Legion (season 3)

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Legion (season 3)
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Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes5
Release
Original networkFX
Original releaseJune 24, 2019 (2019-06-24) –
present (present)
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List of Legion episodes

The third and final season of the American cable television series Legion is based on the Marvel Comics character David Haller / Legion, a mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. The season is connected to the X-Men film series, and is produced by FX Productions in association with Marvel Television. Noah Hawley serves as showrunner.

Dan Stevens stars as Haller, with Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Navid Negahban, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder and Hamish Linklater also returning from previous seasons to star. They are joined by Lauren Tsai. A third season of Legion was ordered by FX in June 2018, and FX later confirmed it would be the final season in February 2019.

The season premiered on FX on June 24, 2019, and will consist of eight episodes.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
201"Chapter 20"Andrew StantonNoah Hawley and Nathaniel HalpernJune 24, 2019 (2019-06-24)XLN030010.377[1]
A young mutant with the nickname Switch has the ability to create doorways that can allow for time travel. Bored with her life, she discovers clues that eventually lead her to a cult run by David and Lenny. David explains to Switch that he has been searching for a time traveler. Switch's initial meeting with David is interrupted by the invasion of Division 3 agents who murder most of the cultists and Syd who delivers a killing shot to David. Switch time travels back to try to prevent the massacre but despite things going slightly differently, David is once more killed by Syd. Switch again time travels but is intercepted by Farouk. After a failed attempt to recruit her, Farouk returns to his allies in the flying headquarters of Division 3. After Switch mentions that Syd has killed David out of two failed timelines, Farouk attempts to talk Syd out of raiding David's cult, but is unsuccessful. In a third timeline, Division 3 (led by a robotic resurrected Ptonomy) conduct the raid on David's compound but instead discover that the entire building has been removed due to the preemptive intervention of Switch and David.
212"Chapter 21"Carlos López EstradaNoah Hawley and Olivia Dufault & Kate ThulinJuly 1, 2019 (2019-07-01)XLN030020.381[2]
Now fully believing Switch's time travel powers, David attempts to travel through one of her doorways but finds that he is incapable of entering. Enraged by this, his anger poisons his cult members from blissful happiness to a furious state. David and Lenny realize that they must supercharge Switch to allow her greater abilities. David communicates with Syd via astral projection and after she refuses to forgive him for the rape, he promises to find a way to fix everything. Eventually, Lenny manages to capture Cary. David combines drugs and mind control to trick Cary into willingly experimenting on Switch to make her powerful enough to allow David to time travel.
223"Chapter 22"John CameronNathaniel HalpernJuly 8, 2019 (2019-07-08)XLN030030.370[3]
30 years in the past, Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller live in happiness with their newborn David. Charles was a war veteran who used his telepathy to survive and Gabrielle was a survivor of the holocaust. Meeting in an asylum, the two fell in love. After building a prototype Cerebro to boost his telepathy powers, Charles discovers a powerful mutant named Farouk and sets off to Morocco to meet him. Left alone in the house, Gabrielle suffers from several strange delusions, some of which are brought on by the attempted time travel intervention of David and Switch. David is frustrated to discover that, despite attempts to prevent his infant self from possession, he is unable to influence the past or even manifest physically. Charles telephones Gabrielle in a panic to explain that meeting Farouk was a mistake and makes plans to immediately return home. Gabrielle's visions become increasingly nightmarish due to the now astral projection of Farouk's spirit as well as present day David's desperate attempts to prevent this. David finally manages to manifest as a ghost and attempts to warn Gabrielle, but at that moment Charles returns and telepathically expels David and Switch back to the present. Switch is physically and mentally drained from such extreme time travel, but David demands they travel back immediately. Back in the past, Charles comforts Gabrielle, while both are oblivious to the fact that Farouk has successfully possessed baby David.
234"Chapter 23"Daniel KwanOlivia Dufault and Charles YuJuly 15, 2019 (2019-07-15)XLN030040.277[4]
As a result of David and Switch's meddling in the past, time itself becomes unstable, resulting in time loops for both David's cult and Division 3 (as well as the viewer, with the broadcast briefly switching to an episode of The Shield). It also attracts time demons, creatures who feed on time and manifest when Switch travels too far back. The time demons attack David and he awakens in a concentration camp next to his mother, but it is an illusion made by the time demons. Others are also tortured by illusions, with Syd coming across a younger version of herself and Lenny being forced to witness the rapid birth, aging and death of her daughter. Cary breaks free from David's mind control, and he escapes David's facility with Switch. David eventually scares the time demons away, but is enraged by Switch's escape.
245"Chapter 24"Arkasha StevensonOlivia Dufault and Ben H. WintersJuly 22, 2019 (2019-07-22)XLN030050.288[5]
David hijacks a Division 3 bus and manipulates the memory of Daniel, Clark's husband, to learn that Switch is aboard the Division 3 airship. Lenny, distraught from her ordeal with the time demons, blames David for her distress and commits suicide in front of him. Meanwhile, Cary builds a hibernation chamber for Switch to hide her from David. Ptonomy suggests traveling to outer space to get out of David's teleportation range, and Division 3 agrees against the wishes of Farouk, who wants to face David directly. Farouk intentionally provokes David, who discovers their location. David teleports his cult to the airship, and they kill Clark by throwing him into space. David contacts Syd, who gives up Switch's location, and he vows to change the past and undo everything. Syd tricks him into allowing her to use her powers to make them swap bodies, but David manages to overpower her, now referring to himself as Legion. He erases Syd's mind and retrieves Switch, who traps Farouk in another dimension. David and Switch once again travel to the past, with David stating he now has a new plan.
256"Chapter 25"[6]John CameronNoah HawleyJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)XLN03006TBD
267"Chapter 26"[7]Dana GonzalesNoah Hawley and Olivia DufaultAugust 5, 2019 (2019-08-05)XLN03007TBD
278"Chapter 27"[8]Noah Hawley and John CameronNoah Hawley and Olivia DufaultAugust 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)XLN03008TBD

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Notable guests[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In June 2018, the series was renewed for a third season.[13] In February 2019, it was announced that the third season would premiere in June 2019, and will serve as the final season of the series. Hawley's plan had always been for three seasons, he stated, "I think endings are what give stories meaning. I always thought about this as a complete story, and it felt like three acts of a story."[14] He continued:

The season consists of eight episodes.[15][16]

Casting[edit]

Returning from previous seasons to star are Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Sydney "Syd" Barrett, Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker, Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Navid Negahban as Amahl Farouk / Shadow King, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, and Hamish Linklater as Clark Debussy.[9] In January 2019, Lauren Tsai was cast as Switch, "a young mutant whose secret ability serves as the key to executing David Haller's plan". She is loosely based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name who was male.[10] In February, it was announced that the characters Gabrielle Haller and Professor X would appear played by Stephanie Corneliussen and Harry Lloyd, respectively.[11]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The season began airing on FX on June 24, 2019, and will consist of eight episodes.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating for the third season, with an average rating of 7.47 out of 10 based on 16 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "In its final season, Legion remains a singular piece of visually arresting, mind-bending television that never fails to surprise."[17] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on six critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]

David Bianculli of NPR praised the series and wrote, "Legion uses visuals, editing, music and sound better than almost any series on television. And I don't just mean any series now — I mean ever. I've seen the first half of this final season, and that's even more true than before."[19] Ben Travers of IndieWire wrote a generally positive review and gave it a "B" grade, writing, "Hawley's series remains ambitious to the end, accepting the flaws that come with such big dreams and daring to keep dreaming bigger. The result is imperfect, but mesmerizing in just enough scenes to keep you coming back for more. Those short stories are adding up to something, and even if Legion isn't the sum of its parts, some of those parts are spectacular on their own."[20]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Chapter 20" June 24, 2019 0.1 0.377[1] N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 "Chapter 21" July 1, 2019 0.1 0.381[2] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Chapter 22" July 8, 2019 0.1 0.370[3] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Chapter 23" July 15, 2019 0.1 0.277[4] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Chapter 24" July 22, 2019 0.1 0.288[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (June 25, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.24.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (July 2, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.1.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (July 10, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.8.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (July 16, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.15.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (July 23, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.22.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "(#306) "Chapter 25"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "(#307) "Chapter 26"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "(#308) "Chapter 27"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "FX Sets Premiere Dates for "Baskets," "Legion" and "Snowfall"" (Press release). FX. May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019 – via The Futon Critic.
  10. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (January 9, 2019). "'Legion' Season 3 Casts Lauren Tsai (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Nemetz, Dave (February 4, 2019). "Legion Casts Game of Thrones Veteran Harry Lloyd to Play Professor X". TVLine. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  12. ^ @KeirODonnell (June 24, 2019). "I pop up in the season premiere and a few more episodes of @LegionFX this season. Watch first episode TONIGHT on @FXNetworks Mon June 24" (Tweet). Retrieved June 26, 2019 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 1, 2018). "'Legion' Renewed for Season 3 by FX". Collider. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Porter, Rick (February 4, 2019). "'Legion' Will End with Season 3 on FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Armstrong, Vanessa (April 2, 2019). "'Legion' Looks as Bold and Strange as Ever in Its Final Season [WonderCon 2019]". /Film. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "FX's 'Legion' to wrap after season 3 in 'natural place'". National Post. February 5, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  17. ^ "Legion: Season 3". Rotten Tomatoes (Fandango Media). Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  18. ^ "Legion: Season 3". Metacritic (CBS Interactive). Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  19. ^ Bianculli, David (June 21, 2019). "'Legion' And 'Jessica Jones' Played The Long Game — And It Paid Off". NPR. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  20. ^ Travers, Ben (June 24, 2019). "'Legion' Review: Season 3 Takes an Exciting Approach to Time Travel, Even If It Gets a Bit Lost". IndieWire. Retrieved June 26, 2019.

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