Episode five of Legion left our heroes in a precarious position as they are all trapped within David’s illusion of a psychiatric facility. Lenny is in control now and is using the new found to mentally dissect all of the mutants allied with David.
“Chapter 6,” the sixth episode of Legion, jumps right into the thick of things as we see Lenny conducting a therapy session with each of the mutants affiliated with Summerland. In each session, we get a glimpse inside the minds and passions of each our characters. Melanie’s undying love for her husband, Ptonomy relating an important memory of his past, Cary and Kerry’s codependency. The Eye finally gets some words of dialogue in which he reveals that he’s a man trying to assert his dominance.
It seems that Syd is the only person who seems to feel that things are off and in a way that isn’t too surprising. Her intimate understanding of David’s mind likely gives her a sensitivity to his powers and abilities. It seems interesting specifically because David himself is uncertain of exactly what’s going on. He has a feeling something’s up, but Lenny’s power over him has clearly become so strong that he’s unable to break free of her control.
Sweet Victory…With Music
Once again we get a little musical dance number featuring Lenny strutting her stuff, and occasionally gyrating, through key setting from David’s memories. It’s these little unexpected and avant-garde moments that make Legion such a different superhero show. The state of David’s mind, whether it be at peace or consumed by chaos, leaves the door open for unusual takes on the genre. Legion doesn’t miss an opportunity to take full advantage of that fact. Lenny is celebrating her victory and, though she is mostly composed and poised, she still has that unruly wild streak that is her strength and her weakness.
Syd And The Door That Never Was
Syd is coming closer and closer to the truth of the situation and is trying her best to enlighten her allies along the way. Syd has seen a door that appears and disappears at random, another indicator to her that something is off. All of them have separate dreams that play as pieces to a complex puzzle. Cary is having visions of Oliver Bird who appears to be using his power to make contact with the group through the astral plane. If that truly is the case, Oliver’s own powers could be possibly be on par or at least close to that of David.
The scene in which Syd and David are spending some alone time together offers up some answers as the latter misdiagnoses both himself and his girlfriend. It’s a tiny crack, but it surely reveals that David either isn’t who he says he is or his mind is being completely reframed by Lenny.
Oliver is More Powerful Than We First Thought
Well that suspicion of Oliver Bird being insanely powerful seems to be true. With some mental nudging and communication with his wife Melanie, Oliver is able to break his through Lenny’s control over his wife to allow her to wake up in the real world and see the predicament David and Syd are in. It’s a small victory and likely one that won’t last long.
Lenny’s Plans Revealed
Lenny is still in control and is doing her best to corrupt David’s mind, one denouncing love speech at a time. Lenny also gives a nod to the fact that David’s real father is a man of great importance, going so far as to reveal that he tried to save his son from the parasitic entity now consuming his mind. It’s clear now that Lenny doesn’t want to completely take over David’s mind, but instead hopes to work in unison to become Gods among men. But David’s love for Syd is proving to be a sticking point that can’t be overcome. Lenny isn’t having it and decides to trap David away in the recesses of his own mind.
Some Final Thoughts
Admittedly, while the episode does offer up some interesting and important character moments, it can sometimes get into a bit of a stagnant funk. When you realize that we’re essentially waiting for our heroes to break free of Lenny’s control and ultimately learn the fate of David and Syd who are being shot at in the real world, it feels like all of this waiting is for naught. While it may be exploring some interesting approaches at story telling, it feels like we’ve hit the slow motion button, waiting to sift through the tiny clues and unexplained imagery to get through to the other side. It’s still very interesting to watch, but it almost feels like we got to such a crescendo in the last episode that slowing things down really made “Chapter 6” drag.
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