Legion was the superhero show that sort of came out of nowhere last year. After not much marketing, a little over a year ago the bizarre X-Men show burst onto the scene and told us whatever we thought this show was going to be is wrong — which is just awesome. After the show ended with a nice, “what the hell just happened?” moment, we weren’t sure when we were going to get a second season. Then we learned it would be 2018, then we learned it would be April, and now FX has sent out a press release detailing that the show is returning on April 3rd at 10 p.m. They also provided a detailed summary of the previous season, some hints about the new one, and an image.
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.
The image doesn’t tell us much aside from the fact that we’re hopefully going to be exploring the various personalities and power sets that David is known for in the comics. It’s going to make what is already a hard role for lead actor Dan Stevens even harder — but if it works? It could be along the lines of what Orphan Black did for Tatiana Maslany.