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.