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Review of "Legion" 2/3/17 by Suzanne
Airs Wednesdays 10pm on FX

This is a great show. It's a little slow in parts, especially in the first episode; but otherwise, I love it. David is in a mental hospital because he hears voices. It turns out, though, that David really has super powers. He can read minds and move things with his mind, just like Jean Grey and Professor X. Legion is set in the X-Men universe, but it's set in a slightly more realistic version of it.

It's written by the same guy who does "Fargo," Noah Hawley. He's just a great writer, so that's why his shows are so good.

Dan Stevens plays David. You may recognize him from "Downton Abbey." In this show, he reminds me just a little of Matt Ryan ("Constantine"). I never saw "Downton Abbey," but I did see Stevens in a 2013 movie called "Summer in February." He's been in a lot of great things, though. I'm glad to see him here because he's not only handsome and likable, but an outstanding actor.

Rachel Keller (also from "Fargo") plays his girlfriend, Syd, who also has a superpower. Aubrey Plaza plays a friend of his named Lenny. Jean Smart (another actress from "Fargo") plays Melanie, a myserious woman who's trying to rescue the mutants and get them used to their powers, as well as hide them from an evil group called Division 3 that's trying to hunt them down. She also wants to use David to defend them

It's a very complicated show. There is some good action and super powers, but don't expect costumes. It seems to be the type of show, like "Alphas," "Arrow," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", "Gotham" where they're trying to be more for "regular people" rather than comic book fans. It's definitely worth watching, though, costumes or not.

If you don't mind spoilers, this page does a great job of telling you all about the character of David and his story in the comics. Wikipedia has slightly fewer spoilers, mostly sticking to the TV show. If they do follow the comics in terms of who David is and what he can do, there are some great surprises in store! Don't expect to see the X-Men because the TV show takes place at a time before the world knows about mutants or the superheroes.

MORE INFORMATION:

Legion, the highly-anticipated new drama series from Noah Hawley, will premiere on FX on Wednesday, February 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. 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(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winning FX limited series Fargo. Also today, FX released the latest trailer for Legion: https://youtu.be/31I8Y_ET9xI 

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 David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.

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.

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

About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in 91 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain and the upcoming Taboo, Legion and Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story and the upcoming Trust and Feud; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy(R) Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly.

About Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Television

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. Marvel Television develops and produces some of the world's most creative and popular live-action and animated programming for broadcast and cable television networks plus digital platforms including a historic deal with NETFLIX. Its portfolio of self-produced series includes "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for ABC, "Marvel's Daredevil," "Marvel's Luke Cage," and the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Marvel's Jessica Jones" for NETFLIX and "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man," "Marvel's Avengers" and "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" for Disney XD. Marvel Television's upcoming projects include "Marvel's Iron Fist and the culminating Marvel's The Defenders" for NETFLIX as well as "Marvel's The Punisher" (NETFLIX), "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" (Freeform), "Legion" (FX), and "Marvel's Runaways" (Hulu).


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