Last watched May 2017
“David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.” – Wikipedia
I really dislike David Lynch, but even I can acknowledge that he has opened up creative avenues that, in some cases, are only just being explored by other shows, now. Legion very much fits into that sort of category as it can be wild and jumpy, throwing images up on screen like some sort of extremely lengthy multimedia art project. The upside is that this isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually really interesting and doesn’t distract from the core story or the motivating intrigue.
I also really dislike superhero tv and movies because, for the most part, they are money making ventures. The upside is that you know what you’re going to get when you go to them, the downside is you know what you’re going to get when you go to them. They have become really tired. It took me until well over half the season to realise this was the Marvel universe, which is a huge statement with regards to how much this doesn’t feel like same-old, same-old.
I particularly appreciated the characters, especially Oliver Bird who is, it appears, a wholly accurate representation of me.
Genre: Superhero, drama, psychological thriller?
Pros: good character creation, not wholly white cast (Jemaine Clement (Oliver Bird) is Maori, Aubrey Plaza (Lenny) is Puerto Rican and Amber Midthunder (Kerry Loudermilk) I think is Native American), older woman character who isn’t a hack job!
Cons: No black folk, only one queer – although he has a pretty diverse family and is actually an interesting character, one of the characters is a quintessential nothing-character, only there to be the sex/romantic propulsion for the main story aka White Straight Cis Guy Narrative Needs Complexity (ugh)
Would approach with caution if: you have issues with parasites, abuse, mental health facilities / hospitals, the real examination and bending of what is “real” and what is “not real”, violence against a native american woman (by men), explosion and burns recovery
Can be found: ~the internet~
Accessibility: no 😦
If you liked this, you might like: The Young Pope, Heroes, Supergirl