Noah Hawley’s X-Men-inspired series Legion hasn’t finished airing yet, but US network FX isn’t going to let a little thing like that get in the way of even more episodes: the show has officially been renewed for a second season.
The decision makes sense; Legion, which revolves around presumed schizophrenic David Haller (Dan Stevens) as he grapples with a possible set of newfound powers, has been wowing viewers and critics alike since it started airing in February, earning itself a score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 82 on Metacritic.
Really, any excuse to keep Dan Stevens’ spectacular face on our screens every week is fine by us.
In a statement, co-President of Original Programming for FX Eric Schrier said: “The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement. More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the superhero 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.”
Legion‘s executive producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Leob added: “We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion. Noah’s spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more. We’re particularly proud of our partners at FX and the success we share on our first TV series together.”
Read the official synopsis for Legion here:
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.
A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.
Legion Season 1 is currently airing on Thursdays at 9pm on FOX. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow.