Suzanne Tenner/FX
May 15, 2018 at 11:23 PM EDT


TV Show
Action, Drama, Sci-fi
run date
Noah Hawley
Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

Anyway, back to the story. After three weeks of hit-or-miss diversions, “Chapter 15” of Legion finds the season’s lost plot, to the extent that anyone could, and gets things moving with some shifting alliances and long-gestating revelations. By the way, it’s time to reset the numbers on the “days without large-scale telepathic assault” ticker at Division 3.

But first, another quick aside on humanity’s psychological constructs. Part eight of season 2’s narrated explanations focuses on the notion of “moral panic.” As defined by the narrator, moral panic is “public anxiety or alarm in response to a perceived threat to the moral standards of society.” Traversing examples ranging from parental concern over the content of comic books to literal witch hunts, the narrator arrives at a question: “What’s more terrifying, fear or the frightened?” This idea, and the other ideas that have been presented in previous narrations, finally become relevant in a non-figurative way later in the episode during the latest attack on D3 headquarters.

The action of the episode proper begins with Farouk doing some work on an old car, vacuuming spectral purple sludge from under the hood with a coin-operated pump. Before it becomes clear what he’s doing with the car, he’s psychically called out by David in the immediate aftermath of the Amy revelation.

Sitting across from Farouk in a decadent dining room, David is so angry he can’t speak, instead roaring like a lion. Farouk, unperturbed, responds to David as if he were a child throwing a tantrum. Farouk’s condescending “use your words” does little to soothe David’s mood, nor does his dismissal of David’s anger over Amy’s death.

Farouk, who has spent the last few decades camped out in David’s mind, knows that David has fantasized about hurting Amy before, when he was angry about having been placed in an asylum. David’s response to this is that his ideas about harming Amy in terrible ways were “just thoughts.” But that argument doesn’t carry much weight with Farouk, who has been relentlessly clear all season in his assertion that thoughts, particularly those of the powerful, are indistinguishable from reality.

Disappointed in David’s reluctance to accept his godlike status among mere humans, Farouk sends him back to the “kiddie table,” effectively ending their alliance and sounding the starting shot on the race to find his body. Before parting, Farouk tells David that he’ll miss him, but that he’ll find him again once he has his body. David, before returning to his own physical body, has an encounter with an unresponsive vision of Amy who laughs maniacally at David’s attempts to apologize until he loses his composure. (Recap continues on next page)

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