The first season of Legion, FX’s comic book series set within the X-Men universe, is the least accessible superhero property on the big or small screen. Unlike Netflix’s cadre of Marvel shows, which are more or less straightforward, Legion is cerebral and aggressively nonlinear. According to creator Noah Hawley, the show’s offbeat style is an attempt to evoke the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. Even more appropriate for a series about a man’s (Dan Stevens) discovery that his lifelong battle with mental illness was, in fact, the manifestation of superpowers.
Legion is also a pastiche piece, a mishmash of genres, musical influences (from David Bowie to Maurice Ravel’s Bolero) and more direct nods to movie history that can conjure a feeling of déjà vu. Here are a few of the easter eggs you may have missed this season: