FX has just released the news that their new Legion series will premiere on Wednesday, February 8 at 10 PM ET/PT!
For those of you nerds who have yet to hear; Legion will take place in the X-Men universe and is based off of the Marvel Comics series by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.
In the comics, David Charles Haller, aka Legion, is the mutant son of Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller (Unknown to Xavier at first). At a point in his childhood, he was subject to a terrorist attack and is left as the only survivor; which caused his abilities to surface. Right at that moment, he completely annihilated all of the terrorists and, in the process, absorbs the mind of Jemail Karami into his own.
Ever since then he exhibited multiple mental illnesses, including dissociative personality disorder (multiple personalities). This is due to the countless personalities he absorbed since that attack. Trauma then allowed his multiple personalities to wind up controlling a different aspects of his power, making him into an extreme anti-hero.
However, we can expect that the show will be different from the comics–though who knows how much.
Coming Soon provides this description of the show:
Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd. Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
Again, we should keep in mind that it is based off of the comics, and is not an exact interpretation. In the show, he may not know that he is a mutant and he may not be the son of Xavier; but there is no doubt in my mind that we should all give this show a shot!
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