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The strangest, most gripping Legion episode to date, "Chapter 4" still moves the show's storytelling forward in a more traditional and illuminating way.
The show's habit of constantly revealing aspects of its own reality to be false is less interesting and more exasperating than it thinks, but I am invested in the idea of taking a character seemingly worth rooting for.
All in all, this was a pretty decent episode, especially if you cut out all the Astral Plane/Jemaine stuff and it comes in under an hour.
With "Chapter 4," Legion has reached the halfway point of its first season and delivered its best episode since the pilot.
It's not just a fun ride through an X-world, it's a nuanced, artful, dreamlike experience that looks absolutely amazing and is populated by very good actors.
If previous episodes of "Legion" lurched from psychological thriller to sci-fi drama to horror tale, then this week's veers into hard-boiled detective and war-story territory.
Propelling things forward, Chapter 4 should delight those hoping for a little more momentum, while still keeping to the style and tone of the show itself.
There's still some smaller things to like in this episode. I appreciate that the episode explored Syd coming to terms with the fact that she knows very little about David and maybe her perception is just as warped as David's memories.
Tonight's Legion may be the weirdest, most abstract hour of TV I've seen since Twin Peaks ended(*). Even compared to the previous three episodes... this was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. And I loved every baffling minute of it.
All right, I can admit when I'm wrong. After tonight's incredibly gripping Legion episode, I've pivoted on who I think the yellow-eyed monster who creeps around in David's subconscious is, and the key to his identity is not where you'd expect to find it.
The Legion creative team has to perform a challenging balancing act as the series splits time between mind-bendin.g psycho-drama and X-Men-influenced superhero storytelling, and "Chapter Four" is the most successful example of this dynamic yet.