Legion is a the latest show from the producers of Fargo on FX. Inspired by the X-MEN character of the same name. In the comics, Legion aka David is a powerful mutant and the son of Professor Charles Xavier.
Legion tells the tale of David Haller. Who is a troubled young man and was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child. He has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years and, now in his early 30s, finds himself institutionalized again. During an escape David is captured by a mysterious government agency. While being questioned, he is also questioning his sanity.
When I heard FX is planning to do an X-MEN inspired show. I was a bit hesitant and curious. To my surprise it worked. The first half was a bit muddled. Then the narrative starts to fix its self. Almost like its primary character. I realize why the show started as it did. They want us to get a taste of how David see’s the world. For me it was a bit much. Another thing there weren’t any connections to the X-MEN. I suppose as the show goes on, little thing will begin to appear.
David is played by Dan Stevens. Who does a terrific job of making David a little quirky and likable even though he’s a bit crazy. The supporting cast does a good job as well, but it’s Aubrey Plaza that stands out. No matter what role she is playing. She seems to constantly bring this zany energy to it. The same could be stated here.
Now you’re probably wondering, does it look good. FX did a fantastic Job by giving the show a theatrical feel. Especially towards the conclusion, that is very visual effects heavy. You never get that feeling that you’re being cheated. The camera never shies away when something epic is about to take place. I’m not going to be specific since it gets into spoiler territory. Let’s simply say it gets you excited for the next episode.
Legion starts off a bit muddled but ends on an epic high note.
3 1/2 out of 4 Hats