A evaluation of tonight’s Legion developing simply as quickly as I purchase a doughnut from a submarine within the desert…

“Chapter 13” is the primary episode of season two the place the bigger style-over-substance problem with Legion had a significant impression on its leisure worth. It has a few of the present’s cleverest visible prospers but, however the episode is constructed round a giant thriller and twist that has a lot much less emotional weight than it’s meant to, as a result of Legion‘s not nice on characterization basically and has skimped on two of the characters in query specifically.

On the constructive aspect of the ledger, this was one other sensory delight. The resurrected Lenny is being saved in an interrogation room the place the legal guidelines of gravity are inverted, with the digicam rotating on its axis as wanted as characters enter and exit. Amy’s husband runs a cellular doughnut-selling submarine within the desert, and the couple is hiding out on a ranch dotted with windmills. The notion that Admiral Fukyama has a chicken head underneath that glowing basket was unsettling — even when it’s in all probability simply an irrational concept the tar creature put in Ptonomy’s head after crawling into his ear — as was Amy’s fantasy imaginative and prescient of herself as one of many Vermillion. And even one thing as simple as becoming Aubrey Plaza with a pair of sunshine blue contact lenses made each Lenny scene really feel off even earlier than Ptonomy identified that her eyes needs to be brown.

However regardless of some actually good work by each Plaza, who successfully channeled Lenny’s desperation to get again to dwelling her life (and in addition did some nice bodily work in displaying Lenny struggling to stroll in her new physique after escaping the grave), and Jemaine Clement, who introduced Oliver’s personal frustrations with being a prisoner in his personal physique to the forefront, “Chapter 13” was primarily a thriller field story about how precisely Lenny was introduced again into the land of the dwelling, and whose physique she may be occupying, if not her personal. The entire thing is supposed to be a devastating shock for David when he realizes Lenny is basically the animated corpse of his murdered sister, however the impression of that revelation is muted by how minor a determine Amy has been all through this collection, particularly of late. This was Katie Aselton’s first look of the season, and Amy was solely talked about as soon as in passing, when David and Syd are catching up late within the season premiere. As I mentally rifled by way of prospects of ladies on the present who may have blue eyes, I used to be startled to keep in mind that Aselton had even been on the present within the first place, and I watched The League recurrently and have seen a number of of her motion pictures.

Even when Aselton was an everyday in season one, Amy was a really minor and thinly-written character: an emblem of the normalcy David craved, in addition to the one fixed supply of happiness from his tough childhood, however probably not an individual in her personal proper. And even that side of our hero has been largely left behind because the collection has moved alongside; all David’s been apprehensive about currently is saving the world and hanging out with Syd. His grief and horror at realizing who and what Lenny is is sensible for the David Haller we all know, but it surely ought to have felt like a punch within the intestine, when as a substitute it performed extra as a technique of elimination involving the one obtainable feminine character the present had no future plans for.

I’m excited to see Lenny be out within the land of the dwelling some extra, and to seek out out whether or not David, Oliver, or neither will get to dwell as much as their promise to harm Farouk for what he’s achieved to them, however “Chapter 13” as an entire actually pushed the bounds of how a lot the collection’ exceptional technical design can compensate for weaknesses in different storytelling areas.

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Alan Sepinwall could also be reached at sepinwall@uproxx.com. He discusses tv weekly on the TV Avalanche podcast. His new e-book, Breaking Dangerous 101, is on sale now.

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