Moon Knight has been one of Marvel Studios’ best series yet and it comes to a crashing conclusion today with episode six. There are a lot of open-ended questions to be answered as well as the little problem of defeating Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawk) once he gains god powers.
The finale opens with Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) laying dead in a shallow pool of water. Arthur stands over him the victor postulating how sometimes we need to see death before we can see the reality. Hardy har, one might say since Marc and Steven Grant (also Oscar Isaac) were bonding in new ways in episode five.
I hope you were paying attention to previous episodes as characters like Layla (May Calamawy) and the other human avatars who have connections to gods pop up. It took Arthur five episodes to gain his power and it’s nice to see his conquering speeds along quickly in the opening minutes of the episode.
Calamawy is fabulous in this episode giving viewers the warm and fuzzies around her empowering turn as a hero. She also gets to play two parts similar to Marc and Steven as a god speaks through her. She may just steal this episode as you’ll cheer her on throughout.
Hawk continues to work with what he’s got which is limited, he’s basically concentrating hard in most scenes, but he does get to show his humanity in one scene. When kneeling before his new god Ammit he makes a comment about fixing all the death he brought as Moon Knight and you can see in his teary eyes he truly feels guilt and wants to make amends.
The resolution around Mark and Steven somehow escaping the afterlife is a bit too convenient for my tastes. Sure, it revolves around Marc making peace with Steven being a part of him which is cute in a modern heroes journey sense, but it takes very little effort. A little faith and self-sacrifice go a long way, I guess.
Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham) gets some major time on the screen including some godly fighting. It’s a decent sequence although it ends abruptly. Abraham was a good casting choice since he’s so flippant and so unlike what you’d expect from a god. He also plays a part in fighting with Moon Knight.
Fans of superhero action should love this episode. We get to see Moon Knight has even more abilities and there’s a crowning of a new hero at one point too. Comics fans will also love a surprise twist when Moon Knight finds the strength to make one final push that requires an entirely new gear for him to explore. That twist isn’t explored at all though so buckle up for what that could mean if another season is announced. It ends up feeling a bit like a cheat since it rushes past a rather threatening moment for Marc.
As far as endings go, this finale will make you want more. Not because you’re necessarily excited for some well teased next step, but because there are some rather big questions yet to be answered. The show wraps things up in a logical way, especially since Marc and Steven want to be free of Khonshu, but then there’s the question of Arthur and Layla and where they go from here.
The mental institution is also a conundrum. We were lead to believe it was a construct of some kind, but a quick return to that scene suggests maybe it was more than something in Marc and Steven’s mind. That plays into the mid-credit scene which offers some insight into where we may go from here, but not enough to entice viewers.
Moon Knight ends its finale, titled “Gods and Monsters,” with a lot of action and superhero heroics. It gets there in a way that almost suggests six episodes wasn’t enough since it rushes in places and then leaves some big questions unanswered. That said given the response this show has had there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll get more Moon Knight and that’s a good thing.
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