*Warning: This article contains Spoilers from Legion “Chapter 6″*
If you’re not watching Legion right now on FX, you should definitely get on that. Whether you’re a die-hard X-Men comic fan or just a casual observer of the genre, this show is entertaining, fascinating and unlike any other comic book show on television right now. You don’t need to have a vast knowledge of X-Men lore to get wrapped up in the storytelling that Noah Hawley (FX’s Fargo) and company are delivering, but it certainly helps. Case in point…
Last night’s episode featured the show’s cast of characters trapped inside of a fabricated reality created by something inside David’s (Dan Stevens) mind. Taking the form of David’s deceased friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), the entity that has been taking up residence inside his mind since birth, known up until this point simply as the “Devil with the Yellow Eyes,” revealed that it knows David’s real father and that he gave David up for adoption in an attempt to keep the child away from this entity. Of course, comic readers already know that David’s father is none other than Professor Charles Xavier, but this has yet to be revealed in the show.
In a new promo for next week’s episode, that entity’s real identity was just revealed and it’s a significant character from the comics.
In the promo, Cary (Bill Irwin) namechecks the monster living inside David as Amahl Farouk, aka The Shadow King. In the comics, The Shadow King is a parasitic being made up entirely of psychic energy that feeds off of humanity’s hatred. While there are some differences between the version in the show and the one from the comics, like this version has been with David since his birth, The Shadow King will no doubt be bad news for David and his mutant friends in the final two episodes of the season.
Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 20’s and free once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of daily life: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
Legion airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX. Be sure to check back here on Heroic Hollywood for our weekly Legion reviews.