Legion Recap: White Noise

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Legion recap here.

We’re more than halfway through this first season of Legion now, and we’re starting to understand how David’s mutant mind works (and doesn’t work). But this week’s episode threw a few new curveballs at us… including a truly WTF moment at the end that threatened to take us all the way back to square one.

David and Syd bring a wounded Kerry back to Summerland so Cary can patch up his bodymate. And David has a newfound confidence — you could even call it arrogance — after rescuing Syd. He calls himself “the Magic Man” and tells Syd with a devilish smile, “I found a way for us to be together.” He whisks her away to an alternate reality: a pristine, all-white room that he’s created for them with his mind. She’s hesitant at first, but is delighted to see that in the White Room, they can actually touch each other… without gloves! Judging from the bugs crawling all over a dish of strawberries, though, the White Room still has a few kinks in it.

A puffed-up David informs Melanie that he and Syd will be leaving in the morning to rescue his sister Amy from the Division 3 baddies. Melanie warns him against doing that without a solid plan in place, but he shrugs her off: “I’ll be fine.” Back in the White Room, David and Syd sleep together for the first time, and Syd tells him, “Promise me: If we get lost, we get lost together.” But while she’s asleep, David retreats to the bathroom and chats with Lenny, who convinces him to fight Division 3 alone. When Syd wakes up, he’s already gone.

Legion Episode 5 Melanie FX MarvelSyd runs and tells Melanie and Ptonomy, and they all (along with some unnamed Summerland redshirt) pile into a car to the tune of Radiohead’s sinister dirge “The Daily Mail” and head to the Division 3 base. There, they find carnage everywhere: mangled bodies of soldiers stuck inside the pavement, cars flipped over and on fire. They check out surveillance footage and see David joyfully waltzing through the halls, murdering soldiers at will by waving his arms like an orchestra conductor. They also see the Devil With the Yellow Eyes in ragged clothes, vaporizing soldiers left and right.

David and Amy are gone, and the Summerland gang finally gets to the room where Walter (aka The Eye) tortured Amy with leeches. There, the other old man who interrogated Amy lies near death, muttering: “We thought we were ready… so much power.” He tells them David took Amy, and warns them to be careful (“it wears a human face”) before finally dying. Syd is, understandably, freaked out by this point: Who is this guy she’s fallen in love with?

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Cary chimes in with a theory: He watched a recording of David’s MRI and saw flashes of the Devil With the Yellow Eyes, along with David as a child. He thinks David actually is schizophrenic, and the Devil is a “parasite” that burrowed its way into David’s brain years ago. It may have rewritten David’s memories — and may be rewriting theirs, too. Syd zaps back to the White Room to find David playing the banjo and singing “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, with his beagle King and the World’s Angriest Boy nearby. She zaps back to tell Melanie and the crew: “He went home.” (So he’s locked himself away inside his childhood memories?)

Legion Episode 5 Syd FX MarvelDavid, meanwhile, takes Amy back to their childhood home, and they’re suddenly joined by Lenny. (Or Benny. Or King. Or the World’s Angriest Boy. Lenny morphs into all of the above, really.) David insists to a terrified Amy, “You know something about me,” and wants to know what it is. Amy finally spits out the truth: David was adopted. Their parents wanted to tell David, but Amy thought it would make things worse. Well, glad we avoided that unpleasantness!

The Summerland gang arrives at David’s house — with Walter, who survived that Division 3 massacre, lurking in the woods. As they approach, they hear a shrill ringing noise, and suddenly, none of them can speak. Inside, the house is dark and spooky, with figments of David’s imagination like the World’s Angriest Boy running around. Cary joins them, holding a sort of collar he’s fashioned in the lab to separate David from the demon inside him. Oh, and Walter has shape-shifted to disguise himself as that Summerland redshirt.

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Syd finds Amy sitting on the floor in a room upstairs, and gets thrown against the wall by Lenny, who mounts a comatose David and tongue-kisses him. The rest of the gang comes into the room, including Redshirt, who pulls out a gun and fires at David. Syd pushes him out of the way and yells at him to take them back to the White Room. He does, but it’s messed up there: The Devil With the Yellow Eyes chases Syd across the room while David stands frozen, powerless to help her. Syd falls down on the bed, screaming, and the Devil looms over her when…

Suddenly, Syd is awake, as if out of a bad dream, and sitting in a circle in a Clockworks group therapy session. In the circle are Ptonomy, Kerry and Cary, Melanie, Walter (eating an apple) and David, with everyone in those drab Clockworks uniforms. And Lenny is their therapist, calmly prompting Syd: “You were talking about how the death of your father affected you. And I think that’s very brave.” Syd takes this all in and then turns to Lenny: “OK… let’s talk.”

Alright, let me try to wrap my feeble brain around what we just saw: Was that final scene in Clockworks actually happening? Was all of this just a daydream of Syd’s? Or are we stuck in another weird corner of David’s psyche? How much of what we saw this week, if anything, is real? I wish I could phrase this question more eloquently, but: WTFFFFF????

X-tra Thoughts:

* Like Melanie, I’d like to see David bring her husband Oliver back from that “ice cube” he’s living in — just so we can enjoy more of Jemaine Clement dancing.

* Syd’s story about losing her virginity as a teen — she slept with one of her mother’s boyfriends by switching bodies with her mom, only she switched back halfway through the deed — was awfully creepy, right? Sorry, Mom!

* Loved David’s cocky prediction to Syd about the Division 3 battle: “It’ll be fun. Kick some ass. Save the girl. Get a snack.” (Did he ever get that snack, though? Man, another burning question left unanswered by this show!)

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18 Comments
  1. Kate says:

    That rewrite, that is David’s real mutant power and its scary.

  2. Lauren says:

    I think your “WTFFFFF????” perfectly sums up how we all felt about tonight’s episode… You probably could have just written that, and left it there. Seriously though, wtf?!

  3. Alichat says:

    This whole episode melted my brain. The idea that David is schizophrenic was discussed between my brother and I this past weekend, but after this episode I can’t decide if he has that mental illness or if he has DID. How many are in there? Is there King, the Angriest Boy, Lenny, and himself as a child as different identities in there? And did he do something to his adoptive parents? What Amy said when she was telling him he’s adopted led me to believe he had something to do with their deaths. How much of these last five episodes have been real or in David’s mind? The car they took to the D3 facility…….has Summerland’s cars always had the steering wheel on the right or is that some sign that from the moment they left, they were in David’s mind? On another note, could they have at least given the red shirt a name before they wiped him out? I mean, he got dialogue and everything.

    • Rpg bron says:

      How many are in there? An entire Legion, of course.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I can’t believe people are confused, when this has been so obvious from day one. David is basically possessed by a malevolent entity that uses his super powers and feeds on his psyche. With his god-like power it can alter the world around him and invade people’s minds to re-write their memory or even take them to the astral plane, where they are now. It’s projecting the group therapy etc. just like the guy in the ice cube is projecting his own little world in his mind.

      And yes he’s got dissociative identity disorder, and no he didn’t kill his parents; at least not his father (his real father is Professor Charles Xavier). Also, Benny, Lenny, King, and The Angriest Boy are probably all the same entity unless they’re making it an amalgamation of all the personalities which would be kind of a major alteration of the source material. He has other personalities, but this Lenny/Benny etc. is something else entirely I think.

      As I understand it, in the comics he absorbed the mind of a terrorist, when as a child there was an attack and he destroyed them all and in the process absorbed their personalities which then controlled his different powers which are basically God-like. So maybe they’ll make this parasite “Legion Lenny” like his parasitic MPD sidekick but I doubt it.

      • Darren says:

        the parasite is the shadow king, also a character from the comics, or whatever readaptation of him they are doing

        • Jim says:

          Yeah, it seems pretty clear it’s supposed to be the Shadow King, or a take on the Shadow King concept at least. Basically a very powerful, very evil disembodied psychic consciousness that invades minds and twists them to its purpose.

      • Alichat says:

        A couple of things……I believe I said ‘adoptive parents’ since it was Amy who was referencing them. I am aware that Professor X is his father. But Amy told him he was adopted, then said “Mom and Dad…..they were gonna tell you…..but then they….’ She didn’t say died in a car accident or had a heart attack or some other manner of death. So I’m wondering if that was a forshadowing of a discovery we will make once Cary….if he can do it…..can get the demon separated from David, and David’s memories restored to some extent. Amy also followed the statement up with ‘and I just…..well you were so upset at the time……the illness. I just thought if I told you it would make things worse.’ Maybe it was an accident, but something he did caused their death. Also, you are making alot of assumptions in your post. One, that they are following the source material closely. Two, that everyone who watches the show has read the source material. Not everyone knows the comics or read up on them before the show. So, it’s possible to watch this show and think that each of these identities that David sees is an identity of himself and comes from his DID. There’s King, David as a boy, and David as an adult who are the innocent, good identities of himself, and then Angriest Boy, Benny/Lenny, and Demon guy who are his fear, anger, and hate. But also perhaps King and young David represent his super-ego, Lenny/Benny is his id, and adult David is the ego. There are other interpretations if you don’t know the comic history.

        But on another note……some other questions that popped into my head last night…..in what time period is this show set? Mrs. Bird said that Oliver has been in the astral plane for 21 years. And he’s hanging out in an ice cube in a yellow leisure suit, listening to jazz, and asking if the world is still as it was in the 60s and early 70s. If you assume he’s hanging onto the world as it was when he went under, shouldn’t Syd, David, Ptolemy, Cary etc be in the 80s or 90s? Yet they are all dressed as if they are in the same time period as Oliver…..late 60s, early 70s. Amy’s hair and outfit, Syd’s hair, Ptolemy’s suit, Kerry’s jumpsuit, etc. The Eames-like furniture, the house, everything seems 60s. Another question, do we think they will be able to find/rebuild David’s memories? At least those of his childhood. Amy could help with that, yes? Also, Syd’s story about losing her virginity…..am I right in assuming that she not only jumped into her mother’s body, but also the journalist boyfriend? She said she they switched back in the middle of it, so Syd would have then been touching the boyfriend. Did they then switch, and how crazy was that?? Has Amy’s husband been wondering where she is?

  4. Artemus T says:

    This show is simply amazing. You truly don’t know which way is up at this point. King, Benny/Lenny, Yellow Eyes/ Shadow King have got to all be David’s repressed memories of the real truth. Either he killed his adoptive parents and Amy knows it, hence turning himself into the Angriest Boy in the World theoretically/ mentally and is absolutely a schitzo or these ‘memories’ aren’t real at all but implanted by Yellow Eyes. Not sure how Cary determined that David is a schitzo or how the magical headband will allow them to ‘talk’ to the real David but I’m sure they’ll get into those finer details before the end of the season? this show is simply a visual, audio and mental masterpiece made by a seriously f’d up director! LOVE IT!

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Haven’t you been paying attention? The Shadow King/Lenny isn’t a memory, it’s a parasite!!!! It can re-write memories. It can make him think maybe he killed his mom with the Angriest Boy In The World, when she just gave him away after he killed some bad guy and absorbed his personality which is now this parasite. His real father in the comics was Professor X so I doubt he actually killed his parents.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I just noticed you said adopted parents, but still Shadow King/Lenny isn’t a repressed memory. He’s a mutant and Yellow Eyes/Lenny is actually possessing him. Kerry also says the headband (not magic) lets them talk to David by paralyzing the entity. Beyond that it’s just a plot device so there’s no point in trying or hoping for any more explanation.

  5. James D says:

    I guess if you need a villain for Legion Shadow King is your best choice. rest of the episode = Ouch My Brain Hurts! seriously though WTF. I’ll give it another episode to see what the heck is happening, if it doesn’t give me some answers I’m not sure I’ll be coming back.

  6. Debbie says:

    We saw in X Men Apocalypse, that the ancient mutants can transfer their consciousness from one mutant to another, thereby acquiring their powers. But in order to do this, the mutant has to be powerful enough to handle it. David is a powerful mutant, so he was able to survive the transfer, but all of those acquired powers fractured into a variety of personalities, causing the ancient one to repeatedly rewrite David’s reality.That’s why he was chasing Syd around the white room, because he has to rewrite hers as well due to David’s promise. The others are there for the same rewrite because otherwise it won’t work. Or at least that’s how I interpreted it.

  7. Carla Krae says:

    It was the real world until Clockworks, except for the White Room. The parasite has taken control because it fears losing control of David.

  8. Gianni N says:

    When you realize the “aforementioned redshirt” is actually the last surviving kitchen brother from fargo.

  9. Izzy says:

    Wish this show is available for binging rather than weekly installments. But then again it may be too intense!

  10. Lecx says:

    OK to keep it short and straight to the point I’ve enjoyed legion so far as one can enjoy something when you don’t know what the hell is going on but after that episode it seems to me that the producers are as messed up in their direction as the lead character. Approaching a complex character by making the show even more complex straight off the bat with no grounding for viewers to have as their base or anchor is a choice that may see at least me and maybe others leave watching this as there are tonnes of other shows on and coming soon to watch on all platforms of media Danny Rand is only a few days away! Probably should’ve stuck closer to the comic’s though we would’ve missed out out on miss Keller’s fine behind which almost made it worth it but not quite. Get to where you need to go soon or get left behind!

  11. J.B. says:

    Rudy is the “red shirt”, telekinetic 1 guy’s name.