Thwip! Watch – Legion – S01E02 – Chapter 2

Thwip! Watch is all about what goes on our screens, namely TV. Whether CW or Fox or NBC or what-have-you, you can be sure that we here at Thwip! have been watching it. Today we are going to talk about Legion.

This series…is hard to get into and enjoy.

That’s ’cause there are two very distinct aspects to this show that it is trying to appeal to.

The first is the visuals (and other ancillary story-telling tics). Taking cues from the visual maestro Bill Sienkiewicz, this is a visually stunning affair. The transitions from moment to moment, use of colors, and of course the audio. The production is all towards keeping the watcher off-balance and trapped, a parallel to how David must be feeling. This is all fantastically done and the praise that has been heaped on to it is well-deserved.

The second is the story itself…which is not that great. The problem is that the actual story-telling aspect relies all on the flair of the visuals (and audio, those whisperings and other bits and pieces at the edge of one’s hearing are really key to the story-telling) and does not do enough to actually keep me engaged with the story. At points I caught myself trying to figure out what song would go well with the moment rather than pay attention to the story that they are trying to unfold.

And that’s the problem. I do not care for David Heller (though I do wonder what the heck is going on with his father, isn’t it Professor X? Are they retconning that away? That would kind of suck if they did) or for his weird claustrophobic problems. Instead I just find myself sitting through the episode wondering if they are going to actually tell a story or they just going to hint at things.

Oddly enough, this series reminded me of two series that I recently watched, the Archie-based Riverdale – which has a massive mystery at its core, but progresses with character development and drops enough hints to the mystery to keep the audience around and the other is the BBC America adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – a show that is actually quite a bit about the visuals and the weirdness, but also managed to progress the mystery.

Right now, Legion is not as good as people think it is…it’s got visuals and flair, but no story to really back it up.

Aubrey Plaza is kickass though, hope they give her a bit more screen-time.

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