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Legion – Chapter 19

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2018

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  • Title: Legion – Chapter 19
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Legion - Chapter 19 TV review

Fans of the comic character knew this was coming. The Second Season finale of Legion sets up David (Dan Stevens) as villain (or at best anti-hero) heading into the show’s next season. While I don’t have any issues with how the episode concludes, I do have some quibbles over how it gets there. First, no matter how much Division 3 is afraid of David or how much Syd (Rachel Keller) feels violated by his deplorable behavior, the group of David’s friends choosing the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) as an ally makes no sense. The Shadow King being less of a threat than David doesn’t all the sudden make him a hero. (Ted Bundy murdered more women than Jack the Ripper, but that doesn’t make Jack “good.”) This is, after all, the man responsible for David’s current mental state, not to mention his sister’s death, and various mind-fucking and murdering he’s done along the way. Is David a good person? That’s a central question to the episode. However, even if you conclude David is a bad person (or has the potential to be one) that, in and of itself, doesn’t all the sudden make Farouk a good or trustworthy person.

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Legion – Chapter 17

by Alan Rapp on June 4, 2018

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Legion - Chapter 17 television review

Without showing us what she did with Clark (Hamish Linklater), “Chapter 17” fills in on how the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) won over Melanie (Jean Smart). Frankly, it wasn’t that difficult (and pretty much unfolded exactly how you would expect). Despite preventing Clark from fulfilling his part in David‘s (Dan Stevens) plan, the rest of his time-delayed chess peices are all able to perform their actions which end in Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) the desert with the monks and a weapon David believes should be powerful enough to destroy the Shadow King. How crucial was Clark’s role, and will it be large enough to derail David’s plans?

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Legion – Chapter 15

by Alan Rapp on May 17, 2018

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Legion - Chapter 15 television review

The follow up to the most disappointing episode of the season so far circles back around to the themes presented earlier this season about a dangerous idea spreading and becoming a mass delusion. The metaphor of the hatched creatures crawling within the minds of Division 3 literally comes true as Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Syd (Rachel Keller, Clark (Hamish Linklater), and Kerry (Amber Midthunder) set out to kill Admiral Fukyama. David (Dan Stevens) returns from his encounter with future Syd in time to suss out what is happening before his mind-controlled friends are able to act on their frantic impulses. David is able to confront and destroy the creature, in an episode that features a number of bizarre sequences, but not before it kills one member of the group. While mostly separate from the season arc of David hunting/helping his enemy, the episode pays off the scenes from earlier weeks (while also showing just how easily David can deal with almost any threat).

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Legion – Chapter 14

by Alan Rapp on May 10, 2018

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Legion - Chapter 14 television review

Although it offers some interesting moments, it’s hard not to view “Chapter 14” as a filler episode used to artificially lengthen the series (a process Netflix has made an art form out of). All taking place in a blink of the eye as David (Dan Stevens) discovers the truth about his sister, the episode jumps around alternate realities where David is in more or less control of his powers and mental state. Be it a homeless man, a warehouse worker, or a the richest man in the world, in any reality David’s condition continues to be both a potential burden or boon. Had this sequence taken place in a third of an episode, rather than stretched out over an entire episode, I think the idea would have been more effective and not left me feeling that it was sort of a waste of my time. You could skip this entire episode and not miss a single beat or reference going forward with the rest of the season.

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Domino #2

by Alan Rapp on May 10, 2018

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Domino #2 comic reviewThe second issue of Gail Simone’s Domino picks up with our heroine in mid-air having be flung from her apartment to her death. Luckily, a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swings by just in time to save Domino from leaving her mark all over a San Francisco sidewalk. A step-up from the first issue, Domino #2 explains a bit more of who our villains are and why they have shown up to wreck Domino’s life.

The idea of a character who takes the brunt of all of Domino’s good luck and needing to balance the scales certainly makes for a villain with a very personal motive. Topaz’s ability to screw with mutant powers (either turn them off, short-circuit them, or throw them into overdrive) also presents an unique challenge for Domino.

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