What's good, fellow innies? (Or outies, depending on when I'm catching you.) If you haven't heard, Esquire is trolling around San Diego Comic-Con this week, working very, very hard, pumping out essential pieces of magazine journalism. Along the way, I stopped at Apple TV+'s Severance activation, which, I shit you not, recreates an astounding portion of Lumon's offices. In the experience—which is designed to be your first day at Lumon—you move through spots like the boardroom, the Macrodata Refinement department, and even the control room, if you're feeling dangerous. Actors roam the entire thing, trolling the absolute hell out of you. One of them told me that my name was Tobias! I might keep it.
One thing I noticed walking through IRL Lumon, though, is that there were quite a few details that I suspected were new. Now, this is what I spotted and/or heard that I think is fresh to the mysterious Severance canon, which you might get a kick out of. Of course, this could all be written off of, you know, the actual show in Season Two. But given the amount of detail in the experience—you'll get a sense of it below—I doubt it. Here we go.
Lunchtime: In the line for the experience, Apple TV+ had those little TV stands scattered throughout the room. In between Lumon logo screens and Kier quotes, I spotted one fun fact: the screen read a little card that said outies choose what their innies eat for lunch. Apparently, that must exclude the robust choice of raisins and pretzels from the experience's vending machine. Who knew!
A Message From Mr. Milchick: Here's how special this event was—the organizers somehow managed to get Tramell Tillman, who plays Mr. Milchick in Severance, to film a special, welcome-to-Lumon video message for attendees. Nothing particularly new here, but it's a huge hint that Severance's creative team likely had a hand in the activation.
There's Might Be a Newsletter: Now, I genuinely can't remember whether or not Severance makes note of a widely distributed Lumon newsletter. But when we were at the creepy smile exhibition, one of the actors wise-cracked that he read a joke in the newsletter about what Kier eats for breakfast. Does this mean Lumon workers have some form of email or internal messaging?
The Plant Room: The door was closed to this one, but one of the actors described the plant room—where we see Burt and Irving romance each other—as a perk for above-average work performance. Does that mean most of the random hallway spots are various compensatory experiences for Lumon employees? Maybe the goat room is something you're supposed to enjoy?
A Couple New Wellness Room Affirmations, Just For You: Yep, they recreated this, too. "Your outie is knowledgable about the price of antiques." "Your outie knows the difference between your and you're." That's my new favorite.
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