Spoilers follow for this episode and the comics on which Legion is based.
As the third episode of Legion begins, we meet Melanie’s talking cappuccino machine — which, by the way, how much do you want one of those right about now? — as it relays a folk tale to Melanie. It’s the story of a poor woodcutter and his wife who find a crane caught in a trap and free it. Later they meet a girl and she moves in with the couple. They come to love the girl as a daughter, and her talents as a weaver bring them great wealth, but when they betray her trust she is revealed to actually be a crane — and she flies off, never to be seen again.
As Melanie asks to hear the tale once more, it’s not hard to discern that this could also be the story of David. David and his powers have the potential of bringing much to Melanie’s cause, but as she attempts to understand and control his abilities she also risks peering too closely, looking too deeply into who — or what — David really is. And judging by what we’ve seen so far from David, it seems a crane flying off in the end would be the least of it.