FX’s Legion was one of 2017’s best new shows, and one of the best things to ever come out of either the Marvel Studios universe or Fox’s X-Men universe. Starring Dan Stevens as David Haller, a gifted mutant who was told his entire life that mental illness would prevent him from ever doing anything meaningful, Noah Hawley’s epic tale is one for the ages, exploring a multitude of complex themes with a seeming effortlessness that made the show’s thematic content feel less daunting. With writing and a sense of visual style that is arguably head and shoulders above any of Netflix’s Marvel series, FX has just announced an official release date for season two.
It kind of goes without saying that, if you haven’t seen season one yet, you probably shouldn’t be reading this article, especially now that you’re about to start reading a full recap of season one if you don’t stop. According to a short but thorough synopsis from SuperHeroHype:
From childhood, David shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next until, in his early 30s, he met and fell in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named “Syd” (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd led David to “Melanie Bird” (Jean Smart), a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists – “Ptonomy” (Jeremie Harris), “Kerry” (Amber Midthunder) and “Cary” (Bill Irwin) – each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they helped David to recognize and harness his hidden powers. With their support, David finally unlocked a deeply suppressed truth – he had been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power. Known as the “Shadow King,” this malevolent creature appeared in the form of David’s friend “Lenny” (Aubrey Plaza), but is actually an ancient being named “Amahl Farouk.”
In an epic showdown, David and his friends battled his demon, ultimately forcing it from David’s body. Unfortunately, Farouk found a new host – Melanie’s husband “Oliver Bird” (Jemaine Clement) – and escaped. Just when they thought they’d earned a moment of respite, a mysterious orb appeared and took David away to an unknown place. With David and Oliver missing and Farouk on the loose, the team forms an unlikely alliance with their former enemy “Clark” (Hamish Linklater) and his well-funded government organization, Division III. Meanwhile, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) is on a new path to attaining infinite and world-ending power.
Season two of Legion is something I’ve been eagerly anticipating since Wednesday, March 29th of last year. Noah Hawley is probably the best writer working on television right now. Between this and Fargo, the guy knows how to spin a yarn unlike anybody else in the business. With that said, you have time to catch up if you haven’t finished the first season, and no amount of recapping will do the show justice. It’s really something you have to see to believe, and we can’t wait to see what Hawley and his crew bring us in just two more months!
Legion will be returning for season two on Tuesday, April 3rd. Also, be sure to check back after every episode for my review/breakdown!