Check Out The New, Mind-Bending Promo Videos From 'Legion'

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 11:33AM
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 11:33AM
Check Out The New, Mind-Bending Promo Videos From 'Legion'
From the first teasers, FX's X-Men spinoff Legion has been nothing but trippy: David Haller, the canonical son of Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, is an uber-powerful mutant with psychic powers and no guarantees that anything he sees or experiences is real. There's also some hints that he may have accidentally killed his mother when he was a child, which hints at the danger he poses to others if he's let out of his asylum. That's exactly what the first new promo, "Unrestrained," shows:



Paranoia, super-powers, and reality are all themes of the show's trailers and teasers so far, and "Unrestrained" wraps it all up nicely in one little clip, ending with the recurring question "Is this real?" It also hints that David's powers, whatever they develop into, are going to be unstoppable. The next promo is one of the "Sphere" series of short videos, which revolve around different characters talking to a therapist. Here's David's:

Fans of MC Escher will pick up the reference pretty quickly—the "Sphere" format is based on Escher's famous artwork, "Hand With Reflecting Sphere." Escher is also famous for his infinite, disorienting staircases, titled "Relativity", and his optical illusions, like "Waterfall." Escher was legendary for making art that altered perceptions and played tricks on viewer's minds—offering that our idea of 'reality' is really just a point of view. Using Escher's sphere as the basis for this series of clips is pretty genius. Next up is Syd, David's illusive girlfriend:



Syd's been pretty mysterious so far, but the question that keeps popping up again and again is whether she's real at all or just a projection of David's. Canonically, David's powers involved a kind of multiple personality disorder, so it's very likely that at least one of the other characters is a Tyler Durden-esque hallucination. Finally, we have David's sister:



And here's the official synopsis for the show:

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Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David's routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
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Legion premieres on FX on February 8th, 2017.
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