Legion’s short season continues along its psychedelic way in the not creatively-named “Chapter 7.” Most of the cast are still trapped in the illusionary version of the Clockworks Institute, presided over by Lennie. Lennie is playing a very different version of doctor in this world, and most of them would rather not be playing.
Just like everything else in this series, the halls themselves are changeable. They flicker back and forth between looking fairly normal and having unsteady light in tones of red. It looks a little like a Star Trek red alert. Walter is stalking Kerry though the corridors, while monstrous forms grab at her. Not at all like her usual brave, warrior self, Kerry is hiding and cowering.
Also having a bad day is David’s sister Amy. She’s in a room with the yellow-eyed demon, which changes to Lennie before demanding answers from her. Lennie is particularly interested in the day David was dropped off at Amy’s family’s home. Amy was barely four, and can’t remember much, just her parents talking to a man. Among the images that we see in this scene is a chair with a very familiar X design on the wheels. That makes a lot of sense given who David’s father is in the comics. Lennie keeps wanting to know “what he did with it,” repeating this several times before getting distracted when she realizes one of her prisoners has escaped.
Oliver and Cary have a very disjointed conversation in Oliver’s icy hideaway in the Astral Plane. Oliver skips around to various topics that include Daylight Savings Time and barbershop quartets. Eventually, they get down to business, David and his long-term guest. They finally reveal what the monster is, which probably won’t mean anything to anyone who isn’t an X-Men fan (the comics, not the movies or cartoons).
Cary borrows Oliver’s diver suit (which is, of course, called Jules Verne) and goes to see Syd. He brings her to an isolated capsule where they can talk privately. Instead of the anticipated exposition dump Cary thought he’d be giving Syd, she’s actually already figured most of this out. Smart girl, Syd. She’ll handle things in the hospital, while Cary makes it so she’s “not murdered when I wake up.” Cary has special glasses that Oliver constructed, which will let her (and the others, there are multiple pair) see through some of the illusions.
After a brief aside of David trapped in a coffin, and about as happy as you’d expect from that, they return to Melanie somehow or other getting to the real world and seeing the team about to be shot. Cary and Oliver are there, too, and Oliver comments, “Quite a pickle.” Melanie’s longed-for reunion with Oliver doesn’t go quite as expected. Upset, Melanie wanders off and finds Rudy, their combat telekinetic, who is not looking good. He is the patient that David and Ptonomy saw drooling in the faux-Clockworks. In said Clockworks, Syd manages to find Kerry and get her the glasses.
Back in the coffin, David is quite literally beside himself. After he talks to himself a while, he spends some time actually trying to figure out what’s going on. He works out a good bit about the monster and his own background. Feeling a lot more confident, he starts turning his energies towards freeing himself.
Syd, Kerry, and Rudy try and get through the Clockworks construct, which is looking worse and worse. In the real world, or their version of it, Oliver comes up with a unique way to save David and Syd from the impending hail of bullets. Just because things weren’t weird enough, part of Syd and company’s quest for David turns into a silent movie, complete with dialogue cards. Lennie, either through random evil or to make a point, deals with Walter in a very decisive way. I don’t think he’ll back in season two. As Lennie terrorizes people in two different planes of reality, David finally fights his way free and into the real world, and manages to resolve the hanging threat of the bullets. Everyone manages to recover from their trip to not-quite Clockworks. Well, except Walter.
The crew gets back to Summerland, and things seem to be going really well. That’d be a great place to stop, except this is episode seven of eight, so there’s more coming. David has Cary’s halo device on, which seems to be keeping “Lennie” under control. Cary doesn’t react well to David reaching up for it as if he was going to take it off at one point. Amy is with them, and makes a passing reference to emailing her husband, thus muddying the waters even more about exactly when this is set. They get an ugly surprise to end the episode and give us a hell of a cliffhanger before the final episode.
What I liked: It was weird, but the silent film bit was kinda funny. David’s scene of talking to himself was nicely done. Oliver is entertainingly offbeat. The effect for what happened to Walter was ugly, but rendered well.
What I didn’t: While at times maybe a bit odder than it needs to be, this was actually a pretty good episode. I’m not wild about some of choices they make, there was nothing really off on this one.
I’ll give this a 4 out of 5. The season finale should be quite a show.