Review: ‘Legion S01E08: Chapter 8’

Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/FX

“Chapter 8” brings us the season finale of Legion. This show contained a series of weird, confusing, and just outright insane aspects to the story and the characters. Between the story, the cinematography, and the acting throughout, there’s a lot to love about this show. This episode in particular wraps up the season nicely, but still leaves us with something to look forward to.

The season finale is easily the most understood episode of the season. It’s a nice, linear episode, and we largely stay in the same reality. The only time things change is when Syd finds herself in the white room with Lenny. The main question is, do we still call her Lenny? Last episode we saw her interchanging with The Devil With The Yellow Eyes, who Cary seems to be calling Shadow King, as well. Either way, they’re all one and the same and while it makes the naming confusing at times, the character largely is not by the end of this season.

Kerry and Cary are still having their struggles in this episode and it’s nice to see that the show didn’t just fix everything with them for the sake of focusing more on David in the finale. We also see a lot of action with The Interrogator, who is never given an actual name. The episode starts out with a huge focus on a character who we know next to nothing about. We’re given a glimpse into his life and his personality before the episode picks up with him meeting David and company just outside of Summerland. It’s a nice little moment for a character who appeared important in previous episodes, but didn’t have the time spent focusing on him. Melanie is still a bit of a mystery, however. She runs the place and now that her husband’s back, he doesn’t remember her. That’s about all we know with no inkling of whether she’s an actual mutant or just an advocate for one.

Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/FX

Throughout this episode, we see David struggle with trying to get the parasite out of his head. It’s painful to watch and thankfully, we’re given glimpses of David replaying the memories to avoid the struggle. Lenny appears and he questions what he’d be if she left. Needless to say, that was not the best thing to say because then we see him struggle even more before Syd takes charge and saves him. Once Syd kisses him, that’s when all hell breaks loose and The Devil With The Yellow Eyes makes his way from host to host. Making him present himself as Lenny throughout the season was an interesting choice and one that works out better than you’d think. Aubrey Plaza does an excellent job with the character. And on that note, the entire cast feels really well placed with their respective characters.

Overall, this season strayed from the path of what we’re used to seeing with comic book shows and movies. It was okay that things didn’t make sense to start and played out over a stretch of eight episodes. What the final episode did do, though, is have a post-credits scene that is commonly seen in Marvel movies. It gives a look at what scenario next season will start with. The show also does well on the music front. They’ve had some huge bands and songs play throughout the episodes. This finale ended with “Children of the Revolution” by T. Rex in a fitting scene of Oliver driving off with Lenny as his passenger.

Personally, I can’t wait for a second season of this show. It’s one of my favorite new shows in 2017 and the writing on it was fantastic throughout. If you want to know more about David Haller and Legion, check out X-Men: Legacy. You won’t get the same story, but it’s still interesting to see how they changed the show in comparison to the comics.