Marvel's psychological thriller created by Noah Hawley is unearthly. But is that saying much? We have had such spooky stories told plenty of times before too. For instance, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal dealt with similar genre, but the narration was- in its own way- easily adaptive and linear enough to follow and root for.. well, something. And this is the double edged sword that the series is obliged to lift up every time it finds itself under any threat. Now, the con is of course, very little romance is left between the characters and the audience to be moved by any of the razzle dazzle that they go through. While the advantage, is catching us off guard. For the absurdity is celebrated by going so deep that viewers are left with nothing but ambiguity in their hands.
Is it an endorsement strategy or personal kinks? It definitely is passion. For nothing so detailed and glamorous can be projected on the screen without having utter confidence in your world. The filmmaking is far more superior than the writing itself. The choreography is so mesmerizing that if it lacks room or time or space, the creator starts breaking the rules and flaunt majestically- the action might remind you of Bryan Singer's version of X-Men; the puppeteering of the characters and splashy uses of their characteristics in narration.
But let's be honest, the series does coax and cajole on investing with equal sincerity to each element, which in return leads this bizarre train of events where characters both, physically and mentally travels in order to extract a piece of information that will lead us further, and actually them, backwards. In terms of performance, Aubrey Plaza is milking all she can- worried whether she will get a juicy role as such ever again- and comes out as the only host worth to be rooted for, among this Legion.
A feel good ending to what has been a dark complex journey. Every character has a sun shining behind it and there are no mistakes made by any of them. And this is what I love the most about this beautiful finale. Usually when the stakes are this high, the characters make mistakes and loses the opportunity, instead everyone is making smart choices and are at their best self. Even when Haller overpowers Farouk, it is not by Farouk's mistake but Haller's excellence. Also, I think it was important that Hawley ended this smart show with a smarter perspective, and that is something that remains untouched and pure, somewhat like this show.
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