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If You’re Not Watching Legion, You’re Making a Huge Mistake

Samuel Brace on why you should be watching Legion

There is only one possible answer to the question of which superhero show is the best on television. That answer is, of course, Legion, a delectable tapestry that weaves together all of that which makes a TV show great. Daredevil may perhaps retake its crown after two years away once its third season arrives to Netflix, but this seems to me a task beyond its means. After all, Legion does everything that the Netflix McU shows do so well but only better. Legion has every tool in its toolbox sharpened to a razor’s edge and unlike its competitors in a genre bloated with excess; the FX drama has no fat to trim. The number of episodes, at least so far, meets the length of Legion’s plot, not the reverse, which is a frustrating flaw too often found elsewhere. It
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‘Legion 2×03′ Review

If there is one thing that any forms of entertainment do, it is to try to stay fresh and to bring something new to the audience. This week’s episode shows that Legion is at the top of its game when it comes to being unlike anything else on television at the moment. The best episode so far in the season, this is where the wild ride really starts.

This week The Monk (Nathan Hurd) invades Division 3, and David (Dan Stevens) must travel into the labyrinths of his friend’s minds to pull them out of their own delusions.

The description of the episode that I just made is as far as I’m willing to go in terms of plot detail, because once again it has to be experienced. I will say this though, there are moments that really show what makes Legion stand out, and even manages to
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Why FX’s Legion Will Survive Its Low Ratings

Legion may be struggling to maintain a robust audience in its twisty, mind bending sophomore season, but fans of Noah Hawley’s experimental X-Men-adjacent show likely don’t have to worry about a cancelation anytime soon.

The FX series follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), the mutant son of Charles Xavier, who possesses near limitless psychic and telekinetic abilities. David and his allies are <a href="https://screenrant.
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Are These 4 2018 Films on Your Movie Radar? They Damn Well Should Be

Samuel Brace with four 2018 films that should be on your radar…

In weeks gone by, I have made it a habit to purposefully highlight some of the smaller or lesser known films that movie fans should be aware of in the year 2018. It seems to me that we spend so much of our mental bandwidth focusing on the obvious hits, the looming presence of upcoming blockbusters that permeate our cinematic consciousness, that we often find ourselves turning a blind eye to the underdog, the films with budgets and name recognition that can’t quite compete with their titanic competitors. Past articles of mine on this subject have included some truly exciting prospects, the latest of which you can read here, but as this year is replete with reasons to be gripped with cinematic anticipation, it wasn’t hard to locate four more movies to showcase here today. So, if you will allow it,
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‘Atlanta’ Goes Deep by Questioning the Nature of Reality (and Drake’s Heritage)

‘Atlanta’ Goes Deep by Questioning the Nature of Reality (and Drake’s Heritage)
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Atlanta” Season 2, Episode 7, “Champagne Papi.”]

Fans of “Atlanta” have often had to accept that the city portrayed in the FX comedy is slightly askew from the one we know. On the surface, it may look and operate like our world, but surreal elements that are treated as everyday occurrences — such as the existence of an invisible car and a black Justin Bieber — have required suspension of disbelief, or in the very least a belief in an alternate reality very similar to our own.

Although seemingly more straightforward than the horrifying “Teddy Perkins,” Thursday’s episode “Champagne Papi” goes deep and questions the very nature of reality. In doing so, it also offers up an explanation for what life, and by extension “Atlanta,” might be: a simulation.

During a New Year’s Eve party that takes place at Drake’s mansion, Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) engages in conversation with Nadine (Gail Bean
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‘Legion 2×02′ Review

When watching the first season of Legion there were many times that David (Dan Stevens) appeared to have lost his mind. Now in season two, it is fair to say that he may end up losing his mind and the audience will along with him. If this is the way we go though, it will be a glorious experience.

With David agreeing to help find the body of Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) he still has to hide his true intentions from the people around him. When Oliver (Jemaine Clement) and Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) pay a visit to Division 3, it leaves the Loudermilks (Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder) in an interesting predicament.

What we have to remember with Legion is that everything we see takes place outside of the reality of the show. This is the world of David, and we see it just like he does. What this means is
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Noah Hawley on ‘Legion’ Season 2 and Balancing His TV Hits

From show creator Noah Hawley (Fargo), the FX series Legion, based on the Marvel comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is back with all new levels of weird and wild. Picking up approximately one year after a mysterious orb appeared and took David Haller (Dan Stevens) away to an unknown place, he’s not only trying to figure out what’s happened in the time that’s passed, but he’s also dealing with the fact that he’s not really schizophrenic, like he was lead to believe, and could instead be the most powerful mutant who ever lived. …
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Legion: Season Two Viewer Votes

How well do David Haller and the team rise to the challenge during the second season of the Legion TV show on FX? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Legion is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Legion season two episodes below. An FX sci-fi drama centering on the X-Men character, Legion stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, David Negahban, Jemaine Clement, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Hamish Linklater, and Jean Smart. The superhero thriller follows David Haller (Stevens). After being in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years, David met Syd
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‘Legion’: Ana Lily Amirpour Breaks Down the 5 Trippiest Scenes, From the Carousel to That Darn Cat

‘Legion’: Ana Lily Amirpour Breaks Down the 5 Trippiest Scenes, From the Carousel to That Darn Cat
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Legion” Season 2, Episode 2, “Chapter 10.”]

Ana Lily Amirpour, director of the acclaimed “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and the bonkers follow-up “The Bad Batch,” is not a filmmaker who falls meekly within any prescribed box. Therefore, she found her perfect television match in Noah Hawley’s imaginative adaptation of Marvel’s “Legion.”

“It has to be the right thing and the right type of collaboration for them to want my crazy ass to come in there and do what I can do,” Amirpour said in an interview with IndieWire. “I don’t think you can really call ‘Legion’ TV. I feel like it’s an experience. It’s about exploring sanity and madness and perception. Cinema is such a powerful way to do that.”

Amirpour came on for this season’s second episode, in which David Haller (Dan Stevens) is conflicted about helping the psychic parasite and mutant Amahl
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‘Legion’ Season 2 Hints at David Becoming More Like His Comics Counterpart

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‘Legion’ Season 2 Hints at David Becoming More Like His Comics Counterpart
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s episode of “Legion”on FX)

For the entire first season of “Legion,” a key thing was missing from the story: an explanation for the name “Legion.” In the second episode of Season 2, “Chapter 10,” the show might finally be getting closer to the comics and living up to the name.

The FX version of “Legion” is an adaptation from Marvel comics, centering on the anti-hero of the same name. The comics version of Legion, real name David Haller, is a powerful mutant — a human with genetic abnormalities that give him superpowers. Legion in the comics has run up against the mutant superheroes the X-Men.

Also Read: 'Legion': 11 Questions We Need Answered in Season 2 (Photos)

David (Dan Stevens) in “Legion” has a lot of the same powers as his comics counterpart. He’s an extremely powerful telepath, with so much psychic ability that he can actually bend reality, teleporting himself across space, reading minds and more. In the show, David doesn’t fully know the extent of his abilities, which means there could more he has yet to explore.

The comics version of Legion is more erratic and dangerous. His powers are so great that he doesn’t just read people’s minds, he can actually absorb their psyches. The comics version of David survives a terrorist attack that triggers his mutant powers, and in so doing, he incinerates and absorbs the mind of the terrorist leader into his own. The trauma of the attack, and being psychically linked to so many people as they died, also caused David to develop split personalities, with each of those personalities controlling different aspects of his powers.

So in the comics, the name “Legion” refers to the idea that David is actually many people in one body. It’s a reference to the Bible, in which a demon possessing a man is asked its name. “My name is Legion, for we are many,” the demon responds.

Also Read: 'Legion': Who is His Very Famous X-Men Father?

So far, though, this idea hasn’t popped up in creator Noah Hawley’s TV version of “Legion,” even though it maintains the comics character’s name. On the how, David has shared his mind with another person: the evil mutant Amal Farouk, also known as the Shadow King. In “Chapter 10,” though, we learn that there were actually even more people in David’s mind.

Throughout Season 1, David saw the Shadow King manifest as his friend, a drug user named Lenny (Aubrey Plaza). It seemed as though this was just the preferred form of the Shadow King for messing with David — and probably the preferred form of Hawley, since Plaza was universally praised in the role. “Chapter 10” reveals that Lenny isn’t just the Shadow King’s invention, though. She’s a real person, whose physical body has died, and who has been absorbed into the Shadow King’s mind. Lenny is a full, actual human, who hopes that when the Shadow King has what he wants, he can use his considerable reality-bending powers to create a new body for her to inhabit.

That sounds an awful lot like the conception of Legion from the Marvel comics. It also suggests that the show is heading in the same direction, and that what we’ve seen on the show so far is the origin story of how David turns into Legion. That would make see, since while David has some similarities to the comics character, he’s still missing some key ingredients, like the “anti-hero” idea.

Also Read: 'Legion': It's Starting to Seem Very Possible That Nothing We've Seen So Far Is Real

Of course, this is mostly just speculation, and the FX show has deviated significantly from the comics it adapts. But a lot of key elements are maintained — like the idea that David’s father defeated Amal Farouk on the Astral Plane, which is why the Shadow King doesn’t have a body of his own. And the show seems to be hinting that David’s father is the same person he is in the comics: X-Men founder Professor Charles Xavier. The show might not be following the same story as the comics, but it hasn’t wandered too far off-book.

The idea that “Legion” Season 2 is David’s lengthy origin story raises an interesting question: What will happen to David if and when he does become Legion?

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Legion Creator Noah Hawley Reveals Why Professor X Hasn’t Appeared

Season 2 of the X-Men-inspired series Legion is just as madcap and utterly complicated as season 1 was. Therefore, the show’s creator, Noah Hawley, is being forced to answer some difficult questions. You know, like, when will Professor Charles Xavier make an appearance?

The FX spinoff has made more than a few references to the telepath, including his iconic wheelchair. After all, David Haller (Dan Stevens), Legion’s protagonist, is Xavier’s adopted son and has been battling the parasitic Shadow King since being recruited by a mutant rebellion. Still, despite the show’s many connections to Professor X, he’s yet to reunite with his kin on the small screen.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hawley addressed this and disclosed that it isn’t a “rights issue or a legal issue” holding them back. Rather, “it’s more about corporate synergy.”

“It’s not a rights issue or a legal issue,
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Watch Aubrey Plaza And Dan Stevens Screw With A Stranger's Tinder Account

Legion is back on television, and if you saw this week's trippy ass premiere, you may need a reminder that Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza are actually normal people. This video is great proof of that, as the two take over some woman's Tinder account in a surprisingly funny segment. Watch the two go to town on this woman's profile, and make odd sexual advances that reference Christmas:
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Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass

Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass
British actress Michelle Dockery, who receives the Variety Icon Award at TV drama festival Canneseries in Cannes, Southern France on Saturday, spoke at a masterclass earlier in the day about her career and roles in TV series like “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” and “Godless.”

Dockery said that even when she was a child she was a performer – impersonating politicians and other famous people for her parents’ amusement. Her training at Guildhall drama school gave her a classical training best suited to a career on the stage. It also ingrained in her the idea that she should see herself as part of an ensemble,
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Dan Stevens comments on whether other X-Men characters could appear in Legion

Dan Stevens, the star of Legion for FX, has commented on if other X-Men characters could make an appearance on the show.

Legion returned to TV screens this week for its second season, having previously impressed critics and audiences with its visually audacious take on the character of David Haller (Professor X’s son).

Speaking on Larry King Now (via ComicBook.com), Stevens said that while there were no plans for David to appear in any future X-Men film, that it is possible for some X-Men characters to feature on Legion:

“That’s a good question,” Stevens said. “That’s probably a question for some execs over at Fox rather than me. There’s definitely scope for that. Again, in the X-Men universe, David Haller is the bastard son of Professor X, Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the movies. He’s definitely referred to and referenced throughout the seasons,
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‘Legion 2×01′ Review

Legion is a show that is unlike any other, it proved that in the first season, and now it is back the first episode has arrived with a mind-blowing bang. If you expected any semblance of normality from this show, you’ll be disappointed. One thing you can be sure of is Legion is back and better than ever.

David (Dan Stevens) is back, but in the time, he has been gone things have changed for his friends. With Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) still at large, Division 3 need all the help they can get. The question is, just what is David hiding?

What this episode has proven to me is that Legion is my favourite show, unless Twin Peaks returns for another season of course. A lot has changed in the world of Legion between season one and two, with the most important change being that everybody works for Division 3 now.
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What We Learned from the Legion Season 2 Premiere

Legion is finally back, and we are immediately reminded of what it felt like to watch Legion during the first season. The X-Men series picks up just under a year after the season 1 finale when the main character David, played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, was abducted from the Summerland ranch basically by a UFO. When his friends—who are now all part of Division 3—found him, David claims that he’s only been gone for a few hours. We know that’s not true, and his friends know the same. David also has to realize that he woke up in a

What We Learned from the Legion Season 2 Premiere
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"Legion: Chapter 10"

Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from the Season 2 "Legion" episode "Chapter 10",  based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz,  is directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, airing April 10, 2018 on FX:

"...mutant 'David' (Dan Stevens)...

"...meets his oldest enemy."

Cast also includes Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller and Jean Smart.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Legion: Chapter 10"...
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Legion: Season Two Ratings

Although season one of the Legion TV show on FX didn't draw a very large total audience, it was the cable network's second highest earner in the 18-49 demo, last year. Can it built upon its Nielsen ratings success in the second season? Will Legion be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. An FX sci-fi drama, centering on the X-Men character, Legion stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, David Negahban, Jemaine Clement, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Hamish Linklater, and Jean Smart. The superhero thriller follows David Haller (Stevens). After being in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years, David met Syd (Keller), who helped him realize he wasn't schizophrenic, but rather, in possession of incredible abilities. Upon exorcising the Shadow King from his body, David disappeared. Now his team must ally themselves with former nemesis Clark (Linklater) and
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Legion on FX: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch What fate awaits David Haller? Is the Legion TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on FX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Legion season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? An FX sci-fi drama centering on the X-Men character, Legion stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, David Negahban, Jemaine Clement, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Hamish Linklater, and Jean Smart. The superhero thriller follows David Haller (Stevens). After being in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years, David met Syd (Keller), who helped him realize he wasn’t schizophrenic, but rather, in possession of incredible abilities. Upon exorcising the Shadow
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Dan & Susie Stevens Dress In Paul Smith For ‘Legion’ Season Two Premiere

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Actor Dan Stevens and his wife, Susie, are both dressed in Paul Smith for the premiere for the second season of Legion. Susie was on the red carpet wearing a Paul Smith green multi-colored stripe v-neck dress. The dress that went right above the knee featured vertical stripes as well as long sleeves that ended with […]

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