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Legion's Second Episode Much More Grounded, Continues To Tease The Devil With Yellow Eyes

David gets some help from some new friends, revealing more about his mysterious past. Who is this mysterious villain with the yellow eyes?

FX's first attempt at a television series based off of a comic book is quite a bizarre one. The second episode of Legion offered just as many questions as it did answers about the life of mutant David Haller. The big question right now is, "Will the surrealist nature of the show completely overshadow the story?"

Legion's premiere episode, last week, led viewers through the trippy world of David Haller, a young patient in a psychiatric hospital, who also happens to have telekinetic abilities. Haller was being investigated by a mysterious and well-armed group. The episode ended with a group of mutants freeing Haller from his imprisonment.

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Along with his new-found freedom, Haller has a group of mutant friends--including the love of his life Syd--who want to help him understand his extraordinary abilities. Thanks to the mutant powers of Ptonomy Wallace, he, Haller, and the in-charge-of-everything Melanie Bird head into Haller's mind to see what makes him tick. Most of what they find, we--the viewer--already know: Haller has been told time and time again that he's "sick." In addition to that previously known information, we catch glimpses of something darker hiding within Haller as well.

While the first episode of the series was surreal, visually stimulating, and confusing, the second episode is a bit more grounded, and that's even when you consider the fact that the majority of the episode takes place inside Haller's memories, which does move the narrative forward. There are fewer hallucinations and more of a defined narrative for this episode. Things aren't just happening to Haller, he's actively involved in moving his own storyline forward this time around.

The problems come from the fact it's hard for the viewers to tell what's real and what's a memory. The show continues to jar the audience into new scenes with little-to-no context. It's then up to the viewer to piece everything together, and many times, the audience is just trying to play catch-up. This was a huge problem when the show came back from commercial break, where we'd be in a completely different year. It's almost like a dreamlike Westworld. By the time the audience figures out what's going on, it's onto the next scene. It's not always the case, but it can lead to frustration. Now, this could all be intentional. Legion deals with mental illness, confusion, and not knowing who you are, or where you're going. The jumpy transitions and unreliable timeline may be a mechanism to help the viewer empathize with Haller, to get an idea of what his reality is like.

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Where Legion continues to shine is in the fact that it has it's own distinctive look and feel like nothing else we've seen in modern comic book adaptations. Comparatively, it's like Gotham, if Gotham had more of a direction and a whole lot less fan service. While this is based on characters from Marvel Comics, it sits in its own universe. There may be similarities, like the fact Syd is pretty much Rogue, but the show relies more on creating a world than trying to translate one. As a comic book fan, this is incredibly pleasing because I don't have any sort of clue what's going to happen next or who will appear on the show, like with The Walking Dead. It was nice to see the mixture of '60s architecture and style and modern technology make it's way into this episode, since it takes place in the real world and is not confined to the hospital like the series premiere.

The pacing of this episode is slow, and there are moments where the viewer can become frustrated with either that or the fact the show tries a bit too hard at times to be mysterious; however, it's also those exact same aspects that give me a reason to come back next week. The trickle of information about Haller, his powers, and his secrets isn't enough, and I want more, but more than anything else, what draws me--as well as other viewers--is Legion's identity and style. It feels like the show took notes from the set design of X-Men: First Class and went from there, adding a hallucinogenic feel to it. Legion is both familiar and foreign, and at this rate, it's one of the most intriguing comic book adaptations on television.

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What About The Devil With The Yellow Eyes?

In both episodes, we've caught a quick glimpse of this overweight man with yellow eyes, who is utterly terrifying, as seen above. While the vast majority of characters on this show, minus Haller, do not seem to be from the comics, we think this villain may be.

From just the look of him, we could--and this is a stretch--say this is Mojo. In the comics, this X-Men villain hails from Mojoworld, another dimension. He's a villain who is in charge of producing television shows and entertainment for the people on his planet. What if Haller's life is nothing more than Mojo's own version of The Truman Show? What if the people of Mojoworld sit around and watch every moment of Haller's life? If that's the case, why does Haller keep seeing Mojo appear? We only have questions at this point, but the weird nature of the character lends well to the series.

The other person we think The Devil with the Yellow Eyes could be is Shadow King. He is a being with psionic powers that fought not only Haller in the comics, but also Professor X. In fact, Xavier's battle with Shadow King led Charles to form the X-Men. Shadow King can take control of living beings, and when we first see the character--in the comics--he's possessing Amahl Farouk, an overweight, bald man. This villain is a bit more frightening and more of a threat to Haller, considering he has tremendous psychic and telepathic abilities.

Who do you think The Devil With The Yellow Eyes is? Let us know!

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MOJO and shadow king are definite possibilities. I would have written off Apocalypse as the shadow king in x-men Apocalypse. I would save MOJO for a Deadpool movie because I think MOJO breaks the fourth as well.

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@super_ninja: I don't think it's a demon like belasco. Too simple. MOJO doing a show on legion is a revolutionary idea. A really twisted Truman show.

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I got a question: I know David and Syd switched bodies when they touched, but how and when did they switch back? Is it only temporary?

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I think Mojo would be an interesting take with Legion being a TV show and all. It could be a combo of both character too. Still think this show could add some of the New Mutants. We'll see...

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Wow, that scary villain looks cool. As much fun as it is to imagine it being Shadow King or Mojo or anyone else from the X-Universe isn't it a lot more likely that it's one of David's split personalities? Maybe that's a stretch too but I get the impression this show will limit the amount of existing characters they bring in. Just look at what Agents of Shield does. More often they invent new characters, rather than bring in existing ones.

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Usually I'm able to watch listen to a show while I'm doing homework or studying and still know what's going on as I take a glance every now and then. This is not one of those shows.

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@stahlflamme: His MOJO personality. Groovy baby, yeah... LoL all we need now is the sexy Spyral.

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@stahlflamme: @d9000: I don't think he has a split personality on this show he hasn't demonstrated any alters and he can use powers without changing Identities. Also he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in the show not DID so I don't think that'll be a thing.

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I think Legion is very slow at some points, and tries to be confusing which is not bad but may be frustrating or irritating because it happens a lot. However is a very good show, but imo they should make it faster.

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Maybe he is a mix between Shadow King and Mojo. I think that the Devil with the yellow eyes is an alien that David can contact through telepathy.

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I was only thinking about the Shadow King.

Mojo would be premature.

Too many new concepts to bring on the table at this point.

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It would make more sense for it to be the Shadow King though based off appearance I think it's Mojo.

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Mojo? I think conclusions are being jumped to. I think its one of his "Legion." Hence the title of the show and similar to the multitude of characters we see in X-Men Legacy.

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I like Syd, but I agree that she's too similar to Rogue in powers/touching, and hopefully she'll become more different as we learn more about her powers.

I immediately thought it was Mojo too, but the Shadow King is a good idea.

I'm enjoying the show a lot. David is great, he's so different from in Downton Abbey (where he was also good).

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I think it's likely Shadow King. If it was Mojo, how come only David sees him?

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Yellow eyes being David's evil version of himself would be cool

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I also thought the Melanie character was going to be a grown-up white queen, given her all-white ensemble and telepathic powers. It could still turn out to be her, I guess. It's a bit odd that some characters are almost like obvious x-characters, but (seemingly) aren't.

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I think it's rather obvious, the yellow eyed man is an incredibly overweight Vulcan.

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I think it's rather obvious, the yellow eyed man is an incredibly overweight Vulcan.

How did he fit in the air duct?

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@judasnixon: He controls all forms of energy, an air duct is no match for him.

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@americanspeeddemon said:

@stahlflamme: @d9000: I don't think he has a split personality on this show he hasn't demonstrated any alters and he can use powers without changing Identities. Also he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in the show not DID so I don't think that'll be a thing.

He may not have split personalities, but he clearly has imaginary characters living in his head, and it makes sense that if he believes one of them has power then he could subconsciously give it power.

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The yellow eyed fatman really reminded me of Mojo also for some reason...

The show us moving along Nicely now, i'll continue with it.

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If it was Mojo, which I'm certain it is not. Then the show would have to introduce Longshot to make it acceptable.