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Legion, Season 3

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
So, I finally had time to watch the Legion, Season 3 Premiere.

So very very good (especially because I had just being NG: Evangelion!).

Given the general makeup of these boards, I will say this-

If you have seen Legion, and you have liked it, then what are you waiting for?

If you have seen Legion (season 1) and you didn't like it ... you're not going to.


But if you haven't seen Legion .... hoo boy. The first comic book I ever read that really got me thinking was a copy of New Mutants where they went into David Haller's mind, so this show has a special place for me.

There are times when the show's substance can't keep up with its style, but only because it may be the most stylish thing on television, but if you haven't given it a chance, you need to watch it.

But you have to start with the first season. It's hard enough to follow if you've watched it all the way through, and if you just start on season three, it will look like a bad acid trip.

My review rating:

I give it 42.3 Bunnies on a 12-note octave.
 

jonesy

A Wicked Kendragon
I give the premiere nine and a half existential crises out of one yellow bus.

Can I please have another, sir? There's only so much a Switch can do in two hours. On/off. On/off.

Dun dun dun!

Bedtime is here.
 

Tonguez

Adventurer
Did that Japanese Time Traveller make anyone else think they needed to save the Cheerleader?

Strange connections and great cinematography

And a musical interlude too
 

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
Due to other obligations, I didn't see the episode last night.

Well, that's not true. I made it to the opening scene (zebra plane) and then had to do other things.

Hopefully, I will post tomorrow about Episode 2.

Can't wait! Also? Can't believe it's the final season. :(

Now that Disney has unified the Marvel Universe, I don't think we are going to see much more like this .... and let's face it, it's not like the CW is going to be pushing this for the DC Universe.

"Next of the CW, Supergirl and a bunch of Beautiful People(tm) find that their egos melt away into the astral plane as they begin to question the nature of reality!"
 

Tonguez

Adventurer
Due to other obligations, I didn't see the episode last night.

Well, that's not true. I made it to the opening scene (zebra plane) and then had to do other things.

Hopefully, I will post tomorrow about Episode 2.

Can't wait! Also? Can't believe it's the final season. :(

Now that Disney has unified the Marvel Universe, I don't think we are going to see much more like this .... and let's face it, it's not like the CW is going to be pushing this for the DC Universe.

"Next of the CW, Supergirl and a bunch of Beautiful People(tm) find that their egos melt away into the astral plane as they begin to question the nature of reality!"
to be fair we don't get much of this kind of story telling anywhere on TV, its not just Disney The Legion character is somewhat unique in that aspect of his disassociation from reality
 

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
to be fair we don't get much of this kind of story telling anywhere on TV, its not just Disney The Legion character is somewhat unique in that aspect of his disassociation from reality
Kinda sorta? I mean, we don't get much, but we do get it.

Mr. Robot immediately comes to mind.

True Detective.

Hannibal.

Banshee. Okay, maybe not. But that was wicked cool, and no one watched it.
 

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
Also? Second episode was really good.

But I wanted to give a shout out to two performances.

Aubrey Plaza was, as usual, amazing, and the Mad Hatter scene (as the Breakfast Queen, natch) was both gratuitous and necessary.

But I give ALL OF THE STARZ for this episode to Cary. Bill Irwin did such an amazing job during the "escape" that I assumed it was editing, or CGI, or CGI editing, or something. But no, he really did that next-level Buster Keaton stuff. I can't even. I was so amazed, I watched it again this morning.

Finally, on the serious note-

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So, yeah. The scene between David and Syd? Oof. It shows that in the midst of all the crazies and the stylez and everything else, there is a lot of story going on. That was powerful, and necessary. A lot to unpack there.

Side observations-
David casually mind controlling Lenny? Yep. That happened.

Farouk and Syd's conversation. Everyone remember's that Farouk ... um, the whole Prof. X thing, etc. That is not going to go well.

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jonesy

A Wicked Kendragon
Banshee. Okay, maybe not. But that was wicked cool, and no one watched it.
I watched it. I liked it. But there really was no substance. It was the prime definition of style over everything else.

Banshee is kinda like a telenovela, with more punching. So much punching.
 

Tonguez

Adventurer
Well Charles has made his appearance!!

I enjoyed episode 3, meeting Davids parents was both lovely and disturbing in its implications.
 

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
So I finished Legion last night.

Woah.

Overall, amazing. I wish there were more experimental, avant garde shows like this on TV. A few of the episodes this season gave me distinct, Prisoner series finale vibes (in a good way).
 

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
But you have to start with the first season. It's hard enough to follow if you've watched it all the way through, and if you just start on season three, it will look like a bad acid trip.
Oh, mos def. I can't imagine trying to explain this show to someone who started midway through, let alone this season.

I mean, trying to explain the astral plane episode? "Of course they would have a rap battle!"
 

Dave Goff

Explorer
I have loved the entire run of Legion start to finish and during most of the 2nd and 3rd season episodes one of us in the room would end up saying "this is the best thing I have seen in FOREVER."

You can see the influences, particularly David Lynch. The difference though, is that David Lynch often goes weird and forgets that there's an interesting story to tell and that isn't true for Legion. With Legion, I felt like all of the weirdness would pay off and it definitely did. You can't feel like that with Lynch because he just wanders around and then suddenly stops.

That finish to Twin Peaks, for example, made me wish I wouldn't have bothered with any of it. Eyerolls all around.

But, I'm not here to bash, but to praise. Yes! Legion was excellent!
 

jonesy

A Wicked Kendragon
A satisfying ending seems to be luxury these days, and I am happy that Legion got one. It's one of those shows where I really could not have imagined how they were going to accomplish it. And yet they did.
 

Mustrum_Ridcully

Adventurer
I watched the season finale, too. It was satisfying, it did a few things I didn't expect, and a few things I don't necessarily like, but overall I was happy with the result.
Legion as a whole was pretty wonderful show. It is strange and weird, in a very entertaining way that keeps me wanting for more. It feels like an enriching experience, something you might not want every show to be, but you definitely don't want to miss having experienced. (Kinda the O.A. was for me, too, even if that is on many other levels very different)
 

lowkey13

Exterminate all rational thought
(Kinda the O.A. was for me, too, even if that is on many other levels very different)
Weird you bring that up! Very different shows, and yet ...

Hmmm... that was quite an ending to the last season of the OA, too .... wait, let me google ...

Oh, it was cancelled. Because of course.
 

Tonguez

Adventurer
So was Switch the Time traveller a new character or is she from the comics?

I did like the resolution between David and Syd being left unresolved though
 

Samloyal23

Explorer
This show was a mindblower, like atomic level mindblower. Every episode it felt like pieces of the gears in my mind were snapping off and falling into my brain. I do not remember one episode that did not make me think I was lucid dreaming for a bit.
 

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