(Editor’s note: This piece was originally published May 7, 2019)
Wake up, people, this is not a drill.
FX just dropped the first Legion Season 3 trailer, and things are no less mad than where we left off.
As Farouk (who should himself be dead) asks, “How do you surprise someone who can go back in time and warn himself?” Yup, here we go on another Marvel time-travel adventure … well, if — and that’s a big if — you’re of the mind any of Legion occurs outside of David Haller’s head.
Have a look-see, and we’ll check back afterward.
So yeah, in whatever reality existed when David raped Syd, it appears there are consequences.
And whether that’s real Syd (if she still exists) or dream Syd or alternate timeline Syd or Future Syd, well … fork if I know. This is the transitory state of Noah Hawley’s creation and I for one, love it.
If you’ll remember, Farouk and David had their epic astral showdown which technically, David won, and then Division and the Summerland gang gave David an unpleasant ultimatum (which he promptly rejected) and David took off with his old pal, Lenny.
Basically, we’re all back at square one (if we even ever left), with David on track to be the World Killer, and everyone else trying to stop him however they can.
But as we know of David, it’s hard to keep a good bad man down.
Confused? Yeah, that’s pretty much our constant state. At least we’ll have our dear Ptonomy back … kinda, sorta, as the Vermillion and Cary have managed to resurrect his mind, as it were.
Speaking of Cary, looks like Lenny’s organizing a little kidnapping,
presumably at David’s behest (ahem).
I mean, when you get right down to it, David doesn’t really have any friends, anymore — if he ever did. More importantly, do any of these people (still) exist outside his head?
We’ll have to wait for the final season to find out, and to see the rest of the gang (Melanie, Oliver, Kerry, Clark). Season 3 new cast members include Harry Lloyd (Charles Xavier/Professor X), Stephanie Corneliussen (Gabrielle) and Lauren Tsai (Switch).
Legion returns to FX June 24th; I know you’ll be there.
*Updated May 30, 2019
Opening its “Xavier Preview” teaser with David riffing on Jane’s Addiction — narrating his history, perhaps to indicate a bit of upcoming time travel to attempt circumventing Farouk (which might render David … not David). We get a better look at Harry Lloyd (aka Viserys Targaryen) as Charles Xavier (as he’s creating Cerebro).
I both can and cannot imagine Hawley ending this whole thing by having David prevent Farouk ever inhabiting him, and somehow still bringing Syd and David together for their happily ever after.
See you June 24th!
*Updated June 12, 2019
Here’s a “First Look” teaser that confirms my thoughts about David and time travel; apparently it’s Lauren Tsai’s new character, Switch who’ll provide him a little assist.
We’re not far from Season 3 now, folks, and I can’t wait to see how Hawley wraps up this incredible tale.