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Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Writing Credits:

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Rated TV-MA.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby 2.0
French DTS 5.1
Portuguese Dolby 5.1
Portuguese Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 409 min.
Price: $49.99
Release Date: 3/27/2018
• Deleted Scenes
• “Fractured Reality” Featurette
• 7 Promotional Featurettes


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Legion: The Complete Season One [Blu-Ray] (2017)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 3, 2018)

A spin-off from the X-Men franchise, the FX network’s Legion follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man whose apparent schizophrenia might actually stem from something else. This 2-Blu-ray set includes all of Season One’s eight episodes, with plot synopses that come straight from the disc menus.

Chapter 1: “David considers whether the voices he hears might be real.”

I won’t claim Legion gives us Marvel ala David Lynch, but it sure goes down a trippier path than the average super-powered fare. “Chapter 1” sets the tone in a positive way and creates an unusual effort that leaves me curious to see more.

Chapter 2: “David reflects on his past with the help of new friends”.

After the wild ‘n’ wooly pilot, “Chapter 2” feels more conventional, especially as Dr. Melanie Bird (Jean Smart) reminds us an awful lot of X-Men’s Professor Xavier. Still, “more conventional” doesn’t mean truly traditional, so while “Chapter 2” follows a tighter narrative path than its predecessor, it comes with more than enough weirdness to ensure it remains intriguing.

Chapter 3: “David searches for answers while a threat looms.”

We get a decent continuation of events via “Chapter 3”. It’s a pretty typical “plot-thickener” show, one that moves the narrative along in a competent manner but not one that brings out anything especially provocative or memorable.

Chapter 4: “David’s in trouble, while his friends search for answers.”

Even for a trippy series, “Chapter 4” seems more “out there” than usual, largely because a lot of it takes place inside David’s mind. That creates an interesting dynamic but the show goes a little too far afield too much of the time to really deliver the goods.

Chapter 5: “David faces a new threat.”

After the weirdness of the last show, “Chapter 5” offers a more concrete affair – well, concrete for Legion, at least, as it still comes with plenty of nuttiness. I do like the somewhat more grounded feel, and the show takes us down exciting paths.

Chapter 6: “David goes back to where it all started.”

“Where it all started” means the mental hospital we saw back in “Chapter 1”, as “Chapter 6” places all our characters in that setting again. Of course, it seems inevitable that we’ll discover this acts as a mirage of sorts, but “Chapter 6” presents an intriguing ride while it lasts, and it moves along the show in an interesting manner.

Chapter 7: “David tries to find a way out of his predicament.”

After six episodes of semi-freeform weirdness, “Chapter 7” delivers some actual, honest-to-God exposition – much welcome exposition, at that. Don’t worry, though – the show doesn’t lose its usual style and panache, but a little grounding helps turn this into an effective episode.

Chapter 8: “David faces his biggest challenge yet.”

With “Chapter 8”, Season One comes to a pretty rousing close. It allows David to fight his main opponent in a way that manifests an “end” while it also points toward Season Two.

Which I look forward to seeing. Legion delivers an experience that occasionally seems a bit too quirky for its own good, but it holds together most of the time and works.

Footnote: stick around through the credits of “Chapter 8” for a tag that points toward S2.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio B/ Bonus C

Legion appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these Blu-ray Discs. As expected, the shows looked pretty good.

Overall sharpness worked well, though interiors and dark shots could seem a bit on the soft side. Still, they usually displayed nice delineation.

No issues with shimmering or jaggies emerged, and the episodes also lacked edge haloes or source defects.

In terms of palette, Legion went with a mix of teal, amber, green and red. The hues looked well-depicted within those choices – well, except for some shots of red lighting, which tended to be a little murky. Otherwise the hues held up well.

Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows could be a bit dense. Though low-light elements offered fairly good delineation, they could be a little thicker than I’d like. Still, the shows largely seemed appealing.

I also liked the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Legion. For the most part, the mixes hewed toward the front, where we got nice stereo music and consistently good sense of environment.

With a lot of trippy material on display, the rear speakers added a fair amount of information as well. Psychic elements and occasional action beats fleshed out the spectrum in a satisfying manner.

Audio quality seemed pleasing, with natural, concise dialogue. Music sounded bold and full, while effects appeared accurate and dynamic. The shows came with more than satisfactory soundtracks.

A handful of extras appear here, and we find a program called Fractured Reality. It goes for 10 minutes, 35 seconds and provides comments from creator/director/writer Noah Hawley, Marvel Digital Publishing Executive Editor Nick Lowe, Marvel.com Executive Editor Ryan Penagos, costume designer Carol Case, production designer Michael Wylie, visual effects supervisor John Ross, and actors Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Katie Aselton, Amber Midthunder, and Jeremie Harris.

“Reality” looks at the series’ path to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and design choices. It’s not a terribly insightful view of the production, but it throws out a few useful nuggets.

Under Promotional Featurettes, we locate seven clips: “Uncanny Romance” (3:09), “Production Design” (2:38), “Powers” (2:37), “Make-Up” (3:00), “Visual Effects” (2:34), “Costume Design” (2:58) and “Location” (2:24).

Across these, we hear from Midthunder, Hawley, Keller, Irwin, Stevens, Smart, Aselton, Wylie, Ross, Case, Harris, special effects makeup supervisor Todd Masters and prosthetic makeup artist Sarah Pickersgill.

The clips examine story/character areas, visual design, makeup and visual effects, locations and costumes. Like “Reality”, these toss out a handful of worthwhile notes, but they lack substance.

11 Deleted Scenes take up a total of 26 minutes, 50 seconds. That’s a lot of footage, but I can’t claim any lost gems appear here, as most of the material simply extends existing sequences. It’s not a bad collection, but it’s not especially memorable either.

An extension of the X-Men universe, Legion delivers a distinctly different superhero narrative. It goes down weird, trippy paths and usually brings us an intriguing experience. The Blu-rays offer generally positive picture and audio along with a smattering of supplements. Legion’s weirdness can be a little off-putting at times, but it still works pretty well.

Viewer Film Ratings: 4 Stars Number of Votes: 3
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