I recently finished watching the science fiction show Black Mirror. Created by Charlie Brooker, it’s a dark look at what our future could be, focusing mostly on our obsession with technology. Each episode is a self-contained story — so you can watch them in any order without missing a thing — depicting a different version of our current world or near-future.
I just finished watching the most amazing show, Legion, by creator Noah Hawley. It’s technically a show about mutants in the X-Men universe, but I didn’t realize that going into it. I didn’t know quite what to expect, except a superhero show. But it wasn’t like other superhero shows. That first episode features such explosive action — all based on mental abilities rather than super-strength or some more traditional power — I knew this would be something really different to watch.
And it was. Instead of constant action, the show focuses on the disturbed mental state of protagonist David Haller, and midway through the season I was hooked. This is a hallucinogenic drug of a show that explores mutant abilities and mental illness, like two sides of a coin. It’s also a character study of a man with inner demons that are more real than any you or I could ever have.
Here are a few reasons I fell in love with this show. Some minor (not end-of-show!) spoilers to follow, but I hope reading this is incentive to watch it if you haven’t yet. :)
Happy birthday to Star Trek! Today is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first episode airing, and to that, I’d like to talk about the show and the specific series that made me a Star Trek fan for life. =)