Legion: Season 1 Reviews

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July 14, 2018
Even if you barely understand a thing that's going on (and be patient; chances are you will), "Legion" is a joy to watch, surreal and beautiful, with as many funny asides as frightening moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2017
As superhero TV reaches critical mass, Hawley has helped the genre take a necessary evolutionary leap, mutating it into something refreshingly sophisticated and artful.
June 27, 2017
In the ever-escalating stakes of superhero TV, where the goal these days is to get trippier and trippier, nothing could out-trip Legion.
March 2, 2017
Legion puts the bite back into the X-Men universe on screen.
February 13, 2017
Every scene is a dense visual and sonic cornucopia. Even quiet moments are packed with garish colors, clashing soundscapes, lush visuals and anachronistic fashion.
February 10, 2017
While there may be Easter eggs for X-Men fans, Legion exists -- thrives -- in its own (astral) plane.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 10, 2017
It is a muddle, a beautifully styled, scary, and withholding muddle that can't easily be placed in a specific time period.
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February 9, 2017
This particular version of David Haller may or may not have multiple personalities, but Legion itself does, and it can't seem to decide which one should take the lead.
February 9, 2017
It's a trippy tour de force, weaving seamlessly from apparition to (seeming) reality.
February 8, 2017
The strength of Legion, which grapples with mental health in a way many TV shows might veer away from, is in Hawley's approach to David's mind.
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February 8, 2017
Beautifully crafted, occasionally incoherent, often challenging and insistently demanding, but what's not entirely clear in the early episodes is whether the payoff will be worth all the trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 8, 2017
It tries so hard to dazzle that it forgets to tell a meaningful story.
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February 8, 2017
Legion seems very good, but not quite great. It's a visually impressive program with a narrative style that just might revolutionize the superhero series on TV. But first, it has to elevate its core story above the kind of plots we've already seen.
February 8, 2017
You have to watch it. I mean, really watch it. No multi-tasking. I don't think I've ever seen a TV series that demands you watch it more attentively -- or rewards that effort quite as much.
February 8, 2017
If you think you've seen everything a superhero show has to offer, wait until you see Legion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2017
Hawley does everything he can to suppress the yawns that will surely come from the superhero-disinclined, setting the tone for a show that favors personality over powers, with dialogue that thankfully lacks the sonorous ballast of most superhero movies.
February 8, 2017
Legion jars the senses as a jagged-edged jigsaw puzzle that can't easily be put together. But there's no inclination to ever stop trying because the overall artistry is beautiful to behold and just won't quit.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 8, 2017
A loosely connected offshoot of the X-Men comic book franchise that operates on an almost wholly cerebral level, including its treks -- slow, surreal and trippy -- through a highly developed mutant mind.
February 8, 2017
Legion is worth saving on your DVR but not, quite, worth taking the leap of investing real time.
February 8, 2017
Legion is a trip: brainy, tight, yet so decadently inventive that I found myself laughing out loud at the sheer audacity of the damned thing.
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