You’d be forgiven if the amount of information dumped in your regular episode of FX’s Legion means you missed a thing or two. But one detail in particular might have caught your attention when it was briefly mentioned during this week’s episode, “Chapter 10“… Who, or what is The Miser Sunday?
***spoilers past this point***
In the episode, Melanie’s (Jean Smart) husband Oliver (Jemaine Clement) has visited her. Oliver has been taken over by the villainous Shadow King Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban). He wants to know where the Mi-Go Monk has gotten to… Is he in the headquarters of the joint mutant/human task force Division 3? The reason Farouk wants the Monk is that they hid Farouk’s body years earlier. Farouk wants his mind and body brought back together.
With me so far? Cool.
To complicate matters, Admiral Fukuyama, the leader of Division 3, reveals that as far as he knows the Mi-Go Monks were destroyed by The Miser Sunday. David asks, “the Miser what?” but everyone else moves on.
So to get to our central question: what, or who is The Miser Sunday?
Short answer? No idea. You’d think that given Legion is based on the deep history of Marvel Comics, they’d be mining the X-Men canon for characters and ideas. To a certain extent, that’s true… As we discussed on our podcast for this episode, Season 2 in particular feels very X-Men inspired. Creator Noah Hawley has also been pretty open about his love of the comics, but has a strong urge to let the show take its own path.
The long answer, though, is that if you do read the closed captioning for the episode, you can see they say “The Miser Sunday.” Not “Miser Sunday” or “Mizer Sunday” or “Mieser Sunday” as some sites spelled it (or even Mister Sunday, which is how nobody spelled it). It’s possible that could be a being, but more likely it’s another group or faction that went up against the Mi-Go Monks, leaving only one left alive to tend to Farouk’s body.
If this was the comics, I’d guess we were talking about The Hand or some ninja organization like that. (You might remember the hand from Netflix’s Daredevil). But since it’s an entirely different universe and cast of characters, who knows? I don’t think a detail like that was just tossed in. The show is constructed carefully and intricately. Chances are we’ll see some sort of flashback or story element that depicts more of the war for Farouk’s body between the Monks and The Miser Sunday.
Or maybe they’re just a bunch of people that don’t want to give you money for brunch, either way.
Here’s the official description of the show from FX:
Legion follows the story of “David Haller,” a man who believed he was schizophrenic but discovered he might be the most powerful mutant in the world. With help from a team of specialists, David harnessed his unique abilities and learned he’d been haunted by a malicious parasite. Now, David is all that stands in the way of “Amahl Farouk” from attaining infinite and world-ending power.
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