“Legion” Season 1 Episode 5 Recap And Review: “Chapter Five”


Legion’s fifth episode ramps up the mutant action with a show of superpowers and an ending that will leave you waiting for next week

It’s time for Legion! Thank goodness my power came back on about a half hour before its premiere (curse these high winds!). Let’s see how crazy this week gets.

Not-So-Short Summary

Our Legion crew is carrying Kerry in to help save her. Cary gets the bullet out and stops the bleeding, so hopefully that goes well.

Since his trek to the astral plane last week, David has come to understand his powers. First, he lets Melanie know he met her husband (“He’s a… beat poet?”), then he crafts an illusionary room by the beach for him and Syd to be together.

“It’s all an illusion,” he explains. Because it’s all just signals. Except while they lose themselves in the pleasures of actually being able to touch, they don’t notice the bowl full of strawberries now infested with bugs.

It’s a different David this episode. He oozes confidence. But is it David or is it Lenny/whatever Lenny actually is?

No matter. He’s headed to Division 3 to rescue his sister, Amy. He takes off without any of his backup, so they’re forced to follow. When they arrive at D3, soldiers are melted into the concrete and a lot of things are on fire.

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

It’s pretty much the same on the inside of the building, too. Sydney and Ptonomy find the doctor from the mental hospital and he tells them that David was there, and he was too late to find his sister because D3 already moved her.

Melanie and the other dude whose name I don’t know find the security tapes of what happened. David’s literally putting on a show, disintegrating people right and left and grinning while he does it. It’s our Badass Moment of the Week.

But it’s not David. It’s the demon with the yellow eyes.

“So much power. It wears a human face,” Brubaker warns just before Cary calls to warn that David is schizophrenic, he has a split brain. He has a parasite in him that makes him forget he’s there.

They find David at the old Haller homestead. He’s trying to get Amy’s secret out of her and uses scare tactics with the multiple personalities inside him to get her to confess: David was adopted. Which… we kind of already guessed because we know his actual father from the comics.

Unfortunately when they arrive, they lose their hearing. And they don’t know if they’re in the real world or David’s world. There’s a long few minutes that take place in either complete silence or just with background music. Cary shows up with his contraption to separate David’s mind from everyone else’s.

And of course the Eye shows up and shoots at David. He takes him and Syd to the white room (with black curtains), only to have the yellow-eyed demon show up and try to kill Syd.

Only to have her wake up (or “wake up”?) with everyone back in the mental hospital. And by everyone, I mean everyone. And Lenny is now the psychiatrist.

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

Badass Moment of the Week

That video footage of David wrecking havoc on D3 while he basically laughs the whole time. And the power he wields is an exorbitant amount.

Best One-Liner

David taking Syd to their illusion as he starts playing “The Rainbow Connection.” Okay well it started out funny and then turned a little terrifying.

It’s interesting to see how Cary and Kerry operate using one body. It’s still kind of funny to watch Cary talking to an empty room, though. And I like that she just walks out of Cary with a spiked club.

This show never ceases to throw me for a loop. Just when I think I have a grasp on what’s going on, it turns itself on a dime and then ends. And makes us all wait another week for another episode.