Bennett Fort ’19

I don’t watch too many TV Shows, only Flash, Arrow, and some other DC shows (all of which I am currently not watching at all due to my new show obsessions), but pretty much every Spring, a new bunch of shows start and I find the need to watch some of them. This year I started Powerless, which is mediocre at best, and Riverdale, which is intriguing, yet poorly written.  However, I also started a third show this year, which is actually phenomenal.

I am talking about Legion, which is currently on FX, and is set in the Fox Marvel Universe (the X-Men one).  The shows follows David Haller, a supposed schizophrenic man who, at the start of the show, is in a mental hospital.  Ever since he was a child, David has been hearing voices in his head and has been seeing what he calls, a “Devil With Yellow Eyes” following him around his entire life. But, one day, he meets another mental patient who intrigues him, and when delving more into being with her, an incident occurs that changes how he thinks about his illness.  He even comes to wonder if his illness is even an illness at all.  What does this all mean?  Well, if you want to find out, you should just watch the show.

There isn’t really much I can say without getting into spoiler territory, but I can give reasons why I like it so much.  The first episode has this very unreal feel to it, making the viewer wonder whether or not what David is actually experiencing, is actually happening.  In that same vein, the show is told through David’s perspective, meaning David wonders whether they are real or not, too.  The cool thing about this story being told via David is that the writers can have things occur and both we, the viewers, and David, have no idea what is going on.  I enjoy that we will learn what is actually going on via things told to David.  It is almost like the viewer is one of the voices in David’s head who is just as ignorant as David himself.  

The first episode also has a great soundtrack.  The music of the show, both the songs composed for it and popular songs it uses, are really fun and fit with the feeling of the show.

Only four to five of the characters in this episode will be in the rest of the series, so there is still some developing to be done.  They are all likable, especially David, with his off-beat view of the world.  But, that’s about all there is to say at this point.  There is just something about this show that intrigues me, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.  With everything I’ve said (and more I did not want to, to save your from spoilers), at this point, I’d probably give the show a 9.5, but we’ll see as the season goes on.