TV Review: Legion S1E3 Chapter 3

legionLegion, based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, continues its exploration of the main character David Haller (played by Dan Stevens) in an episode that dives further into the mystery of David’s powers while a greater threat looms.

Like the previous episode this one is focused on the method of looking into David’s past to figure out the moment his powers manifested in hopes of better understanding them. That focus is interesting as we saw in last episode and this one his new friends don’t even know his true strength and power.

We the viewers are left in the dark and discover exactly what’s going on as David and his friends discover it as well. The show has moved past the concept that David is schizophrenic, instead chalking up his issues as a side affect of his mutant powers. It’s an interesting decision as it makes this version of David/Legion similar to the comic book version and in ways downplays the schizophrenia.

Dan Stevens stars as David Haller in Legion

A lot of the episode bounces around his head and it’s very similar to the previous one. While we learn a bit more about what’s going on with the opposing force, but not much, and given more hints that David is more powerful than anyone imagined, I can’t say there’s much as far else in the series. It’s David getting to know his new friends and himself.

The visuals of the series continue to be stunning and the best thing about it. This is a show you need to watch and watch intently as many of the hints and plot points are driven not by the dialogue, but by the visual clues that are thrown on the screen in quick flashes. We see that here with some of what is triggering David and the visuals are giving the best hint as to what’s really going on in his head. The series begs to be watched multiple times to catalog all of the quick flashes and coloring to decipher what it all means.

Legion builds and shows the “X” world can be presented with a more adult focus without all of the spandex. The end of the episode in particular had me take notice wondering what it all means and if what we’re shown on screen reflects what comic fans may already know. This is a new depiction of Legion, but it’s one that’s building off of an obscure, but classic character. It’s also becoming one of the best “comic” shows on television.

Overall Rating: 9.15

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