‘Legion’ is an American series that airs on FX. It first premiered on February 8, 2017. The series is based on the Marvel character Legion, or David Haller, who is actually the mutant son of Gabrielle Haller, and Professor Charles Xavier, who we know as one of the founding members of the X-Men. ‘Legion’, the show, however, goes beyond the normal superhero fanfare, and expertly combines elements of drama, science fiction, psychological thriller, and horror. In fact, one might even say that ‘Legion’ is a stepping stone to a new tone in the superhero genre.
The unique thing about ‘Legion’, though, is that despite being based on the Marvel character, it does not form a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created by the genius who adapted the ‘Fargo‘ movie for television, Noah Hawley, ‘Legion’ has gained its own momentum and storyline that is exciting and original. The critically acclaimed show has grabbed eyeballs and done very well with the ratings. Experts have hailed the show as daring and visually arresting while pointing out the obvious departure that it makes from the traditional superhero genre as we know it.
The show has had three successful seasons so far. But will Legion return for season 4? Let’s find out.
Legion Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Legion’ is led by Dan Stevens as David Haller. Haller in the comics is one of the most powerful mutants, being the son of Professor Xavier, who is an Omega level mutant himself. Haller, however, has split personalities, and the show taps into the schizophrenia as a launching ground for the narrative. We see Haller in a psychiatric hospital, trying to come to terms with his problems. Stevens delivers an extremely realistic and fantastically nuanced performance, and this is because he spent time researching on mental health in preparation for the role. Furthermore, the people involved in the show, also kept parts of the plot a secret, so that Stevens could replicate Haller’s genuine surprise when he gradually began to discover the truth about himself.
Rachel Keller, who we saw in Season 2 of ‘Fargo’, plays the role of Sydney “Syd” Barrett. Sydney is David’s girlfriend and is a mutant whose mind can trade places with the person whom she touches. Thus, she is shown to be withdrawn. If you were wondering, yes, ‘Syd’ Barrett’s name is a tipping of the hat to Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett of Pink Floyd, whose music had an immense impact on the show maker, Noah Hawley.
Aubrey Plaza appears in the role of Lenore ‘Lenny’ Busker, a friend of Haller’s, and an incurable optimist, despite her own history of alcohol and drug abuse.