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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 8, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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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: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  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. Jun 13, 2018
    9
    Excellent season. High on mystery and surrealism. Couple of things happened that were really surprising and didn't make much sense from theExcellent season. High on mystery and surrealism. Couple of things happened that were really surprising and didn't make much sense from the Legion universe we have been exposed to, but overall, very thrilling. The final episode was really good too. Can't wait for the next season. 9/10 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 17, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The second Season of Legion but be summed up in the movie "Falling Down"

    I don't believe in Good guys or Bad guys. What I believe in, is the man or women who can no longer take or watch the injustices they feel in life anymore. Most if not all of the misfortunes we experience in life are brought about largely by other people. Until one day we Fall Down and start correcting those injustices.

    However, Legion season 2 takes that even DEEPER ! By exploring the ago old "What would have happened IF I had made a different choice." Each one ended differently for better or for worse. People saw but did they understand it ? The question was never about a happy ending but one of Fulfillment !

    David NEVER got to be David or free of the Shadow King in ANY of those realities. I know what your thinking, the billionaire right ? Had everything BUT real fulfillment. He choose the reality he did because it was the one that led to Sid, to him being David, to him being powerful enough to make a difference in the lives of people he actually cared about. What was it he said to his sister after he had chosen that reality ? " It wasn't suppose to be like this." Because he knew what that reality had in store for her and what he had chosen.

    Liberal thinking loves to paint the world in Good and Bad because it distracts from the real parasites in life. The ones make sure you struggle all your life in a dead end job. The ones that make sure you are in debt the rest of your life. The ones that teach you that being a victim is being the better person. Examples

    Liberal plot hole Sid, she hates David because he supposedly enjoys hurting people and he drugged and raped her. Which he erased a part of her memory so that she only remembered that she still loved him because she was everything to him.

    Course she stole her mothers body and had sex with her boyfriend. Basically rapping both of them and yet she's proud of this because it's made her stronger. Also she betrays him and tries to kill him on someone else's word and for futures crimes he hasn't even committed yet.

    Liberal plot hole Dr. Melanie Bird, her role in this season is to pine over her lost again lover who was taken by the shadow king. Yet, she blames him for leaving her again as if by choice to chase some random truth about reality. Blames him and let's just say it was because of when he first left her. Apparently it's ok for women to follow their passions but it's ALWAYS selfish when a man does it.

    This is also how she turns Sid against David. By telling her that SHE will end up just like her and for what ? A evil bad guy.

    The evil bad guy by which she means David. The one who altered his psyche for her. The one who went on this mission for her. The one who would do literally ANYTHING for her. This is at least accurate because what does that kind of thinking get any of us with women ? Well for David it earned him a bullet

    The ending episode left MUCH to be desired. I don't like musicals or soap opera moments in movies to drive home emotional plot points. But when writers think in black and white what do you expect? How can you write about anything real or understand anything real when you don't live in reality yourself.

    I'd love to write more but I guess I'll just end by saying. There is a time when you try SO.HARD. to make people understand how and why you feel the way you do. How simple it is to be decent to each other. Until those people convince you that YOU are the REAL freak. That YOUR idea of kindness isn't real or wanted, that YOU should just change yourself and fit in with the rest. THAT is when you Fall Down and start to truly look at those people like creatures, parasites, monsters and it's only when this happens. Are YOU truly free to show those parasites no remorse, those creatures no pity and those monsters no empathy, as you destroy them all.
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  5. 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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  6. Jun 23, 2018
    3
    Massively disappointing. Style over substance has never had a more obvious model candidate. Season 2 of Legion is a baffling display ofMassively disappointing. Style over substance has never had a more obvious model candidate. Season 2 of Legion is a baffling display of trippiness, but sadly nothing else. It is difficult to care about any of the characters or events, when the show plays so fast and hard with its rules.

    There are entire episodes of filler and sections devoted to purely waxing poetic about philosophy and delusion, but it never adds to anything meaningful. The writing and pacing never picks up until the finale, and by then it rushes into a set up for season 3. The show obviously wants to try something different, but the execution is a pretentious mess. Its baffling how there are more character moments in the shorter season 1 than there are in the bloated 11 episodes here.

    Season 1 was a great, focused and off kilter superhero tale with interesting characters. Season 2 has none of that. The acting remains solid, but apart from David, no one has an arc of any sort. Shock value is also at the forefront of season 2, with some #metoo influences. You'll know it when you see it.

    I will say this, the finale is interesting in how it leaves its characters, but it feels out of place. The entire lead up to it is a murky, plodding mess that meanders.
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  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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