Legion (2017–2019)
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Chapter 1 

A troubled young man battling mental illness wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient.

Director:

Noah Hawley

Writers:

Noah Hawley, Noah Hawley (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Stevens ... David Haller
Rachel Keller ... Syd Barrett
Aubrey Plaza ... Lenny Busker
Bill Irwin ... Cary Loudermilk (credit only)
Jeremie Harris ... Ptonomy Wallace
Amber Midthunder ... Kerry Loudermilk
Katie Aselton ... Amy Haller
Jean Smart ... Dr. Melanie Bird
Hamish Linklater ... Clark
David Selby ... Brubaker
David Ferry ... Dr. Kissinger
Ellie Araiza ... Philly
Matt Hamilton ... Ben
Brad Mann ... Rudy
Quinton Boisclair Quinton Boisclair ... Devil with the Yellow Eyes
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Storyline

David Haller, is a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. Written by billyllewis

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Charles Xavier's voice can be heard in the background swirl of voices, early in the episode, but Patrick Stewart does not have an acting credit for the episode. See more »

Goofs

When David is in session with Dr. Kissinger, he tells Dr. Kissinger he tied a cord and hung himself. Dr. Kissinger tells David no cord was found which confuses David. David's personalities were trying to stop him from killing himself and it can easily be explained that one of his personalities took over and disposed of the cord. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kissinger: All animals need physical contact to feel love.
Syd Barrett: You know those cartoons in, like, magazines? There's a man on an island with, like, maybe a single palm tree. People say, "go to your happy place" and that's what I think about.
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Happy Jack
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Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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Trippy, Twisted, and Cerebral
11 February 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

It's always very difficult to review the first episode of a series. TV shows are meant to be seen in its entirety, so I take issue with critics praising or detesting something when it's merely the first in many chapters of a story. So all I'll say for now is that Legion has me intrigued.

Written, directed, and created by Noah Hawley of Fargo fame, Legion is unlike any other comic book adaptation I have seen. It's a dark, twisted, cerebral, and sometimes frightening take on the unique mutant son of Charles Xavier, David Haller. Whether the show ever crosses over with the X-Men films or not is irrelevant, because Legion stands on its own in tone. Just by taking a glance at the way this show is shot you can tell that it is very separate from the way the X-Men films are approached. Although Haller shares some characteristics with his father, Legion is more along the lines of a psychological thriller than it is a superhero mystery.

The show deals a lot with the concept of reality and just how abstract Haller's mind can become. I'm not sure how well this can hold up for 8 episodes, but hopefully solving the mystery within Haller's brain will have the payoff worthy of all this time spent with the show. Hawley put together a solid cast which includes a great lead turn from Dan Stevens, and Fargo alums, Rachel Keller and Jean Smart. We only got a brief glimpse of the ladder, but I have a feeling she will likely hold the MacGuffin (or answers) for Haller and us as an audience.

Overall, Hawley has sold me on creepy imagery, psychological action, and one mysterious plot. I'll give the pilot a break because it has to set the tone properly, but let's hope for faster paced follow up episode.

+Stevens & rest of cast

+Hawley's direction

+Unique comic-book adaptation

-It is a bit slow

7.8/10


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