What In The Name Of [Bleeped] Is The Eye About To Do To Legion's Amy?
And other not-quite-burning questions from the show's second chapter.
So as I predicted/hoped, in all of five minutes, Jean Smart (character name: Melanie Bird) straightens out a lot of the confusion from the pilot: David is not insane and never has been, but he's a powerful telepath, and his hallucinations and other sufferings have been caused by his powers rather than any paranoid schizophrenia. Everything we saw in the pilot episode did happen, more or less; David was in Clockworks for years until the Syd body-switching event happened. The government has created "Divisions" for the purpose of tracking and studying people like David and Syd; the ones they can't control, they kill. So with Division Three and The Eye in hot pursuit, and with David's sister Amy in The Eye's power, the Summerland folks are racing to get David prepared to take them on before it's too late. But even with all this clarity (and with the obvious caveat that all this information could turn out to be incomplete or outright lies), I still have some questions!
In scenes such as the one where Melanie is telling David to quiet the other voices in his mind, are visual references like him turning down an oversized volume knob necessary?
I'm all for this show going for a lighter, more playful tone when possible, but this just seems cheap and uncreative.
At least have him turning the knob telekinetically if you're going to go this route.
The devil with yellow eyes is David's dad, right?
I mean, I don't know anything, but his dad having died (a) on a conspiracy show after (b) reading bedtime stories to David that should have brought CPS to his door with a quickness suggests he's going to be part of the story; it seems somewhat likely, given tropes of this genre, that the devil is a mask for a real person. Either that, or the devil is part of David himself, but SERIOUSLY, that bedtime story:
YIKES. Babadook much?
When Syd and David switched back, how did their bodies move?
Okay, tell me if I missed something, but when Syd and David kissed in Clockworks and triggered the body switch, their essences moved while their bodies stayed where they were. But in the car, the Summerland people have Syd-in-David's body, and then when they switch back, Syd's essence stays there and their bodies switch? I realize this is a comic-book show, but what kind of wizard-did-it sense does that make?
Can Aubrey Plaza maaaaaybe bring it down a notch or ten with all the "Look at me, I'm CRAAAAAAAAAAAZY" shit?
She's crazy while sitting on a stove! Crazy while doing "vapor"! Crazy while a dog barks next to her! Crazy while spouting handy aphorisms about newbies' handling of bazookas! I'd be glad Syd killed her if I didn't find Hallucination Lenny even more annoying.
Ptonomy's going to die, right?
I mean, he just seems too nice, for one thing. For another, he seems to be flirting with some extremely dangerous and volatile David memories, AND his work with David is a direct threat to Division Three. Much to my own chagrin, I'm not liking his chances.
Could there come a time when even the Summerland people decide that David is too dangerous to live?
He seems to be a well-intentioned person, and it hasn't been his fault to this point that he couldn't control his powers. However, just in two episodes he puts Melanie and Ptomony in apparent danger when his powers start fritzing out during the bedtime-story memory; he causes some serious property damage by sending an MRI machine to a crumpled doom; he does some harm to his old therapist Dr. Poole (although we don't know exactly what yet and I'm kind of dreading finding out). The fact that Syd killed someone with David's power is an argument against his culpability, but it also cautions that the power itself is lethal, so it wouldn't shock me if even the good guys were to decide it can't be allowed to exist further.
Dan Stevens: still dreamy?
Yeah, just a bit.
On the other hand, this is definitely an argument against killing David.
Speaking of that MRI machine's fate, did it remind anyone of what happened to the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off?
Finally, what in the name of holy fuckballs is The Eye going to do to Amy?
I don't even know WHAT this is:
And I'm VERY sure I don't want to find out.