TV Review: Legion

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I finished watching The West Wing this week so I decided to start something new, and settled on Legion.

Legion ties into Fox’s X-Men movie franchise and follows the life of sometime X-Man and oft times villain David Haller AKA Legion. For those that don’t know Legion is the child of Professor Charles Xavier, he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder), where each separate personality has their own superpower. Or  at least that’s how he was portrayed in the comic books.

Now coming to the TV show I was at first put out a little by the guy from Downton Abbey (Dan Stevens) putting on a terrible American accent, but other than that his depiction of a young man suffering from, and trying to overcome, mental illness in an age where the best treatment that the mentally ill can look forward to is to be locked away.

There are a few elements that I’m yet to grasp for instance the series appears to take place in the 1960’s, but there are many modern elements too, such as tablet computers, wall mounted flat screen tv’s and modern medical equipment.

There are a few twists and turns along the way, and you will find yourself asking how this fits into the whole X-Men movieverse, but overall its watchable as the first episode goes even though for a lot of it I was asking myself, just what in the hell is going on right now?

overall I’d give it a 6 out of 10, and will probably wait until the end of the series to binge watch the rest.

 

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