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There are three meta-stories in sci-fi/fantasy style shows that will get me every single time: time travel, multiverse, and un/reality. I also love shows that push the forms or advance the techniques of aural/visual storytelling.

"Legion" is the latest to hook me. The 90-minute pilot is nothing I've seen on TV before. And if it had been worked into a standalone comic-book theatrical movie, it would have blown up the competition. Mesmerizing and unsettling while having a simple core story. I loved it, start to stop.

The pilot was so stylized and highly crafted, the second episode I feared was set for a let down. This happened several years ago with The Americans. The pilot went all out with '80s music licensing and Michael-Mann-esque filming, that the actual show was jarringly diffferent, feeling like a different show. Fortunately it recovered and is presently the best show on TV, for my viewing. That aside to say, would Legion need to spend the next several shows recovering and resetting expectations from its high-concept, high budget premiere?

No. Incredibly, Legion is able to deftly pull back while maintaining its approach of keeping the audience unbalanced and pushed around by judicious use of its stylized shoves.

I don't know that Legion will be as sublime as Jessica Jones or as stop-everything-and-watch-The-Americans.

But Legion is another hallmark of being in an inexpressibly amazing Golden Age of TV that simply keeps getting more amazing.

And I'm hooked.
 
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This episode was absolutely bonkers, but never in an unfocused or superficial way. I'm not sure we ever left David's mind, but the events that transpired still matter because all of our characters were involved with them.

I had completely misinterpreted how Cary and Kerry related to one another before this episode, and as a result totally misunderstood the nature of girl Kerry's powers. Once we got the explanation, I took a lot more notice of Amber Midthunder's performance -- particularly the way she looks around constantly, soaking up the world around her the way young kids do. Because she only gets to experience the world in relatively small doses.

What are the odds that our host for tonight's episode, speaking to us from his ice cube lounge within the astral plane, is Melanie's long-gone husband?

Not jumping into David's headspace until nearly 30 minutes in was a bold move. Experiencing the episode from Syd's perspective, our warmth and empathy for David is challenged as Syd's warmth and empathy toward David is challenged, as we learn about some pretty terrible things he's done.

Part of me wonders if it was Professor X who edited David's memories, partly to protect his agenda from Division 3, partly to protect David from himself.

I guess we got an answer for how David and Syd ended up back in their own bodies. After a while, the bodies swap places and realign with their proper owners.
 

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This show is operating on a different level compared to everything else currently airing (though Black Sails is a close second). Everything from the costuming, to the lighting, to the editing is tweaked to near perfection. Even the title card is thoughtfully placed and presented.

It's a shame that due to the subject matter, there is virtually zero chance that any aspect of the show will be recognized with awards (though Tatiana's award for Orphan Black creates a bit of hope).
 

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I.., Um...., Well,.....If......, Yeah.

OK, that was a little trippy.

I still don't think that I understand (K)Cary.

And, overall, I'm not sure of the destination, but, I think I'll enjoy the ride.
 

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I'm on episode 3 (a little behind) and the show is living up to the hype. Am I correct in assuming we're going to see the character Mojo?
There has been some speculation that the yellow-eyed demon is Mojo, but the leading theory is that he is Shadow King.
 
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Awesome episode tonight. I liked the shout-out (I think) to The Uncanny X-Men issue 117 in the psi-blocker device.
 

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For a show where the lines of reality are constantly blurring, it sure doesn't drag its feet providing answers. We got confirmation that the man in the ice cube is Jean Smart's husband, and that the yellow-eyed demon is a parasite that jumped into David's body at a young age.
 

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I'm an episode behind. I have not been deleting the episodes off my DVR. I think these will reward viewing again once we have more pieces of the puzzles.
 
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Just finished episode 5 and I have to say this is the most awesomely messed up show I've ever watched. And I mean that in the best way possible. I'm confused some of the time but gripped by it the whole time. This has moved to the top spot in my must watch TV. I just don't know how they will keep up with this level of...well...awesomeness.
 

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A lot of compliments for the visuals in this thread, but let me be the first to praise the sound design, especially in the pilot. This one really gives the sound system a workout.
 
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FX Orders Season Two of "Legion"
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FX Orders Season Two of "Legion"

Acclaimed New Drama from Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Winning Creator and Executive Producer Noah Hawley Will Return In 2018

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2017 - FX has ordered a second season of Legion, the critically acclaimed new drama series from Noah Hawley, it was announced jointly today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. Legion is one of the most-watched new cable dramas of the past year.

"The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement," said Schrier. "More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It's a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion."

"We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion. Noah's spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more. We're particularly proud of our partners at FX and the success we share on our first TV series together," added Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television.

Legion returns tonight (Wednesday, March 15, 10 PM ET/PT) on FX with "Episode 6" - David goes back to where it all started. Written by Nathaniel Halpern; directed by Hiro Murai.

Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David's routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.

A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy's concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she's built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists - Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) - open David's eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.

Hawley serves as Executive Producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winning FX limited series Fargo.

Legion's first season has a Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh score of 93% and a Metacritic score of 82 for universal acclaim.

Legion is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production. The second season will also return to the FOX Networks Group international channels in over 125 countries.

ABOUT FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in 90 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain, Taboo, Legion and the upcoming Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story, FEUD: Bette and Joan and the upcoming Trust; and acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy(R) Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network.

About Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Television

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

Marvel Television develops and produces some of the world's most creative and popular live-action and animated programming for broadcast and cable television networks plus digital platforms including a historic deal with Netflix. Its portfolio of self-produced series includes "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the upcoming "Marvel's Inhumans" for ABC, "Marvel's Daredevil," "Marvel's Luke Cage," and the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Marvel's Jessica Jones" for Netflix and "Marvel's Avengers" and "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" for Disney XD. Marvel is a co-producer on "Legion" (FX). Marvel Television's upcoming projects include "Marvel's Iron Fist and the culminating Marvel's The Defenders" for NETFLIX as well as "Marvel's The Punisher" (Netflix), "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" (Freeform), and "Marvel's Runaways" (Hulu). For more information, visit marvel.com. © 2017 MARVEL
 

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Normally I hate "trapped in a dream" episodes, but this one was an illuminating exploration of our supporting cast of characters. And, in a just universe, this episode would bag Aubrey Plaza an Emmy. Just an immense showcase of an immense talent. She was great in "Parks & Recreation", but that was only a sliver of the range on display here.
 
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I watched Chapter 6 last night, and I agree on Aubrey Plaza. She was funny, creepy and really strange all at the same time. The visuals of her silhouette dancing were just another example of this show's unparalleled (for television) visual style.
 

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I watched Chapter 6 last night, and I agree on Aubrey Plaza. She was funny, creepy and really strange all at the same time. The visuals of her silhouette dancing were just another example of this show's unparalleled (for television) visual style.
Yeah, that dance sequence was like the opening for a Bond movie with an evil chick.
 

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Legion is the best example of what happens when you let a confident team of artists do what they want. From visuals, to sound, costume, to editing and acting, this show is at the top of not only its game, but the industry.
 
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Tonight's episode was undeniably one of the best things to appear on television.
 
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