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A assessment of tonight’s Legion developing simply as quickly as I’m again on the kiddie desk…

Late in “Chapter 15,” David confronts the madness monster that has been plaguing his mates all episode (and contaminated Ptonomy again within the premiere), and bluntly suggests, “You picked a extremely shitty time to assault us. The timing, it’s not good. I’m coping with so much right here.”

It is a humorous line

, each in-character and as a meta remark about the place issues stand late in Legion season two. David is coping with so much, and now doesn’t appear the best time for him or the present — which has been spinning its wheels on the Farouk arc for the previous few weeks — to need to face this creature.

There are occasions the place Dan Stevens’ efficiency appears at odds with what’s been written for this character, however his dry comedian supply typically serves the present effectively in moments like this.

That stated, I discovered “Chapter 15” more practical and fascinating than the final couple of episodes. A part of that is merely that it does advance the Farouk plot at the very least a bit, with each David and Farouk visiting Future Syd (who has both realized methods to contact individuals with out swapping our bodies with them, or else doesn’t swap with time vacationers who aren’t fairly current), with David confronting Farouk about Amy’s homicide and calling off their deal, and with the suggestion that David himself may very well be the person answerable for the apocalypse in Future Syd’s timeline, and that Farouk could also be, as he insists, the hero of this story. (Farouk’s frustration at being perceived as a villain as a result of he’s not white spoke effectively to how typically popular culture makes use of the exoticized different as shorthand for villainy, even when the Shadow King has carried out so many monstrous issues.)

Nevertheless it was additionally a way more entertaining little bit of wheel-spinning than the final couple of episodes. Telling occasional standalone tales within the midst of principally serialized seasons could be a very efficient selection, and the issues within the Lenny interrogation episode and final week’s parallel timeline journey had been extra about particular person execution than about deviating from Farouk.

The assault of the shit beetle, or no matter we’re meant to name it, wasn’t precisely self-contained, since Jon Hamm has been warning us about it for the entire season. Nevertheless it’s been largely confined to these white room segments till now, and its assault on Division three and defeat by David all performed out over the course of an hour with sufficient motion (notably our first prolonged glimpse of Kerry in fight shortly) and sufficient of Legion‘s stylistic panache — particularly the way in which that the Vermillion grew to become nightmare creatures to Ptonomy (crawling up from between his legs), Clark

, and the others — to be vigorous and enjoyable in that trippy means this present could be.

Although the gimmick of the Vermillion solely having the ability to transfer when Clark wasn’t taking a look at them has been carried out earlier than, most famously with the Weeping Angels from Physician Who.

When it comes to the bigger arc of this season, madness taking over a bodily kind and attacking David’s mates wasn’t nice timing. However by way of the collection bouncing again after a few off episodes, its timing was very welcome certainly.

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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 guide, Breaking Unhealthy 101, is on sale now.

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