Legion Episode 7 Melanie Cary

Legion Recap: Out, Patient!

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

Good news, everyone! This week’s Legion cleared up a lot about what’s really going on in David’s head — and also set the stage for a guns-blazing showdown in next week’s finale.

Things look pretty bad at the start: Kerry is still being chased by that creep Walter through the halls of Clockworks, while Lenny interrogates Nurse Amy about the day her family adopted David as a baby. (“What did he do with it?” she demands to know — “it” being a metal X insignia, it looks like.) Meanwhile, Cary’s having a nice time chilling out in Oliver’s ice cube… even though Oliver seems to have no memory of his wife Melanie. (“Is she… for some reason, I want to say… Chinese?” Man, Jemaine Clement is THE BEST, isn’t he?)

Legion Episode 7 Oliver Jemaine ClementBut at least Oliver and Cary are on the same page about David: His mind is being controlled by a parasite. And Oliver finally gives “The Monster” a name: Amahl Farouk, aka the Shadow King, who disguised himself as David’s childhood beagle King (get it?) in his memories. Oliver shows Cary that frozen moment where David is about to be shot (let’s call it “the Gunshot reality”), and they hatch a plan to put Cary’s makeshift halo on David’s head to separate him from the parasite and end this hospital fantasy. “We’re going to need everybody,” Oliver says.

So Cary wakes up a sleeping Syd and leads her to a red-framed glass case where the Monster can’t hear them. He tells her the hospital isn’t real; “No s—t,” she replies. She’s way ahead of him, and says she’ll handle Lenny and the hospital while he works on saving David. To make her job easier, Cary hands her several pairs of magical eyeglasses from Oliver: “They’ll show you what’s real, and what isn’t.”

And sure enough, when she gets back to the hospital, it looks like a war zone, with sirens going off and patients crawling around like zombies. But when she puts those glasses on… the chaos disappears. She finds wheelchair-bound drooler Rudy and Kerry, who’s now running from zombies, and puts glasses on them both, assembling her team. Back in the Gunshot reality, Cary grabs the halo out of his old self’s hand. But what’s happening with the man all this is swirling around? Where’s David?

Well, he’s still trapped in that coffin from last week. “A mental coffin,” he tells himself, but it’s still a coffin. But a friend appears: another David, this one with a British accent. He says he’s David’s rational mind, here to help him get out of this before the Monster takes full control of him. He gets David out of the coffin and takes him to school, literally, putting him in front of a blackboard and walking him through what he’s learned so far.

David grabs a piece of chalk, and as he draws, we get a much-needed animated primer on what the hell’s going on: David knows he was adopted, and the Monster is a parasite that’s been with him since he was a child. He theorizes that his real father was a mutant who battled the Monster and won, but the Monster’s evil essence lived on. David’s father gave him away to hide him from the Monster, but the Monster still found him and possessed him, leading to David’s suicide attempt: “He poisoned me my whole life.” But Syd’s love woke him up, and now he’s ready to fight: “I’m gonna get my body back.”

That leads to one of those fantastic Legion montages: With Ravel’s “Bolero” blaring, Oliver waves his arms in the Gunshot reality, summoning a swirl of letters that form a protective barrier around David and Syd. While a newly energized David stomps through his old memories, Syd, Kerry and Rudy are confronted by a vengeful Lenny in the hospital. The scene turns into a silent movie, with dialogue written on title cards, as Lenny calls off Walter, using her powers to violently crumple his body into a compact ball. (Walter’s face in the Gunshot reality starts to gush blood, too.)

Lenny sees a vision of Oliver in the Gunshot reality and zaps there to shove him into a wall, so his barrier of letters disintegrates. Then she zaps back to the hospital to finish off Syd and the others — but David’s show of mutant force wakes up Rudy, who leaps up and tackles Lenny, hurling them both down the hallway. Cary puts the halo on David’s head in the Gunshot reality, and he unfreezes long enough to put his body in front of Syd’s… just as the bullets hit him. But don’t worry: He’s a super-powerful mutant! He opens his hand, where he’s holding the bullets, and lets them drop harmlessly to the floor. He’s back, baby!

David, still wearing the halo, and the Summerland gang carry Rudy back through the woods on a stretcher. Back at headquarters, Oliver is out of his deep freeze and serving up eggs in the cafeteria. Everything seems great! Except an army of Division 3 soldiers stream in, holding them all at gunpoint. The interrogator from the pilot appears, half of his face disfigured by the pool explosion. “We have so much to talk about,” he tells David, and instructs the soldiers: “You can kill the others.”

But he doesn’t know who he’s messing with: David sinks into his subconscious, where Lenny/the Monster is trapped inside that coffin, banging away… until a crack emerges.

X-tra Thoughts:

* Amahl Farouk/the Shadow King is a significant figure in the comics: He’s a malicious entity of evil energy and a longtime nemesis of Professor Xavier. In fact, Xavier’s first battle with Farouk inspired him to form the X-Men. So that name is a hint we’ll be delving further in Marvel comic-book lore… and maybe seeing Professor X in the flesh at some point.

* Even before Division 3 arrived, not everything was peachy-keen at Summerland: Kerry was mad at Cary for abandoning her at the hospital (“You left me. I needed you, and you left me”) and declined to reenter his body. Don’t tell me these two are — gasp — splitting up?

* So about that X insignia: Was that some sort of memento David’s real dad left with him to prove his mutant heritage?

* I’m happy the Summerland gang fought their way out of that hospital, but I hope it doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Aubrey Plaza… although more Jemaine Clement is admittedly a nice trade-off.

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  1. Dj says:

    I took the metal X insignia as being a nod to Xavier wheelchair.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Yeah – that was definitely Xavier’s wheelchair – possibly even the actual film prop.
      And I don’t think the wheelchair was the “it” that Lenny/Farouk/the Shadow King was talking about. Though I’m interested to find out what “it” is.

  2. Debbie says:

    This has been the trippiest thing I’ve seen on TV in a long time. I’m glad it’s been renewed for a second season.

  3. Alichat says:

    I think this is my favorite episode of the season! I am sitting here watching it again!

    I love Jemaine Clement. His conversation with Cary in the ice cube was ridiculously entertaining. “Are you going to do that the whole time…..finish my sentences?” And “May I introduce you to my friend, Jules Verne?” And Bolero. Loved it!

    I have decided that all exposition should be given in chalk drawings! Chaulk drawings with American Dan Stevens talking to British Dan Stevens! I loved their initial meeting. “‘I’m your rational mind.” “And what….your British?” “Like I said, I’m your rational mind.” Then David doing a crappy fake British accent, and Rational Mind David being insulted. Loved all the humor (“Right…I am pretty…I am loved”) which was really needed to offset the creepy and gross. (Speaking of gross…Origami Walter amirite???)

    Few other things to mention, I’m glad Rudy wasn’t just a Red Shirt after all. I too thought the flashes of the X when Lenny/Farouk was questioning Amy about what he did with “it” was a reference to Professor X. Do you think there is a reason why the red case Cary and Syd hatch the plan in looks like one of those cylindrical cases for a pneumatic tube? How long will it take for Kerry to forgive Cary? And I’m a little worried about Amy. Seriously. After the torture and that whole mind bending experience, she was remarkably calm and accepting.

    • LAwoman says:

      I loved this episode so much and the humor was one of the reasons why.

    • Threebeards says:

      That crappy fake British accent is his real accent.

      • Alichat says:

        No it’s not. Rational Mind David’s accent is Dan Stevens’ real accent. When David was drawing on the board and figuring out what had happened to him, he said something in a very bad British….exaggerated…accent….”Sweetheart it’s over. I won. Come give me some sugar’. To which Rational Mind David replies ‘Is that supposed to be a British accent?’

  4. Wordsmith says:

    One thing I found noteworthy: Cary says, “We’re going to need everybody.” And then they go and round up everybody EXCEPT PTONOMY – the supposed expert at navigating mental projections. They even get help from Rudy, who is nearly dead, and Oliver, who’s basically been dead for years.

    • Alichat says:

      I thought that was odd as well, and initially I chalked it up to lack of ep time. But you’re right….they said everyone, so why didn’t we see everyone? All they had to do was have Ptolomy show up while Syd and Kerry were struggling with Walter. Or have Cary bring him into David’s childhood house when he and Oliver appear. So we didn’t have to see Cary wake him, but just know that he had.

  5. Rachel says:

    Holy s that “bolero” scene was friggin amazing!!! Definitely worth a rewatch. Loved this episode! 👏🏻

  6. Joey Padron says:

    The new episode was really good. Glad the gang got out of David’s mind and put the Shadow King on a hold until they find a way to get him/it out of David’s mind and body. I like British David. Excited to see what happens in the season finale next week!

  7. Motaz Tarek says:

    How did Oliver get out ?

  8. Paul Penna says:

    “*So about that X insignia: Was that some sort of memento David’s real dad left with him to prove his mutant heritage?”

    Yeah, that’s a wheel on Xavier’s wheelchair.

    Go back and rewatch it. You’ll see that it’s the same wheelchair Charles Xavier uses throughout the X-Men movies.

  9. Paula says:

    LOVE THIS SHOW! every episode gets better, denser, more fascinating. Can’t wait for the next episode and dreading the shows going to be over