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Review: Season 1~ Legion on FX

Apr 15, 2017

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 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug 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 he must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees are the result of him being a mutant.

A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.

Noah Hawley serves as Executive Producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, and John Cameron. Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning FX anthology series Fargo.

Legion is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.


      I'm so into this show! Finding a binge worthy show is like a rare ambrosia! Sadly, once you've had your fill, it's a downward spiral, until your next fix. As you watch you can't help but find common threads to the Xmen universe.  But as the show progresses it's own identity arises. I thought the 70's feel was awesome. I loved the acting and the story-line, I felt connected the entire time. I was always trying to connect the dots or figure out what was an illusion or reality. Full of surprises and more surprises, Legion will keep you on your toes.  The relationship between David and Syd is delightful.
   As I watched I couldn't help thinking about one of my favorite series, THE DISILLUSIONISTS by Carolyn Crane. GOSH! what a great series.  It's not uncommon for me to be triggered into thinking about a book or series while I'm binging. 

Okay, back to Legion! If you haven't watched Legion, you should! 

And if you haven't read THE DISILLUSIONISTS by Carolyn Crane, you need to. I can't wait until season 2! Darn it! Now I want to reread Crane's series.  


The uncanny romance is all kinds of exciting and unexpected, 
unraveling as we watch.


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