“What if your problems aren’t in your head? What if they aren’t even problems?”
Legion on FX is in the middle of Season Two, and if you aren’t watching, you should be. The Marvel show that you didn’t know was a Marvel show takes you on a wild ride from beginning to end. The story focuses on David Haller, played by Dan Stevens, as a strange man living in a mental institution. At first glance, David is pretty normal, but the deeper you get you see there is something wrong with him. David spends most days with his best friend Lenny, played by Aubrey Plaza. Without spoiling the story, if you have yet to see it, the story gets strange from there.
“Well, I could give a shit about your mind.”
David has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which, according to the National Institute for Mental Health:
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.
And that, in essence, is the show. The show takes you on a journey where you will lose touch with reality. It bends the reality of itself and brings the viewer into this chaotic mind. While it is debatable whether or not David actually has schizophrenia, the symptoms are part of the fabric of the show. Through the music, cinematography, acting, and editing, the show will make you lose touch. Dan Stevens brings this hectic character to life with his subtle movements and acting. You will forget yourself and find that this reality or perception of reality might not be all that you think it is.
“What was real? That was the mission. We had seen things; heard things. But could we believe our eyes? Could David?”
The show asks you, “What is real?” It wants the viewer to feel everything deeply, and it succeeds. Everything the show brings to life on screen is meticulously thought out, and it’s clear this show is an underrated gem. The care and attention to detail will immerse you in David’s reality. Season One was a fantastic overture of learning for David, and subsequently the viewer. Season Two is now a fight for reality. While only halfway through the second season, I can only hope for a third because I want more. Legion is a strange and wonderfully weird show that isn’t afraid to take chances. So if you love great acting, music, cinematography, and editing, you will love this show. Get ready to go down the rabbit hole and watch Legion.
Legion airs Tuesdays at 10PM EST on FX.