‘Legion’: Who Are Mi-Go Monks? What Is The Mi-Go Order?

Mi-Go Monk on Legion

FX’s Legion has been throwing out new information in its second season left and right. Yes, the show is usually a wealth of bizarre images and music, but from a plot perspective, even hardcore comic book fans might be a little lost lately. Who or what is The Miser Sunday? Did they just mention the Shi’ar and blow past it? And what about the Mi-Go Monk?

Yeah, what about the Mi-Go Monk? What’s their deal, huh? Huh, you punk?

Chances are you know almost as much as we do after watching “Chapter 10” — and we’ll certainly know more after “Chapter 11” — but let’s run down some background information anyway, okay? Okay.

Who Are The Mi-Go Monks?

Maybe it should be “monk,” singular, since there seems to be only one left. On the last episode of Legion, we found out that Amahl Farouk’s (Navid Negahban) body was held by the Mi-Go monks, until they were wiped out by The Miser Sunday. Now that one remaining monk is the key to finding the location of Farouk’s body.

We’ve seen the Monk turn up twice so far, once in the Season 2 premiere during the dance battle at the club; and again at the end of “Chapter 10” in Division 3’s holding area for people infected with the chattering teeth virus. He’s got too bloody hash marks on his forehead, and looks like an albino Cee Lo Green.

Is he good? Evil? As the show has pushed a lot this season, there’s no easy way to draw that line.

What Is The Mi-Go Order?

A group of monks who have an adversarial connection with Farouk, given they’re taking huge steps to hide his body from the parasitic mind that powers it. That probably means they also have a connection to David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) father, Professor Xavier. We’ve also seen a promo of Farouk’s body placed in an egg-like coffin, and chances are they’re the ones who did it.

According to The Vermillion (via Division 3 leader Admiral Fukuyama) they were wiped out by The Miser Sunday. Or at least, they were believed to be wiped out. There’s at least one survivor, and he’s wandering around Division 3 right now.

Let’s talk about H.P. Lovecraft’s Mi-go

The Mi-go (lower-case “g”) are creations of H.P. Lovecraft. They’re cyborg insectoid creatures who can travel between dimensions. In order to do so, they remove a person’s brain, attach it to a “brain cylinder” and then can use external devices to let them person see, hear, and think. Sound familiar at all? See below…

What Does This Have To Do With The Miser Sunday?

Well, whatever The Miser Sunday is, it wiped the Mi-Go Order out. So random guess: they’re not friends. Though Legion is based on the X-Men comic books, There’s you’re not going to find anything by searching “Miser Sunday Marvel” or “Mi-Go Marvel,” because they’re original creations for the show.

How About The Vermillion?

Though the cyborgs who work as Admiral Fukuyama’s voice are new this season, they clearly have a lot of prior knowledge about both the monks and Farouk. And if you look at the Lovecraftian origin of Mi-go above, it certainly sounds like a guy with his head in a basket who communicates using external devices may have mixed it up with the Mi-Go Monks in the past.

Chances are there’s a history there we haven’t learned yet…

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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