If you can say anything about Legion, say that it sets up atmospheric tension like no other. “Chapter 7” starts off with a frightened Kerry trying her best to escape the menace that is The Eye. The colors in the scene are stark crimson, dark shadows and deep red that automatically allows that discomfort to set in. The very next scene switches over to Lenny or the demon with the yellow eyes (most likely the iteration of a classic Marvel Comics villain The Shadow King) interrogating David’s sister Amy. One creepy scene after another. By the such is the way of Legion which always manages to set the ambiance for the episode straight out of the gate.
The Astral Plane With Oliver and Cary
While the other mutants are being tormented within David’s alternate reality, Cary has been brought to the astral plane by Oliver Bird who among other things, (cough) hopes the wife he’s forgotten is Asian (cough), relates that Amahl Farouk, better known as The Shadow King (geek knowledge for the win) is the entity that is possessing David’s mind. He also relates to Cary that David has been locked away in the recesses of his mind. Oliver and Cary also realize that they must save David and Syd in the real world before they are gunned down by friendly/not so friendly fire. Oliver showcases just how powerful he is as he’s able to project Cary into Syd’s mind. Once they make contact, Cary explains the situation to Syd who immediately takes to action. It’s easy to see why David was smitten with this girl, she doesn’t hesitate once she knows what needs to be done to save the one she cares about.
Reunions and Revelations
We cut back to Melanie as she attempts to save David and Syd from the bullet fire in the real world. When she realizes things aren’t so simple, she instead gets a reunion with her estranged husband Oliver. While he may not recall who she is, he feels an immediate connection with her that suggests that their bond is deeper than a little amnesia. Melanie is then able to locate her mutant subordinate, the one firing the Tommy Gun at David and Syd in the real world, a relay a message that we’re not quite clear on…yet.
Syd herself is back within the psychiatric hospital reality and finds both the Tommy-Gun psychic in a vegetative state, bound to a wheelchair, and Kerry who is haunted by images of patients surrounding her seemingly prepared to attack. Syd slips some very special glasses over Kerry’s eyes and she’s able to shut out the images of the crazed patients which are nothing but psychic projections. Talk about trippy…
Trapped With Himself
David once again finds himself creating another personality for himself in order to cope with his current situation and get himself back on track. Dan Stevens is able to flex his acting muscles, as well as he uses his natural British accent for David’s new personality. Together they piece together the information that they’ll need to break free of The Shadow King’s grip. They start small, but eventually they’re able to get some real traction going as they put the puzzle pieces together.
David discerns that his father may have likely been a mutant himself and was the enemy of this parasitic entity, the mutant known as The Shadow King. The chalk board scene showing his supposed father (hint hint, he’s a powerful psychic mutant in his own right) do battle with The Shadow King as well as showcasing the infant, adolescent, and adult years of David’s life is a stroke of genius. It answers a ton of questions in a simple and satisfying manner that allows the audience to finally get some concrete answers. This, much like the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist, will likely be a series that is even more enjoyable on a second watch.
David is free from The Shadow King’s control, but he isn’t scot-free yet. He has to use all of his power to be able to completely be free of his nemesis’ grip. Kerry, Syd, and Tommy-Gun are also on their own separate missions as they come face to face with The Shadow King in the form of Lenny. The entire psychiatric hospital scene is another stroke of genius. The entire scene is shot in black and white, the whole thing playing out like a silent movie, each word spoken ending up as written dialogue plastered across the screen. It showcases the kind of creativity that this show has to offer and even manages to be extremely creepy, particular when The Shadow King kills The Eye.
Free At Last
With David using the full brunt of his powers, as well as the intervention of Mr. Tommy-Gun holding off Lenny, our favorite schizophrenic mutant is able to break free of The Shadow King’s power, returning to reality with the combined help of Oliver and Cary. And all just in the nick of time too. David is able to stop the bullets from hitting their mark.
To the joy of Melanie, and no doubt the audience as well, Oliver has made it back from the astral plane back home, reciting poetry and cooking up breakfast for our heroes. But David and the others aren’t out of the woods yet. The Shadow King is still laying dormant within his mind and the only thing holding the parasite back is the inhibitor around David’s head, nicely created by Cary who has really stepped his game up in the last couple of episodes.
After stating that Legion needed an added kick to ramp things up again, “Chapter 7” was able to do that and more. With the reemergence of the Division 3 interrogator thought dead in episode one, things are certainly about to get wild.
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