Legion is based on the Marvel Comic title by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s the story of Scott Young (Dan Stevens), a troubled but very special young man. In his youth he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and finds himself in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years.
Now in his 20’s and finding himself under the gun of some investigative team from his present psych ward, he meets a new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller).
After meeting her, David faces the possibility that the voices he used to hear and the visions he had may actually be real.
That’s generally the description distributed to describe the show, but the pilot episode was something else altogether different.
The pilot episode feels more like a psychadelic head trip as we’re shown images from his youth, present time scenes, laced with more flashbacks of a recent time line.
The opening of the show was so odd that it was curiously interesting. Something that was so off kilter that it drew me in.
But during the story, it was confusing and it felt more like a twisted version of Pulp Fiction.
But once the 90-minute premiere episode was coming to a close, it all came together and made sense in the last 10-15 minutes.
The tone of the episode was weird, but it was a daring new spin on the X-Men world of mutants. But if they keep up that confounding tone, it may not be good for the series in the long run.
But if this was a one-time thing, from what I saw in the opener, this could be a great show. It’s got an entirely new or unique feel compared to any other Marvel property on TV.
We’ll see how it gets on, though initial TV ratings put the show in second spot of cable shows, behind the NBA, with 1.9M viewers.