Reel Review: Legion 1×3 Review

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Wow, so before I begin I watched this episode the week it was released and i actually watched it like 2 or 3 times to really digest what I was watching, but for some reason I didn’t review it earlier. So, here goes!

Disclaimer:  Since the show is really gaining ground, so am I. I’m going to reveal MAJOR spoiler in this review so read at your own risk.

As the show progresses I am absolutely loving it with a few small exceptions. This episode further divulges into David’s mind to unlock his mutant abilities. We see several memories and 1 new one which I will talk about that in some way explains what he’s experiencing mentally.

The beginning of this episode starts off with a sequence of real time cut scenes featuring David, Melanie, and Sydney. It begins with this super coffee machine – who is revealed to be voiced by Melanie’s late husband  Oliver- telling the story of the Crane Maiden .

For those of you wondering what the crane maiden is, it’s basically the story of a maiden who’s really a crane who makes beautiful fabric for a woodcutter and his wife. Once they find out she’s really a crane she leaves them never to be seen again. IN A NUTSHELL.

During this story, the cut scenes are of Sydney is an open showroom and David sitting on a dock eyes closed and focused. I took this as David psychically watching Sydney shower since he can’t touch her let alone hold her hand.  As the crane story concludes, the shower scene is over and David opens his eyes. The coffee machine then asks Melanie how her coffee is and she pours it out and asks for another and the crane story is repeated.

I’m not sure if Melanie herself is a mutant of some sort, she really hasn’t shown any type of mutant abilities. I think that when the crane story scene was taking place, she was relating the story to David. He’s the crane who’s true form is hidden, yet like the crane and her abilities to make beautiful fabric when no one is watching, his powers come out when no one is really watching. Then again, maybe the story was referencing Sydney? 

Onward, we learn that since Amy (David’s Sister) got kidnapped by Division 3, they have to fast track his therapy to unlock his powers faster. However, Melanie is afraid that she’s doing more harm than good by tampering with tightly locked away and frazzled memories. Melanie pretty much believes that the key to unlocking his mind is to go through his memories since they spark his powers the most. In the next couple of scenes Melanie, Ptonomy (or Paul), and David go through his mind and try to straighten it out. During these scenes they run into the creepy fat guy… Meet Mojo.

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I think it is time I properly talk about Mojo and what his purpose is…

WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW.

 

 

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This is Mojo. He’s basically the ruler of an alternative universe separate from the one David and co. live in. Basically, imagine a world full of very very fat blobs who are aliens and none of then can really stand because they don’t have spines. However, they create an exoskeleton in order to stand but they’re still fat…

Okay, then imagine that even though they’re in a separate world their brain waves can pick up Earth’s television signals and they LOOOVE our entertainment/media culture. Like, they live for it but they also fear and hate humans. Weird love hate relationship.

What does he want with David? It’s very simple. SPOILER ALERT 

David is an Omega Level Mutant.

What does that mean? Here’s a breakdown of the Mutant Power Levels

Mutant Power Levels

Mutant power levels can be broken into six broad categories: omega (5), alpha (4), beta (3), gamma (2), delta (1), and epsilon (0).

Omega Mutants

Omega mutants are the most powerful class of mutants. An Omega-level mutant is one with the most powerful genetic potential of their mutant abilities. Some abilities depicted by mutants described as Omega-level include immortality, extreme manipulation of matter and energy, high psionic ability, strong telekinesis, and the potential to exist beyond the boundaries of the known physical universe. Mutants that have been confirmed as Omega-level include Jean Grey, Vulcan, Rachel Summers, Iceman, Legion, Elixir, and Franklin Richards. Storm is a possible Omega-level mutant. Blur is an Omega-level mutant.

Alpha Mutants

Alpha mutants are some of the most powerful and most feared mutants. Alpha mutants have extremely powerful mutant traits without any significant flaws. Less than 10% of mutants are Alpha mutants so they are very rare. Some of the Alpha mutants include Cyclops, Gambit, Professor X, Havok, Colossus, and Emma Frost. Phantasma and Mustang are Alpha-level mutants. Vortex is a possible Alpha-level mutant.

Beta Mutants

Beta mutants may have powers as impressive as Alpha mutants, but their powers may not be as versatile, or they might not have the raw power of an Alpha mutant, or they might have some kind of weakness. Some examples of Beta mutants are Beast, Wolverine, Mystique and Sabretooth. Prism and Surf were Beta-level mutants. Bast, Blindfold, and Panzer are Beta-level mutants. Medic is a possible Beta-level mutant.

Gamma Mutants

Gamma mutants may have powers that are versatile, but without much raw power and with an obvious weakness (often physical). Alternatively, a Gamma mutant’s power might be powerful, but not very versatile and with an obvious weakness. Lastly, a Gamma mutant might not have any weaknesses, but might have an ability that isn’t very powerful or versatile. Some examples of Gamma mutants would be Angel, Cypher, Pixie (before her souldagger), and so on.

Delta Mutants

Delta Mutants have powers that aren’t versatile, don’t have much power, and have obvious weaknesses. These would include mutants that can see in the dark, breathe water, or have other minor abilities.

Epsilon Mutants

Epsilon Mutants are unfortunate mutants. Epsilon mutants pretty much have no chance of having a regular life in society due to their major flaws. If that isn’t bad enough, Epsilon mutants usually only have minor superhuman powers. A good example of Epsilon mutants would be Beak or the Morlocks.

 

David is an Omega Level Mutant, Mojo purposely seeks out mutants for his entertainment pleasures. The stronger the better. David’s mind with his multiple personalities is a goldmine for Mojo.

 

Okay, BACK to the episode review – after the scene with Mojo  David and co. return back to reality. Lots of little sequences happen, but the main scenes are basically the final ones where David and Amy astral project themselves to where Amy is being interrogated. We finally have a name for one of the weird guys in Division 3 and his name is Walter annd he pretty much evil. Melanie’s words not mines. In the very last scenes everyone including Sydney goes into David’s mind and each of them experience something different. Sydney sees very personal memories, Melanie is attacked by Mojo, and David is being mentally harassed by a swarm of people with his hands covering his face.

A few things I want to point out in summary:

  • The angriest boy in the whole world manifested into a real person during David’s childhood. I’m not sure what purpose this character serves yet because nothing has really given me any incentive to believe that David had abusive parents or a rough childhood. The angriest boy character is an angry and evil little boy. Childhood David seems to be a normal and quiet child.
  • Lenny is very annoying to me, but somehow her consciousness attached itself to David’s mental. I’m almost sure her attachment which has become a personality of his controls Astral Projection/Teleportation.
  • Sydney’s powers may have come from her mother since her mother was very smart and wrote what I believe are scientific papers.
  • Carey, Oliver, and Walter founded Summerland.
  • David cares very much for his sister despite her putting him in a mental ward.
  • Sydney can now see Mojo.

 

Well, thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed!

Reel Review: FX’s Legion

Reel Review: FX’s Legion 1×2

 

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Reel Review: FX’s Legion 1×2

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Welcome BACK to Reel Cinema Review! This week I’m going to give a quick recap of Legion’s Episode 2 and my thoughts about it!

So, in my last review of the season premiere episode I basically gave the show a good review but mentioned that I felt as though the opener was a bit rushed. This episode was way better than the first in my opinion. It was slowed down just a notch that really gave me more insight of the characters.

Within S1E2 (Season 1 Episode 2) we learn more about David and his early childhood memories with the help of Melanie and Ptonomy the Memory Worker. It is apparent that Melanie is the headmistress of a facility for helping others like David reach their potential wit their “powers”. Ptonomy  himself can remember his time in is mothers womb and even his birth – he remembers everything and has telepathic abilities to see a persons memories in real time. He, along with Melanie and David, venture into David’s mind in order to iron out mental wrinkles that are affecting his ability to think “straight” and control his powers.

  • I believe that because David and his powers were misunderstood by regular people, the medication and misdiagnosis distorted his mind even more than the actual voices he was hearing.

During their time in his mind, they come across 4 main memories. In the first memory, David and his older sister Amy are seen running through a field of flowers laughing and playing. This shows us that he did have a somewhat normal childhood and actually had a relationship with his sister before his powers developed. The next scene is of David and his mother planting a flower and also of him and his mom measuring how tall he was.

  • I have a feeling that something terrible happened to his mother and that he was very attached to her. This attachment and sudden loss may have caused a mental shift in Young David.

The next scene can be broken up into 2 different memories, I’ll only cover the first version for now then the second version later.

Next, is the scene where David is still a child and his father is reading him a bedtime story. It is during this scene where things get interesting. David is seen as a child in bed and his father – who’s face we cant see – is reading a very graphic book called The World’s Angriest Boy in the World. During this scene, adult David is telling Melanie and Ptonomy  that his father was an Astronomer and that he died a year prior while he was in the mental hospital. The scene then shows child David listening to his father reading a graphic page of the book with the narrative: “The boy’s mother said of to bed, the boys face turned red, and with a cry he chopped her head.”

  • Also, during this scene there’s a brief moment where child David turns into adult David in the same memory as he’s listening to his father read. Melanie and Ptonomy pick up on these strange occurrences in his memories.

The memory is disrupted by voices and the three are taken back into the real world. During the rest of the episode we see tiny bits of David’s life before he got admitted into the mental hospital. They’re important to some extent but they really only give a build up to the last couple of scenes.

In the latter 3/4ths of the episode, there’s a scene where David revisits the bedtime scene . It is during this scene where his father is not is present this time. Here,  Ptonomy and Melanie are trying to rewind a bit within David’s memories for clues to help solve what caused him to mentally break. As Ptonomy tries to enter deeper within Davids mind he is blocked and Melanie tells David that he has to open his mind and trust them. He exasperatedly claims that he does then the door of his childhood room slams shut and the whole room begins to shake. During this time, The World’s Angriest Boy in the World falls from his room’s book shelf and child David along with adult David are seen with their hands covering their eyes.

At the very end of the episode, David is with in a MRI that is scanning his whole body. He hears and sees his sister Amy in real time trying to visit him at his previous mental hospital. The receptionist claims that they never admitted her brother. There’s a disagreement between Amy and the receptionist. Amy is then taken to a doctors room where I presume she will be interrogated. David realizes this during his vision and wants to rescue her before being stopped by Sydney and encouraged to learn about his powers more before leaving to save Amy.

A couple of things that I want to point out during this episode:

  • David has telepathic, telekinetic, and transporting powers. He’s able to read thoughts and communicate mentally as well as levitate objects and transport them.
  • He started having “visions” around age 10 or 11
  • He may have PTSD and thus his memories are fragmented