Legion (2017– )
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Chapter 1 

A troubled young man battling mental illness wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient.

Director:

Noah Hawley

Writers:

Noah Hawley, Noah Hawley (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Stevens ... David Haller
Rachel Keller ... Syd Barrett
Aubrey Plaza ... Lenny Busker
Bill Irwin ... Cary Loudermilk (credit only)
Jeremie Harris ... Ptonomy Wallace
Amber Midthunder ... Kerry Loudermilk
Katie Aselton ... Amy Haller
Jean Smart ... Dr. Melanie Bird
Hamish Linklater ... Clark
David Selby ... Brubaker
David Ferry ... Dr. Kissinger
Ellie Araiza ... Philly
Matt Hamilton ... Ben
Brad Mann ... Rudy
Quinton Boisclair Quinton Boisclair ... Devil with the Yellow Eyes
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Storyline

David Haller, is a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. Written by billyllewis

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The music playing when David runs after being on the public 'phone is a lot like Pink Floyd's "On the Run" from "The Dark Side of the Moon". See more »

Goofs

When David is in session with Dr. Kissinger, he tells Dr. Kissinger he tied a cord and hung himself. Dr. Kissinger tells David no cord was found which confuses David. David's personalities were trying to stop him from killing himself and it can easily be explained that one of his personalities took over and disposed of the cord. See more »

Quotes

Lenny Busker: It's just spit, right? Human spit. Maybe he ate yogurt. Like, a creamy... Or what's he on, you think? Klonopin? Yeah, Klonopin'll Or hold the phone. Yogurt and Klonopin.
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Soundtracks

She's a Rainbow
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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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An entertaining puzzle, but will they be able to keep it up?
9 February 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

After watching the pilot of Legion, I don't feel the need to see more. In fact, I almost don't want to. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, (I enjoyed it VERY MUCH), it's just that the ending left me fully satisfied. I also don't think that the rest of the series will be able to recapture the magic of this episode. After all, Noah Hawley can't direct every episode.

The thing that I loved so much about this episode is that it kept me guessing the whole time while also giving me answers the whole time. It's not uncommon for a show to be enticingly cryptic and hard to follow. But what I had never seen before this is a show that throws you answers nearly as quickly as the questions. I spent most of the episode frowning at the screen with a complete lack of understanding, and yet I knew that answers were just along the corner, along with mysteries even more tantalizing than the last. Only at the end did I truly understand it all. The catharsis that accompanied this final understanding was truly incredible. And yet it comes at a price; the show's true nature has been revealed. It has laid out all of its cards. There is no way that future episodes will be able to make me question everything in the way the pilot did, which makes me wonder; will the rest be any good? I feel like everything that made this episode so special was resolved by the end. What can they do to make future episodes as fresh and interesting as this one? I don't think that there is anything they can do, but we'll see.

One final note; the director, Noah Hawley, deserves major props for this episode. Without him, this would not be as special as it is. Also, Dan Stevens is fantastic as David Haller. His American accent is almost as good as Hugh Laurie's in house.


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