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Film / Legion (1998)

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A 1998 Action Horror Made-for-TV Movie directed by Jon Hess set in 2036 that follows a team lead by Major Doyle (Terry Farrell) of death row prisoners being formed for a life and death mission.

The movie also stars Parker Stevenson, Corey Feldman, Rick Springfield, Troy Donahue, Audie England, Trevor Goddard, Richmond Arquette, and Gretchen Palmer.

It aired on April 18, 1998.

Tropes for the film:

  • Doctor's Disgraceful Demotion: Doyle recruits a The Dirty Dozen-style team of death-row prisoners. One of them is a female Mad Doctor who's a religious maniac.
    Fleming: Jones, field MD. Served in a POW enemy hospital. Did unnecessary surgery on enemy soldiers, with lethal results. Eight died.
    Jones: I am a soldier of God. I just acted on command. The Angel of Death is my superior officer.
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  • Kangaroo Court: Aldrich is sentenced to death for desertion after he cancels a commando mission. Considering Flemming's view towards war, this sentence is a show trial. Also, the other convicts were sentenced to death for crimes such as going AWOL and computer hacking.
  • One-Word Title: Legion.
  • Super Soldier: The team full of death-row convicts are offered full pardons if they help take an enemy installation. They realize something is wrong when they find nothing but a pile of rotting bodies waiting for them. Then they start getting picked off one by one. It turns out that their entire mission was really a test of the military's prototype super soldier — the titular "Legion", who is actually one of the convicts who allowed himself to be a guinea pig to avoid execution. Legion was created by integrating lizard DNA into his genetic makeup and can shapeshift into his original human form, adapt to environments inimical to humans, and boasts enhanced strength and agility.