It seems like everyone wants to get in on the Marvel TV bandwagon. ABC has Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Netflix has their own pile of shows and now FX has Legion.
I really have no idea why they picked this particular character. The son of Charles Xavier, he is ridiculously powerful, but also insane, thus making him inherently outside of the typical superhero paradigm. That is not, in this case, a good thing, as I’m sure you’ll agree, as I take a look at the first 8-episode season of Legion.
David Haller has spent his entire life in and out of psychiatric institutions. However, after he falls for a fellow patient, he starts to realize that he isn’t really mentally ill, he’s a powerful mutant that can be an asset in the coming mutant war. But he’s still a little out there, as are all of his mutant compatriots, and this can cause serious problems in the fight.
I’ll just get this out there, this show sucks. The casting sucks, the stories suck, the whole thing is just awful. Of course, that’s just my opinion and certainly others may not share it, but this is not what I was looking for in what is ostensibly a superhero show. I suppose it’s no surprise that Legion sucks, being set in the X-Men movie universe, and the X-Men movies have been variable in their quality, to say the least. They aren’t as singularly awful as the Fantastic Four movies, but they can’t match the rest of the Marvel movies.
And that’s really the problem. This show is ridiculously quirky, but it doesn’t actually go anywhere. We spend the majority of the episodes not having the slightest clue what’s going on. What are they trying to accomplish? Who are they fighting? What the hell is happening? Who knows? I mean, we know that there’s an evil presence living in David’s brain, something that he’s known his entire life, but now it’s trying to take him over and extinguish his essence. We know that there’s a shadowy evil group hunting David and is friends, but we have no real clue who they’re supposed to be. There are few answers given in the first season and very little is actually wrapped up by the end.
I honestly spent the whole season wondering why the hell I’m watching and trying to rationalize that it just has to get better. It has to. Except it never did. There is nothing “typical” in this series, nothing that you’d come to associate with Marvel superhero movies and TV shows. Therefore, since that’s what I’m looking for, there is nothing here that makes me want to continue.
Unfortunately, they already green-lit a second season, so I’m torn. Do I assume that they’re going to learn their lessons and do better next time, or do I assume it is going to be the same hot mess that the first season was and just give up? I’ve got plenty of time to think about my options because I have zero interest in sitting through another episode of “throw nonsense at the screen”.