MARVEL’S LEGION: “Chapter 1” RECAP
Wednesday night saw the series premiere of Marvel’s Legion based on the X-Men character of the same name. Warning, spoilers ahead…
The series stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, the mutant son of Charles Xavier. Like David, we as viewers were bombarded with rapidly changing scenes during the series opening sequence. Symbolically this is probably what David is going through with all the voices in his head. It’s overwhelming to say the least as David at the end of that sequence is shown trying to commit suicide. He later awakes at mental hospital where he’s placed in group therapy and on heavy doses of anti-psychotic drugs for his diagnosed schizophrenia.
Rounding out some of the players in Legion is two patients, Lenny, (Aubrey Plaza) and Syd (Rachel Keller). With the latter, David seems most intrigued with. Although not comfortable with human contact, Syd does have a way about her that brings David to life. He even asks to be her boyfriend and she agrees, as long as there is no touching.
This is a very intellectual TV show, which means, stop what you are doing and watch it through without distraction. There are many shows that we can watch but not fully pay attention to without feeling lost in the process. It doesn’t mean that they’re not quality programming, it just means we can pickup what’s going on with our ears and follow along rather quickly when our eyes return to the screen. With Legion, it would be impossible and it might discourage you. The visuals which never cease to amaze me with these comic inspired shows, is so rich and well executed, that you marvel (no pun intended) at the achievement.
There are many subliminal images in Legion that I’m sure will become more clear as the series progresses. It will take time I won’t lie to you. I think there is a huge payoff for those of us willing to stick with it. And the promise that this series takes place in the same cinematic universe only makes this more intriguing. Is it quirky? Yes most definitely. Is it worth watching? Right now, yes.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight