The original series that exists within an X-Men adjacent universe finds David Haller (Dan Stevens) trying to remember where he’s been after being sucked into a tiny metal ball and abducted in Season 1.
Wonder Woman star Said Taghmaoui will play Season 2 villain Shadow King on FX’s Marvel superhero series Legion. Dan Stevens stars on the show which will return in early 2018.
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Season 1, Episode 8 – “Chapter 8” confirms that Legion is a mess but its a pretty mess so at least it has that going for it. Overall, the series has muddled plot arcs and inconsistent characterization spending the majority of its energy on artistic visuals that ultimately feel hollow without any narrative substance behind them.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Legion finally escapes its narrative loop in “Chapter 7” but still doesn’t follow through on the story it started telling. With just one episode left in the season, the series can’t seem to choose between cohesive plot and auteur stylistics.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Legion spins its wheels in “Chapter 6” offering an interesting alternate universe without providing any new information, character growth, or anything else to move the story forward. While the unreliable nature of the narrative is intriguing and the aesthetics are always pleasing, the series needs to tighten up and actually tell a story.
Dan Stevens has been making a name for himself with his turn as superhero David Haller on Legion, while Pete Holmes has been hilarious on Crashing.
Season 1, Episode 5 – “Chapter 5” of Legion tries to undermine reality and just undermines itself. Showing a lack of both character development and the series’ usual style, the plot ties itself in knots that ultimately unravel by story’s end. Though the episode itself does not gel, it lays groundwork for the rest of the season to build on.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Legion opts for a more objective viewpoint than usual in “Chapter 4,” adhering more to linear time and less to trippy stylistic sequences. That objectivity plays to the episode’s benefit, utilizing a tight narrative structure and excelling at moving the story forward with the characters’ specific superpowers.
Season 1, Episode 2 – “Chapter 2” of Legion continues all of the style, depth, and intrigue of the first episode but adds in more structured bits of plot and begins to anchor the series’ story arc. David has to deal with layers of trauma and mental illness while navigating his newfound superpowers and new situation in the mutant enclave.
Season 1, Episode 1 – “Chapter 1” of Legion showcases its beautiful style, unconventional narrative structure, and superpowers to full effect. With a story that functions equally well on its own terms and as a launching point for the rest of the series, the episode is a cinematic masterpiece.
David Haller was diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.
Flight of the Conchords co-star Jemaine Clement has signed on to the forthcoming Marvel series Legion on FX. Showrunner Noah Hawley made the announcement this weekend during New York Comic-Con.
Noah Hawley is setting his sights on the Marvel universe, as FX has picked up his take on the X-Men franchise Legion for an 8-episode first season.
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