My daughter and I were both feeling sick today, so it was a good day to waste on bingewatching TV shows. She’s working her way through Grey’s Anatomy and so am I, but I can only handle so much of it. (I watched the first few seasons back when the show started but I stopped watching, so I finally decided to watch it again when she started. She’s now nearing the end of S5 and I’m halfway through S4.)
But my friend Katie suggested the new FX show Legion and since we have similar tastes, I figured it was worth a shot. I watched the first episode last night and finished the entire season today. Yes, in one day. (There are only 8 episodes so it wasn’t really that hard.) Holy shit, that show is good!
For those of you who aren’t diehard Marvel Comics or X-Men fans, Legion is the name given to a dude named David Haller (the beautiful Dan Stevens with an American accent) who was (mis)diagnosed as schizophrenic when he’s actually a mutant. He’s living in a mental health hospital with his friend Lenny (brilliantly played by Aubrey Plaza) where he meets Sydney “Syd” Barrett.
Yes, Syd Barrett.
As it turns out, show writer/creator Noah Hawley was influenced by Pink Floyd. More specifically, he was influenced by Dark Side of the Moon which basically tells the story of a man’s descent into madness a la original Floyd member Syd Barrett. There’s even a moment when David is about to undergo a procedure and the person administering it tells him it involves “just a pin prick.” (Same band, different album.)
I don’t even know how to describe how good Legion is. If you’re into sci-fi thrillers or if you like stuff like Mr. Robot — another one of my favorites — you should watch this. Like I told my son, it’s like A Clockwork Orange meets X-Men. Try to space it out though, because the second season won’t come until 2018. You can check it out on Hulu or FXNow.