And perhaps that was the purpose.
Within the universe of FX’s Legion, what’s actual and what’s a manifestation of an unstable dissociative-identity dysfunction is consistently being known as into query. Whilst a viewer, you’re all the time scratching your head making an attempt to decipher what’s reality.
So when FX determined to carry an immersive experience like no different to Comedian-Con, they didn’t go along with the extra common use of VR that we’ve grown accustom to in San Diego. As a substitute that they had you questioning your sanity with blended reality.
In collaboration with immersive studio Right here Be Dragons, “Sessions: The Legion Mixed Reality Experience” begins you off by getting your IPD (interpupillary distance) measured for HoloLens calibration. That quantity is then written on a medical bracelet, the place I shortly understand i’m presupposed to be taking part in the function of lead character David Haller, a person with telekinetic and telepathic skills who was recognized as schizophrenic at a younger age.
I’m quickly ushered to the door the place I enter. After what appeared like an excruciatingly lengthy wait, i’m lastly greeted by individuals in white lab coats inside an all white hallway. After I walked in, I used to be the only one not taking part in as a dedicated actor on set, and was instantly requested questions like “Do you remember where you are?” “Do you know who you are?” A HoloLens will get placed on my head, the uncomfortable strap squeezes my brow and temples. It’s all fairly distressing.
Then i’m moved to a tiny workplace connected to the hallway, a person sits in entrance of me on the desk. As I look across the dimly lit room, objects like a wall clock, portray, and stapler on a desk are glowing holograms. That is what the HoloLens provides to the experience, mixing holographic animation on top of actual world objects. The person interrogating me is kind of stern as I look across the room, “Do you have trouble focusing?” he says.
I start my testing session, the place I hope to revisit a previous reminiscence, and study the extent of my powers. There’s a storyline to this all, however once more, so very confused. Ultimately i’m requested to begin testing my powers, which embody levitating an object on the desk and teleporting a lamp. Finger pointing, pinching, dragging, i’m unsure if i’m doing it proper. The HoloLens was additional tough to maneuver issues with my thoughts. However I believe that was a part of the story, making me really feel like I needed to work at my skills.
A technician sits off to the aspect behind me, clearly viewing the within of my HoloLens to be sure that i’m not utterly off observe and certain signaling the actor sitting in entrance of me.
Now i hear a voice in my head. It’s David’s girlfriend, reiterating that the reminiscence i’m experiencing isn’t what it appears. The person in entrance of me is telling me to do one factor, my girlfriend is telling me one other factor—I freeze up. He grabs my hand and tells me I want to flee, evil issues are coming at me, a hidden door opens, and that i’m pushed into a totally completely different hallway. I get my picture taken at a photograph sales space, the headset comes off, and the experience is over. WTF simply occurred.
No photographs have been allowed, so all I’ve is my reminiscence, and that i’m actually unsure what occurred.
And perhaps that’s the entire level. Creating a way of confusion and chaos that made me really feel like I used to be David Haller for the roughly 10-minutes in there.
I believe I had enjoyable, however I additionally know I used to be exhausted after all the things was stated and executed. However I believe I had enjoyable. I’m unsure.
Because the experience was solely based mostly on dwell actors participating with you, we doubtless gained’t see this available for obtain any time quickly. And in the event you have been the fortunate few to really strive it at Comedian-Con, perhaps now you’ll have extra empathy for David Haller’s struggles when season 2 of Legion comes into focus.
Picture Credit score: FX & VRScout