With Marc Spector becoming the dominant personality and keeping poor, kind Steven locked away, their journey to Egypt – to stop Arthur Harrow from discovering Ammit’s tomb and resurrecting her – becomes an action-packed race against time. Spector’s wife, Layla, is also heading to Egypt – where they’ll come up against much more than just Arthur Harrow and his cult.
In episode three, we delve heavily into the realm of the Egyptian deities, a world away from the urban fantasy feel of the first two episodes. There’s an Indiana Jones-esque tone: mystical puzzles, archaeology and plenty of bad guys to be punched and shot are just a few of the things in common with the adventures of Dr Jones.
Oscar Isaac does incredibly impressive stuff yet again with his multiple roles; Steven and Mark aren’t the only personalities he gets to portray this time – with a twitchy, possession-style scene that’s genuinely brilliant.
The action doesn’t disappoint either, with some excellently weighty, crunchy fight scenes and brilliant superheroics from the titular Moon Knight. Though the CGI does falter a little bit at times, it doesn’t detract from the action at all.
The Egyptian lore and the way that’s handled gives Moon Knight a very unusual feel for an MCU story; the only thing that made me wince a bit was an Eternals-style ‘but we decided not to meddle!’ declaration, which seems to be the awkward fallback for explaining away why we haven’t yet encountered various powerful beings during massive events such as Infinity War.
It’s another strong episode then; halfway through the series, it’s yet to put a foot wrong – let’s hope the winning streak continues, as Moon Knight is a unique and exciting spin on superhero stories that takes us to some unusual and unforeseen places.
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