Moon Knight 1×05, Review

Reviewing Episode 1×05 of Moon Knight, or the penultimate episode of the TV series on Disney+, takes us to the mind of a superhero protagonist.

The fifth episode of Moon Knight would have been an hour of great TV…if it wasn’t also the penultimate of a series that didn’t quite understand what it wanted it to be. Borrowing the timeless words of Dr. Ian Malcolm, until last week we wondered if “Moon Knight, is expected to be seen, in this series called Moon Knight,” but Disney + It continues to turn deaf ears and we are still unable to frame its existence within the so-called Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We want to make one thing clear, while we’re at it. Moon Knight can be completely detached from the MCU, and can also be. For some it is better this way. But the wonderful mural of Marvel Studios It has always been based on a slogan since it began to develop after 2008’s Iron Man: “Everything Connected”, Everything Connected. Its main feature, just like in the Marvel comics, is that it turns into flesh and blood and computer graphics. If we remove it, it remains a product that must stand on its own two legs with a strong and decisive identity: ironically, Moon Knight, who must have at least three, does not seem to have even one.

As always watch out for spoilers: we’ll try to stay vague, but it’s for our own good Moon Night Episode 1×05 Review There may be some anticipation. Maybe read it after watching the episode and tell us what you think.

family drama

Moon Night and Oscar Isaac vs. Oscar Isaac

Moon Night and Oscar Isaac vs. Oscar Isaac

Noun: Oscar Isaac. There has been little doubt about the talent of the Guatemalan actor for some time, but this episode underscores his versatility. Practically carrying a full-length Isaac on his shoulders, Isaac faces himself in a situation that finally puts the two characters we’ve known so far face to face: Stephen Grant and Mark Spector.

The episode is what we might call a “character study”, so it’s not even clear where Mark’s story ends and Stephen begins. We’ve spent more time with the latter so far and have seen it “grow” over the course of four weeks. Stephen began the story as a confused and confused man in a situation larger than himself and slowly pulled features, while remaining a gentle voice of reason. So, the new episode plays into the friction between the different characters of Mark and Stephen: while the first comes to terms with his memories, the other has to deal with a shocking reality.

The ring is a real punch in the stomach for those with abusive parents or bereaved at a young age. In this sense, Mark’s drama is human and recognizable: Rebecca Kirsch and Matthew Orton, who signed the script, finally manage to establish sympathy between the hero and the spectator, but perhaps it is a little too late. at tools We saw Mark’s victims, but spent very little time with Mark expressing his agony or guilt. As things stand, those ghosts seem to us as additional or general enemies that we encounter briefly in the last few minutes and convey nothing more than that.

Of course, not everyone develops a family drama by generating a secondary character – if not more, eh – only to then find themselves acting as an avatar of an Egyptian deity with delusions of grandeur. In short, the fifth episode of Moon Knight is the real one Origin story From this superhero who, however, we’ve seen very little in action: It’s not a problem we were told once the series started, but it’s near the end.

Hippos and doctors

Moon Knight, Mark Spector gains Khuncho powers

Moon Knight, Mark Spector gains Khuncho powers

Almost the entire episode revolves around flashbacks with Oscar Isaac: Layla also disappears, but returns Ethan Hawke To play Doctor Harrow. It’s, in fact, a nod to the character’s first original appearance in the Moon Knight comics: A few weeks ago we showed you that Marvel Studios has picked an enemy that’s appeared very little in the editorial history of Khuncho’s fist, and converted to a holy man when he was initially a physician specializing in the study of pain. In episode five Bulgarian Hook interprets it as a projection of Mark and Stephen who imagine Duat as a psychiatric hospital.

there tools It was in fact the antechamber of the afterlife for the Egyptians: the dead were judged by the scales of Anubis and if the weight of their heart matched the weight of a Ma’at feather, they were allowed to cross into the realm of the real dead and possess it. Otherwise, they would have completely vanished into thin air, which was a fate worse than death.

Moon Night and Oscar Isaac in one scene

Moon Night and Oscar Isaac in one scene

With all these Egyptian legends to talk about, the TV series sacrificed many other relevant aspects of the Moon Knight character in the comics: Jewish origins. And to say that in the weeks leading up to the release of the first episode, it was said that they were going to be pretty significant. On the other hand, Episode 5 reveals almost starkly that the Spector family was Jewish. This is significant in the comics because Elias Spector is a rabbi who escaped the Nazis and Mark discovers that another rabbi of their friend is actually a Jewish fisherman. The authors of the TV series omitted this somewhat outdated part of the character to trace his childhood trauma to the death of his little brother (who ironically becomes first a mercenary himself and then a villain known as… Shadow Knight).

Moon Knight, what about Stephen Grant?

Moon Knight, what about Stephen Grant?

The reworked assets don’t all bother us too much, but the final episode should respond to it two questions. First: What will happen to Stephen? Did he really disappear, leaving the field open for Mark? Does that mean we’ll no longer see his costume-shifting ego, Mr. Knight? And then: why judging by Mark/Stephen we find funny Taweret in Computer Graphics and not Anubis? What happened to the jackal god? By the way: Applause for the special effects, because the Tawert computer graphics model was really compelling, as were the shots of the ship sailing in the desert sea in the other world scenario.

Regardless, however, Moon Knight 1×05 increasingly underscores our view that the series – marked as limited by Disney+ and thus apparently tied to a single season – was a real waste of talent and resources. The race will end next week, when we’ll find out if the final episode – which should be longer than usual – will be able to effectively shut down this bizarre TV arc or if it will be resolved in another fist fight over special sound effects. If nothing else, we’ll see Isaac in a costume again.

Suspension

Episode 5 of Moon Knight was very well filmed and even better cast, and we appreciate the brave choice to distance ourselves from cinematography with something more mature and understandable like trauma and domestic violence, but a narrative of this kind would have made sense in the longest season and at a moment it wasn’t an antechamber The grand final. It will be difficult to solve everything in one episode, but next week we will be in the front row to understand above all what the Moon Knight could have in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

forefront

  • Oscar Isaac is bigger than usual
  • It is the origin story of Moon Knight

against

  • Identity in fashion is still seen very little
  • No more Mr. Knight!?

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