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Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 1] Chapter 1 (90 min)
Shown 08 Feb 17

No, this is not a continuation of the movie Legion - that honour goes to the TV whow Dominion . Instead, it is based on a Marvel comic-book series by Chris Claremont. The producers include Brian Singer , and the Executive Producer list has names like Stan Lee and Joe Quesada.

David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ) was institutionalised with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He gets to hang out with gal-pal Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ), but soon falls for new patient Syd Barrett ( Rachel Keller ).

This is not a cheesy rip-off like Mutant X . It has a glossy sheen, like Limitless ... but also illustrates how telepathy could be associated with mental illness (like in Scanners ).

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 2] Chapter 2
Shown 15 Feb 17

David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ) is in a different mental health facility. This one is much nicer, run by Melanie Bird ( Jean Smart ). She has her own telepath help dig up David's memories. He had some bad experiences in his childhood, and as an adult he spent a lot of time with a psychiatrist.

There is a nasty undercurrent to the story. Much like the previous episode, we are left wondering which scenes are genuine memories.

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 3] Chapter 3
Shown 22 Feb 17

Melanie Bird ( Jean Smart ) and her minions continue to pry into the mind of David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ).

David has a Yellow-Eyed Demon living in his mind. Not like the one in Supernatural - no, this one looks more like Slimer the Sedgewick Spud in Ghostbusters . It may be a subconscious manifestation, or it may be a psychic parasite that has burrowed into his mind. Strangely it seems to come out when he thinks about Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ). This is a pity, because she is easily the best character in the show.

David makes contact with his sister, who is being held prisoner by the Men in Brown.

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 4] Chapter 4
Shown 01 Mar 17

David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ) is locked in a comatose state. It turns out his mind is in the astral plane.

The others cannot find his mind. They go on a road trip to find his ex-girlfriend. As a result they make an amazing discovery about Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ).

David's sister is not the only prisoner. His psychiatrist is in the next cell. They manage to strike up a conversation, and uncover yet more inconsistencies in David's memories.

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 5] Chapter 5
Shown 08 Mar 17

David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ) bonds with his love interest, Syd Barrett ( Rachel Keller ). It helps that they have realised their powers are limited to their physical bodies, so she is able to touch him as long as they are in a shared psychic halucination.

David insists on rescuing his sister. Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ) offers her assistance in the matter. After all, it is obviously a trap so there is no point in getting the others killed too. But will David and Lenny be able to take out the massive garrison of police? And will they bother to save the innocent psychistrist who is also a prisoner there?

Melanie Bird ( Jean Smart ) and her minions go to the rescue. They have worked out what is wrong with David. The climax takes place in zone of almost absolure silence ...

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 6] Chapter 6
Shown 15 Mar 17

David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ) is trapped in a shared halucination with his friends. They are inmates in a version of the asylum, and their psychiatrist is Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ).

Melanie Bird ( Jean Smart ) is in the shared halucination too. Ironically, this is the closest she has been to her husband since he was lost, years previously.

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 7] Chapter 7
Shown 22 Mar 17

Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ) has everyone trapped. However, the man in the ice cube has a plan to save them.

As always, this show is a visual feat for the eyes. This episode more so than the others, because Lenny converts their reality into a monochrome silent movie.

David Haller (Dan Stevens - The Guest ) is confronted by his rational self, a version of himself that lives in his subconscious. Since his rational self is an embodiment of pure logic he speaks in Recieved Pronunciation, and since the actor has an English accent we can hear what he really sounds like.

Legion Legion [Season 1, Episode 8] Chapter 8
Shown 29 Mar 17

The interrogator from the first episode is back. He managed to survive, with 40% burns and six weeks in intensive care. Now he goes after the mutants.

Lenny Busker ( Aubrey Plaza ) is now the one who is trapped. However, she has a plan for a breakout.

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Legion Legion [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th October 2017 [Wednesday]

Reviewed in our special supplement Legion

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