As I predicted, Legion debuted to rave reviews, as in, OMG THIS IS INCREDIBLE. IT was so good that when I saw the names of people I know in the credits I was like “WOW YOU MADE THIS?? SO GOOD!!!!!”
I will need to watch it a few more times before I can fully discuss the amazing beauty of the first episode, but from horror – “What happened to the doors?”, the swimming pool scene – to glitchy mind bending – Syd Barrett’s explanation of dreams within dreams – to Dan Haller’s all around excellent portrayal of the main character, this was 68 minutes of TV as good as it gets. Noah Hawley wrote and directed and it was primo Twin Peaks David Lynch level good.
Even though it isn’t based on the comics much (Syd isn’t suddenly going to reveal she’s Rogue) Hawley was as fan of the orignal comics, and there was a big of Sienkiewicz Stray Toasters kinetics in all the scenes of stuff flying through the air.
Just three things:
• The use of color. Orange represents imprisonment. Green represents the outside world. When Syd leaves the institution she’s still wearing an orange coat (David is still inside) but carries a green suitcase (her escape to the outside.) Amy wears green, a sign she’s outside David’s mindloop.
• The incredible one take escape scene at the end reminded me so much of the Ping Island escape from Steve Zissou, one of many Wes Anderson call outs.
• Above all, this is about the notion that if you really did have superpowers, it would probably drive you crazy. An idea often explored in comics, but Hawley makes incredible use of the multi-media tools at his disposal, from opening sequence of David’s maturation to the Bollywood dance scene.
So yeah. Amazing. Can’t wait to see more.
— Legion (@LegionFX) February 9, 2017