It’s time to meet the bad guys, the villains that justify this paragon of dance warriors even coming together in the first place. The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD) dazzled us with an origin story this summer in its breakout first season on Hulu, making it the new most popular web series in the network’s history. It even cracked the top 10 of all shows on Hulu, including TV, during its summer release.
But now comes the conflict that the first season was missing. Season two debuts this Wednesday, dubbed “Secrets of the Ra,” an allusion to the mysterious energy force that the dancers harness as their primary weapon. But now we’re getting a look at the dark villains of Organization X, the storied antagonists to The LXD, which get their own origin plotline. That and creator-director Jon M. Chu has crafted some mind blowing battle sequences as these two groups finally collide.
Hulu’s Andy Forssell (SVP of Content Acquisitions and Distribution) called the series “a bit hit” adding that it caused viewers to “reach for the ‘share’ button to let their friends know they simply had to check out this show.” Ad revenue from pre-roll and display units on the site is said to have been fairly healthy for Season 1 of the series. Much like YouTube, Hulu splits revenue with the content owners—in this case that’s Paramount Digital and Agility Studios.
And just to freshen up before Wednesday, there’s a nifty 2-minute rewind video of Season 1, along with a trailer at what’s in store for season 2:
The first episode of the new season, The LXD: Secrets of the Ra, bows October 27th, with new episodes out every Wednesday this fall. We’ll have more coverage this week into the world behind the The LXD and the making of one of the most successful web originals to date.
Top photo: Scene from Season 2 of The LXD: Secrets of the Ra / Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Digital Entertainment and LXD Ventures
Bottom photo: Nicholas “Slick” Stewart and Adedamola “Nugget” Orisagbemi as the “Flexors,” cast members of Season 2 of The LXD: Secrets of the Ra / Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Digital Entertainment and LXD Ventures