Thursday, May 3, 2018

Legion - Chapter 13

"Chapter 13" features two storylines that will eventually merge to the horror of our series protagonist, who doesn't make his first appearance until more than halfway through the episode. While Oliver (Jemaine Clement) and the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) go on a road trip in search of a body, Division 3 deals with the sudden appearance of Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) who has no answers for Clark (Hamish Linklater) as to how she's walking around again. Despite David's truce with the evil mutant, it appears the Shadow King can't help but fuck with David who eventually sits down and talks with Lenny, slowly working out the truth of what happened to her and just whose body she's now walking around in.

In an episode with a donut truck shaped like a submarine feeding miners in the middle of nowhere, its Lenny who is the most perplexing piece of the story, and director Noah Hawley takes great glee in the tense staging of the late reveal. As David slowly fits the disconnected pieces together from Lenny's mind he's horrified by what he learns. Any chance of a shaky piece between the show's villain and hero appears to be long gone at this point, no matter what the future Syd (Rachel Keller may want. As to the "truth" that Lenny share Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), which ties into the insidious ideas premise from earlier this season, I'll admit I'm still unsure as to just what, or who, to believe.

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