Legion’s new 360 video experience previews the upcoming season
The network set up the“Legion orb 360 video experience” to take fans on a journey alongside David. Only a few minutes long, it takes place within an orb where the viewer sees almost all the main characters.
In typical Legion fashion, the early footage is both confusing and captivating. Most of the scenes have already aired in the trailer for the second season. However, this is a fun way for fans to immerse themselves in the show.
It also begs the question how much is happening in David’s head versus reality. The orb experience has a few moments where Haller is gripping his head in frustration. Viewers should question his sanity after spending an elongated period trapped within a floating orb away from his friends.
Once you hit the halfway mark, the video gives fans a special look at the new season. The opening scene for the premiere debuts and it’s just as intriguing as one would think. Not much can be deciphered other than the fact that Oliver and “Lenny” are still together. They’re lounging in a pool shot by beautifully tinted lenses.
Yet, the major draw from the scene is the mysterious man at the end of it all. He’s sipping on a drink while nodding towards David, promising an atypical dynamic between the two.
For anyone who needs a refresher for the first season, FX has released a helpful reminder.
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.
Marvel has had a superb year in television and expectations are high for Legion season two.
The series has tried to tell a story outside of the conventional superhero tale and definitely succeeded. Earning critical acclaim last year, it brought attention to a lot of mental health issues. Legion will continue David’s story on April 3 at 10 PM EST on FX.