Legion Season 1 Discussion

Director: Noah Hawley
Writers: Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum
Starring: Dan Stevens, Jean Smart
Network: FX
First Episode: February 8, 2017

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Legion is one of the most successful Marvel shows on TV. This is not counting Daredevil or Luke Cage.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is a joke. Fox hasn’t had much luck so far with their X-Men franchise.  Each movie that comes out is worse than the one before.

With this show, you can either love it or hate it. I am somewhere in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good show, but at times, I felt like the show was trying too hard. Let’s  keep in mind that there are only 8 episodes and this is the first season. Hopefully, the second season will get better with their story, because, now, there really isn’t much of one.  There will be spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the whole season.

Although this is a Marvel show, it’s different and it’s not something that I can put into words. Maybe I’m overthinking it. I don’t know. One of the frustrating things about this show is that if you try to look up characters besides David, there isn’t a ton of information. Maybe it’s just me and  I’m not looking in the right places.

The entire time I was watching the show, the question “Is this real?” popped into my head every episode. Even though Syd assured him that everything was real, I was still skeptical. David Haller is an unreliable narrator. Even though we know that he’s not schizophrenic,  you can’t help but ask that question. But when the show started showing other characters’ POV, I thought, “Okay. This is real.” After that, the show became predictable.

Melanie Bird takes David and Syd to Summerland Summerland is nothing like Xavier’s School for Gifted Students. The fact that the name of the house is Summerland, makes me think that something fishy is going on. It didn’t show in this season, but maybe the writers will show it next season. Melanie Bird doesn’t really teach mutants how to use their powers. This season was all about David. Melanie doesn’t have any powers that we can see, but she was able to feel David’s power and find him. She could be a real life Cerebro. With David’s ability to hear voices, what if he and Melanie team up and to find mutants, like his father does?

In Chapter 6 of the show, for a few seconds, if you’ve seen Get Out, David was in The Sunken Place. Although to be honest, Chapter 6 is kind of the worst episode. It only revealed that David is adopted and if you’re a Marvel fan and you’ve done your research, then you already know that and you know who his father is. To be honest, you don’t need to do research to know who his father is. David Haller is one of the most powerful mutants. His father is Charles Xavier and his mother is Gaby Haller. This explains why David is so powerful.  Before David was born Charles was considered the most powerful mutant.

LEGION — “Chapter 8” – Season 1, Episode 8 (Airs Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: (l-r) Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Dan Stevens as David Haller. CR: Michelle Faye/FX

There’s talk that Legion will crossover with X-Men and I really hope that that’s not true. The X-Men franchise is dead and I think it would be best to separate Legion and X-Men. X-Men isn’t on the same level as Legion. and to combine the two wouldn’t be a good idea. I have a lot more theories and thoughts about the show but will do another post on it late.  I do recommend watching Legion if you love Marvel and want to get to know about David. David Haller is an extremely important character in the X-Men universe.  If I were to grade it, I would give the first season  C or a C+. There’s room for improvement. Season 2 of Legion will return sometime in 2018.


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