The first episode in the new web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, this short introduces Trevor Drift, a young man who discovered his superpower young in life but has kept it secret (mostly from his father), developing his incredible dancing abilities.
The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers has been doing promotions and performances for about a year, appearing on So You Think You Can Dance, during the Glee tour, during the Oscars, and at a TED Talk. They’ve been posting teasers online throughout this lead-up, but this episode marks the true beginning of the web series. The first episodes will show the origins of the members of the Legion and hint at the forces that will be arrayed against them and “The Uprising”.
In LXD, director John M. Chu applies a superhero metaphor/skin to a dance crew, highlighting the seemingly-supernatural abilities of top-end dancers. Motifs of the genre are already at play, from origin stories to inter-generational inheritance of power and secret organization offering training to individuals with incredible abilities.
The storytelling is mostly in service of highlighting the dance, but we’ll see how the story of LXD develops as the cast assembles and they move past the origins.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times. Thanks everyone.