Coming to Blu-ray from creator Noah Hawley from the Marvel Comics comes an intense series on the search for what is truly real when part of the “Legion.”
David Haller (Dan Stevens) has had problems most of his life. Hearing things and feeling out of control has landed him in the psychiatric ward. The problem is, Haller also has psychic abilities yet no one believes him. Haller also has a friend in another patient Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) and tries to help him stay together. Keeping him sane is when he falls for another patient Sydney Barrett (Rachel Keller). The difficulty in their relationship is that Sydney doesn’t like to be touched. When it does happen, she has the ability to change places with that person.
When Sydney is discharged from the hospital, Haller kisses her and that’s when things get even more out of control. The minds of Haller and Sydney change places and no one believes them. That becomes even more problematic when Syd can’t control Haller’s reactions and hospital staff are hurt and his only recourse is to escape. The switch between the two is only temporary and Haller wants Sydney back.
Going to his sister Amy (Katie Aselton) for help it actually sets her up to be hurt by those who want Haller for themselves. Quickly enough Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris) and Kerry Loudermilk (Amber Midthunder) help Haller escape with the help of Melanie Bird (Jean Smart). He is taken to Summerland and discovers there are more people who have abilities. Bird explains that Haller isn’t ill at all and that they need to go into his past to understand where he is now. While in an MRI, he sees that the group called Division III has taken Amy and his anger does something that shocks everyone at Summerland. Wanting to save her, Amy tells him that he has to control his power first before he can help anyone.
Working with Ptonomy on memories of a time when he did drugs, Haller is still plagued by the figure called the World’s Angriest Boy in the World from a childhood book. Unable to control his powers again, Haller and Sydney end up at Division III where he sees someone called the Eye (Mackenzie Gray). Bird has to explain that his name is Walter who was one of the founders of Summerland. Everything gets so out of control that Haller has to be sedated enough so that Bird, Ptonomy and Sydney can get a better look inside his head but he is too strong for them.
When Haller doesn’t wake up, Bird has to find out what happened to him before he ended up in the hospital and the only person that might have a clue is his ex-girlfriend Philly. Ptonomy gets a chance to see inside Philly’s memory and learns that Haller attacked his previous therapist named Poole. Haller is on a journey of his own but Lenny comes to him to escape.
As Haller is dealing with problems in the astral plane, Cary believes that Haller’s brain has been infected by something he calls the gruesome Devil with Yellow Eyes. The creature isn’t at all done with Haller when it attacks Sydney but worst of all; the entire group at Summerland is now at Clockworks with Lenny as their caregiver!
Now under her control, Lenny takes on each of them and their issues but it is Sydney that notices something is different which costs her. Lenny isn’t about to let any of them get the upper hand, especially when she knows things about Haller and has no problem demonstrating her control over his mind. Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) thinks they’ve had it all wrong and that it is actually the powerful mutant Shadow King Amahl Farouk who is messing with Haller.
Haller believes that Farouk and his real father might have had issues that led to an altercation and that was the reason he was put up for adoption. Finding Haller as a kid, Farouk managed to place a device in his mind which is what has caused all the havoc. Trying to get back to Summerland, the group is intercepted by Division III!
In the finale, Haller manages to break free of Division III but it should have been seen as all too easy. Clark (Hamish Linklater), his interrogator, wants to get in on the action and goes with the soldiers to Summerland. Haller believes that Clark is their hostage but what they don’t know is that Division III can see and hear everything happening. It’s a chance for some serious body exchanging to happen, Clark changes sides and Haller becomes doesn’t see something little coming his way.
Stevens as Haller is truly doing some serious acting! This is a role that keeps the viewer guessing as to where Haller actually is in the grand scheme of things. What is trippy about this whole thing is that I like it! Stevens first caught my attention in the role of Matthew Crawley in the amazing series “Downton Abbey” followed by Sir Lancelot in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and more recently the role of Charles Dickens in “The Man who Invented Christmas.” The role of Haller is so complex and original that “Legion” is the perfect place for Stevens to just let loose and explore all the avenues.
Keller as Sydney is a girl with her own set of powers that is equally as frightening as Haller’s. He learns quickly that touching her can transform and change their situations. This also means that she is detached out of fear and can not allow her emotions to get any deeper for Haller. Smart as Bird is a woman who seemingly wants to help those with powers at Summerland. Jumping into the memories of the group has her unraveling the mysteries and Haller is proving to be her most difficult case.
Plaza as Lenny is just out and out creepy and I love it. You can never tell from one appearance to the next whether she is going to be on Haller’s side or just messing with his memories. Aselton as Amy thought Haller was just dealing with serious mental issues, imagine her surprise to discover that those mental issues were nothing like she was raised to believe.
Harris and Midthunder still have their roles to play knowing that there are mysteries about Haller that are going to take digging and it seems it is harder than they have ever explored before. Gray as the Eye is another character that creeped me out because I was never quite sure what he was up to or what is place was in it all. Linklater still has a part to play but will it be for the good of those in Summerland? We shall see, we shall definitely see.
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The Blu-ray includes the special features of “Fractured Reality: A Different Kind of Hero,” “Uncanny Romance,” “Production Design,” “Powers,” “Make-Up (Making The Devil with the Yellow Eyes),” “Visual Effects,” “Costume Design,” “Locations” and “Deleted Scenes.” Also included in the 2-disc set are “Episodes Chapters One Through Eight.”
“Legion” has definitely been on the radar with nominations for awards and wins like TVLine’s Performer of the Week going to Aubrey Plaza, Best Sound Editing given by the Golden Trailer Awards, and tied for Runner Up for Best Action Series by the IGN’s Best of 2017 Awards and the People’s Choice for Best New Series.
If you want to watch the most interesting and twisted trip you’ll every take, then “Legion” is exactly the show you want to watch. From twists and turns in the storyline to singing and dancing trips, this series isn’t about to give you one little hint about the direction it plans to go.
I am going to be thrilled when season two begins but let’s be clear, I had to watch season one of “Legion” twice because there is so much to take in I wanted to be prepared for what is to come. This is definitely a series that needs to continue to think out of the box and go places no one expects the story to go and don’t ever put on the brakes!
In the end — there is no door to this rubber room!