Thursday, May 10, 2018

(Not) Live (Not) Tweeting 'Legion' Episode 2.6

If multiple realities are really a thing, would we be the same person in each and its our surroundings that alter or would we have different personalities? Would we be victims of circumstance in each reality or would our different selves dictate the reality?

I knew that was a Clockwork Orange reference before the kids showed up. I recognized the camera shot when he walked into the tunnel.

Oh dear! But they put a much stranger twist on the scene than Kubrick did.

I thought I wanted to go back to corporate climbing David, but he turned out to be an a-hole.

I feel like I need to rewatch each episode immediately to fully understand what is being asked of me on a conceptual level. Maybe even watching the entire series again prior to each episode would help. This is my life now, watching Legion over and over again each week prior to every new episode. Quit my job, give up my 401K, pour everything I am into Legion. Sorry kids, daddy can't play with you today. He has to watch episode six of season one for the 37th time.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

(Not) Live (Not) Tweeting 'Legion' Episode 2.5

Not "Previously on Legion," but "Apparently on Legion." Nice!

I hate that little tar frog creature. It's creepy.

I don't even know what to say about that ending. Wow!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

(Not) Live (Not) Tweeting 'Legion' Episode 2.4

Was that one of those fake stage fires in the igloo?

Syd has some anger issues. Understandably so.

That is one of those fake stage fires! You'd think the production budget would be big enough to get a permit for a real fire on the set. Maybe the igloo was made of real ice and it couldn't withstand the heat. Or, and I can believe this in regard to this show, the decision to have a fake stage fire was purposeful.

Only took 55 minutes of a 60-minute program to get the opening credits.

There's Aubrey Plaza! Love her.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

(Not) Live (Not) Tweeting 'Legion' Episode 2.3

I'll try not to keep being a week late on these. They limited my Internet access at the office, so I am unable to post any longer at my work computer.

If Cary (the male) dies when Kerry (the female) is outside his body, does she die? Or does she then have to live a normal lifespan on her own? I feel like they covered this in season one, but I don't remember. What if he dies with her in him? Do they both die?

Aubrey Plaza deserves all the awards for this role. Just, whatever awards there are out there, back the truck up and give them to her. She is fantastic.

It is usually lazy writing to just simply solve a problem by saying, "I did a thing in your head." But it works here for some reason.

Uh, what? Not cool Legion. You can't just end there? I don't care that you are following up on this thread in a week. I don't want to wait a week.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

(Not) Live (Not) Tweeting 'Legion' Episode 2.2

I'm either getting acclimated to the oddities of this show or episode two took it easy on the psychedelic antics. Speaking of psychedelic antics, while watching this episode I started wondering about the correlation between the main characters of Legion and different drugs. Being that I've never taken part in a drug harder than liquor and cigarettes/cigars, I'm not exactly a leading expert in this area, but let's take a look at whether I can make this metaphor work.

Regarding our main hero, David Haller, and his counterpart, the Shadow King, they represent hallucinogens, such as LSD, also known as acid, trips, mushies, and tabs. Like their name suggests, hallucinogens produce hallucinations, which correlates pretty well with the telekinetic and telepathic abilities of David and the Shadow King.

Amphetamines, or speed, whizz, ice, and uppers, would be most associated with Cary Loudermilk, who is the brains of the operation. Amphetamines are a stimulant that speeds up certain chemicals in the brain and used to treat ADHD. In other words it helps you focus. Cary is a scientist focused on helping David cope with his multiple personalities and essential in solving many of the mysteries of the show.

Cary's counterpart, Kerry Loudermilk, would be the manifestation of cocaine, or coke, freebase, crack, Charlie, C, and rock. Cocaine produces a feeling of increased alertness and reduced fatigue. This makes me think of someone who is amped up and ready for a fight, which is most certainly the best way to describe Kerry. She is a mutant who lives inside Cary and can separate from his body when necessary, which is usually when a bit of muscle is needed.

As for cannabis, or marijuana, pot, weed, mull, leaf, and gunga, Sydney "Syd" Barrett is our girl. Syd is David's girlfriend and her mutant power is that she swaps minds with others for a temporary period. Because cannabis can be a depressant drug but also cause hallucinogenic and stimulant properties, Syd seems to represent this drug the most. Depending on the person (or cat in the case of this episode) she swaps with, her demeanor can change to reflect the person she is supposed to be imitating.

Lenny Busker is the epitome of ecstasy, also known as es, XTC, echoes, pills, and bickies. This drug has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. It is sometimes referred to as a psychedelic amphetamine, which Lenny is all too happy to embody, metaphorically.

Finally we have Melanie Bird. So far in season two she would represent heroine, or hammer, H, smack, horse, white, and beige. Heroine is a depressant that slows down the whole body, including breathing and heart rate. Thus far this season, all we've seen Melanie do is get high and lay in bed.

Again, I've never done a hard drug before in my life, so I really don't know if this is an accurate depiction of the characters and their drug counterparts. This is simply what I was contemplating while watching the episode, which is the point of these posts.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

(Not) Live (Not) Tweeting 'Legion' Episode 2.1

It's a new season for David and his mutant friends. That means another season of not live tweeting about Legion. Instead, I will post my collective thoughts after the show has aired and post it to the blog. So instead of live tweets, you are getting carefully constructed and thought-out blog posts.

It should be noted that if you haven't yet watched this week's episode, don't read on. Spoiler alert provided.

Jon Hamm!!! Voice-over narration by Jon Hamm. I'm already in love with the second season.

What is the cost of a single episode of this show? The production value is incredible. Sheesh!

Thanks Hamm. Now every crazy idea I ever have will be rendered in my mind as an oily mess of a stillborn chick.

I love the way Rachel Keller says, "He's my man." It's been used in a lot of the promos leading up to this season and there's something in her deliver and inflection that is solid.

What it must be like in the Legion writers' room: "Guys, we are really onto something, but you know what we need in this episode? A dance off!"

This show shouldn't exist. No network has executives smart or patient enough to let a show like this on the air. Let alone renew it for a second season.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Roger Deakins Finally Gets His Due

One of the highlights of the 90th Academy Awards was cinematographer Roger Deakins finally winning his first Oscar after 14 nominations. Possibly the greatest cinematographer of our time had to sit through 12 previous ceremonies (he was nominated twice in 2007) and graciously applaud his rivals while seething on the inside. Yet, finally in 2017 he was able to photograph a film worthy of being a winner and that movie was Blade Runner 2049, which so far has been my favorite of the year.

I was curious what films Deakins worked to garner his previous nominations and what movies he lost out to. Here is a list of Deakins movies that earned a nomination and the men that ended up besting him.

1994
Deakins: The Shawshank Redemption
Winner: John Toll – Legends of the Fall

1996
Deakins: Fargo
Winner: John Seale – The English Patient

1997
Deakins: Kundun
Winner: Russell Carpenter – Titanic

2000
Deakins: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Winner: Peter Pau – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2007
Deakins: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men
Winner: Robert Elswit – There Will Be Blood

2008
Deakins: The Reader
Winner: Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire

2010
Deakins: True Grit
Winner: Wally Pfister – Inception

2012
Deakins: Skyfall
Winner: Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi

2013
Deakins: Prisoners
Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity

2014
Deakins: Unbroken
Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

2015
Deakins: Sicario
Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant

It's a shame Deakins didn't win for several of these movies as they are beautifully shot. And it was especially upsetting that Skyfall didn't get it for him, but that is being a James Bond homer.