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Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as ... See full summary »

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 David Haller (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Melanie Bird (8 episodes, 2017)
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 The Eye (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. Poole (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Syd Barrett (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Lenny Busker (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Cary Loudermilk (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Ptonomy Wallace (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Kerry Loudermilk (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Amy Haller (3 episodes, 2017)
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 David's Mother (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Philly (2 episodes, 2017)
Quinton Boisclair ...
 Devil with the Yellow Eyes (2 episodes, 2017)
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 David (4 Yrs) (2 episodes, 2017)
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Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 20's and free once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the daily life: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Shannon (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David's routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the ... Written by FX Networks

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The show is part of the X-Men cinematic universe as it connects to it's future films while acting as a standalone installment of the series similar to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013). See more »

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Just perfect
9 February 2017 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Legion's first episode is a wonderfully balanced and sophisticated work that shows just how complete an art-form the medium of TV storytelling has become.

We are drawn into David Haller's compelling personal world because, through his eyes, that which is invisible within ourselves becomes visible. Our personal worlds are narratives created both by ourselves and by others with whom we interact. We need to believe this narrative is the truth because it defines who we are, yet it cannot possibly be the truth because we lack omniscience and true self-knowledge. Hence, we live with a sense that how we perceive both ourselves and the outside world is not quite the way it really is. The line between the tricks we play on ourselves and the tricks other people play on us becomes blurred. How we deal with that human flaw - the invisibility of the gaps in our knowledge - define who we are. Whether we reject it, ignore it, fear it, are angered by it, or fight to overcome it, our response to that secret flaw determines how we relate to the ideas of religion, science, free will, personal rights and responsibilities and the rights of The State, how we view our own self-worth and the worth of others, and even decide how we vote.

In a very important way, Legion's first episode captures the zeitgeist of the 21st Century post-truth era. There ARE powerful people and organisations working behind the scenes to manipulate us, but what makes us weak is not our lack of power, it's not even our ignorance - it's our inability to accept just how vulnerable an overly developed sense of self makes us when that sense of self is really an illusion. David personifies that vulnerability (a vulnerability wonderfully expressed by Dan Stevens), and the way Haller uses his schizophrenia as a representation of the essence of the human condition is inspired.

In David's world things very obviously don't quite make sense, but the reason for that disjointedness is not the secret conspiracy lurking behind the scenes - it's David's inability to create a cohesive narrative out of what's really happening. We know what that narrative should be, because we've seen it before. Director / writer / producer (and presumably hair stylist, best boy etc.) Hawley's greatest talent is not his ability to retell the same old stories in a new way, but to draw upon the viewer's knowledge of those same old stories. We've seen (or read) it all before - John Wyndam's The Midwich Cookoos is 60 years old, Scanners is 36 years old and Akira (film version) is 29 years old

  • so Hawley doesn't bother to focus too heavily on the "oh, surprise!"


element. He assumes literacy in the genre and uses that prior knowledge as a framework for something much more existential.

This is not a show for the teenage audience and it's no accident that the main character is in his mid thirties. Legion is intended for those who have had the rough edges knocked off, who have lived enough of a life to understand that nothing is as simple as it seems, that right and wrong are not clearly delineated, and that who we are is not necessarily who we think we are. If this show somehow manages to sustain this level throughout its entire run - a feat which would be remarkable considering this first episode contains more insight than the entire run of many "smart" shows, and contains more artistic content than many "arty" movies with much bigger budgets and much longer production times (Arrival, I'm looking at you!) - it will be, by quite a distance, the greatest cultural work to have ever graced our small screens.


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