5 Reasons Why Legion is a Must-Watch
Legion, the television series based on the comic created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz, premiered on FX earlier this month. The character first appeared in 1985 in New Mutants #25. The title character who goes by David Haller is played by Dan Stevens who starred in Downtown Abbey and will play the role of Beast in Beauty and the Beast which comes out next month. With just two episodes aired, audiences are mesmerized and feedback has been mostly positive. That’s why I’m declaring early on that Legion is must-watch television. Here are five reasons if you’re not convinced yet.
There are so many amazing shots and colors in this show. Adding in slow motion moments and the use of shadows in darker, most times more intense scenes just completes the design production’s list of great artistic choices. From flashbacks of David running through a field as a child to characters running through the woods in a hail of gunfire, the angles and the use of light and placement of objects has been amazing.
The Crazy-good Special Effects
For any comic-based show or movie involving mutants or anyone with abilities, the effects have to be on point for any hope of success. The special effects team have been on point! David’s mind is a mess at times and the use of special effects in conjunction with the directing and acting performances have solidified the series as a fascinating story to watch. We’ve only seen a hint of David’s telekinetic abilities and a few other displays by other mutants, but what we’ve seen so far has been quality.
Great Balance of Humor and Seriousness
With David having spent several years in a psychiatric hospital, mental illness is a big part of the story so far. The MA rating is earned with some violence and language. The writers have done a great job of incorporating humor and creating a good balance for the show. Aubrey Plaza, who plays David’s friend Shannon, brings a unique but fun sense of humor.
Exploration of Mutant Abilities
Beyond animated series, the major X-Men films have focused on many of Marvel’s main mutants. Other characters haven’t gotten as much screen time or the chance to display their abilities. For example, a young Jubilee appeared in X-Men Apocolypse (2016) but we never saw her use her abilities. In the first two episodes alone we’ve seen at least four different mutants use their abilities. While Legion exists in a parallel universe to the film series according to FX’s CEO, this is still a great chance for Marvel to feature lesser known mutants that have always been mentioned as being out there among the mutant population but never seen.
Like I said earlier, David’s mind is a mess. When he recounts events things are out-of-order and sometimes unclear. There were a few times during the premiere’s livetweet that I saw more than one person say they were confused. I was too. It made me focus more than I expected to make sure I didn’t miss a detail. Trying to follow things through David’s mind and memories might frustrate some. You may think a scene is real only for it to end up existing only in David’s mind. Despite the possibility of turning off viewers who may just want entertainment and not have to think, I think it was a great decision. If you’re focused on the show, you won’t want to change the channel. You’ll go back and watch an episode again to make sure you caught everything. You may even discuss it with other fans and friends to double-check that what happened really happened. Sounds like a winning formula to get people talking and watching your show.
There you have it! Season one is only eight episodes so if you watch and end up not liking it, it’s not like you wasted that much time. If you’re a fan of Legion, tell me what you like about the show so far. Legion airs on FX Wednesdays at 10 PM EST.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 and kiramira_.
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