This episode of Legion displays the insanity in which we all secretly teeter on. There is a fine line that separates reality from the nightmarish landscape that brings us to question everything, but perhaps this is a good thing. It keeps you present and forever wondering what will happen next.
Running on delusions and reeling from a significant loss, there is only chaos ahead for David (Dan Stevens). The world that surrounds them all is slowly breaking apart, this is the beginning of the end if they aren’t careful. Farouk (Navid Negahban) has them right where he wants them, an inevitable fate of destruction awaits them.
Moral panic makes its great debut in this episode. It is all connected in this world, the frightened and the fear go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other. David has had enough of Farouk, now is the time to face down the demon. Although Farouk makes a compelling case to seize the day and do as one pleases, they don’t owe an explanation to anyone. There is a part of David that want’s to give in to the temptation and freedom of being in complete control. Could there be truth to this god-like complex the shadow king is selling?
In each passing episode you walk into it knowing that your mind and emotions are about to go through one hell of a mind warp. If anything, the consistency of mayhem seems to pave the way for each of these powerful characters. Without it they would not exist. The writers go above and beyond to create that atmosphere in which we must question everything.
The present and future are melding together. Sometimes the hero ends up being the villain, especially if future Syd (Rachel Keller) has her way. Do we have it all wrong? Have the roles really been reversed? Must David be eliminated in order for the earth to have a chance? These are the questions that will keep eluding us, for now that is.
I don’t think I will ever get used to the jarring nature of “basket head” and his Vermillion minions. There is something unsettling about the whole situation, but that’s what makes for a great piece of entertainment. No one is safe from being infiltrated and violated, there is certainly more going on than meets the eye.
I can’t even begin to explain the ending of this episode. It’s almost beyond the realm of comprehension, but it is a brilliant piece of television. Death will eventually reach them all, just not at the hands of a brain parasite. Not everyone gets out of this one unscathed, unfortunately.
You can catch a new episode of Legion, Monday, May 21st on FX at 10/9c.