For the record, neither one of my grandmothers has an opinion about Barack Obama as President. They’re both dead.

I don’t mean to disparage their memory by being so blunt about it. But I wanted to clarify that I don’t actually have a racist grandmother. Sometimes the comic weaves in and out of autobiographical elements and this is one of those cases where it’s just a joke.

Incidentally, if either of them were alive, I don’t think they would upset about an African American President.

I’m kind of getting into a bad habit where I’m referencing videos in the blog post to help sell the jokes in the comic. But for your own edification, you need to see the red band trailer for the Paul Bettany angels-gone-rogue action film Legion.

WARNING: The language is a little salty and not safe for work.

Watching this trailer reminds me of cheesy action movies from the 80s. I don’t know if it’s the remote desert diner location, but I was immediately reminded of Maximum Overdrive when I first saw this. Also, the music is vaguely reminiscent of the first Terminator to me.

Am I the only one seeing this?

Maybe it’s the abundance of guns. Dennis Quaid’s character actually calls Paul Bettany’s character “Rambo” at one point. But, yeah… The end of the world? God’s army of angels? What does this movie need?… I know! GUNS AND EXPLOSIONS!!

Even though the stringy albino frame of Paul Bettany would be the last one I would run to for protection in the Apocalypse, I believe his detached British charm and dry delivery are the only things lending credibility to this film. It’s almost if he’s communicating “Look, I know this movie is crap, but I’m going to take it seriously.” You have to respect his conviction. Never in my life did I think I would write “Paul Bettany” and “action star” anywhere in the same paragraph.

What do you guys think of Legion? Cheesy fun or bloated action cliches with a Biblical theme? Is Paul Bettany credible as an action star? Also, does anyone have a racist grandmother they want to talk about?


But seriously, leave your comments about Legion below.

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I just watched the trailer for Legion and it scared the crap out of me!

Which one?

The one with the crazy grandma in the diner!

Oh, THAT'S not scary!

You're telling me a foul-mouthed grandma climbing the walls and biting people in the neck doesn't terrify you?

Dude, if you want to see a terrifying old lady...

...come over to my house and ask my grandma what she thinks about having and African American President!