Legion season 3 premiere recap: Chapter 20

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Something for Your M.I.N.D.

Jia-Yi finds a cave that leads to a commune that has a cleaners where the cashier is constantly moved by multiplying counters and clothes racks. You are completely fine. That’s a real sentence. This is a Legion recap. The main cashier speaks in queue cards that she jazz-hand-tosses every time Jia-Yi gets a question wrong. I loved it. Bob Fosse would have been mildly amused. When all seems lost, Jia-Yi shouts the answer to the riddle of the name of the orange fish. Salmon for the win! A delightful and somewhat scary musical number follows.

After meeting an emissary who changes Jia-Yi’s name, the pregnant virgin shows the newly dubbed Switch to a room with a giant clock at 11:11. Some take this time as an opportunity to make a wish. People who have seen Us know 11:11 is a chapter and verse of Jeremiah from the Bible which reads, “Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.”

We’ll be unpacking that all season. Switch uses her power for the first time to fast forward to the entrance of America’s favorite make believe friend, Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza). Lenny demands a demonstration of Switch’s abilities. She will only show ‘him.’ That went a long way in defining Switch’s character. She’s young, but she can hold her own. Lenny’s dusty, pale blue eyes are accessorized by a classic sledge hammer, which they use as a staff to conjure things like couches. They’re more formidable than ever.

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Switch is shown to a room where she meets David (Dan Stevens). Yay! I missed him so much that I temporarily forgot he became the villain of the show last season when he violated Syd (Rachel Keller) and is seen to legit destroy the world in the future. That’s backed up when David reveals that he helps people with their problems in exchange for staying on as company for a long, long while afterwards. He’s creating that blue juice that makes addicts out of his followers. It keeps them loyal and likely makes them less visible to the Collective, which now resides in a new, robotic version of Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris) who’s been built by Carry (Bill Irwin) complete with a Vermillion mustache.

The whole fixing his past for a girl thing is a major drag for Switch, but things heat up when a machine descends into the room. It concussion bombs the two before a mechanized beta blocker latches on to David’s forehead. Just then, Kerry (Amber Midthunder) shows up ready to fulfill the season two prophecy of chopping David in half. David’s arm starts photon charging, so Kerry cuts it off. This focuses David’s rage. He disintegrates the beta blocker and turns Kerry to dust. No!

As David seems to be ready to vaporize all in his way, a bullet exits through the front of his chest. He collapses dead to reveal Syd with a shot gun. She tells Switch to stay put, but she cuts a hole in time and rolls through it. We hear chapter 14 of the time travel guidelines. We learn that if you don’t go far enough back in time, you may not be able to change the desired outcome. If you go too far back, you may awaken the demon. So, Switch tries an hour previous to the attack.

With David on the ready, he makes it farther into the compound. He sees Clark (Hamish Linklater) and turns him to ash to finish off the job he started in season one. Lenny is kidnapped by Kerry, so David vaporizes her again. No! Amal Farouk (Navid Negahban), fully a member of Division 3, is the most formidable foe, but he’s bested by David. Ready to escape with Switch through a hole in time, he is again shot in the back by Syd. She seems to know Switch this time.