Moon Knight episode 2 review

Warning: The following review of Moon Knights’ second section contains full spoilers.

You can check out ours spoiler-free review of last week’s Moon Knight premiere, “The Goldfish Problem,” here.

The second episode of Moon Knight introduced May Calamawy’s Layla in full, sprinkled in some important information, raised the stakes a bit and gave us a fresh look at this story take on “Mr. Knight”, the three-piece suit variant of “Fist of Khonshu”. Oscar Isaac continued to dazzle as one brought to the brink Steven, who was more at war with his Marc personality than ever, while Ethan Hawke delivered more of his softly sinister Arthur Harrow (including a better idea of ​​his plan). The show still gives us distinctive scenes between the two, but it was also here in the second episode that Steven’s confusion began to thin.

Steven Grant’s confusion, living half a life while also subconsciously serving as a vessel for an Egyptian god, caused last week’s premiere episode to crack with slapstick mystery. Now that the puzzle pieces are starting to fall more into place, his complete delirium feels like an anchor holding this show back. Granted, we still don’t get the whole mosaic, as Marc never feels like explaining everything clearly to Steven, but the questions build up at an alarming rate, and episode 2 lets only a little air out of the balloon, responsibly. Even in just six episodes, a program can toot when it needs to skip.

Moonstruck

Okay, here’s what we are know-know. Marc Spector serves as an avatar for Khonshu, a deity who saved Marc’s life out in the Egyptian desert. Marc does not like this role (at least he does not recently). Khonshu is a massive fool (Harrow, Khonshus’ former trademark, even says the same thing) and now has eyes on making Layla his next revenge servant. So the two heroic goals here are: to prevent Harrow from unleashing Ammit and her deadly anger before the crime across the world, and to protect Layla from Khonshu.

In the end, Ammit and Harrow aside, the true opponent is here … Moon Knight? Khonshus avatar himself? If that’s the case (and let’s say the Harrow thing is sorted out in the next episode or two, which leaves us with another endgame), then this may be the first problematic superpower in the MCU since The Hulk – that is the superhero who causes its alter-ego nothing but sorrow and unrest. It may be good in a fight, but a living hell to endure otherwise. Anyone who gains strength naturally develops a more complicated life, but Moon Knight does not seem to do anyone any good. Heck, the biggest villain is so far the former lunar knight.

And yes, you have to wonder who these gods are. Are they actually gods or aliens? Among other things, this makes Moon Knight: The Series feel even more separate from the MCU. It’s easy enough not to mention any Avengers or The Blip, but also to fly against everything Thor taught us with Asgard – or even what Eternals has just told us about myths and gods in various ancient cultures – seems like a lot. How are Ammit and Khonshu possible? Granted, this was never a problem in the comics, so maybe that’s the mental path to take here.

The man in the moon

At the end of episode 2, Marc the Merc is in control, but he also tells Steven that when he finishes this mission, he is more than happy to disappear. Can Marc do that? We assume he’s the dominant personality, right? One had to be to actually become a mercenary and get married and do full rounding things of life. Of course, Marc could just lie to get the job done, but that does not change the fact that we still do not know much about the Steven / Marc situation, except that Steven was part of the package, so much. that Marc had previously assured Khonshu that Steven would not stand in the way.

Some things to wonder about if you choose:

  • How did Marc and Steven usually switch seats before this? At the end of this episode, we saw Steven experience his first time in the prison of the mind. It is so mentioned this week that what is happening now is unprecedented for them on a DID scale, but how much of this setup was an accident and how much was intentional?
  • Looks like Marc chose to hide behind inde Steven. He set him up with a full (partial) life, bought him new goldfish when needed, always made sure he got back to his bed (and ankle strap), and asked colleagues on Steven’s behalf (which is still strange, since Marc is married and that would no doubt lead to an awkward moment for Steven). How much of a life has Steven had? Who is his mother? Layla mentions that Marc is away with his mother, but does Steven leave messages for the same mother?
  • How much of Steven’s life is curated? The original Moon Knight character Crawley appears in this show as a living statue that Steven confides in. Is this just an Easter egg, or is this guy a hired actor in Steven’s favor? Steven yells at Marc in this episode to “eat away” parts of his life, preventing him from thriving, but Steven also acts as a simulation. He immediately goes back to work and beats price tags on toys in the gift shop, after being in a crazy car chase and shootout, knowing that members of the sect work at his museum. He also wants to return to work the morning after being chased by a jackal monster (and before he knows it others do not see said jackal monster).

Steven and Mark continued their cerebral tug of war this week, though it was not until the end of the episode that things got resolved. It was a lot of fun with reflections here, as that was the way Marc could talk to Steven – to try to convince him to go to sleep in a closet so Marc could take over, which was fun (maybe if I put him up with a comfortable cot …) – but the show easily reached its limit with a confused protagonist. Isaac makes a fine meal out of this dynamic, but historically there really is no more room for a main character who barely knows what’s going on.

New Moon Knight pictures

Harrow’s Utopia, Layla and Mr. Knight

Last week, we more or less knew what Harrow was up to. This week, Steven personally heard the sales pitch, only to immediately realize that it’s crazy, removes free will, and wants to kill children in their cradles. Ammit’s reign would somehow smash Loki’s desire to rule the Earth (peace through obedience) with Winter Soldier’s Project Insight (elimination of perceived threats) with a handful of other ethically skewed versions of utopia. Does that mean we are not destined for a municipal life with lentil soup and multilingual skills? Afraid so.

Steven’s questioning of Harrow’s chain of ideas was one of his best character moments so far. He has been eternally scared and pointless since we first met him, so it felt important to hear him express the worst parts of this blissful crime-free dream, and an indication that Steven has a heroic spirit buried deep (it’s not just Marc who gnaws at him). The guy is a nestling of chaos, with both Marc and Khonshus voices chopping at him, but he is decent enough to know right from wrong and to want to protect Layla without really knowing her.

Layla as a character does not feel stuck in the series yet since she entered the mix as yet another character designed to confuse Steven. She was also immediately shaken, thinking that Steven was just a cover that Marc used (does she not know about her husband’s DID?), So it certainly feels as if she will resonate better when all the cards are on the table, and she gets to interact with the world she knows and not a gentle nitwit. Things got to an exciting head in the end, however, when Steven, not Marc, called on the Moon Knight suit and fought with Ammit’s monster.

This version of Moon Knight, christened Mr. Knight, was created by Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey as Moon Knights publicly turned person. Basically, he was repeating himself in a less threatening form when he did police consultation. Here is Mr. Knight caused by Steven’s misunderstanding of the word “suit,” and the whole fight scene served as a fine follow-up to Steven’s action horror in the premiere because he had more power of action, and it mixed all the chaos in his head into one blow out.

Marc took over fully and became AND Moon Knight also felt rewarding, giving us a much better view of Moon Knight than the off-screen antics of the first episode. In the end, we are dropped off at the doorstep of what appears to be a very different adventure, with Marc in solemn control, Steven referred to mirrors and Egypt as the backdrop. Episode 2 was good, but it certainly pushed Steven’s confusion as far as it could go.

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