Legion recap: Season 1, Episode 5, “Chapter 5,” Aired March 8, 2016
When a show’s focal point surrounds a character who is either a mutant or schizophrenic, it’s gonna have some twists and turns along the way. Legion 1×05 decided to pack a bunch of storyline mind[redacted]s in one 66-minute punch.
Just about everything you thought you knew about Legion the show changed in chapter 5. Let’s be brave and dive in group therapy-session style.
David and Sydney can touch!
There’s one thing you can count on from David Heller. He always uses his head.
David has come back from his previous visit in memory land, and this time he just seems stronger. He has a certain swagger about him that was missing before. It appears as though he’s really stepped into his powers and is capable of using them to cater to his needs. One of those needs it being able to focus on a single person to have a conversation with their thoughts. The other is his relationship with Sydney – and the brain is the most erogenous zone.
David and Syd are finally able to be together “physically”, and they don’t waste their time. We also get a really vulnerable look into Sydney’s past, which is probably the main reason why she’s still afraid to use her power today. We also get a deeper look into just how capable David is when he wants to manipulate a situation.
Point is everything is wonderful and peachy! David and Syd are just laying around showing off their butts. As long as David can control the situation they will live happily ever after.
As long as David can control the situation…
Lenny ain’t just Benny
…Welp. So much for that.
I knew Lenny was one of David’s bigger demons when it came to his mental state. What I didn’t know is Lenny also plays the role of the family dog, a terrifying children’s book character, and some blob thing that destroys anything in its path.
It seems pretty obvious in hindsight. With someone struggling with schizophrenia and mutation, why wouldn’t one demon be all the demons? However, I think the show does such a good job making the characters so different it’s tough to narrow down what’s what. That’s a big part of what makes the reveals bigger “wow” moments.
If we found out how capable David is of manipulating a situation with Sydney, we also now know how capable he is of straight destruction. That blob thing is no joke, twirling and snapping its fingers en route to burying guys under concrete and turning them into smoke. Its one of the reasons why Melanie Bird wants David on her side when the war goes down. It might not be the main reason.
Bird is the selfish word
Pretty good chance I’m way out in left field on this one. And if you read the comics and it’s not true this will seem even dumber. But this show is crazy and I’m taking a shot so deal with it.
Melanie Bird has given all indications her husband is a driving factor in this whole situation with David. Ptonomy even called her out on it, and she got so caught I’m surprised she didn’t just pull the “repeat the question so you have more time to make up a lie” move. She’s also been open to suggesting that David can bring her husband back to Cary.
The point is I think she’s a problem more than a solution. When there’s a war of this magnitude being stirred up, motive that is focused on anything but that is a liability. When your army’s leader has a different motive, it can be a result changer.
Wait…THAT LAST SCENE
You know I really thought I had a handle on Legion 1×05. The episode was coherent for the most part, things were happening in some semblance of an order, and we were FINALLY getting some character answers.
I really should know better by now.
I haven’t decided if Noah Hawley and Co. deserve credit or not for insinuating that this whole narrative is in Sydney’s mind. On one hand, this is a classic twist we’ve come to expect from Legion five episodes in. On the other, this storyline really sets a precedent of the producers to be able to go “OK this is a thing now out of nowhere.”
I’m all for new and different. The cookie-cutter path of Hollywood making better movies from adapted screenplays than original screenplays bothers me more than most. I do like some kind of linear development with my shows however, and Legion continues to have less and less.
But what do I know? At least the show is different. And who teaches us to be normal when we’re one of a kind, anyway?
Legion airs Wednesdays at 10pm EST on FX.
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