FX has renewed Marvel's Legion for a second season! Partially based on the Marvel comic books, Legion tells the story of David Haller, the titular Legion. An extremely powerful mutant who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The show is executive produced and created by Noah Hawley, and it broke ground as the first live action series based on the X-men universe. The show is set within a plane that is parallel to that of the X-men films and features mutants.
In the comics David Haller/Legion is the son of X-men founder Charles Xavier, and the series has hinted at this, but due to the story being told from the perception of Haller's warped reality, they have been able to keep the shared universe connection vague.
“The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement,” Eric Schrier, Co-President of FX programming said. “More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”
In a cover interview with Variety, Hawley explained his unique take on the superhero genre “If you have a character whose experience of reality is unusual, that’s the show,” he said. He then added, “You shouldn’t look at him from the subjective, normal point of view. But that brings you to a place that’s surreal, which is not something that television does."
The first season has been critically acclaimed for the performance of its cast as well as the surreal 70s aesthetics and unique form of storytelling wherein the audience can't tell which is real or not. Downton Abbey veteran and Beauty and the Beast star, Dan Stevens who plays Haller in particular has been noted for his take on a character with severe mental health issues.
In addition to Stevens, Legion stars Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, and Mackenzie Grey. There is still plenty of time to catch up if you haven't seen the series yet.