Directed by Charlie McDowell
Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern
* For a recap & review of Chapter 14, click here.
* For a recap & review of Chapter 16, click here.
Love the little unreliable narrator moments re: David (Dan Stevens), as this episode begins with an “ostensibly on Legion.” Quite the nice little addition before we even get into the meat and potatoes of Chapter 15.
The other Narrator (Jon Hamm) tells us about “moral panic” and discusses how society gets to that place. We briefly look at it through the lens of comic books, the worry that fiction infects those who are easily influenced – i.e. youth. We also briefly see a glimpse of how things went for women accused of being witches hundreds of years ago. Same as the nationalist concern over immigration, et cetera. But the fear itself isn’t the issue, it’s those being frightened, and in turn how they react to that fright.
In the meantime, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) is working on his futuristic car, spitting up coins. Y’know, the usual type of astral plane shit. He soon hears David yelling at him over an intercom. Then, he and David are sitting across from one another for a little chat. The younger mutant is very unhappy about what’s happened to his sister, Amy (Katie Aselton). The Shadow King tries to turn David against his sister, and he also brings up the fact the brother’s had some seriously bad thoughts about his sister in the past. Of course that’s likely due to his schizophrenia issues. However, Farouk’s trying to provoke Mr. Haller into devastating action. Hopefully our man doesn’t spiral into a bad place.
“Gods make rules. They don’t follow them.”
David’s already underestimated his nemesis, who’s locked him in a room with memories of Amy. He’s stuck there, as the Shadow King is running off to find his body before anyone else. The whole situation gets pretty creepy. That is, until David begins to unleash a bit of his anger.
Out of the sensory deprivation tank and back to Division 3, David’s at least got Syd (Rachel Keller) looking out for him. Although I feel bad for her. Because it’s not easy to deal with someone like David, despite her best intentions. All the same, they do talk a bit, about him meeting her in the future. Quite the strange conversation. Dig it. They eventually get into “ground rules” for their relationship re: the future Syd. A hilarious and sweet scene.
Some serious shit is going down in the future. Farouk’s whole suicide future car is about getting TO the future. Perfect, no? He finds future Syd, and they get to a serious talk. They discuss David, and games of chance. He basically taunts her, flaunting his immense power. He also talks a good, circular game, in hopes of finding out something useful. Future Syd she needs Farouk to prevent the end of the world. Pretty sure David’s going to inadvertently cause whatever future devastation occurs. The Shadow King finds it ironic and hilarious he’s been the one scapegoated so long, while he’s actually supposed to be a hero rather than a villain.
What about Lenny (Aubrey Plaza)? She’s got some of Amy’s final moments trapped in her head. She’s trapped in a cell at Division 3, antagonising Syd through the bars. And there she’ll stay for however long, going crazier and crazier.
Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris) is experiencing troubles. He gets a visit from the Vermillion (Jelly Howie/Brittney Parker Rose/Lexa Gluck). He sees a vision of Admiral Fukyama (Marc Oka), whose face reveals an even eerier vision within it. This makes the poor guy, still lying in his bed, scream out in the night. Afterwards, he’s like a man sleepwalking, body moving independently of his own mind. He makes a visit to the rooms of the others around Division 3, whispering things into their ears as they sleep. Uh oh, this doesn’t spell anything good. Combined with him leaving eggs on their bedside tables, whispering into them, too. More of the little creatures to crawl in their ears? Fukyama’s got eyes EVERYWHERE!
David goes into the future, speaking with Syd there again. He hears about the “maybe apocalypse” plan with Farouk, and he doesn’t dig it, either. He hates the Shadow King, worse now after what he’s done to Amy. And it’s hard to reconcile with Syd suddenly trusting him to help them.
There are troubles at Division 3. Clark (Hamish Linklater), Ptonomy, Kerry (Amber Midthunder), and Syd are all not doing well. They’re each experiencing mental distress thanks to Fukyama and his Vermillion. Speaking of, the Vermillion come across Kerry and Ptonomy, though they’re able to regenerate, and that’s tough. Good thing Kerry and Ptonomy are tougher. Elsewhere, David finds hundreds of eggshells all over the floor. Holy shit.
Clark and Syd find Fukyama, ordering him to remove his basket. They see some creepy creature underneath. David arrives quick, preventing them from shooting Fukyama, who’s actually NOT a weird creature. So, David pulls one of those weird egg creatures out of both Syd and Clark’s heads. Not so easy with Ptonomy, it seems. He bends over, vomiting a pool of black tar, and then a massive creature grows out of him and stands tall. The thing runs off into the halls with David on its tail. He and Kerry confront it, but the thing can walk on walls and the ceiling, so it gets away easily. Meanwhile, Ptonomy’s dying, so the Vermillion will preserve his mind in “the mainframe” – a peaceful, forest-like space, where his consciousness will remain intact.
Through Division 3, David tracks the beast. He jumps into its mind, a scene reminiscent of an old Ray Harryhausen dinosaur flick. Eventually, David’s able to will himself to a normal size, and the beast down to that of an ant. He sticks it in a jar and kills it. Done and done. Just as ideas can morph into monstrosities, we see what began as a little egg transformed into a horrifying beast. Love the way Legion deals with metaphors, packed into such a surreal and at times absurd package. Amazing writing.
Sad to see Ptonomy go. He’s up there in the mainframe, so there’s always hope. That is, if his consciousness can survive. He’s got nothing left except his mind, his memories, and anything traumatic lurking in his past.
This series can’t get any better. If it does, I may die. And I’d be fine with that, so long as it keeps blowing my mind until then. Chapter 16 should be pretty damn interesting.