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This week’s episode of Legion ended with a bit of a cliffhanger: Dan Stevens’ David Haller found himself in a bit of a psychic pickle while his new allies barely escaped from his subconscious mind after being assaulted by his literal inner demons. It was wild and creepy and inventive, everything we’ve come to expect from this series so far. And if the trailer for next week’s episode, titled “Chapter 4,” is any indication, things are about to really start heating up.

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‘Legion’ Spoiler Review: Thoughts on ”Chapter 3”

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Legion announced itself as a new kind of superhero show with its pilot episode and the third episode continues to run with that torch. Here is an hour of comic book-inspired television that feels like it was mined from the bizarre, niche corners of the X-Men universe, sidestepping every obvious choice to really dig into the addictive weirdness of fringe superhero stories. Here is an hour of television that spends the bulk of its running time literally exploring the mind of its lead character, with the cast wandering through one psychic horror show after another. After “Chapter 2” paused to catch its breath, “Chapter 3” plunges us straight into the abyss once again.

So let’s talk about it.

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2016 was the year I fell in love with Westworld and it’s already starting to look like 2017 is the year I fall in love with Legion. I was blown away by the first episode of FX’s new X-Men television series and the second episode was a worthy follow-up, slowing down the pace to start establishing the parameters of the wild world introduced in the first hour. I’m always going to be a sucker for weird, formally dynamic genre television and Legion does just that while also being a very cool comic book adaptation. Hook. Line. Sinker.

Anyway, the preview for the third episode, titled “Chapter 3,” is online now. You know, just in case you turned off your television a few minutes early or watched last night’s episode on iTunes or something.

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‘Legion’ Spoiler Review: Thoughts on “Chapter 2”

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The first episode of Legion was one of the most impressive television pilots I’ve ever seen, a bold and unique free-fall into a fresh corner of a familiar world. The first live-action X-Men show broke the mold carefully established by the movies – anything feels possible.

So, does the second episode, simply titled “Chapter 2,” live up the promise of that first chapter? Let’s take a look in our new spoiler review…

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Let’s get the high praise out of the way first: it’s rare for a television pilot to feel as fresh and weird and fully formed as Legion, which feels more like the first 70 minutes of a particularly daring X-Men movie than the first chapter of an ongoing series airing on FX. There is a distinctive personality on display here, a carefully modulated tone that folds horror and dark comedy and mindfuckery into the typical superhero structure. It doesn’t shatter the mold, but it leaves a giant crack in it – I literally have no idea what to expect from the next episode and man-oh-man, is that a nice feeling.

And it looks like we’ll be covering Legion on a weekly basis from here on out, with all other spoiler reviews arriving the morning after the new episode airs. Hi. Like the show itself, these reviews aren’t going to follow a rigid structure. We’re just going to pick up the threads of interest and run with them until we can figure out exactly what kind of show we’re dealing with here.

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FX’s Legion aired last night and I have some brief thoughts on the pilot episode. You can find those after the jump, alongside the Legion season 1 trailer, a teaser for Legion episode 2, and a good making-of featurette on the creation of the world of the series.

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