It’s probably a good thing that I was so well rested because Legion gave me a headache. Of course the show is about mental illness so what else did you expect. I felt that the opening half hour was extremely gratuitous with the whole “fractured memories, fractured visuals” cinematography. The showrunners wanted to be artsy and they pushed the bill just a little bit.
The most frustrating thing however is the unreliable narrator that is David Haller. You know full well that David is an unstable person, seeing people, hearing voices. As a result, you watch the whole episode looking for what is real and what is fake. It’s like knowing that there will be a twist but not knowing who or what it is.
The showrunners might think that this is fascinating or edgy…I just think it’s annoying. Even at the end I was left pondering whether or not Sydney Barrett is real. She could be a mutant with body switching powers, but what’s to say that David isn’t just manifesting her. The jury is still out on this one. While a psychiatrist acknowledges Barrett, David could’ve easily implanted those memories of her. Plus, the hospital has no record of her. Some people are saying David has been in a coma and Clockwork Hospital is completely fabricated. Ton of questions that will hopefully, but probably won’t, be answered. Stories are supposed to be fun to follow, not fractured realities with a probably impending Shutter Island twist.
The casting is solid. Dan Stevens did an awesome job portraying a mentally unstable person who is seeking answers and stability. I really found myself rooting for his character. I related to his frustration, for he too wanted answers. He was quirky and unique, a well-developed character. I felt that best moments of the show was Aubrey Plaza, a much needed friend and comic relief.
If nothing is real, nothing is worth getting invested in."
Of all the reviews so far, I’m seeing posts about the “visual spectacle” and cinematography genius (which it is) that is Legion. But to me, if the show is just one hour of dropping acid without any apparent plotline forming, I may give up on this show. If nothing is real, nothing is worth getting invested in. However this show has a lot of potential, and if the writers feed us the right information and the right truths, it may be something absolutely worth watching.