Warning: The following review of the second episode of Moon Knight contains full spoilers.
You can check out ours A spoiler-free review of Moon Knight’s premiere of “The Goldfish Problem” last week here.
The second episode of Moon Knight fully introduced Leila Mae Kalamavi, making important information, raising the stakes a bit and giving us a fresh look at this story take “Mr. Knight”, a variant of the three-piece suit “Honshu’s Fist”. Oscar Isaac continued to amaze as brought to the brink of Stephen, who found himself at war with his personality Mark than ever before, while Ethan Hawke presented more of his mildly sinister Arthur Harrow (including a better idea of his plan). The show still gives us vivid scenes between them, but it was here, in the second episode, that Stephen’s element of confusion began to weaken.
The confusion of Stephen Grant, who lived halfway through and also unknowingly served as a vessel for the Egyptian God, helped last week’s premiere episode unravel the mystery of the farce. Now that the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place, its complete madness feels like the anchor that is holding back this show. Of course, we still don’t get the whole mosaic, because Mark never wants to explain everything to Stephen, but the questions are growing at an alarming rate, and the second episode only releases a little air from the balloon, if answered. Even just six episodes of the show can drag on if it has to rush.
Okay, that’s what we are to know– I know. Mark Spector serves as an avatar for Honshu, the deity who saved Mark’s life in the Egyptian desert. Mark doesn’t like this role (at least lately). Honshu is a big jerk (Harrow, Honshu’s former character, even talks about it), and now he has eyes to turn Leila into his next servant who takes revenge. So here are two heroic goals: to prevent Harrow from releasing Amit and her deadly rage before the crime and to protect Leila from Honshu.
After all, apart from Amit and Harrow, is there a real adversary … The Moon Knight? The avatar of Honshu himself? If so (and let’s say that with Harrow everything is sorted out in the next or two episodes, leaving us another endgame), then this may be the first problematic superpower in the MCU after Hulk – that is, a superhero who causes his alter ego nothing but grief and sorrow. The fighters may be good, but otherwise – hell. Obviously, everyone who gets power develops a more complex life, but the Moon Knight doesn’t seem to benefit anyone. Heck, the main villain so far a former lunar knight.
And yes, you really have to wonder who these gods are. Are they really gods or aliens? This, among other things, makes Moon Knight: The Series feel even more detached from the MCU. It is enough not to mention neither the Avengers nor The Blip, but also to rush against everything that Thor and Asgard taught us – or even what the Eternal have just said about myths and gods in various ancient cultures – seems a lot. How are Amit and Honshu possible? Of course, this has never been an issue in comics, so maybe it’s a smart path to take here.
Man on the Moon
By the end of the 2nd episode Mark Merc is in control, but he also tells Stephen that once he completes this mission, he will be more than happy to disappear. Can Mark do that? We assume he is the dominant figure, right? It would have to be in order to actually become a mercenary and get married and do it completely things of life. Sure, Mark could have just lied to get the job done, but that doesn’t change the fact that we still know little about the Stephen / Mark situation, except that Stephen was part of the package. that Mark had previously assured Honshu that Stephen would not interfere.
If you choose:
- How did Mark and Stephen usually change places before that? At the end of this episode, we saw how Stephen first survived a prison of the mind. This week it was kind of mentioned that what is happening now is unprecedented for them on a DID scale, but how random was this setting, and how deliberate?
- It would seem that Mark decided to purposefully hide inside Stephen. He tuned him in for a (partial) life, buying him a new goldfish if needed, always making sure he got back to his bed (and an ankle strap), and asking colleagues on behalf of Stephen (which is still weird) given that Mark is married and this will undoubtedly lead to an awkward moment for Stephen). How long has Stephen been in life? Who is his mother? Leila mentions Mark playing with his mom, but Stephen leaves messages to the same mom?
- What part of Stephen’s life is overseen? The original Moon Knight Crowley character appears in this show as a living statue that Stephen trusts. Is it just an Easter egg or is this guy hired by an actor in favor of Stephen? Stephen yells at Mark in this episode for “eating” parts of his life without letting him thrive, but Stephen also acts as a simulation. He will immediately return to work, slapping price tags on toys at a gift shop, after being in a frantic chase in cars and a shootout, knowing that members of the cult work in his museum. He will also return to work the morning after the chase of the jackal monster (and before he finds out other people don’t know it ch said the jackal monster).
This week Stephen and Mark continued the cerebral tug of war, although it was all decided only at the end of the episode. It was a lot of fun to think about, because that’s how Mark could talk to Stephen – to try to persuade him to fall asleep in the locker, so Mark could take control, which was funny (maybe if I put him on a comfortable bed … ) – but the show easily reached the limit with the confused protagonist. Isaac prepares great food with this dynamic, but the plot no longer has room for the protagonist, who hardly knows what’s going on.
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Utopia Harrow, Layla and Mr. Knight
Last week we more or less knew what Harrow was up to. This week, Stephen personally heard the information about the sales, but immediately realized that it was insane, depriving of liberty and killing children in their cradles. Amit’s rule seemed to stifle Loki’s desire to rule the Earth (peace through conservation) through Project Insight Winter Soldier (elimination of perceived threats) with several other ethically cunning versions of utopia. Does this mean that we are not destined to live in the commune of lentil soup and knowledge of several languages? I’m afraid so.
Stephen’s questioning about Harrow’s chain of ideas was one of the best moments of his character. He’s been scared and aimless all the time since we first met him, so hearing him actually voice the worst parts of this happy dream without crime was important, and a sign that Stephen has a deeply hidden hero spirit (it’s not just Mark bothers him). The boy is a doll of chaos, and the voices of Mark and Honshu peck at him, but he is decent enough to know what is good from bad, and wants to protect Leila without even knowing her.
Leila as a character has yet to feel herself in the series, as she entered the mix as another character designed to embarrass Stephen. She was also immediately embarrassed to think that Stephen was just a cover that Mark used (or does she not know about her husband’s LITTLE?), So of course she feels she will respond better when all the cards are on the table and she will come to this. interact with the world she knows, not a gentle jerk. However, in the end, things got exciting when Stephen, not Mark, summoned the costume of the Moon Knight and fought with the monster Amit.
This version of Moon Knight, nicknamed Mr. Knight, was created by Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvy as the public persona of Moon Knight. In principle, during a consultation with the police, he spoke in a less threatening manner. Here Mr. Knight is caused by Stephen’s misunderstanding of the word “costume,” and the whole fight scene worked as a good sequel after Stephen’s machinations at the premiere because he had more agency, and it mixed all the chaos in his head into one blow.
Mark took full control and became OG Moon Knight, which gave us a much better show of Moon Knight than the antics behind the scenes in the first episode. Eventually, we land on the threshold of what seems to be a completely different adventure, with Mark in solemn control, Stephen set aside for the mirrors, and Egypt as the backdrop. Episode 2 was good, but it definitely pushed Stephen into confusion about how far it could go.