Legion continues to question why should it ever be like any comic book adaptation you are used to? Why can’t it be weird, trippy, and a bit of a mind f—?
Episode Focus: I’m Trying/Tried To Work With You David (Lenny and David)
Lenny has created a fictional world, one based on the hospital where David met Syd, and she even put Dr. Bird and the rest in there. The hope was, this would make David happy. However, it seems all he wants is for Syd to be happy and she is asking too many questions, discovering things she shouldn’t, and it is becoming a problem.
So, Lenny starts to get real with David. She reveals his dad tried to separate the two of them, his biological dad, but she found him anyway. They perhaps knew each other since the womb. And while she would love to join forces, perhaps combat god for supremacy, David’s incessant focus on love is becoming too much of a bother. Making it so she locks him away in a coffin-sized box and seems prepped to take over the body she needs.
While Legion is a bit all over the place, thus far it shows that it handles its psychological elements well. Take this episode and what Lenny is doing. Through Plaza, who I can’t praise enough, you almost find yourself believing that maybe everything we saw with the guns and Dr. Bird’s hideout was just in David’s head. Well, if not Syd’s since she is the one who is supposed to be delusional while David is a manic depressive.
But, either way, as Plaza holds sessions in which Ptonomy talks about his mom’s death when he was 5, as we watch Kerry/Cary have a session, Dr. Bird, and even The Eye aka Walter, it is hard not to question if we are being screwed with. Which, in a way, we were. For then there is a dance sequence featuring Plaza, one less cringeworthy than the one from episode 1, and it is revealed she has fooled all but Syd that they are in a nut house.
Though with Lenny growing tired of maintaining the upkeep of the place, you have to wonder what will happen next. As we saw, David and Syd are at the wrong end of a machine gun so the body Lenny wants is about to be shot up. Plus, while Lenny may have locked David away, Oliver, alongside Cary, is saving everyone else. So will it eventually come to an Oliver and Lenny standoff to end the season? Only time will tell.