With two episodes left, Moon Knight 1×04 takes a risky turn to adapt one of Moon Knight’s most popular comics cycles.
Warning, there are spoilers from previous Moon Knight episodes.
Let’s recap for a moment because so many things have happened in the past four weeks and we could start to lose track of it. So, there’s Stephen Grant who works at a museum: he’s shy and clumsy and thinks he suffers from insomnia, and instead just suffers from multiple personality disorder, and from time to time his body is possessed by Mark Spector, a mercenary who made a pact with the Egyptian moon god Khuncho. And yet, due to some inconsistency, we fall within Marvel’s laws. Now, Mark is married to a lusty archaeologist, Layla Al-Fawali, who, among other things, is also searching for her father’s killer.
As it is, Mark/Stephen and Lily cross the path of Arthur Harrow, the former avatar of Khuncho who, having lost his power, intends to awaken the goddess Amit and has amassed a kind of cult of misfits like himself. The Egyptian Founding, who decided not to interfere in human affairs, as Eternity did, does not believe the words of Khuncho, and so our people decided to take the initiative and find Amit’s tomb on their own before Haru did so. The intervention of the Egyptian deity unleashes the wrath of Enneade, who imprisons him, and deprives Mark/Stephen of the powers of the Moon Knight.
We are here, right? good. What if we told you that this whole thing could have been in Mark Spector’s head, locked up in a psychiatric institution? Does it seem silly to you? We explain to you in Moon Night 1×04 review Because it is not.
We assume that the new episode takes about 50 minutes and feels completely different from the previous one for two-thirds. After the introduction he sees Stephen take more and more courage and character, even going so far as to kiss LeilaRetaining her kind heart and selflessness, a good portion of Moon Knight 1×04 appears to belong to a Relic Hunter TV series, but with much better acting and a budget of over five euros. Halfway between Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones, with a bit of horror belonging to the latter and an ounce of mummy, the tomb is an episode of claustrophobia with hints of real suspense, which focuses, moreover, on the character of Layla.
The latter, hitherto associated with the role of circumstance, is a classic but still delicate badass woman, not inspired by any particular cartoon character. We told you a few weeks ago that it couldn’t be Layla Miller from the X-Men, and in fact she is”Unrefined heroin who finally created his own space.
We enjoyed the scene entirely dedicated to his escape and conversation with Ethan Hawke’s Bulgarian Harrow: May Kalmawi He managed to convey the conflicting feelings of his character, and finally create the bond of sympathy with the viewer that we have been waiting for so long.
For the rest, we were quite amazed by the bloody approach of Moon Knight, which is still a Marvel Studios production. Disney + This is something that even children can see. The series has never hidden its more mature undertones from its predecessors, but this fourth episode really comes close to physical horror and it has to be said that the directors, Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, played it well, using shadows and footage to feed the growing tension that then results in the violence of aggression.
Meanwhile, we have Oscar Isaac This gigioneggia. Stephen Grant has it complicated: one moment it is tender, the next frankly unbearable; It takes a step forward and two steps back and most of the time we’d just like to see Mark Spector, perhaps dressed as a Moon Knight who, in short, gives the title to a superhero TV series that has quite a few superheroes yet.
But something changes at some point. Arthur Harrow seems to have the upper hand and the script turns completely into a typical TV series series in which the heroes may or may not have. mental disorder. The first act that comes to mind, in this sense, is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and specifically Episode 17 of Season VI, “Again Normal”: in those circumstances, the trio cast a spell on the Slayer, convincing her that her whole life was a schizophrenic fantasy.
Don’t tell Martin Scorsese
Here, something very similar happened in Moon Knight 1×04 at some point. Mark wakes up in a psychiatric hospital. Laila is sick like him and guess the psychiatrist who treats her? It’s clearly Arthur Harrow. Only Stephen Grant was the protagonist of a bad series of cinematic adventures in which we made himself known, but this narrative solution had him Two big problems. The first is that it is nothing new. You can’t fool the spectators with this trick, because they already know where you’re headed. It’s not that Moon Knight could suddenly become Shutter Island, keep in mind.
Fortunately, Oscar Isaac, who used to be Jegionyegaeva, as Mark, stuffed with psychotropic drugs instead, looms large. His confusion is reliable, almost heartbreaking, and suggests that it happens, all in the end this twist can work.
Then the other huge problem arises, which is the problem of timing. This story is based on a comic book run by Jeff Lemmer and Greg Smallwood 2016, which could have covered the entire television season, significantly developing all the characters who, in a hastily told story, suffered a lot in terms of characterization. Let’s think: The previous Marvel Studios series was about the heroes and villains we already knew in hours upon hours of movies, so there was no need to “explain” them all again. The Moon Knight didn’t have that luxury and it seemed to us that taking that shark hop just two weeks before going was not only a missed opportunity, but an inappropriate one as well. Comparisons with corpsanother TV series centered on the Marvel character but by Fox, is gracious, but appropriate, in this case the homonymous X-Man-inspired show to come out the winner.