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'Legion' Review: The Best X-Men Adaptation In A While

14 Feb 2017 | By Levis Ryan

Dan Stevens as David Haller /via IMDB

Everybody knows X-Men. Everybody has a favorite X-Men movie, up until they started messing up their own timelines after First Class at least. But I’m not complaining! I love the franchise actually. The only major problem I have with Marvel is that they keep making Wolverine spin offs that nobody asked for! He’s seriously the blandest mutant there is. What is a Wolverine compared to Storm or Jean Grey? How don’t we have a Jean Grey movie yet? The most powerful mutant in the entire Marvel universe! *ahem Sexism *ahem. 

Legion is however a refreshing take on X-Men. The show combines a twisted madhouse and superpower theme exemplarily well. The show also doesn’t leave out key aspects of the X-Men movies and comics from the show. They include a government hunting down and trying to control mutants, a school that acts as a safe haven for mutants and the identity crisis most mutants face in a world of harsh judgement, persecution and hate. 

Legion follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), who has lived most of his adult life thinking he’s completely insane. We’re introduced to David while he’s in a mental hospital but get flashbacks to what led to his commission. When David’s powers started manifesting, he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic after suffering from visual and auditory hallucinations. His family, except his sister, abandons him and this leads him to believe that he does indeed need help. 

Dan Stevens as David Haller /via IMDB

In the institution, Haller starts to make peace with his condition, and starts to accept that there might be something more going on with his condition than just mental illness. Whenever he gets angry, objects around him start flying, exhibiting his telekinetic ability. We watch him having a nightmare in one scene which leads to everything in his small room, including his bed to float in the air and when he wakes up, everything comes crushing down causing the doctors to tranquilize him, thinking he’s gone feral. It’s only through an encounter with another mental patient, Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), that Haller starts accepting himself for what he is. 

Dan Stevens as David Haller and Rachel Keller as Syd Barret  /via IMDB

After the mental institution, Haller is captured by a government agency that knows he’s a mutant. They however try to hide this information from him by questioning him about his mental illness. It’s in this situation that Haller learns just how afraid of him they really are. Haller learns he has telekinetic abilities and these people want to use him as a weapon against others like him. It’s then that Syd comes along with other mutants including their teacher Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), to his rescue. 

Dan Stevens as David Haller /via IMDB

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Legion feels like more than just another superhero TV show. It’s well written, well executed and doesn’t stray too far from the X-Men mythology we’ve come to know and love. The direction the writers choose to go with the rest of the season is however yet to be seen but judging from the pilot, this will be one hell of a ride!

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