Channel: FX(US), FX(EU), AXN (SE Asia)
Status: Ongoing, weekly episodes
Length: 1hr 10min (per episode)
Writers: Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz
Cast: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart
Plot: Based on the "X-Men" comic, "Legion" is based around David Haller, who was diagnosed to be schizophrenic at an early age and has been kept at mental hospitals after a few chaotic events. After Haller stumbles upon Sydney Barrett, a female fellow psychiatric patient who refused to be touched, he witnesses the wraith of his own power through her body. This intrigues him to consider that there may be more to him than mental illnesses, and that he is able to turn his imaginations into reality.
Review: The long-awaited show from Marvel finally aired, with a massive budget and the intention to compete against DC's "Arrow"verse. "Legion" has been heavily inspired from the comic books. However, this is only the origin story where David doesn't know who his father (Professor X) is. We are promised to witness paradoxical storylines and reality bending graphics. David Haller AKA Legion wields various powers like telepathy, reality bending, psychic abilities, etc. The most intriguing part of his character is his mind being the host of three primary and virtually unlimited personalities. "Legion" introduces plenty of original characters and contains a certain balance of comedy, action, drama, suspense and loads of paranoia. The hour-long episodes can be a big dose of confusion unless the audience is familiar with the story from the comic books. There are plenty of 'easter eggs' in the screenplay, though the visual effects often don't work as intended. Dan Stevens is an excellent actor but from the looks of it, we haven't seen the best of him yet. The story goes back and forth in time which is already hard to understand but it also goes back and forth in imaginations and memories, making it very confusing. The show leaves us with many questions but one in particular: "Did that really happen?" Overall, the show is a masterpiece by Noah Hawley. We know anything can happen as Legion can literally do anything and everything. This show is more than worth watching and as many would say, certainly the best show yet by Marvel.
Reviewed by Ashish Kalam