TV Review: Legion (Season 2, Episode 4)
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Syd Barrett isn’t just another brick in Legion’s warped wall. Much like last week, Chapter 12 of Legion is limited in the trippy and psychedelic visuals the show has become widely recognised and praised for, but, where the episode lacks in the hypnotic experience, it absolutely makes up for with some unexpected character development. Continuing on from the previous storyline within the maze, this week rather then focusing on David, we get to delve into Syd’s tormented childhood and backstory. The opening sequence finds Syd alone in an illuminated igloo/cave type structure, which we learn is representative of her mothers birth canal. Descriptive imagery, I know. Hearing hushed but panicked voices, Syd crawls out of the...well, is birthed, and we are presented with a flashback to the day she was born. The majority of the entire episode's duration then offers us a detailed look into a number of Syd’s childhood memories, featuring a particular emotive scene where her mother (Lily Rabe) gently tries to console her, only to be met with Syd becoming hysteric upon feeling her own mother's loving touch, due to her distressing powers. We also find that David is watching and observing all of these memories, interacting with the different versions and ages of Syd, trying to find the hidden meaning of why he is being shown these specific flashbacks. In doing so, he witnesses more of Syd’s past and learns new and painful details about her experiences growing up with her powers, and how she was mistreated by many people surrounding her.
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