The magic of television is how it does not need to adhere to rules of cinematic storytelling. This week’s episode gave the focus on David the night off, and Syd was called in to take his place. While the show has mostly focused on the struggles with mental illness, here we get a classic X-Men theme: growing up as a mutant. It was inevitable, but this was the first time that Legion, a drama, gave us a truly dramatic episode. This is the after school special episode, but I’m sure this was just the chance to bring Syd’s past into the light.
During the 6 season run of Lost, perhaps the best episode was the episode that focused on Richard Alpert. It’s good variety, and it builds a deeper relationship between side characters and the audience. While David is a really compelling character, there are so many supporting characters with rich stories to tell. Syd is such an important part of David’s life, so her story is necessary considering David’s emotional growth this season.
So Syd, like Rogue, can’t make physical contact with other beings, except instead of siphoning their powers, Syd swaps bodies with them. While this show has been mostly light-hearted, we get a very grounded and very dark look at Syd’s early life. We witness childhood bullying, abuse of mutant powers, parental issues, and sexual confusion. It’s all very heavy, considering the show has been very campy. This episode has served to remind the viewers that the series isn’t all fantasy lollipops and unicorns, but there are real characters who suffer plights beyond cartoon supervillains.
Legion is one of the most comic-booky shows ever made. It has lots of flash and very goofy moments, but there has always remained an essence of an opposition. It’s a strange but organic blend. A full episode that is dedicated to real life problems is the natural progression. It is the opposite of jumping the shark. I’ll call it “crossing the road”. Legion is Twin Peaks, and this is Fire Walk With Me.
This is quite the series, and I feel like it’s not as talked about as it should be. It constantly evolves, and just when you settle into your comfort zone, the creators pop a metaphorical balloon in your face. David is a fascinating character, but he isn’t the only rich and vibrant character in the series. Even though most of what happens is played for laughs, don’t expect every episode to be tear free. While the superheroes keep piling up in all aspects of our visual media, it’s nice to have a something that doesn’t feel like other superhero properties but exemplifies the tone of modern comic properties. Tell your friends, this is the sleeper hit, everyone should be watching.