Thursday, May 17, 2018

Legion - Chapter 15

The follow up to the most disappointing episode of the season so far circles back around to the themes presented earlier this season about a dangerous idea spreading and becoming a mass delusion. The metaphor of the hatched creatures crawling within the minds of Division 3 literally comes true as Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Syd (Rachel Keller, Clark (Hamish Linklater), and Kerry (Amber Midthunder) set out to kill Admiral Fukyama. David (Dan Stevens) returns from his encounter with future Syd in time to suss out what is happening before his mind-controlled friends are able to act on their frantic impulses. David is able to confront and destroy the creature, in an episode that features a number of bizarre sequences, but not before it kills one member of the group. While mostly separate from the season arc of David hunting/helping his enemy, the episode pays off the scenes from earlier weeks (while also showing just how easily David can deal with almost any threat).

The episode also gives us another confrontation between Shadow King (Navid Negahban) and David as the super-villain continues to taunt him. More importantly, the episode offers a confrontation between Farouk and future Syd in which the potential true villain of the series (the evil so great that Division 3 needs the Shadow King to help fight it) is revealed. As expected, that threat is David himself. Future David, whether on purpose or accident, is the looming threat to every one of these characters. Now that the Shadow King knows this, will this change his behavior towards David (who, according to future Syd, he's destined to loose to)?

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