off from before, Legion’s third season introduces time traveler Switch to proceedings; the perfect injection of pace and urgency needed for the show to get back on track after its lackadaisical second season. With David determined to stop Farouk once and for all, the final 8 episodes dance around this conflict, with the demon on-board his airship with Syd while a cat-and-mouse game ensues as David is in hot pursuit. All of this culminates in David and Farouk going head to head while the others come up against the Time Demons, thanks to constant meddling with time lines.
In terms of narrative, Legion does well to remain consistent throughout its season, with one hiccup along the way in the form of a Syd stand-alone episode that does little to further the main plot. There’s a lot of thought provoking ideas here around good and evil as well as the continuing mental battles David endures thanks to Farouk’s influence that help add some depth to the season as a whole too. This ultimately serves as the main conflict of the show although the secondary characters are given a good amount of screen time thanks to their character arcs this season.
Legion wouldn’t be Legion without the weird and wonderful imagery that’s made up the last two seasons. From Alice In Wonderland references to time glitches and jumps, Legion pulls out all the stops for its third season to deliver a visual spectacle across all 8 episodes. There’s some wonderfully stylish shots here, including an impressive use of both camera movements and colour choice, which consistently keep the scenes visually interesting and beautifully composed. Aesthetically at least, Legion’s third season absolutely delivers on all fronts.
Whether we really needed 3 full seasons to get this far remains up for debate but the third season has been very entertaining nonetheless and at times, incredibly dramatic. The inclusion of both Switch and the Time Demons were the perfect ingredients for this visual cocktail but the series as a whole remains messy and at times, unnecessarily convoluted.
When the dust settles, Legion’s turbulent ride comes to an end in a relatively satisfying manner. At times the series does write itself into a corner, but for the most part the characters and narrative are given just enough closure to make for a decent end. Visually at least this has been an impressively stylish centerpiece – pushing the boundaries for what’s achievable on the small screen in terms of cinematography and visual design. It’s not perfect, but it is a pretty wild ride, closing things out on an unusually satisfying but anticlimactic note to finish out this third and final season.
Verdict - 8/10