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Legion – Chapter 8 – Facing Your Demons

What a crazy trippy trip it’s been, but alas, it’s come to an end.  Actually the show got less weird as it went along, which was kind of nice because I had serious doubt going into things.  There doesn’t seem like there was a lot of wasted potential though, for as much filler there was in the series.  Like Ptonomy, who started off kind of important and interesting but did nothing and served no purpose during the latter half of the series.  Also, is every one’s mutant power some sort of psychic ability?  That feels a little boring.  Then there was the squandered The Eye character who didn’t really do much besides act menacing.

I’m a little torn on the climactic series finale here.  We got the return of the Interrogator from the first episode, assumed dead, though he didn’t really do much aside from hang around in an interrogation room.  He did get a nice little story to flesh him out a bit and provide motivation for Division, basically, humans scared of mutants, whom they see as gods.   The hero is the villain in another person’s story, and visa versa.   He seems like he’s willing to work with our heroes some, which will probably come up more during the second season.  I also particularly loved the moment at the start where David effortlessly dealt with the Division soldiers and poor Clark realizes he is completely out matched.

Then there is the resolution of The Shadow King sub plot, or at least as far as David is concerned.  We see Syd use her powers again, to extract Farouk from David, unfortunately Farouk takes control of Syd then jumps into Kerry.  Farouk uses Kerry’s physical prowess to dispatch the rest of our heroes before a brief psychic showdown with David.

The end result sets up the next season, during the encounter the Shadow King is ejected from Kerry and into Oliver.  In the ensuing chaos, Oliver and Farouk escape in a fancy sports car.

There’s also a goofy “mid credits” scene where David gets taken away in what everyone is calling a Pokeball, which is the best description for it really.  The ball is probably sent by Division, there was a brief moment when Division mentioned deploying.. something, unclear.

This episode was a nice wrap up to the current arc, and a good set up for the future.  I think what will be real interesting is to see how the characters evolve in Season 2.  Particularly David.  It’s still not clear if his Schizophrenia was part of Farouk or if he really is Schizophrenic.    At this point it does seem as thought hey aren’t quite following the angle from the comics of absorbed souls or whatever,

Speaking of the comics, and this could be a spoiler, but there wasn’t a Patrick Stewart cameo like I’d hoped.  I feel like they could have managed to get him for a brief scene if they wanted to.  Maybe they are saving that for Season 2.

Review – Movie – Xmen Origins: Wolverine

You know what’s quickly starting to become a ridiculously overplayed part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe?  The origin story of Wolverine.  I mean, ok, I get that he is a big part of the X-Men universe, and he’s been in every X-men movie so far except for Deadpool.  His origin was sort of touched on in X-men 1, X-men 2 went into much more detail as they return to Alkali Lake, Wolverine Origins gives us the details and events actually surrounding one origin of the event, Days of Future’s Past touches on it a bit with Stryker, we see it again, sort of, in Apocalypse.

How many times do we need to see this?  It’s honestly not even super interesting.  Maybe the upcoming Logan movie can give us a retelling of it with X-23 instead!  It’s also kind of fishy and questionable about how much this film is still considered “canon”.  Probably not a lot other than maybe the general idea.  Obviously the events of the Adamantium infusion are different, since they show up in a different film which occurs later.  Probably the most glaring part of out of canon is the Deadpool movie, which gives Deadpool a proper origin.  The Deadpool film does make some reference to Wade Wilson’s time doing wetworks ops though, depicted in the early part of this film, and Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool in both films.

Speaking of Deadpool, the biggest travesty of this film, is the butchering of Deadpool.  I mean, ok, I “get” reimagining characters for the big screen.  Not every character will be identical to their comic counter part, some may be quite different.  There is a difference though between reimagining, and more or less name slapping a popular name on a nobody that has nothing to do with the character.  Not to get too many spoilers here, but the creepy shirtless mute with Wolverine Claw style swords that shows up in this movie, isn’t Deadpool, in any way shape or form.

The other big offender here is the special effects, in particular, just how god awful they get throughout the film, especially later with Wolverine’s Adamantium claws.  Considering this is like 90% of the identity of this character, the CGI is incredibly poorly done.  The lighting is all off, and often they don’t properly match his arms and hands properly, especially during movement.

There is some pretty decent Wolverine action in this film, and a lot of interesting appearances by other mutants such as The Blog, and Gambit.  Gambit’s almost wasted however.  He shows up kind of randomly when he does pop up and despite dropping Wolverine off to his final confrontation, he doesn’t actually participate in the battle.

There is also a subplot involving Sabertooth and Wolverine being brothers at odds.  As in literal blood related brothers.  The opening montage shows them working together through several wars, and eventually during a special operation involving Deadpool, a skinny Blob and some other mutants, they have a falling out as Sabertooth starts to get too violent for Wolverine to handle.  This whole plot point is honestly, a little awkward.  Wolverine and Sabertooth have always had a confrontational sort of two sides of the same coin relationship, but they were never brothers.  It’s a little bit of a weird change that doesn’t really serve a huge purpose.  The implication before this revelation was they simply lived in the same household, one a servant family to the other, this kinship would have served just fine as a catalyst for their later adventures, especially coupled with their shared “problem” of being mutants.

Generally speaking, there are just soooo many flaws in this movie, both large and small, that really kind of ruin it.  If you pretend Deadpool is just some sort of unnamed Super mutant and can forget about how ugly Wolverine’s claws look during many scenes, its not an awful movie, but at this point it’s also pretty much non-canon to the Xmen universe, so it’s probably not really worth bothering with.