Legion: Exploring the Cerebral Side of Superheroes

The moment I heard that FOX was producing a Legion show, I was baffled. “Why him,” I asked, when X-Men has hundreds of colorful characters that could be easily explored on TV. Legion isn’t exactly the most well-known mutant. Erstwhile known as David Haller, Legion is the son of Charles Xavier in the comics. He is an omega-level mutant with the ability to create spontaneous mutations with varying attributes. However, he generates a new persona that controls each and every one of these mutations. In other words, he suffers from multiple personality disorder, with each personality controlling a different power.

But then, exploring a mentally-tortured hero is perfect for an eight-part miniseries. I don’t know about you; I’m rather burnt out by the usual blow-everything-up-towards-the-end routine most superhero movies and shows are doing right now. I love superheroes, but the genre needs to offer something different so I can give a damn. And Legion may be the thing.

Girls Got Game was invited by FOX Philippines for the Legion premiere. Before watching the pilot, we (along with our comrades from What’s A Geek) were put through an interesting challenge called the FOXtreme Breakout.

We dealt with zombies from The Walking Dead, terrorists from 24: Legacy, wrestlers from WWE Raw, and finally a mirror maze called Project Legion.

You too can experience FOXtreme Breakout and Project Legion. Just drop by the activity center of the Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City. FOXtreme Breakout is open up until February 12. Visit http://breakout.com.ph to reserve a slot.

Inspired by the Marvel Comics X-Men Character, Legion is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early thirties and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in 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, killing it), a fellow patient whose lifelong drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change.

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 confronts the possibility that the voices and visions that he contend with may be real. David escapes from the hospital and connects with a team of unconventional mental health specialists who open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.

Legion airs on 8PM every Thursday on Fox Philippines.

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Delusional bassist who moonlights as a wordsmith. I write for Noisy, Noisy Man, and What's A Geek. Quick, follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

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