“Legion” was a decidedly unconventional superhero drama when it debuted its first season on FX in 2017, and the trailer for season two suggests an even more mind-bending adventure. “What’s the last thing you remember?” asks Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris). What follows is a sequence of surreal images including trees, a bell, a crystal ball and … a dance party? Such is the fractured mind of superhero David Haller (Dan Stevens). Watch the new trailer above while we await the return of “Legion” on April 3.
The series is based on a hero from Marvel Comics. Developed for TV by Emmy winning “Fargo” mastermind Noah Hawley, much of the action takes place in the recesses of its main character’s mind. Haller lived in a mental institution to treat his schizophrenia until he discovered that what he thought was mental illness may in fact be advanced psychic powers. As he learned more about his abilities he was also forced to confront Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), who at first seemed to be the memory of a close friend but turned out to be an avatar of the Shadow King (“Homeland” alum Navid Negahban), a villainous mutant intent on seizing Haller’s mind from within.
The first season of “Legion” was overlooked by the Emmys last year, but the series has since earned industry recognition from the American Society of Cinematographers and the Visual Effects Society. Its second season starts two months later in the spring than last year’s debut season, which could be good luck for the series as it will be fresher in mind for television academy voters when they’re marking their Emmy ballots in June.
The first season was praised by critics, with the series receiving a score of 82 on MetaCritic. Ken Tucker (Yahoo) called it “unique and superb,” James Poniewozik (New York Times) described it as “spectacular,” and Ben Travers (IndieWire) praised it for being “breathtakingly original.” Will the second season live up to that early adulation? If nothing else it certainly looks as original and unorthodox as it was before.
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