Chapter 1
Legion Season 1



Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

Equal parts innovative and absurd, "Chapter 1" plunges the audience into a boldly creative universe that seems likely to warrant continued viewing.

Episode Info

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


Dan Stevens
as David Haller
Aubrey Plaza
as Lenny Busker
Jean Smart
as Melanie Bird
Rachel Keller
as Sydney 'Syd' Barrett
Jeremie Harris
as Ptonomy Wallace
Amber Midthunder
as Kerry Loudermilk
Katie Aselton
as Amy Haller
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Critic Reviews for Chapter 1

Stevens is just awful, and the story overall is pretentious and falls short of the depth that Hawley and the X-Men franchise have previously proven themselves capable of.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Legion isn't perfect, but it shows a hell of a lot of promise

Feb 7, 2017 | Full Review…

ou may not grasp everything that is going on immediately, but for a hallucinatory experience more akin to moments from Doctor Strange than anything in the X-movies, it's a trip well worth embarking on.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

For all its visual splendor and its "pull out all the stops" approach to thrills, it's too airy to feel like a real technical achievement, and insufficiently involving to feel like an emotional one. So far, the same can be said of Legion itself.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Every shot looks like art.

Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The debut hour is a fun, trippy mindf- in the best way that actually feels super in its art style and direction.

Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dan Stevens is doing a pretty good job with what he's been given here, but Legion's twitchiness and nervousness get in the way of some of his more emotive and humourous moments.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a lot to admire in "Chapter 1," but the most surprising and compelling element is that it's just plain frightening, leaning on horror imagery to sell its stakes and mystery.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

A trippy, dreamy, literally explosive premiere episode of the most unlikely take on superheroes you could imagine...

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Even with (maybe) 10 minutes of slack, this is one of the most interesting looking and unusual shows I've seen in awhile: quirky and threatening, unpredictable and beautifully crafted.

Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's crazy to think a show like Legion is even on TV at all, luckily, the show itself is even crazier.

Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Legion isn't a superhero show anyway, but it does have the potential to be the most unique and perhaps even the best comic-book based TV series to come around in quite some time.

Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…