Legion’s Fifth Chapter Features the ‘Magic Man’

But did fans find the hubris, the horror, and the naked butts "magical"?

by | March 9, 2017 | Comments

Dan Stevens in Legion (Michelle Faye/FX)

All right Legion fans — catch your breath yet? Episode 105 of FX’s hit X-Men series pulled no punches while unveiling the astral plane’s various layers, the true power within David (Dan Stevens), and so much more. And Twitter had a field day with the suspense, horror, and that helluva cliffhanger. Catch the highlights below.



“I’m the Magic Man”

After having a little meet-cute with Oliver (Jemaine Clement) in last week’s episode, David decides to introduce Syd (Rachel Keller) to the astral plane — a reality where they can touch and actually show affection for one another like any other couple.

But the plane was a little, well, plain for some viewers.

David’s suaveness is coming across a little cocky for some viwers

Of course, we know by episode’s end that David’s cockiness has a little more to do with the fact that it’s not just David living inside that 30-year-old body — but in the beginning, Mr. Haller’s ego put many viewers off.

Don’t mutants know that hubris is a tragic flaw?

We learn from Melanie (Jean Smart) that Oliver learned of the consequences of hubris the hard way; he was able to be the God of his own reality in the plane (as seen last week), but now he’s trapped there forever. Is this a sign of things to come for David and now Syd? Melanie apparently hopes to use David to reunite with her long-lost husband.

Oh yeah, and Syd and David show some post-coitus booty

This one kind of speaks for itself.

But is David really in control?

By episode’s end, it’s clear the answer is a flat “no.” Though we’re not entirely sure as he’s chatting with Lenny about saving Amy that he’s not doing what he consciously wants to do. But alas, the cockiness we saw before was the swagger of Lenny — and indication of the destruction to come.

Viewers are loving Syd’s devotion to her man

When David caves and, listening to his inner Lenny’s ill-advised desires, goes to Division 3 to save Amy on his own, Syd insists on going after him with the help of Melanie and co.

David likes his justice served cold…

…and with disintegrated bodies and limbs in the wall.

When Melanie and Syd show up to the Division 3 site, it’s clear that David has already left his mark…

Not everyone was Team David

While some cheered along as he went after his sister, others knew something more sinister was afoot. Especially after watching the glee that he killed his enemies with over the security cameras, it seems that David is slowly losing himself completely to the demon within.

…the literal demon within.

And then the security cameras picked up what was really calling the shots within David, and lo and behold: It’s the devil with the yellow eyes!

Mind. Blown.

When Cary (Bill Irwin) finally pieces together that it seems this devil with the yellow eyes is an all-powerful, evil entity that’s lived within the recesses of David’s mind since birth, the pieces start coming together, and our collective mind is blown.

“The Rainbow Connection.”

It wouldn’t be an episode of Legion without a random cut to something that at face value doesn’t fit, but in hindsight is actually utter perfection — right? Cue David and Syd in the astral plane singing “The Rainbow Connection.” It’s also the moment that allows Syd to realize that David, who’s now in possession of Amy from Division 3, has brought her to their childhood home (or at least a version of it).

Heeeeeeeere’s Lenny!

In case you were missing Lenny, sheeeeeeee’s baaaaaaaack. When David (who’s actually the devil with the yellow eyes), gets Amy alone in their home, Lenny joins them, shape shifting and teleporting her way around Amy as she slowly loses her mind. They manage to get a dirty little secret out of her, too: David was adopted.


When Melanie and Syd and the others make their way to David’s home, they quickly learn that they’re actually in David’s fabricated world now — it’s a world made to look like home, but he’s playing God. His world exists in a soundless vacuum, so they all lose their ability to communicate — and ups the suspense for what’s to come.

With the silence, some lost control of their bodily functions.

The devil knows David’s safe space

When Syd comes across Amy, David, and an attack-ready Lenny in the house, she tries to save the one she loves to no avail. But in the nick of time, her crew bursts into the room to save her, but just as they’re about to shoot David dead (they can’t see Lenny, apparently), Syd grabs a hold of him and they reappear in the astral plane. They’re only safe for a moment, though, because then the devil with the yellow eyes in all his potato-like glory arrives to the scene. Syd screams and runs and collapses at the monster’s mercy while David looks on helplessly.

Introducing…Dr. Lenny

What did you think of this week’s cliffhanger?

Legion airs Wednesday nights at 10/9 C on FX.

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