As some of us expected, this reality our friends (plus an adversary) were trapped in was all conjured up by Lenny, it becomes clearer as the episode goes on in what I believe to be, Aubrey Plaza's most impressive episode yet! With every episode that has aired, the quality has never faltered. Chapter 6 was written by Nathaniel Halpern and directed with exquisite precision by Hiro Murai. Seriously, some of the scenes the camera highlights/directs are such a joy to watch unfold. Bravo FX, Marvel, and everyone involved with this fantastic show.
"Be honest, you miss him"
"And so you came up with this idea, the frozen man. He doesn’t age, he doesn’t change. You don’t like change."
What's noteworthy about these sessions is we get small pieces of information about our friends from Summerland. Even an interesting quick chat with The Eye, as the scene shifts from each session with ease.
"But you see it right, how you’re the one that’s frozen."
"I like to think I'm a time traveler, I go back, back, back but all I can do is watch" - There's a fundamental realism in his words here, we all have that ability to look back into our memories, at least those we still have a tight grasp on, to relive them but our capability stops because we cannot change them. We don't have the power to undo what's been done, that which is set in stone, as painful as it can be, makes you feel powerless, this I think a lot of people can relate to.
"We're basically the same person"
"Who's it hurting?"
"It's not a race what a boy goes through"
"What matters is where you end up."
"It just doesn’t for some reason feel real"
"Something's wrong, like a dream, folding laundry, eating, everything seems normal but somehow you know."
"Everybody loves dogs"
- "Not me," says David. It's interesting how in this reality Lenny makes David appear more normal, more complacent so he won't want to escape, she makes those around him seem even more problematic so that he's normalized in a way. I like how quite a few scenes in this episode are new alternate ones to the pilot, instead of David and Lenny watching the man drool, it's now David and Ptonomy. Syd mentioning the bedroom door she saw in the south hall was immediately promising. She could've seen it by accident, I don't necessarily think Lenny left it there for her to find because she nixes any discussions about it quite fast so I like that our friends, a few, had begun to fight against this facade. How creepy was it when Lenny was staring right at Syd whilst she mentioned that door, Aubrey Plaza inhabits this role was such a delightful deviance that few villains have.
"I really feel like I've found myself here"
"The world is starting to make sense" - Ha, couldn’t be further from the truth.
"I just don't want to mess things up you know? Now that I have balance"
Syd meanwhile dreams of the true nature of her reality, seeing flashes of what once was. We then see her bedroom door open, there is no sign of feet entering to signify a person walking in, the door then shuts, no feet or representation of a human being is present at all. The camera pans up and it's David in a yellow shirt with a long pillow ready to divide space between the two, a complete parallel to what Syd did when she visited him in Chapter 1.
"You ever have that feeling like somethings happened before but differently?"
Conveniently, the next morning, Syd walks down the hallway and the bedroom door has disappeared.
"I'm in a room, it’s not a room, full of people I can’t see and there's this feeling that we're already dead and we just don’t know it."
Back in the main room, dreams are discussed. Cary dreamed on an ice cube, Kerry dreamt of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea whilst Melanie dreamt of love, seemingly all tied to Oliver (Kerry and Cary appear to have been dreaming of two halves of the story that make up Oliver in some sense).
Just as Cary is about to sleep, he sees Oliver's ice cube (I assume, there can't be more than one) hover above his bed. It sort of calls out to him or rather, he's drawn to it, reaching his hand further and the way the director films this is simply perfection! The perspective that he's lying flat down lifting up is changed as the camera shows he's now leaning against his bed which then pulls away as the scene shifts to reveal he's in the Astral Plane. I alone with my mundane words can't grasp at the majesty that that was: it was so cool! How fun was it when Cary started saying phrases in different languages to get the diver's attention but then realizes it won't work and follows along.
"A version of reality and not reality itself"
David manipulating Syd further by saying that she has been "seeing things that aren't there", giving her the symptoms of his diagnosis was really cruel. To twist words and make someone think they are crazy is a dark game to play, especially when the mind is so fragile in the hands of loved ones. It's interesting to note, both times David was mean to Syd he was in a plain yellow shirt, perhaps a metaphor for Lenny possessing David at the time?
"I don’t have crazy thoughts"
"Young, not too young"
"Careful, I bite"
As The Eye comes closer, the tension is explosive, the way he shuts the door and touches her coat, displaying his power is startling because you're not quite sure what will happen.
"Did you ever eat an animal that was still living"
Kerry runs out horrified daze, arms flailing around like an injured bird searching for solace whilst The Eye hauntingly stands and watches, "you can run my love, there's just no place to go". Just when you think The Eye can't get scarier he does.
Now we return to Lenny in a session that wasn't scheduled, the scenes taking place show her 'interrogating' David. The discussion of fungus, the cycle of spores being spread was fascinating, to use such a metaphor, to want such a violent outcome gives us some clues into Lenny's dangerous endgame. She compares herself to a fungus, not a parasite is also interesting. Aubrey Plaza was phenomenal throughout this entire sequence, she was really in her element here.
"What is the point of life? All of you running around, trying to what? Be happy, be fulfilled."
"There's only one being in the vast multiplicity of space, God. And do you know why God matters? Power." - The very expression of taking her foot and placing it against David's crotch was very significant, such a showcase of power.
"The Eye knows that" - The shot cuts to The Eyes face encompassing the entire frame and expanding to show a somewhat wounded (I'm guessing based on her movements, did The Eye touching her do something or was it just the run of a fearful kid) Kerry, like a rabbit, this wolf follows. He even had the whistling down in this very dark Red Riding Hood-esque scene before the scene closes. Because Lenny compared herself to The Eye or rather their shared want for power, I'm sort of having the feeling he may himself be a parasite or fungus or share those traits. Lenny also mentioned earlier that he was a late bloomer, perhaps feeding/taunting on those younger than himself is his way of reacting to that? He pushes away everyone close to him so maybe it's tied to his childhood, why he acts in such a manner. Perhaps not as deadly as her, maybe he needs youthful energy, his comments in her room earlier make me think so. If not that, I'm not entirely sure why he's so dead set on Kerry unless it's to get to Cary. He fascinates and simultaneously shakes my very core.
"He thought he could hide you from me but he was wrong"
"You’re very own walking, talking, fungus" - Lenny starts whispering it into David's ear, the shot shows Lenny then flashes scarily to The Devil with Yellow Eyes leaning over David and then back with glimpses of that haunting red light in a seamless manner. Editing genuis is present throughout this show!
"I figured I’d just poison you and move on but then I thought our powers together. A cocktail, we could give God a run for his money."
"I'm beginning to think I’m going to have to go it alone."
"Come on we’ve known each there since the womb" - This response from Lenny makes me wonder, what was the point of David's father hiding him if they were together all along or did they get separated and Lenny found him again? Perhaps, Lenny altered his father's memories so he thought he could hide David but she was there or close by or knowledgeable of him all along? The possibilties are endless.
"Oh shut up, I tried making you comfortable, I let you have your friends, your woman" - This was kinda funny.
"Honestly, all I need from you is your body"
"I could give a shit about your mind"
That cover of David Bowie's 'Oh! You Pretty Things' to close to the episode was ingenious. Especially the lyrics, "all the nightmares came today. And it looks as though they're here to stay", couldn't be more appropriate for the contents of Chapter 6.
With only 2 episodes left in the season, please don't miss Chapter 7 airing next Wednesday at 10 PM on FX and Thursday on FOX International. Also, we have reason to celebrate as earlier today FX renewed the show for a 2nd season! Can't wait to watch more chapters in this story reveal itself. Please share your thoughts, any at all, in whatever length, depth and or capacity you can, in the comments below, I love to read them. Legion is one of the rare shows that makes you think in such a profound manner that the discourse shared is so enlightening and to me, that's one of the markers of great television. As always thanks to all who read my reviews.