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Perpetual Motion: Achieving the Visual Marvels of 'Legion'

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Perpetual Motion: Achieving the Visual Marvels of 'Legion'

David Haller (Dan Stevens) and Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller) attempt an escape from agents of Division 3. Photo By Michelle Faye/FX.

David gets his brain scanned at Summerland, a facility run by Dr. Melanie Bird that studies and trains mutants. Photo By Michelle Faye/FX.

In a scene that looks like a visual effect but was actually filmed practically, David loses control of the telekinetic powers he doesn’t even know he has.

David loses his temper during an interrogation by Division 3.

David, Syd and David’s friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) in the Clockworks facility. Photo By Chris Large/FX.

Dr. Melanie Bird (Jean Smart). Photo By Michelle Faye/FX.

At Summerland, memory artist Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris, at left), with Dr. Bird, Syd and David. Photo By Michelle Faye/FX.

For those acquainted with Marvel Comics, the character of David Haller/Legion does not rank particularly high in the pantheon of heroes and villains. But his relative obscurity, coupled with a 2016 statement from FX Networks that Legion takes place in a universe “parallel” to that of the X-Men franchise, dovetails nicely with this very different take on mutant superheroes. Read our full story here.

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