Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What I’m Watching: Legion

Legion: Season 1, Episode 6 “Chapter 6” (B+)

If I’m understanding things correctly – and I think I am – this entire episode took place inside David’s mind. Lenny is the manifestation of the much more powerful, evil mutant that exists within him, and therefore she got to play the doctor sitting down and diagnosing all of her patients with whatever they didn’t want to hear to make them feel inferior and incompetent. It’s a terrifying concept, but it was extraordinarily well-executed, and a superb showcase for Aubrey Plaza, who I thought was perfect back when she was supposed to be just an actually disturbed inmate at the mental institution and not a villain who uses intimidation, seduction, and manipulation to her advantage. Syd seemed to be the most aware that something was wrong, noting the strangeness of David confusing their conditions. Explained as a dream that doesn’t quite seem right, this makes total sense since none of them, including the Eye, who had a few humorous moments interacting with Dr. Lenny, were able to realize that they were in the wrong place and that things didn’t add up. Lenny telling Cary and Kerry that it wasn’t healthy for them to be so inseparable was amusing, particularly with their reaction to that comment. Maybe the man in the mask can help them get out of there, because we saw how difficult it was to wake David up after they all got trapped in his head the first time, and I don’t see how anyone else is going to be able to turn that door into a real existent door that’s consistently there.