Friday, March 10, 2017

Fox serves Marvel fans most cerebral TV superhero, Legion


Last week, Marvel fans throughout the world rejoiced seeing Hugh Jackman #OneLastTime as Logan / Wolverine in cinemas, closing a 17-year cinematic journey for the world's most famous mutant. Just one month earlier, another ripple veterbrated in Fox's Marvel universe with the introduction of new character from comics to television, Legion. Although one of the lesser known mutants, Legion has been in the comics over 30 years since 1985 and may be more recognised as the lovechild of X-Men leader, Professor X himself. He is also arguably one of the most powerful mutants in existence with all-manner of powers but afflicted with mental disorders manifesting split personalities.

Legion's TV poster (top) seems to take inspiration of this X-Men comic cover of the namesake character in 1995.
If you want to know more about the comic version of Legion check out this brief video:


Anyway, this new TV incarnation of Legion centers around the character's human alter-ego, David Haller (Dan Stevens) psychological journey in an 8-part mini-series produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television. Legion’s executive producers include Noah Hawley and John Cameron, the pair responsible for FOX’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Fargo on FX. The Legion executive production team also includes the award-winning director, writer and producer Bryan Singer, who kicked-off the X-Men movie franchise in year 2000.


Official synopsis for the series:

Legion 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 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: 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.

A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.





Find out more about the cast of Legion in this featurette:


Read reviews of the Pilot episode "Chapter 1" by IGN rated 9.3, non-spoiler) and locally by Star2 (rated 8.5). Key word: Trippy!

A local activation event on the series Premiere week for Legion took place at Sunway Pyramid from 9 to 12 February 2017. #ProjectLegion conducted "psyche evaluations" and our Outpost Commander was admitted as a patient. After a some tests and trippy trip through the "mirror universe", he was discharged as still functionally fit for society subject to medication (candy pills).

#ProjectLegion activation event at Sunway Pyramid.

Our Outpost Commander admitted for psyche evaluation.



Legion is currently mid-way through it's first season and on-air same day as US here in Malaysia on FOX, Astro channel 724 every Thursday, 9.00pm. "Chapter 5" just released at the time of this blog post so that's just 3 more episodes to go.

Thanks for the kind folks at Fox TV Asia, we have 10 Legion t-shirts to GIVEAWAY to our faithful geek followers. For a chance to WIN these goodies, follow these simple steps:
  1. Like our Facebook Page, Outpost Productions.
  2. Share this Blog post on your Facebook timeline with something nice to say about Legion and/or Outpost, e.g. "Legion blows my mind because I can now get trippy every Thursday at 9pm on FOX, Astro channel 724", or "I love Outpost Productions because I get to geek-out so much from their latest pop culture intel". Creative input will grant you favour.
  3. Include hashtags #LegionFoxMY #OutpostGiveaway

WIN this official Legion t-shirt, courtesy of Fox TV Asia.
BONUS for X-Men cosplayers!
Post your photo cosplaying any mutant character from the X-Men universe (TV, movies, comics) to participate instead and also receive Legion schizophrenia meds (actually candy pills-lah!) to maintain your sanity. Please name the character being cosplayed in your post and paste in the following message:

Find-out more about Legion and how to win free stuff at www.Outpost.com.my
#LegionFoxMY #OutpostGiveaway

Sample cosplay entry photo:
I am MAGNETO.
Find out more about Legion and how to win free stuff at www.Outpost.com.my
#LegionFoxMY #OutpostGiveaway

Set your post privacy to public so we can see it and remember the hashtags so we can look for it.

Contest closes Thursday 16 March 2017, 11.59pm. Thereafter stay tuned to our Facebook Page Outpost Productions over the next few days to find out whether you have won!

The small print (contest terms & conditions):
  • Participation only for residents in Malaysia.
  • Selection of winners will be solely at our discretion.
  • Winners will announced on our Facebook Page anytime after 17 March 2017. It is the winners' own responsibility to lookout for the announcement and respond accordingly to the redemption instructions given.
  • Giveaways will be sent to winners' mailing address (within Malaysia) by courier. We will not be responsible for successful delivery.
  • We reserve the right to revise these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.


New episodes air on FOX Astro CH724 every Thursday, 9.00pm.

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Disclaimer: Legion, X-Men and other trademarks are copyright to Marvel Entertainment, and/or their respective owners, referenced here for fan service announcements without intent to infringe.

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