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SyFy Officially Gives Up: 'Legion' Gets Series Order

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | December 5, 2013 | Comments ()


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Do you happen to remember Legion? If you do, it probably means you saw it, and for that I am deeply sorry. I feel your pain.

For all the rest of you, don’t worry! SyFy has decided that they’re going to bring this story to the masses! Legion is going to get a sequel in the form of a full-fledged television series. And just in case you’ve seen the movie, they’re changing the name to Dominion in order to throw you off and possibly suck you in. Because you weren’t actually going to watch the television spin-off of a failed movie about angels fighting demons at a diner.

Wait, that sounds way better than it is. That’s the problem with movies like this. They’re terrible, but any soundbite you dismissively compress the plot down into actually sounds vaguely cool. And decisions in television are made based on whether a story can sound interesting in fifteen words or less. They probably think that this thing has awards written all over it.

A disposable SyFy executive had this to say:

“Following the critical success of Defiance and the upcoming Ron Moore thriller Helix, Dominion will be the next major addition to Syfy’s growing slate of high quality scripted series. Dominion will continue Syfy’s new strategy to commission stand-out genre series that deliver the high stakes, sci-fi/fantasy experience our audience demands and embraces.”

I bet he drinks a lot of Red Bull and frequently informs fellow employees that he did indeed “crush” one assignment or another. His wife not-so-secretly loathes him and his 2.5 children are sociopaths who are destined to make more money than you. And the only show he has ever watched on the network he works for is professional wrestling, and that was through tears while furiously masturbating in a hotel room at a conference.

Here’s the obligatory plot summary:

Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post-apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

Interestingly, the primary cause of death in the show’s universe is suicide, as many people simply kill themselves rather than continuing to exist in a world so tediously uninspired.



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  • dreamlife613

    I haven't seen Legion, but the summary of the TV series sound kind of interesting. Then again, I like Supernatural (and liked the introduction of not so benevolent angels) so I guess I'm cautiously optimistic.

  • e jerry powell

    I thought they gave up after season two of "Farscape." If not at that point, then certainly when they added Traci Lords to "First Wave."

  • Tatertot

    They're hiding in the former Las Vegas? The one in the middle of a desert? The city that only exists now in this pre-apocalyptic world because of the huge amount of electricity, water and human effort put into making it habitable? This shows the same careful thought and detail-oriented world-building that went into "Revolution". Can't wait!

    By which I mean that I can. I can wait. Right over here. Watching something else.

  • emmelemm

    I enjoyed Legion. But I enjoy both terrible movies, and Paul Bettany. THERE WAS NO WAY FOR IT TO LOSE.

  • LexieW

    This seems unsettlingly familiar. I think I may have read the Legion script 10 years ago. I remember it for how awful it was.

  • Adam C

    I enjoyed Legion...it was dumb and perfect for a lazy saturday afternoon.

  • Maguita NYC

    But not at the movies though. 15$ was too much for that crap.

  • If movies where I live cost 15$ a ticket, I'd never go to the movies. Hell, I don't like paying 15$ for a DVD.

  • Maguita NYC

    They allow you to drink... So yeah, I usually pick my movies with care, but I remember that one had left a bitter taste, and it wasn't the rum and coke.

  • PDamian

    Oh, dear, dear ... I'm about to commit social suicide on Pajiba. Not only did I enjoy Legion in the theatre, but I own the DVD. So sorry, but a sweet, frail, little old lady in a pink sweater and a blue rinse, screaming obscenities and climbing around the ceiling, just gets me right in the feels, y'know? I also liked the extra-long ice cream man.

  • Repo

    Ha. I own it on blu ray and think it is deliciously campy in every way. Bettany plays the whole thing so straight, I love it. And the absolute melodrama that occurs once Durand as Gabriel shows up? It's SUBLIME. And you get a character named Jeep.

    That said, I'm sure the show will be terrible and not in any of the fun ways like the film.

  • Bothari

    Oh my god, I forgot his name was Jeep. That somehow makes the whole mess even dumber. But Keamy was delicious.

  • jollies

    Having not seen Legion, it sounds like you are speaking in code. Old lady on the ceiling? Extra-long ice cream man? It sounds like you belong to a very small support group where no one on the outside understands what on earth you are saying.

  • Doug Jones' ice cream man was the scariest and most interesting thing about that movie. Less than half way through, I realized I wanted everyone in that diner to just die already.

  • J4Sho

    Can we get a show about that Syfy executive instead?

  • BWeaves

    A.D. Anno Domini

    A.E. Anno Efutue

  • I read that as Anno Etouffee

  • Uriah_Creep

    I think I had one of those in New Orleans once. It was very good.

  • BWeaves

    To be fair, I had to Google Latin curse words until I found one that began with E.

    Efutue (Latin) Fuck Off. Literally, Fuck Away.

  • TK

    Anno Ennui.

  • bastich

    I want this show to succeed just on the chance that it might convince SyFy to eventually make the "Angelnado" movie that I've always wanted.

  • Maguita NYC

    Angelnado vs Moses! You know it happened while he was parting the sea.

  • BWeaves

    Angelnado vs. Demonoctopus?

    Angelnado vs. Demoncane?

    Angelnado vs. Megademon?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I already got Supernatural for my pseudo-catholic angel fiction, I don't need another show.

  • My thoughts upon reading this: Oh, so it's Seasons 4-5 of Supernatural, only not as cool.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    And season 9.

  • Which is a red hot mess. Good thing it's on hiatus, as I'm not speaking to that show right now.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    On the bright side, Padalecki is really good at mimicking Penikett's mannerisms and speech patterns when in angel mode.

    After the wasted opportunity of the leviathan thing and the mostly boring 8th season, I actually like this one quite a bit.

  • Attn SyFy: Walking Dead does zombies better. Supernatural does angels better. Why are you still trying this, exactly?

  • NateMan

    Um. I saw it, and it was absurd and terrible. But it had potential. I'll give it a shot, even if I'm a little ashamed for it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Legion was such a disappointment. I went to see a then-hot Paul Bettany in wings (now he looks like a creepy English College professor), and all I got was cheap CGI and an even cheaper story line.

    That being said, I was born and raised a Catholic, fed on stories of vengeful yet glorious angels, and have grown up to love hot men in little apparel, preferably wearing wings... What I'm trying to say is, I will most probably give this a shot... for the story.

  • Trick question! No-one saw Legion.
    Especially not Paul Bettany.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I saw it.

    I'm so, so sorry.

  • I can forgive the Creep

  • Uriah_Creep

    Respect.

    George Harrison said there were lots of piggies that needed a good whacking, but I'll wager he didn't mean to include old Zeke.

  • Well, if George Harrison came up and offered me a good whacking, I might just give my consent.
    I mean, how many times do you get the opportunity to get wanked off by a zombie Beatle?

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well shit, now I want to hang with Zombie George. Send him across the Atlantic when you're done with him.

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