The New 'Legion' Trailer Hints Professor X's Son May Have Murdered His Mother

Monday, 05 December 2016 - 3:26PM
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Monday, 05 December 2016 - 3:26PM
The New 'Legion' Trailer Hints Professor X's Son May Have Murdered His Mother
When we saw the first half of the pilot episode for Legion at Comic-Con, we were a little on the fence. Sure, it was cool, but what was up with Syd, David's lame supposed love interest? And what about the canon? At first, the showrunners claimed the show would be in a separate universe from the regular X-Men, but now it's been announced that Legion will share that universe (sort of). The first trailer was amazing, and so was the ensuing TV spot, but we needed to get a better handle on the plot.

Well, today we are officially boarding the Legion hype train. Because this second trailer straight knocks it out of the park.



There's a whole lot of new information packed into this trailer that helps us understand what kind of show this is going to be. First, humans are evolving and apparently the government has put together groups ("divisions") to monitor the resulting mutants and kill the ones they can't bring under control. Okay, so it's mutants vs. government, sort of like the new Logan movie. Second, there's some kind of 'war' going on, probably between mutants and the government, and David is supposedly 'the key' to winning. This makes sense, considering that David is explicitly called "the powerful mutant we've ever encountered". Third, David will apparently encounter Melanie (Jean Smart), a therapist who will try to help guide David through some traumatic memories and teach him about his true past. It's the traumatic memories where things get interesting.

At 0:33, a young David is shown in his bedroom, telekinetically pulling a book out of his bookshelf. The book is titled The World's Angriest Boy (in the World), and we get a quick flash of a page with this written in verse: "No bed," he said, and snicker-snack, his mom was DEAD, DEAD, DEAD! The camera then shows the opposite page, which has a little boy with a bloody knife, scowling at the viewer. At this point, the grown-up David stands up from what appears to be a table built for psychics and says that he "can't," apparently meaning that he can't stand to relive the memory.

All of this hints that some of David's deepest, darkest psychoses may have to do with his apparent childhood murder of his mother, which could have occurred by accident before he learned to control his powers. We've already seen the damage David can do (the kitchen scene at 0:41 and the scene at 0:46 show his powerful telekinesis), and along with his tenuous, paranoid hold on reality, we can see why the government wants to get him under control. After we're finished crying our eyes out over Logan in March, we can rest assured knowing we have our murderous friend Legion to fall back on.

Legion premieres on FX on February 8th, 2017.
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