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Legion – Chapter 7 – Everything Coming Together…

So, some of my worry has started to get answered here.  We’re getting a lot of direct answers to a lot of questions, which is good because there is only one episode left for the season.  I’m not saying there won’t be a twist, but things are feeling pretty solid.  I’m starting to feel pretty confident about what is real and what is all in David’s head.

So, anyway, we have a name now for our demon parasite, in The Shadow King, Faruk.  Most of the episode follows the exploits of everyone trying to escape from the prison that The Shadow King has created for them, including David himself.  I’m kind of curious, maybe I’m forgetting something, but it’s not clear where Ptonomy is most of this episode.  He wakes up at the end with everyone else but he doesn’t show up at all in the Asylum, not that I noticed.

I’m still not sure how The Eye or Oliver fit in either.  The Eye bites it though, rather unceremoniously, so we may never get answers.  Oliver seems to have escaped with the others, but I’m not sure how he got trapped there in the first place.

Probably the most exciting bit, right near the beginning, we get a glimpse and a hint, of the wheelchair, the one used by David’s real father.

Legion – Chapter 6 – The Mind Rots from the Inside

Things are actually finally coming together a bit.  Which is good because we only have two episodes left after this one.  Legion has been renewed for a second season however, which is good news, I suppose, though I kind of wonder where they could really go next.  This entire season seems to be all about, I dunno, freeing, saving David from his demons, I suppose.

And what a demon.  Demons?  That’s not super clear.  Aubrey Plaza as Lenny though was really great this episode.  There was also a bit of a brief glimpse that she is the fat ugly guy haunting David’s mind as well.  More specifically, being a parasite on David’s mind.  It’s still not clear on some of the other glimpses or characters.  Who is The Worlds Angriest Boy in the World who keeps popping up.  Is The Eye real and how does he fit into all of this?  Who is the diver, really, and why is Cary wearing his suit at the end?

Speaking of Cary, and Kerry, they got quite a bit of real development this round as well.  Cary went off and met with the mysterious diver and poor Kerry is being stalked by The Eye around the asylum.  Then there is Melanie, who didn’t do a lot in this episode but seems to have discovered the truth by breaking out tot he real world, though the question is, how can she save them from being shot?  I half expected her to just stand there and take the bullets thus saving David and Syd.

I feel like a broken record but I’m still not entirely convinced anything is real.  It’s essentially a battle between the good personalities of David’s mind and the evil ones, for control of the whole.

Also Lenny brought up David’s real dad again, though no reveal on who it was.  She did mentions something about “Playing the saint while giving up his son,” which really kind of does imply a particular character from the larger X-men universe.

Legion – Chapter 5 – Who is Behind the Face

So, I’m just going to run a bit here, with some mentions of the comic, or at least the comic as I under stand it from researching the background of Legion.  So, as I under stand it, Legion, David, whatever, in the comics, his core mutant power, is that he sort of absorbs the souls of dead mutants, for lack of an better description.  These other mutants become a part of his mind and personality, and they manifest, powers and all, sort of as needed.  This gives the projection of Schizophrenia, though it’s not really quite the same thing.  He also may or may not actually have psychic power, though for all intents and purposes, does.  I say may not, because the psychic power may just be the manifestation of an absorbed personality.

So if there is some angle along those lines going on here, this is part of why I question the reality of anything in this entire series.  It’s entirely possible that every character we’ve seen, including the ones in Division 3, are some manifestation of David’s many absorbed personalities, these people not realizing that they are in his mind, and not in the real world.  This would also explain the schizoid pace of the show.

The inner conflict presented in the show, is for control of the mind of Legion.  There are players outside the realm of “The good guys” like the big fat dude, Lenny and The Eye.  It’s possible that David, is a psychic mutant, but he is also simply new to the mind world.

I’m probably way off base here though.

Anyway, Kerry recovers from being shot and David heads out to rescue his sister, we don’t see it, but he obliterated Division’s army with no problem.  Everyone ends up at David’s childhood home where things start to get crazy and Lenny shows up as sort of the personification/projection of the evil of David’s mind.  Everyone ends up back in the asylum together as a set up for the next episode.  Things feel like they are moving along but there still isn’t a clear direction for the show unfortunately, which is probably the point.

Oh and David’s sister admits he is adopted, which will probably lead to the revelation of the true identity of his parents, we’ll just have to see if they follow the comics here or not.  I feel like there actually could be a fun cameo at some point if they do.

Legion – Chapter 4 – What is Real Edition

So, things are moving a long a bit.  We get a little bit of background and insight to the supporting cast, since David is trapped in his mind still. What’s not clear, is if the others are quite free from his mind yet.  I admit, I’m extrapolating a bit from what I’ve read about Legion in the comics, but the TV/ Movie stuff doesn’t always match that stuff.

It’s kind of a shame that this is separate from the MCU, since there are mentions of the Astraea plain, like Doctor Strange traverses.  The idea of being trapped in the mind of David also isn’t all that different from what’s going on with The Framework over on Agents of SHIELD, at least in basic concept.

Anyway, Sydney, Kerry and Ptonomy all head out into the world to investigate David’s past.  Including meeting with this old girlfriend and doctor.  There’s still some glimpses in the world of things that may not be real, which suggests they are still in his mind.  There is also the angle of David being Schizophrenic, and being multiple people, an angle from the comics, I’m not entirely sure that everyone involved here is not just David, or a projection of David’s.  There’s a bit of a suggestion of this idea with Cary/Kerry, who apparently share a body, though Kerry can leave at times to take care of the dirty work, which we get to see a bit of when Division shows up to capture the little investigation crew.

Syd rescues them by swapping with The Eye, before David shows up to rescue them.  Which goes a bit south because no one else knows that Syd and the Eye have swapped until it’s too late.

Generally, this episode was a much better change of pace from last week’s kind of snooze fest.

Legion – Chapter 3 – Two Credits Sequences Edition

Anyone know why this show has two sets of end credit at the end?  There’s the 70s white and colors version, then a break, then a standard black and white words with music credits…

So, I continue to be fascinated by the slow build going on in this show, but I also am starting to wonder… where is this going?  I’m enjoying it, and like I mentioned early on, it’s only 8 episodes so I’ll stick to it, but things are starting to feel a little directionless.

So far, it’s essentially just a character exploration of this David dude.  Things are moving along though.  The creepy fat face dude has shown up more and more, and not just as a flash.  There’s definitely more going on with The World’s Angriest Boy in the World, since now he’s manifesting within the memories.

Things are also starting to spice up a bit within David’s mind in general. Syd is actually interacting with other characters, so maybe she is a real person after all, and David seems to have gotten himself a bit trapped in his own mind.  His powers are also developing a bit.  Not a whole lot that was really new though, this episode almost felt like a retread of Episode 2 to some extent.

Total side note, Kerry (not to be confused with Cary) looks way too much like Aubrey Plaza, and I keep wanting to confuse Kerry with Lenny.  Kind of poor casting there it seems, unless something comes of this in the future.

On another side note, I also have picked up the Legion comic on Comixology, though the little bit I’ve read has zero to do with this show’s content, so either it’s just way different, or this is not the “initial series” with the character like I though, which kind of stinks.

Recap – Agents of Shield S04E15

Coulson… Must… Die…  For reals, he totally gets blowed up.  Ok, no, it was an LMD, because, you know, last we left our crew, everyone was locked in the Framework having been replaced by LMDs.

What an episode, and it’s the end of the arc for the LMDs, more or less.  It seems there is also a break until April as well, which really sucks.  Anyway, this was a really good episode, like, really good.  Fitz and Simmons were amazing, Daisy was fucking awesome the whole way, and the LMD crew were pretty good at being robots.  We also got a really solid wrap up for NotMay, who ended up being a decent temporary character.

I’ll get into a bit more detail and probably some speculation next with the spoiler space…

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Legion – Chapter 2 – Finding Yourself Inside Your Lost Head

Just a side note, these episodes don’t have subtitles or names beyond “Chapter X”, I just add that for fun.  Sort of how I add little descriptor bits instead of episode names to my Agents of SHIELD recaps.

This second Episode of Legion was certainly less trippy than the first, though there was, ironically, some actual tripping at one point, briefly.  Things pick up essentially right after David was rescued at the end of the last episode, most of the episode involves David going on a mind trip through the powers of a Mutant, Ptonomy, who can work on people’s Memories to try to find the source of his Schizophrenia.  Melanie, the leader of whatever this group is called, is working to convince David that he isn’t crazy, the crazy is just a side effect of his Psychic powers.

Most of the episode is a trip down memory lane, there’s a bit involving him and his friend Lenny selling a stove for drugs, and some brief bits where David is talking to his shrink about why his girlfriend left him and some scenes involving a very young David being read a story called “The World’s Angriest Boy in the World” which seems to be about a father killing some kid’s mother.  We don’t actually get to see the father however, he is shrouded in shadow.  There is a spoiler here from the comics, but I’ll skip it for now, and it may not be in the show anyway.

The underlying plot though is that David has memories he is keeping hidden from the others, and unlocking them may be the key to figuring out his problems.  I’m also not convinced of who is real and who is not either.  Lenny shows up in a memory and “died” in the first episode, but she may still just be part of his Schizophrenia.  Syd Barret, David’s girlfriend may or may not be real either.  She is hanging around in this episode a lot, but always int he background or off to the side, it’s very… Fight Club… in it’s presentation.

There is also a bit at the end where David’s sister comes to the Asylum looking for him, but they claim he has never been there, and then Division 3 show up and take her into custody, which sets up David wanting to rescue her after seeing a vision of her in danger.

It’ll be interesting to see where things go next to be sure.

Recap – Agents of SHIELD S04E14 – Six Degrees of Agent Coulson

The Superior made a promise, Coulson… Must.. Die…

Such an ominous threat to make in the middle of a season against the lead character from an almost nobody villain.  Which is my biggest complaint with The Superior, he kind of feels like a nobody, and not particularly amazing in any regards.   I suppose that might be the point, the whole sub plot here felt very… “Civil War Lite”.  At least as far as the motivations of the villain.  Basically his only power is Vodka and “Being Russian”.

Kind of some mystery sub plots going on here but mostly this was a good episode.  Daisy was really great in this one, though she didn’t do much aside from kick ass a few times.

Onward with the spoilers…

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