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Shifting in tone from the visually arresting and uninhibited premiere, "Chapter 2" slows things down a bit by establishing pieces of David's story and the rules of his universe.
It has a subtly detailed and referential pop-art aesthetic. Which is what makes the moments where it falters, including every time Stevens talks or looks at something, all the more embarrassing and confounding.
Avoiding clumsy narrative shifts, the second episode keeps the tension up... it's refreshing to see characters being up front about the situation this early into the story, whereas other shows might keep the mystery wheels turning for months.
What makes Legion's strategy in "Chapter 2" so brilliant is that this is true for all of us. You don't need telepathic powers to find yourself unsettled by your own past, or wondering how new information changes how you perceive yourself.
This week, the odd element has begun to feel familiar, as traces of pop culture recognition have begun to seep in.
While the premiere of FX's Legion impressed with its technical craft by exploring perception, the second episode manages to nearly outdo it by examining memory.
I actually kind of like that they stepped back from the more obvious stylization that was present in some of last week's scenes and grounded it a little more.
While "Chapter 2" dials back the overall nuttiness of the pilot, it ramps up the mysteries.
Sure, the storytelling is more or less coherent and linear in comparison to the first episode.
After the often-frenetic pace of last week's premiere, with its flashbacks, dream sequences and literal fireworks, "Legion" slows down in its second episode, if only just a little.
While this second episode was certainly a more focused story, we still got plenty of disturbing and jumbled peaks into David's past, which I suspect will serve as the backbone for the show's best moments.
The tone of this one is much different than the wild, visually stunning Legion Season 1 Episode 1 premiere, but it's just as trippy in it's own way.
Overall, though, "Chapter 2" felt more necessary than inspired, moving forward the story - including David's sister Amy being taken captive by the Eye and his goons - and establishing various rules so that we'll better understand when they get broken.