“Legion” Season 1 Episode 3 Recap and Review: “Chapter 3”


“Legion” keeps things crazy in its third episode. Come take a trip down David Haller memory lane that includes memories within memories

I want to know how long Legion will keep things this crazy. The entire season? That’s fine by me! Let’s see how this third episode goes.

Not-So-Short Summary

David is still in the memory work part of his training. Ptolomy found an important memory they haven’t accessed yet. We get to see that kitchen scene from the very start, and it’s a fun twist to watch David watching it from the side. Especially when you see what leads to it and discover he was a junkie.

The demon with the yellow eyes shows up, as creepy as ever, but no one else can see him. He shuts them out of the memory. And somehow David teleports them 600 feet through two solid walls.

LEGION — Pictured: Dan Stevens as David Haller. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

In the lab, David undergoes more tests to see how exactly his brain and powers operate. He thinks of a stressful memory, which involves Halloween and his dog running away. It’s the first time he has a hallucination, one of the pictures from his storybook comes to life and charges at him.

The Lenny hallucination shows up, and what’s cool about it is that in reality, he’s not actually talking. The tests show his center of speech is active without him talking.

And our badass moment of the week happens, as David goes over the top, shaking the whole room and levitating himself and… transporting him and Syd to his sister’s interrogation.

Unfortunately, David’s brain is fighting against the training and shutting them out of particular memories to not give them a full picture of what they’re working with.

LEGION — “Chapter 1” (Airs Wednesday, February 8, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: (l-r) Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. CR: Michelle Faye/FX

So they sedate David enough to lower his defenses and ask him how exactly he made it to Clockworks. He has memories within memories, which is really cool. The bigger problem is that Syd sees his memory fighting against them while no one else can, and by then it’s too late to escape.

He and Syd run through his memories until they hide in the ductwork… except that the creepy demon with the yellow eyes still follows them. While Syd and Ptonomy wake up, Melanie and David are still under.

Too bad David’s storybook attacks Melanie, disfigures her hand, and hurts her so much that she wakes up screaming in pain without noticing the yellow-eyed demon that had been about to pounce behind her.

“I’m not so sure those are memories,” Syd comments. And still, David remains under.

Badass Moment of the Week

David going full power mode while under testing. Sure, taking out the lights and making some small things explode, the casual levitation and hovering takes the cake. “If you learn to control that, you’re gonna be a world-class badass,” Syd comments after he teleports them.

Best One Liner

“Could you maybe…not break everything this time?”
“…I’m not gonna promise that,” David tells him.

Welcome to our first glimpse at Jemaine Clement! He’s voicing a storytelling fancy coffee machine and a few other devices around the compound.

LEGION — “Chapter 1” (Airs Wednesday, February 8, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: (l-r) Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Dan Stevens as David Haller. CR: Chris Large/FX

I didn’t touch on the nice human moments Syd and David had with each other. Whether it was outside on the pier or late at night in the showers, they share an emotional connection. It puts that normal spin on the craziness that surrounds them and cements us in their story.

Also that hug in David’s mind between Syd and child David is just too heartwarming to not mention.

Next week’s Legion brings us Jemaine! Well, he at least does the voiceover for it. What kind of story will the rest of the season bring us? If it stays this good, I’m in for whatever they throw at us!