Feb. 10th, 2017

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1. Legion

Co-worker: have you seen Legion?
Me: Not yet.
Co-worker: Do you know what it is about or what it is based on?
Me: Yes.
Co-worker: Is it some book? Can you explain it to me?
Me: Uh, it's based on an X-men comic book and it will take more than ten minutes to explain, although I can try to sum it up in two sentences..just have to figure out how.

Legion is a series written and created by the talented Noah Hawley, who did Fargo. It is loosely based on/adapted from the X-men comic book character and series written by Chris Claremount in the early 1980s. And stars Dan Stevens, Bill Irwin, and Jean Smart among others.

In the comic book series, Legion, aka David Haller, was the biological child of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller, an Isralie Mossad agent. She neglected to tell Charles he had a son until years later, when it became apparent that the boy was...well, in trouble. Haller's powers manifested in such way as to drive him insane - he became a paranoid schizophrenic with about 20 different personalities -- hence the name "Legion". Each personality manifested a different aspect of his abilities. He basically can bend reality, and move objects with his mind. Fascinating character in the series, and sort of an ambiguous villain, a la Magneto.

Here, we're in David's perspective. The only family he appears to have is a sister, who visits him at an psychiatric ward in Brooklyn. The time period appears to be the early 1970s or late 60s. It has that trippy 1970s feel to it. And it feels a bit like a combination of The Prisoner meets the British series "Misfits" by way of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the X-men. To say it's a bit surreal is an understatement, and I'm not sure it's easy for everyone to follow, or to what degree a familiarity with the X-men would aid you in it.

I enjoyed it, appealed to me on multiple levels, but not sure it would appeal to anyone else. Appealed to me for some of the same reasons the comics did...it's trippy, with complicated characters, using super-powers as a metaphor for emotional unstability and how that can erupt and destroy what is around you, also the whole feeling of being an outsider - not normal.

And, it has the same off-beat sense of humor as Fargo. Dan Stevens is rather compelling as David Heller. And the romance between him and Sydney is interesting...he's not sure throughout if she is real, and is continuously told at different points that she's not real. Sydney's power is whenever she touches someone, she takes their power or switches places with them, momentarily. Reminds me a lot of the Rogue character in the comics.

Anyhow..it's has a 1960s/70s Prisoner feel to it, but with a 21st Century cynicism. Will definitely stick with it -- most innovative superhero series that I've seen since the Brit series "Misfits".

2.) On Facebook, I posted a bit about Riverdale.

"I took a break from my insane country's news (mainly so I can sleep at night without having nightmares) and watched Riverdale, which fittingly enough is basically Archie Comics meets Twin Peaks. [I was thinking as I was watching it...if I'd known in the 1970s (because I watched Archie cartoons in the 1970s) that this is what would happen in 40 some years, I'd still have the same frigging question - what happened to the flying cars? I mean if we're actually going for the dystopia of Blade Runner, can we at least have some automated flying cars? ]

MR: They have flying cars, the one's they have just aren't cost effective."
Aunt M: But you don't drive.
ME: automated they drive themselves.
MR: whether I drive or not does not affect their cost effectiveness
Me: But they are public transportation in Blade Runner and Total Recall, am I the only sci-fi geek here?
MR: They exist for real.

MR is right actually, they do exist for real. I finally googled it. They just aren't cost effective.
Although Uber did try to put in a line of flying automated cars...it just, well they aren't really flying and the automated bit didn't quite work. The computer doesn't understand the whole stop sign thing, and turns. It stops and waits and waits and waits.

3. My mother called to inform me that Richard Hatch died. If you don't know who that is..he's the original Apollo on BattleStar Galatica, and returned in the second series, he's also part of the reason we had a BSG v.2.

Damn it.

Universe? Stop killing off the lovely artists and start killing off the nasty/evil/soulless billionaire businessmen and Republican politicians, we need a level playing field. If you need a few recommendations...I got a list. It's not long. And they are over the age of 69...soo...

My mother tells me that evil people live longer. My great-grandfather's were both evil bastards and lived to 92. I think the Universe keeps hoping they'll redeem themselves at some point.


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