Moon Knight has been a rollicking good time mixing superhero action, dueling personalities, and a larger world of Egyptian gods getting thorough exploration. Based on the last episode though, Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) is now in control of a body that is more vulnerable than ever. Can he go it without the powers of Khonshu and stop Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawk) before he kills millions? By the time you reach the end of the episode that may not even be the most important question that needs answering!
Something that has worked for this show is how Isaac plays Grant as a bit of a goof. Clearly going for something that’s relatable to average Joe’s like us, he’s a bit nervous and a bit silly. That adds some levity to the show and you get more of that here as he’s in control of the body. Steven definitely grated on me, especially in the first episode, but he starts to find his footing in part because he becomes incredibly useful in this episode.
The showrunners smartly use Steven to further bring out information surrounding Layla (May Calamawy) and Marc Spector’s relationship too. It’s tough to call this dynamic a love triangle at this point, but this episode begins to play with the idea. That’s yet another fun element that the show has introduced that makes it feel entirely new.
Fans of Indiana Jones will love this episode, in part because it sends Steven and Layla into a tomb. There aren’t any traps, but there are certainly some dangers for them to navigate. This episode uses Steven’s knowledge of Egyptian history to show he’s a worthy helper in the larger adventure too. The general vibe of this episode leans into the horror, while decidedly lacking on the action side. That makes for a slower-paced episode, but an episode that shows Moon Knight is a versatile property.
This show has danced around horror just enough to seriously creep you out and this episode continues that trend. There are at least two scary moments, possibly too scary for little ones, that’ll have you gasp out loud. If you like mummies as a monster you’re going to love this.
The episode is however a bit clunky and slow. Editing could have been sharper at times and it’s definitely lacking in fight scenes. Focusing more on scary moments for its meaty entertainment definitely shows it’s better at superhero fighting than horror.
What folks will be talking about is the last 15 or so minutes, however. Pulling a twist of all twists, the show changes gears entirely. Given how slow and somewhat clunky the previous 40 or so minutes are it’s nice to see things kick into another gear as we approach the finish. Fans of Jeff Lemire’s run on the character, or even FX’s Legion, will also love how this episode ends.
Moon Knight continues to surprise, delight, and entertain thanks to its constant need to shift and change things up. So far, the show has been excellent at mixing world-building and action, and while episode four is light on action and a little clunky, it ends on the last sequence that’ll have you questioning everything.
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