‘Moon Knight’ Episode 3 Spoiler Recap/Review
As announced in the final moments of last week, a globe-trotting adventure fills the runtime of the lore-rich third episode of Moon Knight. The MCU adaptation of the classic vigilante turns into an Indiana Jones-lite adventure with a few moral puzzles and some hard-hitting fight sequences. And it works well, for the most part.
Marc Spector has embarked on a new mission in the guise of Khonshu which takes him to Egypt. Of course, Arthur Harrow is also in the country, now in possession of the Scarab which leads him to Ammit’s resting place. Steven Grant no longer has control of the body, but he remains a vital presence. Even more so than last week, Oscar Isaac has to juggle change at all times, putting on a thrilling performance that can be both tragic and hilarious at times.
After two light-on-action episodes, Marc ramps up the violence as he immediately pursues ruthless Egyptian henchmen. But the most fun part besides the choreography is the unpredictable change between Quirks. Steven’s strict morals constantly uproot what Marc tries to do. Once again, the management team show off their visceral leadership abilities in the thrilling sequence. The only thing that gets irritating is the switching between soundstage and natural location, something that isn’t normally noticeable.
This week we meet the rest of the Egyptian gods and their avatars when Khonshu intends to warn them about Arthur. But, of course, they don’t take it seriously and show incredible distrust of the disgruntled moon god. The visual representation of the meeting places within the pyramid certainly testifies to the high level of design of the production moon knight has contained so far. That being said, the choice to have every god represented by their human avatars, including Horus as a British businessman, doesn’t do the mythology justice. The supposed monumental presence of these gods isn’t really felt on the level the show tries to convey. Nevertheless, Khonshu finds himself with a gallery of deities who disbelieve him and trust Arthur more.
The adventure continues with Marc alongside Layla, who are now on their way to meet a contact who is in possession of a sarcophagus of great importance. Along the way, they have an exchange that shows how secretive and willing to lie Marc is. The real fun begins when they meet Anton Mogart, played by the late Gaspard Ulliel. He clearly has a past with Layla, but that doesn’t stop their encounter from turning into a full-blown fight with Marc summoning the suit. We finally get a fight sequence for Moon Knight, who faces off against over a dozen villains. Of course, Arthur is still ahead of them and arrives on the scene to make matters worse.
Still, the globetrotting duo are able to obtain the constellation McGuffin and head into the desert. Steven takes over due to his Egyptian knowledge, once again displaying great chemistry with Layla. But when the coordinates don’t match the current positioning of the stars, it forces Khonshu to change the whole sky. In the most visually pleasing moment of the entire series, Mr. Knight channels his powers to reconfigure the night sky to match the McGuffin. A sequence that is both beautiful and alarming for its characters. The drastic decision forces the gods to lock the moon deity away, leaving Steven/Marc without supernatural power.
Overall, the latest episode of moon knight hit the gas on the action and dive deep into the mythological. Isaac continues to dazzle under the moonlight in and out of the costume. The fight sequences may frustratingly rely on undercooked CGI, but the all-out brawls finally give fans a taste of superhero power. Egyptian mythology is expanded this week with the introduction of other deities, but they’re a bit far from commanding the screen with their presence. However, relying less on connecting stuff to the MCU is refreshing. Any inclination towards something new and exciting should be the mantra of this phase. – Marcos Melendez
Score – 7.5/10
Moon Knight premieres new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+