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[Legion] on FX: Season 2 is finished - beware open spoilers

Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
Warning - Spoilers for both seasons are now open. Venture past the amazing, highly detailed OP at your own risk.

Open spoilers are only in regards to Season 1 and 2. Any story/character info from the comics should still be spoiler-tagged. Any info or news from future seasons should also be spoiler-tagged.




Season 2 Trailer:



I've never started a D&D thread before, so apologies in advance for the unimpressive OP; I'm more of an observer in the PA forums than a huge poster. But I'm curious to hear what others here are thinking about it (assuming others have checked it out).

Anyway, it's a Marvel TV show, and there's quite a few of those around these days, but this is from Noah Hawley, the guy who managed to create something amazing from the not too promising idea of a Fargo TV show. And so far, it's been a pretty great, weird start. After 2 episodes, I'm all in with it. Thoughts?

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  • HandgimpHandgimp R+L=J Family PhotoRegistered User regular
    It's good.

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  • MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    Ahh a thread.

    We should start our list of who we think are real and who are not.

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  • surrealitychecksurrealitycheck the search for the means to put an end to things an end to speech is what enables the discourse to continue ~ * ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) excelsior * ~Registered User regular
    i enjoy this televisual experience it is like 1960s british film visually

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  • Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
    edited February 2017
    Aubrey Plaza is kinda blowing me away here - since Parks & Rec she's basically been stuck between a) April Ludgate-esque snarky deadpan, and b) slutty, drunk/high party girl in a series of not-great R-Rated comedies. This role seems to be breaking her out of that usual role. Interesting to see where her character goes (trying to skirt around Ep. 1 spoilers here...).

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  • FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD along with you if I get drunk well I know I'm gonna be gonna be the man whoRegistered User regular
    Cap'n Tragedy, this is a good thread about a good show. Thanks for making it.

    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.
    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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  • FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD along with you if I get drunk well I know I'm gonna be gonna be the man whoRegistered User regular
    Personally, I need to rewatch the first episode before I will really understand it, I think.

    I love the 60s-but-not-too-60s aesthetic.

    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.
    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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  • LorekLorek Registered User regular
    Episode 1 left me very confused but after episode 2 I think I am on board this crazy train.

    One thing that is still bugging me is trying to place the time period. Everything looks like retro 60-70-80s-ish? But (maybe this is just me) I am getting this weird uncanny valley effect where I see old things but my brain is insisting its all fake and we're in a modern setting.

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  • KingofMadCowsKingofMadCows Registered User regular
    Most of the things outside of the government stuff is very 60's. But the government agents clearly have modern technology like tablets and bluetooth earpieces.

    However, you can see some flat screen TV's at the mental institution when they're leaving and their doors have electronic locks.

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  • abotkinabotkin Registered User regular
    I'm enjoying the series quite a bit so far. I'm also already looking forward to a rewatch of the season after only the first two episodes, and I'm not usually one for rewatching a show that I've seen that recently.

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  • Captain MarcusCaptain Marcus now arrives the hour of actionRegistered User regular
    It's very good. I think it's set in the 60s with some futuristic technology (in a "advanced tech is always in a Marvel movie" kinda way), lady thinks it's set in the future where everyone decorates like it's the 60s. Or it could be a byproduct of the main character's mental instability. Either way I agree that it's a bit jarring.

    Still, good show! Very much looking forward to next week.

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  • SpaffySpaffy Fuck the Zero Registered User regular
    I only caught the opening montage but it certainly looked interesting enough to watch the whole thing this weekend! I thought it was well done.

    Does Legion have actual superpowers beyond having a bunch of personalities?

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  • HandgimpHandgimp R+L=J Family PhotoRegistered User regular
    IIRC in the comics he's a god-tier telepath and telekinetic.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    this is cool

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    Handgimp wrote: »
    IIRC in the comics he's a god-tier telepath and telekinetic.

    What if God was one of us
    Just a paranoid schizophrenic like one of us

    The answer is he'd make for good television.

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    i enjoy this televisual experience it is like 1960s british film visually

    Yeah definitely has something of an Avengers vibe. Also lots of awesome Anderson-ish filming choices.

    Show is great. It's nice to see someone breaking out of the superhero formulas.

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Handgimp wrote: »
    IIRC in the comics he's a god-tier telepath and telekinetic.

    He literally has every power.

    Some things
    Given who his Dad is this isnt set any earlier than the 80s.
    His sister was wearing a halloween costume in all of her appearances.
    Shes also probably not his sister not biological anyway
    All the weird TV tropes and shots of wolves reek of Mojo.

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  • ThirithThirith Registered User regular
    I just checked out the first episode and liked it a lot. It also reminded me of the British series Utopia - it's not an exact match, but in terms of the overall look and the sense of paranoia, it's not dissimilar. Utopia had a brilliant first season and a good but disappointing second season, and its story didn't really come to a satisfying end, but if you dig Legion, Utopia might be worth checking out.

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  • McFodderMcFodder 'SploringRegistered User regular
    I agree that I think the pilot will make a lot more sense (and probably be more enjoyable to watch) a second time through after it's complete.

    I like it so far, but don't feel like we've been given enough accurate information so far to really know what is going on.

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  • RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    This show looks really interesting so far.

    I don't suppose it's in any way considered a part of the MCU though, right?

  • ThirithThirith Registered User regular
    Nope. The MCU can't touch mutants (no in-joke intended).

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  • ThisThis Registered User regular
    Watched the first two episodes. I think this show is quite brilliant in a lot of ways - very stylish, fascinating subject matter, cool cinematography. The guy who played the interrogator in episode 1 was fantastic. Aubrey Plaza is interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not really buying the lead actor, or to a lesser extent the lead actress. I don't know, I just find that I'm watching a guy act - what should be a really amazing role is just falling flat for me.

  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    First episode was awesome but I'm nervous since
    it now looks like a team thing and I hate team things--superhero deus ex machina or young adult sex drama incoming

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    what a strange hot take

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    First episode was awesome but I'm nervous since
    it now looks like a team thing and I hate team things--superhero deus ex machina or young adult sex drama incoming

    I mean its based on an x-men character . Those things are kind of integral to the brand

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    I have no idea what is happening, what is real, where this is going, when this takes place, and I love it.

  • RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    edited February 2017
    It all actually seems pretty straight forward to me. He thought he was crazy all his life. Turns out he's not. Has weird psychic powers. Now he's trying to adjust.

    I mean, with the exception of
    Aubrey Plaza's ghost

    I don't see any reason to question the reality of anything so far.

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  • GoumindongGoumindong Registered User regular
    It's very good. I think it's set in the 60s with some futuristic technology (in a "advanced tech is always in a Marvel movie" kinda way), lady thinks it's set in the future where everyone decorates like it's the 60s. Or it could be a byproduct of the main character's mental instability. Either way I agree that it's a bit jarring.

    Still, good show! Very much looking forward to next week.

    Its most likely a byproduct of the main characters instability. Much of the show is in the main characters head. The way that people appear may not be so much a function of how they are, but how he envisions them.

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  • RhalloTonnyRhalloTonny Of the BrownlandsRegistered User regular
    First episode was awesome but I'm nervous since
    it now looks like a team thing and I hate team things--superhero deus ex machina or young adult sex drama incoming

    I agree, and also the first episode had waaay more flourishes and some out-there stuff, not just in content, but in direction and style choices.

    First episode felt like Fargo + Wes Anderson's X-Men + Beyond the Black Rainbow.
    Second episode felt like none of those outside "oh here's some CRT monitors," and even those weren't shown in a way that could emphasize the strangeness of it all. All the aesthetic decisions just stopped.


    fake edit: ahh, first episode was directed by Hawley, second wasn't. Makes sense.

    I'll still keep watching because Dan Stevens is continuing his "oh that's the Downton Abbey guy?" but I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed in that style fall-off.

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  • Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
    I'll still keep watching because Dan Stevens is continuing his "oh that's the Downton Abbey guy?"

    Have you seen The Guest? That's the first place I noticed him (I saw the 1st season of Downton Abbey, but I can't remember anything about him from that).

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  • abotkinabotkin Registered User regular
    I'll still keep watching because Dan Stevens is continuing his "oh that's the Downton Abbey guy?"

    Have you seen The Guest? That's the first place I noticed him (I saw the 1st season of Downton Abbey, but I can't remember anything about him from that).

    Holy crap, you're right, he's the guy from The Guest. That's fantastic. And now I'm definitely picturing both characters being just variations of the same person.

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  • Captain MarcusCaptain Marcus now arrives the hour of actionRegistered User regular
    Second episode- also good! Don't approve of that vest, though

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  • HandgimpHandgimp R+L=J Family PhotoRegistered User regular
    Second episode- also good! Don't approve of that vest, though

    I paused the dvr so I could find a screen cap of that vest and show it to people.

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  • Captain MarcusCaptain Marcus now arrives the hour of actionRegistered User regular
    Third episode- still good, ever-so-slowly getting more backstory. Definitely the kind of show where you're sad when the hour's up. It's so hard to find good tv shows with superpowers; everything's either "costumed heroes ahoy" or god-awful.

    Hey, just noticed that no one in Legion wears a costume. Good on the writers.

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  • HandgimpHandgimp R+L=J Family PhotoRegistered User regular
    Yeah I just caught ep3 and WOW that was some good damn tv.

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  • abotkinabotkin Registered User regular
    Heh, I definitely enjoyed that. Line of the ep that sums up the show pretty succinctly so far, spoilered just in case.
    "Everyone keeps telling me I'm sane. What if they're wrong?"

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  • StraygatsbyStraygatsby Registered User regular
    This show is worth watching for the production design alone. I mean, really, if you could not understand the language it was broadcast in, it would still be worth watching for the visuals.

    That said, for me, the narrative itself has felt boring, but I'm going to chalk that up to being utterly fatigued by superhero entertainment, and the fact that they have to lay a LOT of groundwork to get people on board. They have not done a very good job filling out Syd "I'm not Rogue" Barret and Evil April from Parks and Rec yet, but Jean Smart is pretty baller thus far, so I have hope that it's not just that they suck at writing supporting characters.

  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    Episode 3:
    I think that the whole narrative that David is not insane, it's just his powers that head him to think the telepathic whispers are hallucinations etc, is going to be turned on its head in this show

    Summerland believes that he is sane, because that's what they want to believe, and that's what their own bias tells him

    I think it's going to turn out that they are right in that he does have incredible powers that have screwed with his head, but also that he's pretty unhinged as well

    Whether that's something he always had, or the strain of incredible psychic abilities, I dunno

  • HandgimpHandgimp R+L=J Family PhotoRegistered User regular
    Solar wrote: »
    Episode 3:
    I think that the whole narrative that David is not insane, it's just his powers that head him to think the telepathic whispers are hallucinations etc, is going to be turned on its head in this show

    Summerland believes that he is sane, because that's what they want to believe, and that's what their own bias tells him

    I think it's going to turn out that they are right in that he does have incredible powers that have screwed with his head, but also that he's pretty unhinged as well

    Whether that's something he always had, or the strain of incredible psychic abilities, I dunno
    I think you're correct and that at least the fat thing is a personality, and I think it sinking into his eyes means it's now in control.

    I think his sister may be another personality.

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  • Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
    Damn, this episode...

  • KingofMadCowsKingofMadCows Registered User regular
    edited March 2017
    Interesting that they've actually introduced
    the astral realm. That's some Dr. Strange level stuff.

    And there are so many little details in the show. The sign in front of the tree they crashed into said "slow down uncertainty ahead." That seems to suggest they're still in David's head. And Oliver even said that David could create a whole kingdom in the astral plane and he wouldn't necessarily know it's not real.

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