Get a First Look at the Legion of Super-Heroes in New Supergirl Promo

Get a First Look at the Legion of Super-Heroes in New Supergirl Promo

Get a first look at the Legion of Super-Heroes in new Supergirl promo

Ahead of the return of the series in just nine days, The CW has released a new promo for the mid-season premiere of Supergirl offering a look at the fully assembled Legion of Super-Heroes including a first look at Brainiac 5! Check it out in the player below!

RELATED: Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow to Rotate Episodes January Through June

Titled “Legion of Superheroes,” the episode is set to air Monday, January 15 and is officially described as follows:

“Struggling to heal from her injuries inflicted by Reign (Odette Annable), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) remains in a dreamlike state, unable to be reached. Mon-El (Chris Wood) recruits one of the Legion members, Brainiac-5 (guest star Jesse Rath), to try to bring her back. Meanwhile, Reign continues her rampage on the city so the DEO teams up with the Legion of Superheroes to try to stop her.”

Jesse Warn directed the episode which was written by Derek Simon & Eric Carrasco

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Chris Wood as Mon-El, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Odette Annable as Sam/Reign, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz.

Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The post Get a First Look at the Legion of Super-Heroes in New Supergirl Promo appeared first on

‘Fargo’ and ‘Legion’ Showrunner Noah Hawley Developing ‘Doctor Doom’ Movie

doctor doom movie

Noah Hawley, the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Fargo dropped a bomb at the end of his Legion panel in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con International: “I’m developing a film for Fox, and I’ll just say two words. Doctor. Doom.” Read on for more info on Hawley’s Doctor Doom movie.

The announcement of a Doctor Doom movie by Noah Hawley certainly comes as a surprise to fans. The character, who is part of Marvel’s Fantastic Four family, recently appeared in Josh Trank’s failed 2015 film Fantastic Four, portrayed by Toby Kebbell.

Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, Doctor Victor Von Doom first appeared in Fantastic Four #5, published on July 1962. Doom is both a genius inventor and a sorcerer, wearing a trademark metal mask and green cloak. He is often listed as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time and is Stan Lee’s favorite bad guy. Doom has appeared in previous movies such as Roger Corman’s unreleased 1994 The Fantastic Four played by Joseph Culp, and the 2005 film Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer played by Julian McMahon.

After the 2015 reboot of the Fantastic Four failed to excite audiences and critics, Fox was said to be going back to the drawing board to reboot the team yet again, but this time more geared towards younger audiences. Seth Grahame-Smith reportedly penned a script for the Fantastic Four reboot, but we knew nothing more about the developing project. It’s unclear if this is the same project or something else, but I don’t expect a creator like Noah Hawley to be involved in any kind of kid-centric take.

As for what a Doctor Doom movie would be about…I’m not sure. The character has primarily been a villain of the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee has been quoted as saying that “it’s unfair that [Doom is] considered a villain” because “he just wants to rule the world and maybe he could do a better job of it.” I doubt that Fox will approach the baddie from the Despicable Me Gru angle.

There is also the possibility that Hawley is not making a Doctor Doom movie, but a Fantastic Four reboot. Remember, he only teased that he was developing a film project that had to do with Doctor Doom, not that he was developing a Doctor Doom-focused feature film. There is also the possibility that Fox is trying to fill a quota to retain the film rights to Marvel’s Fantastic Four universe, and doing another Fantastic Four branded film is probably a strikeout before going to bat.

I’ve been extremely impressed by everything that Noah Hawley has produced thus far, and I’m on board to see any project he’s involved with. A bad guy focused Marvel movie is also very appealing. However, it’s being produced by 20th Century Fox, who retain the movie rights to the Fantastic Four universe of characters. Besides, Marvel Studios is too her- based to even consider a villain focused film (I say, less than a year before before Infinity War hits theaters).

The post ‘Fargo’ and ‘Legion’ Showrunner Noah Hawley Developing ‘Doctor Doom’ Movie appeared first on /Film.


‘Legion’ Season 2: X-Men Comic Book Storylines That Could Inspire Future Seasons

legion episode 7 review 3

FX’s Legion may be an X-Men property, but it’s only very loosely based on the comic. That’s worked out to its benefit, as the show has been able to do some utterly insane things with its storyline, some of which have never been attempted on TV before. This is a comic property that for the most part doesn’t feel like one, and for that it’s stronger.

But that’s not to say there aren’t some wonderful places it could go. Armed with a Marvel Unlimited subscription that allows access to nearly every David Haller story ever published, I took a look to get some ideas of where the story can go in the second season now that origin story is out of the way. While it’s hard to imagine Legion adapting any of these stories literally, it could take inspiration from them in some capacity. After all, the show’s arch-villain is drawn straight from the X-Men comics.

David Humor


First, let’s go over the differences so far, the most obvious being David’s appearance. In the comics David’s impressive hair calls to mind the late Wayne Static of metal band Static-X, standing straight up and never going down no matter what product he puts in it, as he laments. The character’s origin is quite a bit more exotic, too, as he only went insane after being involved in a failed terrorist attack in Israel. The shock of witnessing the act as a child freed his powers, allowing him to fry the assassins as he connected telepathically with each of them, experiencing all of their thoughts and emotions as they died.

David slips into a coma, but not before absorbing the leader of the terrorists into himself somehow, his new evil ego making him cause a nice ruckus, Patrick-style, while coma-bound, so confused he was. His father, the X-Men leader Professor Charles Xavier, doesn’t know about him, although when Xavier learns about his child, he does everything he can take take care of him, ending up dead (one of several times the character has died) as a result of David’s obscene amount of power.

In the comics, David also has several distinct personalities, each of which cause different kinds of trouble when they’re in control, with some changing him physically. We don’t know what else is in TV-show David’s head just yet, but this is an area the show could definitely utilize.

“As we do with Fargo fans who are really familiar with that world, they appreciate certain connections and being rewarded for knowing the story so well,” said show creator Noah Hawley in a recent conference call. “At the same time, my goal is to always use character as a way to have a conversation, and tell a story that was my story and was interesting to me to try and get to the heart of who this character is and this journey for him without re-enacting storylines from the comic book. So you won’t see the show suddenly be beholden to the comic books for storyline, but you may see ideas, characters or images that are familiar to you.”

There are plenty of those that would be amazing to see in season two.

Legion Capturing

X-Men: Civil War

The Muir Island Saga from Uncanny X-Men #278-280, X-Factor #69-70

If they wanted to take that wonderful last scene from Legion‘s first episode and turn it into an entire action-packed season, this is story to lean on. It requires the most use of the X-Men, although the new mutants created for the show (literally everyone besides David and The Shadow King is new!) could do in a pinch.

It begins as Professor X and his crew are checking out Muir Island, where everyone has been taken over by the Shadow King (allowing for even more Aubrey Plaza!) During the process of planning a strike on the island, Legion is mind-controlled as well, and things quickly get worse. With his new massive abilities, the King is able to use David to take control over about half the X-Men. This leads to a massive (somehow casualty-free?) war between the mutant superheroes as the few remaining attempt to get David to stop.

The way they do that is ingenious and could make for trippy television, as they mount a two-pronged assault, both physically and in the astral plane. Professor leaves behind some X-Men to protect his physical shell as he leads the mental assault, but it doesn’t go as well as he hoped. Legion is freed of the Shadow King but completely brain-dead from the mental strain. Daaaad!

The Watchers

David Haller, Threat To The Universe

X-Men: Legion Quest from X-Men, Vol. 2 #40–41 plus X-Factor, vol. 1 #109 and Uncanny X-Men #320–321

Most of the time when David does bad things, it’s because he’s being used. However, this storyline would enable him to perform the ultimate villain turn, and inflict the most trauma on the audience in the process. David has just woken up from his coma and believes that only he can bring humans and mutants together. He creates a psychic black dome in the Negev desert and becomes such a threat to the area that the Israeli Army and P.L.O. actually team up to try and fight him. But nothing can get through.

David’s mother, Gabrielle Haller, comes in with a team of mutants to face him, but she’s terrified by his new powers. David now has about time times the psychic power of Professor X, who is no slouch in that department, but he has no control over it. The latest trick David learns is time travel, which he begins to experiment with in the most evil way, taking Storm back in time to show her the death of her mother. That would be bad enough, but he purposefully brings her back with too little time for Storm to be able to save her, though she tries her best. Damn, David.

As the X-Men try to stop him, David ends up dragging some of them back in time with him in an attempt to kill Magneto in the past and somehow make up with his dad. The problem is that Professor X and Magneto are best buds at that moment and Xavier sacrifices himself to save his friend, causing an alternate reality to begin. Present-time Professor X is alarmed to see The Watchers show up to witness the moment and realizes that his son might have done something irreversible. (The Watchers showing up somewhere is never a good sign, as this ancient alien species only does so when a massive event is about to occur.)

It turns out that meddling with reality has its price, and David actually causes THE END OF TIME. The alternate Age of Apocalypse universe begins here, in what would be one helluva downer for a TV show.

Continue Reading Legion Season 2 Story Possibilities >>

The post ‘Legion’ Season 2: X-Men Comic Book Storylines That Could Inspire Future Seasons appeared first on /Film.


Legion Chapter 3 Recap and Preview for Next Week

Legion Chapter 3 Recap and Preview for Next Week

Legion Chapter 3 recap and preview for next week

It’s time to do more memory work. Because of Amy’s capture, Melanie doesn’t believe they have time to be methodical. She wants to start with the big events – the things that scare him the most. Ptonomy thinks he has found the memory he couldn’t access from the kitchen. Though he is hesitant, David agrees to start there. In his mind, he explains that he and Philly dated for about 10 months. They fought a lot; he isn’t sure which fight this was specifically. David recognizes it when the bread box pops open. He is embarrassed, casts his eyes down as the contents of the kitchen explode around him. Melanie was right: he’s not just a telepath, but he is telekinetic. In order to learn how to use it, she needs to find the triggers, and requires to see what happened right before this fight.

David and Lenny were laying on the ground, getting high off of vapor (purchased with curios stolen from Dr. Poole), when Philly comes home with cake for a dinner party they are having tonight. Lenny tears into the cake, and Philly unplugs the frog vaporizer, which sends Lenny over the edge. The girls fight, and Ptonomy freezes the scene. “You were a junkie,” Melanie murmurs. “You got caught and you felt trapped.” Returning to the kitchen scene, Ptonomy tries to start the scene up, but says David is resisting again. David insists he isn’t. The potato devil comes out, looking dark and scary. David is the only one who can see it, but Melanie feels it when a door slams in her face. Ptonomy recognizes that something is wrong. David only remembers fear. Suddenly, the three of them are inside a yellow room. This is real. David teleported the three of them out of the memory cube, back into the main building.

Sydney finds David in the woods and they chat. She was raised in the city by an academic mother and several fathers who were all intimidated by mom. David is embarrassed, but he admits that sometimes he feels like he still has Sydney’s long hair or different center of balance. He admits he had to pee while he was her, but insists that he “didn’t touch it or look at it any more than I had to.” She teases him that she jacked off while in his body (she didn’t). She isn’t bothered by it. She has come to think of it as not her body. “I’ve been a Chinese man, a 300-pound woman, a 5-year-old girl, but every time, I’m still me.” David admits he liked being her – he liked that he could hold her hand.

LEGION -- "Chapter 3" – Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. CR: Michelle Faye/FX

Cary is hooking up electrodes to David, and injects him with a dye to better track his brainwaves. Sydney waits with Cary in the observation room. He instructs David to think of something stressful. He thinks back to a childhood Halloween. He and Amy are trick or treating with their dog, King. King gets away from them, and David goes looking. He ducks under a fence and creeps into a yard fearfully. Set back a ways is a barn or a storage building, with a larger-than-life illustration of the boy from “The World’s Angriest Boy in the World.” The painting steps off the wall and rushes towards young David.

Back in the lab, Cary asks if everything is ok. David says it is, but then Lenny is sitting with him, and the two converse. No one else can see her, and Cary is confused because the speech center of David’s brain is lit up, but he is not talking. David tells his dead friend that he isn’t sick; he has powers. Lenny points out that he isn’t as safe here as he thinks he is and that Melanie’s “secrets have secrets.” Lenny morphs into Amy, crying, saying they are hurting her. The room starts to shake; equipment breaks. Cary is worried that David is heading up. Sydney runs into the room as David levitates out of his chair. The two of them are sucked into some kind of wormhole.

We are now with Amy and the division leader, who presses Amy, convinced that she knows David was never really sick, but had powers. Sydney and David are there, “ghost-like” in the corner. Amy swears he hasn’t called, that she is not a tough person and isn’t trying to hide anything. The Eye sees the vision of David and Sydney and reaches for them. They disappear.

LEGION -- "Chapter 3" – Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: Dan Stevens as David Haller. CR: Michelle Faye/FX

David and Sydney end up in the lake at Summerland. “If you learn to control that you will be a world-class badass,” Sydney compliments him. They rush past the curious onlookers back into the building, where they meet with Melanie, Ptonomy, and Cary. After describing The Eye to Melanie, she becomes concerned and insists they are not to go back. “But if I can take Sydney there, maybe I can bring Amy back,” David suggests. Melanie refuses, believing that next time they will be waiting for him. They will either kill him or let him go, follow him to Summerland, and kill everyone here. Melanie admits she knew The Eye, before the divisions, back when he was Walter. She and her husband filled Summerland with people like David, powered people, but Walter wanted to hurt people. She returns to the situation at hand, completely flummoxed by David’s power, how his mind is defending itself. She worries that she can’t do what she needs to do to train him; that she may be making things worse. David is certain she is giving up on him, but she is not. She wants to sedate him in the hopes of gaining unfettered access to his mind.

That night, both David and Sydney are awaken by nightmares. Sydney finds David sitting alone in the bathroom, and he admits to her that he used to be a junkie. He was high all the time, lied to people, stole. He doesn’t want Sydney to come on his mind trip in the morning, because he worries it will change how she feels about him. “Do you love me?” Sydney questions. “You know I do.” “Then there is nothing else to say,” she says simply. David considers this. Then: “Everyone keeps saying I’m sane. But what if they are wrong?”

LEGION -- "Chapter 3" – Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. CR: Michelle Faye/FX

In the morning, our group gathers again in the comfortable yellow room. Melanie injects David with a sedative and they all journey into David’s brain. David is not there with Melanie, Sydney, and Ptonomy. Instead, it is young David, the part of his mind that is awake. Melanie tells Sydney that her powers don’t work here, and she can touch him. Sydney gives little David a big hug, then they continue.

The scene the group encounters is David breaking into Dr. Poole’s office, stealing trinkets and drug samples. The room starts to shake and Sydney is scared. She sees memory-David eating the recordings and freaks; more so when no one else sees this blip. The walls crack open and hands reach through. Sydney insists that they have to go. Melanie can’t seem to see what Syd sees, but she trusts her and tells Ptonomy to get them out of there. He can’t. Young David races from the room and Sydney follows. They run past memory-David getting high, fighting with Philly, having sex. She finally reaches little David and they keep running. Down the hall, a door slams, and the kid from the book has come to life again, and is chasing them down the hall. He looks like Hitler in this iteration. Sydney follows little David into a crawlspace, his “safe space.” They scoot along, but are running out of time. Now it isn’t the cartoony Hitler following them, but the potato man. “You have to wake up right now! I can’t help you!” Sydney screams.

In the yellow room, Sydney wakes with a start. Everyone else is still out, and all she can do to wake them is hit the chair. Ptonomy finally wakes, but Melanie is still under. So is David.

LEGION -- "Chapter 3" – Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. CR: Michelle Faye/FX

In the mind space, Melanie goes upstairs. She sees a couple of people, David’s parents, I assume. They seem to look right at her. She continues, and follows a whimpering sound coming from David’s closet. She finds the book, “The World’s Angriest Boy in the World,” and flips through the harrowing story. Suddenly the thin volume slams shut on her hand, crushing it. The potato man is behind her. She wakes up screaming, clutching her hand in pain – but her hand is fine. Ptonomy calms her, promising it is just a memory, it can’t hurt her. Sydney, however, isn’t so sure these are just memories.

You can watch a preview for Legion Chapter 4 below!

The post Legion Chapter 3 Recap and Preview for Next Week appeared first on

‘Legion’ Spoiler Review: Thoughts on “Chapter 1”

legion series premiere

Let’s get the high praise out of the way first: it’s rare for a television pilot to feel as fresh and weird and fully formed as Legion, which feels more like the first 70 minutes of a particularly daring X-Men movie than the first chapter of an ongoing series airing on FX. There is a distinctive personality on display here, a carefully modulated tone that folds horror and dark comedy and mindfuckery into the typical superhero structure. It doesn’t shatter the mold, but it leaves a giant crack in it – I literally have no idea what to expect from the next episode and man-oh-man, is that a nice feeling.

And it looks like we’ll be covering Legion on a weekly basis from here on out, with all other spoiler reviews arriving the morning after the new episode airs. Hi. Like the show itself, these reviews aren’t going to follow a rigid structure. We’re just going to pick up the threads of interest and run with them until we can figure out exactly what kind of show we’re dealing with here.

legion series premiere

Who Is David Haller?

Of all the potential X-Men comic book characters to get their own television show, David “Legion” Haller can’t help but feel like an off-kilter choice. Your average television watcher (and your average viewer of comic book movies and shows) probably isn’t familiar with him and that’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have to introduce him to the masses and explain why they need to care about his problems. On the other hand, the lack of the public’s familiarity with him gives creator and showrunner Noah Hawley a flexibility you won’t find in many big screen superhero outings, where the template is tested and expected and in the case of the recent core X-Men movies, painfully boring.

The pilot for Legion leaves certain aspects of David a deliberate question mark. For those average TV viewers, that’s the mystery at hand: what are his powers, how do they manifest, and when will he learn how to control them? For comic book fans, there’s a different question at hand: how will the show adapt, and will they tone down, one of the weirder characters in Marvel comics? Because the live-action version of David looks nothing like his comic book counterpart, with his very silly, very tall flat-top haircut, the only immediate connection between the two versions is how his superpowers manifest from mental illness. The exact nature of the connection between the voices in his head and the incredible powers he cannot control remains unexplored when the credits roll on “Chapter 1” and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on diagnosing his mutant skill set – that may prove to be too much of a spoiler, even for a so-called “spoiler review.”

Besides, Jean Smart is here and she’s surely going to start explaining things in the next episode. Surely.

legion series premiere

A Cast of “Crazies”

It was inevitable that Dan Stevens was eventually going to get around to playing a superhero – it’s what all the up-and-coming actors are doing these days. And thankfully, Legion gives Stevens plenty to chew on, letting him do dramatic and funny and just a little bit of badass. That little bit is very important here, as David Haller is no superhero. He’s falling apart. He’s a mess. We first meet his grown-up self in an institution where he lives under constant observation and can’t even accept a cupcake from his visiting sister. To Stevens’ credit (and to the show’s), David’s illness isn’t portrayed as sexy or cool or even mysterious, as is often the trend with shows built around “crazy” characters. His life is all about navigating uncontrollable emotions and overcoming obstacles that make basic socialization difficult. Stevens is a good looking guy, but this may be one of the least sexy characters to ever sit center stage in a comic book property. And he owns it.

Stevens’ performance is the highlight here, but “Chapter 1” does surround him with a promising supporting cast. Rachel Keller‘s Sydney “Syd” Barrett (whose name is a cheeky Pink Floyd reference) leaves a strong impression as a potential love interest. Katie Aselton‘s Amy Haller gives us a “normal” person to act as an audience surrogate (and her quickly removing every sharp implement from David’s basement room after his latest telekinetic outburst is a much-needed laugh at that point in the episode). Most promising is Aubrey Plaza‘s Lenny Busker, who meets a violent end about halfway through “Chapter 1” but lives on as some kind of psychic echo within David’s mind. Plaza’s natural deadpan is perfect for this material and the thought of her serving as a Greek chorus to a troubled mutant is an enticing thought.

Continue Reading Legion “Chapter 1” Review >>

The post ‘Legion’ Spoiler Review: Thoughts on “Chapter 1” appeared first on /Film.


Watch: The Brilliant Behind-the-Scenes Production of ‘Legion’

“There is no right or wrong answer as to what this reality could be. We are creating it.”

The new FX series Legion premiered this week to lukewarm ratings, but all-around critical praise for its inventive production. The show is part of Marvel’s X-Men franchise with a complicated premise: its protagonist David Haller is known as “Legion” because of his multiple personalities—over 200 of them—each of which has a different ability or power that he can channel.

Unlike many superhero movies and shows that feature elaborate action on sweeping sets, the drama of Legion plays out largely in the mental hospital where Haller is a patient, and even within characters’ consciousnesses. This created a particular opportunity and challenge for production designer Michael Wylie, who recently worked on another Marvel Universe show, ABC’s Agent Carter.

See how Wylie approached the creation of the hyper-realistic, 360-degree sets and an innovative lighting system that enabled the show’s cast to “leave reality behind.”

Read More

No Film School

‘Legion’: Peter’s Thoughts on the Pilot, Trailers for Episode 2 & Beyond


FX’s Legion aired last night and I have some brief thoughts on the pilot episode. You can find those after the jump, alongside the Legion season 1 trailer, a teaser for Legion episode 2, and a good making-of featurette on the creation of the world of the series.


Remember when we used to refer to a comic book film as being “good, for a superhero movie”? Filmmakers like Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan were able to evolve our thinking on the genre and now I think we live in a landscape where we are often presented with superhero movies which stand on their own as very good films.

But as much as I love parts of shows like Daredevil, live-action superhero television shows have not really crossed the line from “great superhero TV series” to “great TV series.” For the most part the available selections range from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is just a couple levels above Heroes) to some of the more interesting DC shows on The CW. Personally, I have enjoyed the Marvel Netflix shows the most out of the bunch, but they still don’t quite stand on their own as great television.

Legion might be the first superhero television series that I unabashedly love. It’s all sorts of crazy, and it might be all over the place at times (for instance, some of the latter visual effects look bad, but I strangely didn’t care, maybe because it was in the context of a fun one-shot action sequence). Legion feels fresh, dynamic, and interesting in a way none of the previous superhero shows have been able to accomplish. I should also mention that Aubrey Plaza is on a whole new level in this series and I hope we get lots more of her.

And it doesn’t hurt that the series was created by Noah Hawley, the showrunner of one of my favorite modern television series, Fargo. It’s probably too early to praise the series as an evolutionary leap when I’ve only seen the hour and a half-long pilot episode, but I’m so very in. Anyways, this was not meant as a review but merely as a rant: if you’re not watching this show, you should seriously seek out the pilot episode and give it a go.

Legion Episode 2 Trailer

FX has released a bunch of videos promoting the series. First up here is a trailer for Legion episode 2:

Legion Season 1 Trailer

Next up, here is a preview of what is coming up in Legion season one:

Legion Season 1: The World of Legion

And probably the most interesting of all, a featurette called “Inside Legion Season 1: The World of Legion” which takes us behind the scenes at the development and creation of the series:

The post ‘Legion’: Peter’s Thoughts on the Pilot, Trailers for Episode 2 & Beyond appeared first on /Film.


Legion Chapter 1 Recap – Schizophrenic or Mutant?

Legion Chapter 1 Recap - Schizophrenic or Mutant?

Legion Chapter 1 Recap – Schizophrenic or Mutant?

David is a mentally unstable young man. In a montage, we see him setting a chemistry lab on fire, getting into a fight at prom, is arrested during a riot. The final straw, as we discover through the course of the pilot, is an argument that ends with the kitchen exploding around him and David trying to hang himself.

When we first meet David, he is a patient at Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital. He has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, and while that may or may not be true, he definitely has extreme telekinetic powers that he doesn’t really understand. The time period is uncertain: the sets and costumes look like 1960s mod, and David at one point uses a pay phone, but one of the characters references CNN, which didn’t exist until 1980. Also institutionalized with David is a girl named Lenny and a girl named Sydney. David is taking with Sydney, who agrees to be his girlfriend, on one condition: that he never, ever touches her. Sydney suggests, one day during group therapy, that David is there because someone said he was “not normal.” “What if the problems aren’t in your head?” she challenges. In addition to voices, David has horrible dreams that frequently include “the devil with the yellow eyes.” This is a short, fat humanoid who looks like a potato to me.

We time-jump, to “now.” David is speaking with someone who he is told is a police detective – but he obviously isn’t. He is questioning David about an incident that took place in the hospital, where David was a patient for six years before “escaping.” The nameless “cop” claims that there is no record of a Sydney Barrett at the hospital, and wonders if she is all part of his delusion. David is adamant that she is real. His brain is a little fuzzy right now, he has been off his meds for a while. The interrogator agrees to a break, and we discover that the “interrogation room” is actually a set inside of a drained gymnasium swimming pool. In the gym proper, government soldiers are arming themselves and an older man is watching the interrogation on a sophisticated video system. The observer wants to know if he is crazy; the interrogator thinks David is telling the truth. “He knows he is crazy, but part of him knows the power is real.” While the scope of David’s powers is unknown, the interrogator believes he may be the most powerful mutant they’ve ever seen. The observer says that Division 1 thinks they should kill David; the interrogator wants until the end of the day.

FX Networks Debuts a New Legion Promo

The interrogator returns to David with a machine, wanting to read his brain while they talk. David is tired of this and wants a lawyer; the interrogator just wants him to remain calm. David realizes he holds the power when he figures out they are afraid of him. He agrees to have electrodes placed on his head and continues to tell him about the “incident” at the hospital.

Sydney is being released from the hospital, and she is sad because David isn’t there to say goodbye. As she is leaving, David rushes to say goodbye. She is relieved to see him – until he leans in and kisses her. There is a spark, he sees a field filled with televisions, and both are knocked backwards. David is dragged away, screaming, while Sydney is taken to the infirmary. The entire hospital is on lockdown, and while Sydney calmly holds an ice pack to her head, her doctor rushes to help the staff with David, who is going bonkers. Left alone, Sydney is shocked by what she sees. It is David, in Sydney’s body. Which means it is Sydney in David’s body, with David’s powers of telekinesis, and she is freaking out, causing David’s powers to go haywire.

The doctor walks down the hall and enters the common room, which is awash in a red light. The room is completely empty, devoid of humans and furniture. “Sydney” follows the doctor down the hall, following panicked screams. The hallway is devoid of doors. The room numbers are still on the wall, but the doors are gone, replaced by solid drywall. The screams are coming from people who are now trapped in their rooms. One person isn’t screaming: Lenny. She’s dead. She was trapped halfway in her room when the walls sealed up. “David” is also sealed up in his room, screaming his own name.

Check out a new Legion promo!

The doctor hurries “Sydney” out of the hospital, telling her she may not get another chance to leave. She insists she isn’t Sydney, but is distracted when a sleek car pulls up, and a nattily dressed couple get out. A third person gets out of the car, and doesn’t turn around. Flipping back to the “now” narrative, David accuses the interrogator of being at the hospital. The interrogator insists David is wrong and tries to change the subject, but David is adamant. The room trembles and the interrogator’s pen impales itself in his cheek. In the observation area, the older man orders his men to use the gas, and everyone mobilizes. David’s powers throw everyone in the room back against the wall, and turns the desk into dust. He looks pretty satisfied with himself – then the gas knocks him out.

David’s story continues in his dream. “Sydney” is sitting at a cafe, remembering David’s memories. Then it is David sitting there, physically and mentally. He feels his chest and realizes he is back to himself. Armed with Sydney’s suitcase, David goes to his sister Amy’s house. She is stunned to see him, but welcomes him and sets him up to stay in the converted basement. Lenny — the ghost of Lenny — visits David, promising that she’s not mad. She knew it was a “passenger” riding in his body and acknowledges that she didn’t have much to expect from life. She warns him that “they” are coming and are going to kill him, which upsets David. The lamp flies across the room, bringing Amy down to check on him. He assures her he is fine, but even still, she takes all of her husband’s gardening tools. David sleeps and dreams he and Sydney are doing a Bollywood dance number in the hospital.

David wakes up in the current narrative, with the interrogator, but he has been moved. He now sits in a tall metal chair, in the middle of the swimming pool. It is now filled with water, and the interrogator stands nearby, holding onto a switch. “Let’s not pretend. If you try anything you are going to get 100,000 volts.” David laughs at him, insisting this is all his delusion. The interrogator says “they” came to the hospital, and took Sydney thinking she was David. “We want her too,” he insists, and threatens to electrocute David if he doesn’t tell him where Sydney is. David insists he doesn’t know – he went looking for her and she was gone.

In another flashback, David calls the hospital from a payphone, and finds they have no record of Sydney. The two people who arrived at the hospital come towards him, and he takes off. They follow him. Sydney appears, and insists that she is not really there; this is his memory. “They” can’t track them here. She explains that he is in government facility and the men speaking to him are not cops. She instructs him to slide out of his chair, into the water, and stay there until he sees her.

David is back in the now, and the interrogator starts drilling him on who the third person was at the hospital that day. David realizes it wasn’t the interrogator, but a woman. Everyone is starting to get antsy as the interrogator asks once again where the girl is. “I think you’re about to find out,” he says, and slips from his chair into the water. The guards start firing and there is a huge explosion. David remains submerged, even as charred corpses float by. He surfaces and finds Sydney, flanked by the two people from the hospital. She helps him out of the water and reminds him not to touch her skin (she is wearing gloves), then introduces him to her companions: Kerry and Ptonomy. The quartet run outside through a hole in the wall, where they discover a war zone. They dodge missiles and guns and a mission leader, complete with powers, leads them down a hill to the rendezvous spot. David stops Sydney and begs to know: “Is this real?” She assures him it is real, that she is real, and she loves him. Sydney introduces David to Melanie Bird, who was the third person to get out of the car at the hospital. She extends a hand to greet him, and David looks at it warily. Behind him he sees the potato man with yellow eyes. David shakes the vision from his head and takes Melanie’s hand.

The post Legion Chapter 1 Recap – Schizophrenic or Mutant? appeared first on

Legion First Look: An Inside Look at the FX Series

Legion First Look: An Inside Look at the FX Series

Legion First Look: An inside look at the FX series

FX and Marvel Entertainment have released a new Legion First Look that takes you behind the scenes of the anticipated series, premiering on FX on February 8.

Fargo‘s Noah Hawley serves as Executive Producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning FX limited series Fargo.

Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.

A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.

The post Legion First Look: An Inside Look at the FX Series appeared first on

FX is launching a nationwide art exhibit to celebrate the premiere of ‘Legion’

FX Networks has announced a new art-inspired initiative to celebrate the February 8th premiere of Legion. Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and..

The post FX is launching a nationwide art exhibit to celebrate the premiere of ‘Legion’ appeared first on On Location Vacations.

On Location Vacations

1 2