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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 8, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second season of the drama based on the X-Men comics character sees David meeting Farouk (Said Taghmaoui) face-to-face.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    Legion is the most brazenly inventive series on TV. ... The genre mash-ups that result are often as weird as they are striking, and they delight as art objects even when they do little to advance the story. (I consider it a compliment to the show to say that it doesn’t care all that much about plot; others will not agree.) ... The frustrations and indulgences are all of a piece. This is someone else’s dream. You get to watch it, question it, and sometimes dance to it.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 29, 2018
    100
    A new season that’s weirder and more vivid than before. ... The new season is at once more opaque and more direct than the first one. The premiere is so full of digressions that the plot eventually begins to feel like the real digression, yet by the end of it there’s a clear structure in place for how David will be dealing with the Shadow King.
  3. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Apr 2, 2018
    91
    Thankfully, the show remains as experiential as ever—getting inside the head of an all-powerful mutant might be inadvisable, but on Legion, it actually seems possible. Just as important, the new season gives us ever more compelling reasons to make that trip.
  4. Reviewed by: Joseph Falcone
    Apr 2, 2018
    80
    Better than season 1 in some regards, but weaker in spots, it’s difficult to say whether Legion’s second outing is an improvement over its predecessor or at a stalemate.
  5. Apr 2, 2018
    80
    There’s a lot to catch up on from Legion‘s first season, and thus, the show’s first episode back is a bit of a tedious if arguably necessary affair. ... However, thanks primarily to the season premiere’s director, Tim Mielants, who does excellent work on AMC’s The Terror, one comes out of the first episode with feet placed firmly on the show’s narrative ground.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Apr 3, 2018
    75
    Legion presents itself as a maze, but it's more accurately an imaginatively adorned straight line in season two. The series performs an effective illusion: It can be uncanny, but it's rarely truly impenetrable. The flamboyant peculiarity of David's world convinces us that we're seeing something for the first time.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Apr 2, 2018
    70
    The formal inventiveness deployed by Mr. Hawley and his crew of directors, who include the noted cinematographer Ellen Kuras (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and the indie filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”), is consistently impressive. It also consistently outstrips the storytelling. ... The sense of comic-book business-as-usual is more acute in Season 2.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Apr 4, 2018
    10
    The second season brings back everything that made the first season so good and then adds even more insanity and weirdness. If you enjoyed theThe second season brings back everything that made the first season so good and then adds even more insanity and weirdness. If you enjoyed the first season you will love this season as well. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2018
    10
    Legion is back and as good as ever. Season 1 was absolutely wonderful, and season 2 is shaping up to be just as exhilarating. Anyone whoLegion is back and as good as ever. Season 1 was absolutely wonderful, and season 2 is shaping up to be just as exhilarating. Anyone who enjoyed season 1 will surely enjoy season 2 as well. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2018
    9
    2nd season lost no momentum from the first season and kept being engaging with a new setting, some new characters, and a further continuation2nd season lost no momentum from the first season and kept being engaging with a new setting, some new characters, and a further continuation of the weird world inside Legion's head. Expand
  4. Jun 14, 2018
    6
    I found this season to be uneven.

    This remains one of the most visually creative shows ever made. The showrunner really upped his game, and
    I found this season to be uneven.

    This remains one of the most visually creative shows ever made. The showrunner really upped his game, and I'm amazed by some of the stuff that comes out of his head. This season even has a creature that rivals the Shadow King.

    However, all the attempts at cleverness bog the show down. The plot is stretched out and several parts questionable. There are a couple stand-alone episodes that are straight-up digressions, don't further the plot, try too hard to smart, and just weren't that entertaining. I've heard the showrunner say Legion has a lot of moral ambiguity to it. Again, I think he was trying too hard to be smart, not to mention edgy. There are several dark and sometimes nasty plot points in this. Some of them pay off spectacularly, but others come off as one-dimensional and didn't justify their uncomfortableness. They do things with both David and Syd that makes it hard to route for them. On the plus side, the progression of David's character and various plot points really came together in the end.

    The cast remains great. Dan Stevens really nails it as David. Although she has less screen time this season, Aubrey Plaza still does a great job. (She SHOULD have gotten an Emmy nomination last year.) Newcomer Navid Negahban should also be given credit for playing a low-key but extremely dangerous villain. Quite a unique character and performance. Unfortunately, so much time is spent is on David that the other characters are underutilized, or in the case of Jean Smart's Dr. Melanie Bird, now a junkie slowly losing it and whose character seems only to react to the actions of her husband, misused.

    If you liked the first season, you'd still probably want to see this for the visuals if nothing else. But be forewarned for how dark things get.
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  5. Apr 11, 2018
    6
    Weird for the sake of weird is not enough. As of episode two, this second season tries to simply amp up the weirdness without any realWeird for the sake of weird is not enough. As of episode two, this second season tries to simply amp up the weirdness without any real substance. It also seems to have abandoned any sense of discovery, as everyone simply accepts any premise that is presented, regardless of how nonsensical (e.g strawberry flavoring as a conductant). Given that ratings are scrapped if the review is updated, I will refrain from a future update. Given that I will only give this one more episode, I doubt it would change my review. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2018
    4
    *update 060918* I've stopped watching this show 8.5 episodes in, after an entire season of "dragging it out", just realized the same guy who*update 060918* I've stopped watching this show 8.5 episodes in, after an entire season of "dragging it out", just realized the same guy who does this show does FARGO which also was a super top notch excellent show it's first two seasons then became tedious episode stretching style over substantive action since. I refuse to be bored for most of a season in the hopes of something happening so I've lowered my score to 4. Most likely won't be tuning in to the next season of more the same. *end update* It's pretty, and minblowing, but it hasn't made for a great TV show this first episode. Intereseting to watch, sure. But there's got to be a coherent story involved or else it's simply art, not theater. Hope it coalesces, as Legion was one of my favorite shows last year. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2018
    0
    This season lost me at the Hudson Hawk rip-off... Surely with these actors and story premise, there's much more that can be achieved *yawns*

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