The first season of Legion blew fans away. Its unique, disjointed vibe set up the turmoil in David Haller AKA Legion’s (Dan Stevens) life/mind. The comic on which it is based focuses on the madness Haller faces with his impressive array of abilities – thanks to the mutant gene he inherited from his father Professor Charles Xavier – and the show embodies that unnerving hum that Haller feels always.
The buzz surrounding the coming season promises more hijinks that ensure that will continue to be anything but average, including a time shift between characters. It turns out being abducted by a floating orb can mess with your perception of time. Stevens told Collider how the new dynamic will affect his relationship with Syd (Rachel Keller) and his new found friends:
For David, it hasn’t been a year, so he’s getting his head around that, for a start. For everybody else, it’s been a year and a lot has happened in that year. David has had another strange experience. He thought his problems maybe were solved with the expulsion of the Shadow King, but actually, it’s not that simple. So, far less time has passed for David. When we find him, he’s coming to terms with a whole new bend on reality.
The show’s first trailer teases what Haller has been through this past year, and how both he and Syd have been changed by it. It also features a lot of dancing:
Two new posters have also been revealed, showcasing more of the aesthetic we’ve come to appreciate from Hawley and FX’s marketing campaigns:
The strange journey he has taken will affect Haller and Syd’s relationship, but that doesn’t sound like a bad thing:
That’s a really interesting shift and turn for their relationship. We do see a maturing and a deepening of that relationship, but the great issue of trust comes along. Anybody who gets into a relationship with somebody like David has to assume a certain amount of license with the truth, or certainly a perception of reality. In some of these situations, it seems that David is just flat-out lying, and even he’s not sure if he’s telling the truth some of the time. That complicates the relationship, for sure. They have to work through some of those issues together.
The relationship was at the core of last season, but it isn’t all that fans are looking forward to. The Shadow King might not be hanging out in Haller’s mind space, but It’s still going to cause some trouble this season in the form of the impeccable Aubrey Plaza, whose performance last season was dynamic, engaging, and beautifully disturbing.
— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) February 20, 2018
Showrunner Noah Hawley reassured fans on a press conference call:
I think we’ve now created a villain for David that is worthy of building a whole story around. The backstory of this thing and their relationship and their history is now so nuanced and rich that it makes for a potential showdown that’s literally invested us as an audience, as opposed to doing a villain of the year approach. I don’t know how long that story will sustain different permutations of it, but I do think it’s a really fascinating set-up to follow.
The Shadow King has found a new host in Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement), so we can look forward to a season of fun from those two. The dance scene in the trailer above promises that where The Shadow King is involved, wonderful weirdness is sure to follow. While seeing more of Clement is never a bad thing, what fans really want to know is whether or not Haller’s dad will make an appearance.
While X-Men affiliated, the show hasn’t mentioned the mutant group, but fans are well aware of Haller’s parentage. So, can we expect to see the Professor on the small screen? According to Hawley…maybe?
I think any child, any person who learns that they were adopted is gonna have those questions and want to seek out those birth parents. I think that’s a very natural story. Certainly where we left David at the end of the first year, that can’t be his first priority, but in terms of coming to understand who he is and what his purpose is on this world, I think that’s definitely something we’re gonna approach. It’s a creative conversation but it’s also a sort of corporate conversation on some level, in terms of the movie studio and their relationship to the X-Men and the characters that they want in the movies and want to protect, potentially. Were we to want Professor X on the show or even Patrick Stewart on the show or James McAvoy, one of those actors, it’s a conversation both with the actor and with the studio. I haven’t really dived into that quandary yet, but I certainly need to start thinking about it.
At least one of the former X-Men cast has already thought about it, and if it were up to the two actors it would be a done deal:
The beauty of Legion has been that it is nothing one expects it to be, and so perhaps it is better if we don’t know if we will ever see Professor X come and offer a helping hand to his son. The show’s setting, sometime in the 1970’s (?), leaves the show open to include pretty much any of the other X-Universe mutants fans have grown to know and love. For now, we are happy to have the show back at all as it feels like one of those shows that is just too good to be true.
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