Legion Recap: “Chapter 3”

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David, Syd, Melanie, and Ptonomy take a field trip further into David’s mind and it becomes a true horror show for them and us.

Spoilers Within Spoilers Within…

The Deep End

Knowing there is a clock ticking on Amy Haller’s life, Melanie decides the best way to get David’s power under control is to dive right into the difficult stuff. She wants to look at the memories David attempted to hide. Specifically, the kitchen scene.

Ptonomy, Melanie, and David start at the beginning of the memory when Lenny and David are getting high and Philly comes home. An argument between David and Philly ensues which leads to David making his kitchen explode. Melanie is excited to see a huge outburst of telekinetic energy from David, but things turn dark quickly as the Yellow-Eyed Blob starts to make its appearance. Accept Melanie and Ptonomy can’t see it. Fearing for everyone’s lives, David inadvertently teleports the three of them from the Memory Room to another area of Summerland.

Melanie takes David back to Cary, who hilariously asks David not to destroy his lab again (“I’m not going to promise that”). The brain doc tells the powerful mutant to think of something stressful while they measure his brain waves. His sister is in the hands of some bad people, so of course Lenny is going to pop up and take it upon herself to remind David that while he is letting Melanie and Cary mess with his brain, the Division 3 goons are probably violating Amy in ways that are unspeakable.

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David begins to channel himself into finding his sister and starts to levitate. Syd runs into the room to try to help and David projects both his and Syd’s consciousness into the room with Amy while she is being interrogated. The Eye spots their projections and David pulls the two of them back to Summerland.

Down the Rabbit Hole

They need to go back in David’s memories, but this time he needs to be sedated and revert to a simpler state inside his mind. Syd wants to make the trip with them, but David tells her no. He doesn’t want her to see the worst parts of himself. He has done some pretty bad things in his past. David loves her and doesn’t want to lose her. Syd assures David she loves him too and what she sees will not affect her feelings.

Back inside David’s mind, Melanie, Ptonomy, and Syd are guided by a younger David. Since the group is only a manifestation inside his mind, Syd can touch the Young David without switching bodies. Her giving young David a hug was so much more touching than any other moment of intimacy the two have shared on the show so far and I’m not crying… you are!

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The memory trip starts as David is breaking into his former therapist’s office to score some drugs. The memory version of David starts to remember his sessions with Dr. Poole (creating a very cool memory within a memory) and goes looking for the tapes of the talks to destroy. Things inside the memory start to get dark as a malevolent presence starts to manifest. Melanie and Ptonomy once again can’t see or feel it, just Young David and Syd. Young David runs and Syd follows, leaving the others behind.

The two run through a few other memories, one in particular I’m sure David didn’t want Syd to see, before ending up back in Young David’s house where a life-sized version of the Angriest Boy from the scary book shows up and chases them into an air vent. Syd’s fear wakes her up and smacks Ptonomy with a pillow to get him up and going as well. The two attempt to wake Melanie and David, but they remain out and in David’s memories.

There Melanie finds herself back in Young David’s bedroom. She starts to read The World’s Angriest Boy in the World not knowing the Yellow-Eyed Blob is manifesting behind her as she looks through the gruesome images. The book closes on her hands violently as the shock and pain bring Melanie out of the memory. David remains under and stuck inside the worst place for him to be. His own mind.

Thoughts and Questions

Raise your hand if you kept dreaming of that life-sized version of the Angriest Boy. Yeah, me too.

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This week’s Legion took us further into David’s mind exploring the consequences of tragedy that has colored the powerful mutant’s mind (notice this week, Melanie actually used the word mutant). Also, Melanie was able to see the faces of his parents when David couldn’t.

Syd proposes those are not David’s real memories, and in the preview for next week’s episode she supposes they are false memories planted there to protect David’s real ones. Who planted those fake memories? Does it have anything to do with David’s real parentage?

Syd could sense the Yellow-Eyed Blob when the others couldn’t because she had been inside David’s head before. She also shares an emotional connection with him the others do not.

Before pulling his astroprojection act, David was remembering trick-or-treating with his sister when they were younger. There a life-sized version of the Angriest Boy chased him around. Did something happen that night which is memories are protecting him from? Does it have something to do with the events depicted in the book?

Amy may have known David had powers and was not mentally ill. The Division 3 Interrogator started to relay conversations Amy had with her fiancé about strange goings on in their house growing up and Amy knew they had to do with David. Why would Amy keep these thoughts to herself while watching her brother suffer?

What new revelations will we discover on the other side of the looking glass?!?

Till Next Week!

 


About the author: The Nerdling has an unhealthy obsession with books, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Star Wars. She finds hockey to be the best sport in the world (Go Dallas Stars!) and is working on her first novel, but mostly glowers at a blank screen. You can find her on Twitter @nerdlingstale

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