Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What I’m Watching: Legion

Legion: Season 1, Episode 7 “Chapter 7” (B+)

This was the second consecutive episode that took place almost entirely within our protagonist’s mind, and what a mesmerizing journey it was to watch them all, including David, fight their way back to reality. I loved the interactions between Cary and Oliver, who definitely has gotten lost within the astral plane, unsure about what saving daylight meant and convinced that his wife was Asian. It’s incredible to see Melanie as she watches the man she loved who is an on-the-spot poet and can’t be bothered to understand what their connection was, and she’s so happy to see him that she’s all for being enchanted by his disconnect. I really liked the glasses that they gave to Syd, who was so on point that she already knew exactly what was going on and what to do about it when Cary tried to read her in. I don’t know what to say about the silent-movie style black-and-white which included subtitles, but what a thrill it was for them to move their bodies and escape both the prison of David’s mind and certain death. Unfortunately, just as soon as they were free and had mostly trapped Lenny inside the very same coffin David found himself in earlier in the episode, a new threat emerged in the form of a very badly burned, very angry Hamish Linklater, who instructed his forces to kill everyone except for David. That worrisome ending even suggested that maybe Lenny breaking out of the coffin was a good since he/she/it could save everyone out of sheer fury and self-preservation. On a lighter note, I find it funny that British actors always seem to want to use their real accents as Dan Stevens did in this episode, though I’ll admit that the tutorial about who his father was proved to be quite informative and helpful.

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