Enigmatic, mercurial and above all, completely mad, Legion‘s Lenny Busker is arguably the show’s most loveable character. Here’s why.
Warning: contain’s Legion spoilers
Marvel’s Legion arrived on our screens in 2017 and became a huge hit. One of the show’s most poignant features is the way it forces the viewer to experience the main character’s uncertainty about what they experience: is it ‘reality’ or delusions induced by drugs, mental illness or mind control?
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Legion is not something you forget very quickly – and the same can be said for one character in particular: Lenny Busker.
Lenny is a constant throughout the show. Drug-dependent and delightfully arcane, Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny certainly makes an impact.
The character was also crucial to the plot of Season 1. As David (brilliantly played by Dan Stevens) tried to understand the events and recollections of his past, ‘Just who is Lenny?’ became an important question. Was this person a woman or man – or just a figment of David’s imagination? Her spirit was also an extra presence in David’s visions.
A big twist in Season 1 was the revelation that the Shadow King had taken over Lenny’s body and she subsequently became the villain of the show.
There can be no question that Aubrey Plaza delivers a stand-out performance as Lenny. She plays the character’s contrasting personalities convincingly and relished the madness, infusing Lenny with a deranged gleefulness.
I’d hoped to see more of Lenny in Season 2 and certainly haven’t been disappointed. Not only did Lenny return, but she was back to the hapless, insane drug-addict we saw distinct in Season 1.
There are several things about Lenny that makes her one of the most loveable characters in Legion – or any TV show for that matter. What are they? Glad you asked.
1. She’s far from perfect
Sydney has always been the co-hero of the show – or was before the Shadow King turned her against David. Lenny wasn’t a hero, just David’s deranged friend before she embodied the Shadow King.
In Season 2, she became loner Lenny again, desperate to escape from Farouk and return to Earth. When she finally returned she tried to help David, but he was distrustful of her. So when Lenny finally broke out of Division 3, she was determined to live her new life for herself and threw herself into the drugs scene.
Shunned by other characters and morally questionable, Lenny’s appeal is partly due to how real and relatable she feels. Which leads me to my next point.
2. She’s relateably human
Lenny’s a tough cookie and certainly likes to hide her emotions – with good reason. She has feelings for David that he appears to not return. Unable to stop caring, but aware that trying to get David to change the way he felt about her would be pointless, Lenny did the only thing she could – she settled for being his friend.
But it became obvious that, even in Season 2, she was still unable to break free from her love for David when the ghost of his sister Amy came to Lenny. Amy appealed help for David and Lenny was unable to resist.
3. She’s an unlikely hero
In characteristically wacky style, Lenny saved David’s life twice in Season 2’s finale with her sniper gun. But she didn’t save him to save the world, nor did she do it for recognition or glory. She did it simply because she cares about him.
To me, this not only made her all the more likeable, but it was refreshing to watch a character with such a pure motivation.
Legion has always dared to be different and there were several things in the finale that set it apart – including a new anti-hero theme. There’s always something cool about rebels and it was a satisfying moment when David (who’s potentially now the show’s villain) finally declared that he’d had enough of Division 3’s attempts to institutionalise and manipulate him.
Finally realising that Lenny was the only one truly fighting in his corner, he helped his only friend and ally break free from her prison. When he offered her the invitation to accompany him in a destructive escape – to which she answered with a resounding yes – I suddenly loved Legion all the more.
4. She’s completely mad
This might be the thing I love most about Lenny. Insane characters are always the best ones. The crazy things some ‘sane’ people do have always made me feel a connection with ‘insane’ characters.
And Aubrey has always revelled in Lenny’s nuttiness. Predictably unpredictable and delightfully deranged, Lenny is arguably the only character that seems to take the Legion‘s madness in her stride. By not hesitating to question the nonsensical goings-on, she manages to navigate the absurd better than most other characters – and also contributes to the craziness.
So what’s next for Lenny? Who knows? To be honest, I really like the fact that she doesn’t even know. Never one for planning, she’s going wherever the current takes her – and in a show like Legion, this could be anywhere.
But one thing’s for sure: enigmatic and bonkers, Lenny is lovably entertaining and I can’t wait to see more of her.
Are you a fan of Lenny? What did you think of Legion‘s Season 2 finale? Let me know in the comments! And for more TV stuff, check out the five best series to help you through a break up.