‘Legion’ Episode One Review; The Greatest Superhero Origin Story On Television

By Johny Smith on Feb 12, 2017 06:43 PM EST

 "Legion" reminds viewers that the mind is a terrifying and powerful place. It weaves a deceptive trap of winding corridors, erasing reality and denying one with the ability to know time and decipher reality. This show is definitely the best superhero origin ever told in television history.

Imagine starting to hear voices. Then, inanimate objects begin to move as visions of unknown people and places come rushing over. Terrifying, right? Friends and family would think treatment and pills could make the voices and visions go away.

This is the perspective that the viewers are introduce to upon entering "Legion", the new X-Men series on FX. The pilot episode proves that "Legion" does not compare with any other superhero story told on television says Esquire.

To tell the story of "Legion", Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley creates a world that defies timelines and ignores the traditional linear structure. Even the show's narrator can't seem to tell reality apart.

"Legion" is by far the most ambitious series in the world of television oversaturated by superheroes. The story is written between illogical jumps in time and setting.

The story us lead by David Haller, a mental patient placed under the care of doctors to treat his schizophrenia. His doctors made him believe that making objects of a room orbit around himself using his mind was only one of his many psychotic episode. David heads medical advice, taking pills, putting up with hospital food, completes therapy, and desperately ignores the visions.

And much to everyone's surprise, "Legion" reveals the truth of the story. The conclusion of the pilot episode shows David breaking out of the institution, ready to begin his training as a hero. The scene is suddenly replaced by the traditional Secret Superhero Compound.

According to Den Of Geek, given the unstable condition of the narrator of "Legion", there' is infinite opportunities for writers to deceive its audience. Thematically, "Legion" is left with so much more material to explore.

Jessica Jones used the superhero genre to addresses mental health in an honest way. There's a lot of potential in the deceptive world of "Legion".

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