It’s official: Legion is not a part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe (not that that’s even a thing anymore after the Fox/Disney deal).
And also!!! David’s father!!! is!! Charles Xavier!!!! Say whaaaattt?!?!
That’s right, the new episode of Legion, which is directed by Fargo’s John Cameron, finally dives back into David’s lineage and reveals some secrets we’ve all been pondering for some time now.
We start not where the previous Legion episode left off but rather sometime far in the past where Charles Xavier (Harry Lloyd) is standing in a mental hospital.
We’re never really told why Charles is here, himself — there’s a vague illusion that it might have something to do with WWII PTSD (this is a pretty non-linear Legion episode, but I’m going to break it down by timeline) even though it’s also entirely possible he saw into the future and who he’d meet at this hospital, and then decided to place himself there.
Either way, Charles is intrigued by one other patient in particular — a non-responsive woman named Gabrielle (Stephanie Corneliussen).
Using his powers, Charles enters into Gabrielle’s mind and wakes her up. She’s pleasant, cheery and, even despite the fact that she takes a box with a creepy doll inside of it almost everywhere she goes, the two find each other in love sooner rather than later.
And it’s actually pretty sweet. Sure, the angriest boy in the world doll from the first season of Legion is a dead giveaway that things aren’t going to end well, but the slow montage within the mental hospital is cute.
It’s at this point that we learn we aren’t the only ones watching this go down — David and Switch are viewing all this, too, as we hear David make a comment about how he and Syd also first met in a mental hospital.
We’re left to assume that means that brainwashed Carry figured out a way to enhance Switch’s powers as the two of them are now traveling back in time together to try and stop David’s life from going to complete hell.
Charles and Gabrielle are pretty happy together, even if Charles does get a strange, oddly dark flash of something menacing in his brain every now and then. Charles eventually offers to take Gabrielle away from this place with his powers, which she agrees to, meaning they then head off into the countryside to start a life together.
It’s not long before, BAM, you guessed it, David is born.
Again, there’s another sweet moment when Charles and Gabrielle are looking at their baby smiling and David, from afar, asks Switch/himself what went wrong.
“We all looked so happy,” he says. “Why did they give me up like that?”
We don’t really get a full answer to that question (at least, not yet) but we do see a hint of it. Charles, you see, is still the Charles we know and love from the comics. That means he’s out to help other people like him — other mutants — whatever the cost.
After building Cerebro, Charles is pulled away to presumably find the rest of the X-Men, then leaving Gabrielle home with David.
They aren’t really alone, though. That thing that Charles kept seeing in his mind? Yeah, that’s attached itself to David now as it is, you guessed it, Farouk.
While time-traveling David tries to keep Farouk from entering his mind and screwing everything up, he’s eventually foiled when Charles comes home one evening and senses the presence of another telepath. Charles promptly uses his powers to push David and Switch back into the time-traveling tunnel. As he bends down to confront his wife, who’s lying on the ground after seeing some supernatural stuff around the house, Farouk enters baby David’s body.
All of that to say, the whole time-traveling effort to stop Farouk pretty much failed.
Looks like that’s the only shot David is going to have at it, too, because Switch can’t even walk once they’re back in the tunnel. She tells David that was “too far” before losing another bloody tooth like she did in the premiere Legion episode and then collapsing.
So, what does it all mean? We now know who David’s parents are and, if I were a betting man, I’d say that’s not the last we’re going to see of them during this final season of Legion. Granted, I haven’t figured out how, exactly, they’ll figure into the overall story arch, but David’s question still remains unanswered: what happened to his parents?
I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.
Tune in to FX tonight to catch the newest episode of Legion!