The episode shifts gears again to focus on the plot of finding Farouk’s body, but things get insane, quite literally…
All of the narrations describing our brain and a person psychosis officially come into play this episode. The lesson from this episode was ‘Moral Panic’ and how we should be more afraid of those frightened since it could lead to insanity, which we do see. Better said, we see the physical embodiment of insanity that was introduced at the beginning of the season. They’re small, parasitic creatures and the first one infected was Ptonomy who then infected the rest of Division 3 almost killing Admiral Fukuyama. The character of Fukuyama has been underutilized, but that’s mainly because he seems so unimportant to the main story, but they should have him play more of a role later on this season.
I haven’t said it yet, but I’ll say it now, Navid Negahban’s performance as Farouk is one of the best things about this season. He gives an engaging performance, that’s filled with charisma and dry wit. His conversations with David are interesting as it seems he ultimately wants to help David reach his full potential. However, it’s his conversation with future Syd that makes things interesting as we discover that the force that causes the apocalypse is David himself and only Farouk has the possibility of stopping him, which brings him much delight.
Syd and David’s relationship continues to grow for the better as we see hem discuss their insane relationship, in such a calm, yet loving matter. David fighting off a giant parasite in its own head and shrinking it was a fun watch, but when you look at the grand scheme of things and how long it took for that to happen, it feels underwhelming. I am also annoyed that Ptonomy happens to just be there, while they constantly seem like they’re building him up to do something, he feels more like a lackey. Also, where’s Melanie? She’s barely been active this season, but it’s also the question of what can she really do now that she’s not in charge.
Things are moving at a nice pace now that we’re nearing the end of the season. Syd paying a visit to Lenny, trying to one-up her, only for Lenny to have her scared and almost ashamed. Is Amy still alive? Her mind seems to be, at least that’s what we see. The episode is filled with great visuals and focuses on what makes the series great and that’s David’s relationship with both Syd and Farouk. It also seems that the race to find his body is officially starting.
What did you think of the episode? Episode 8 (Chapter 16) of Legion airs Tuesday, May 22 at 10:00 p.m. EST on FX.