There are two types of comic book shows: ones that revel in costumed heroes using their powers to defeat the bad guys and protect their friends and fellow citizens from external threats, and then there are ones that send you down metaphorical rabbit holes in the deepest bowels of the psyche. Welcome to Legion, guess which one it is. The official halfway point of the show posed some seriously interesting questions that had some very serious implications. How can we trust anything that David sees in his own mind, even his memories, when it seems like the even the key people in his life may not have been exactly as advertised?
Where do you even begin with “Chapter Four”? Well, for the most part, David was largely absent from the real world. Stymied by what to do with this difficult patient that’s either unwilling or unable to help out with his own therapy (and is now catatonic to boot), Dr. Bird authorizes Syd, Ptonomy and (Girl) Kerry to head out to learn more about David’s past the old-fashioned way. They travel to the old office of David’s therapist Dr. Poole, the one he may have attacked for drug money possibly, and they track down David’s ex-girlfriend Philly who warns, “they’re watching.”
Meanwhile, David is not even his own head. He’s made the jump to the astral plane, which does have a reference back to Doctor Strange, but in the comics powerful psychics like Professor X and Jean Grey are also able to access the astral plane. In fact, the astral plane is where Xavier fought the Shadow King, which seems to be a presence my comic book addled mind is sensing more and more. I’ve wondered before if David’s Yellow-Eyed Devil might be the Shadow King in disguise, but it seems as though that YED is a creation of David’s mind, a psychic janitor that cleans up the messy parts David doesn’t want to live with in his own memory.
So let’s get into that because it’s kind of implied in conversation between Dr. Bird, Syd, Ptonomy and (Boy) Cary that maybe David’s memories aren’t really memories. Maybe he’s burying his real memories behind a vivid wall of fake ones with the Yellow-Eyed Devil and the live-action version of the World’s Angriest Boy in the World as guards meant to hold up the facade, and scare anyone away from finding out the truth. On top of that, David’s ability to turn make-believe into reality was further confirmed by his sister Amy, who told fellow Division 3 prisoner Dr. Kissinger that the dog David had as a kid, the beagle King, never existed. At least not in the conventional, non-super powered way something exists.
And here’s another head-scratcher: Lenny may not be real either. Or rather there’s something mysterious about Lenny that has yet to be explained. You see, Philly remembers David’s friend that did drugs with him as being Benny, a man, not Lenny who’s an Aubrey Plaza-shaped woman. On the other hand, Syd has recalled Lenny being at Clockwork with her and David, or at least she remembered her as the person that was killed in the sudden outburst of David’s powers when the swapped bodies. So are Benny and Lenny the same person, and if so, what the heck? Perhaps Lenny/Benny was a shapeshifter and in David’s addled mind he could reconcile that without knowing he/she was a mutant, or that anything was weird someone being a man one minute and a woman the next.
Weirder still is that David, in the midst of sinking deeper into his own mysteries, shed some light on someone else’s secrets. Remember how Dr. Bird’s husband Oliver seemed to exist only as the voice of the coffee maker and the elevator at Summerland? Well, it turns out he’s still kind of physically around too. Or at least his body is, in a frozen basement compartment trapped in an old-timey diver’s suit. Because it’s never enough to just have the voice of Jermaine Clement, we get to see the man in person as Oliver Bird, living in his ice cube apartment in the astral plane where Wednesdays are karaoke night. There’s no sign that he’s trying to get out, and he seems quite resigned to his fate, so why is Dr. Bird seeing the ghostly apparition of man in diving suit?
The question must be asked if Dr. Bird was intending this all along, in other words, did she know that David’s psychic abilities might help her reach her husband? That seems like kind of a leap given everything she’s been trying to do for David thus far, but you can be sure that it will be a priority for her going forward, especially since David has shown that he has an ability to leap out of the astral plane, at least when Lenny’s pushing him. I expect that at some point we’re going to learn how Oliver ended up making his way to the astral plane in the first place. Was he psychic? Was he trying to boost his own psychic powers to reach the astral plane, or is there something else going on altogether?
Speaking of the revelation of mysterious powers, we learned how Cary/Kerry works. Basically, Cary’s Native American parents were a little surprised when a little white boy was born, but Cary was even more surprised when he was 8 years old, and woke up in the middle of the night to find a little Native American girl playing with his train set. Kerry, you see, lives inside Cary. He does the boring stuff like eating, sleeping and whatever happens in the bathroom, while she does the fun stuff like fighting ninjas, and keeping Cary safe. That’s going to be difficult now with Kerry shot. It seems that what happens to her, physically affects Cary too, so things seem especially dicey for the Kerrys (Carys) right now just as we were starting to have fun with their power.
And if we’re talking about power, there can be no greater threat right now that the Eye, who seems to have a wide variety of super-powers at his disposal and not just whatever his eye does (you know, hence his name). He seems super strong, and he has some kind of ability to disguise himself, he made our heroes thing he was Dr. Poole, so is there any limit to his abilities? His Terminator-like dedication is powerful, and switching bodies with Syd only seemed to slow him down for a minute until he adapted. Clearly there’s going to be some kind of final fight between David and the Eye, an unstoppable physical force meeting a unrestrained mental force. Of course, we’re four episodes in an I still have no idea what to expect from this show, so who knows what will happen?