Review: Legion S01E03: Chapter 3

Legion starts this week’s episode off with David in a calm state that quickly goes awry. A lot of time is spent in David’s memories since Melanie still wants to know where his powers originated. The episode is filled with trippy memories that invoke different images and emotions for both David and Syd as they walk through them.

This episode is the first time we really get a glimpse of Melanie Bird alone as she’s waiting for her coffee to be made. It turns out the voice in the machine that tells a story is the voice of her late husband. She’s standing there alone and has the machine repeat the story just so she can hear his voice. It’s nice to see that even at the helm of Summerland, Melanie still has some stuff of her own to work through. She seems to have everything all figured out, but in reality she still struggles with the same things anyone else would.

Ptonomy deals with a lot of memory work in this episode. In the first memory, he’s unable to get them out and says it’s due to David resisting. The effects during these memories are simply outstanding. Due to budgets, some shows don’t seem to be able to pull off a good amount of special effects super well. Thankfully, that is not the case with this show. There’s no doubt that the special effects add substance to the show. It allows us to see the extent of David’s powers and see just how bizarre things can get when he’s out of control.

Throughout the episode Syd and David have some nice little moments to themselves. Spreading these moments out really helps to make it feel like they aren’t forcing this relationship. It’s something that both looks and feels natural. There are awkward moments and endearing ones, which is what makes it work so well. We also see a lot of David’s friendship with Lenny come to fruition during the memory work. They’ve stuck with each other for quite some time now so she’s bound to play an important role in this.

When Syd, Ptonomy, Melanie, and David all dive into his memories after sedation, things get even weirder. David is a child guiding them through the memories because of the sedation and Syd is finally able to touch him. After a long hug, they get a move on and Syd starts seeing the same yellow-eyed person that David did in the first memory this episode. This leaves room for speculation on what it means that Syd and David can see this person but Melanie and Ptonomy can’t. It will be interesting to see down the line how David’s memories affect various people.

Each episode of this show so far has brought us more and more to dive into. Legion isn’t a largely popular character in the Marvel universe. I didn’t even know who he was going into this show and it’s still enjoyable. This just goes to show what can be accomplished with the characters that aren’t already insanely popular. This show keeps you on your toes and it’s one of those shows that you really need to pay attention to because you won’t want to miss any of it. Another excellent episode is in the books.