In Review: Moon Knight (S. 1, Ep. 2) Summon The Suit

The ceremonial armor from Khonshu's temple, not psycho Colonel Sanders.
Marc Spector

Synopsis: After losing his job at the museum gift shop, Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) seeks out the mystery of who Marc Spector is, why he blacks out, only to find himself in life-or-death situations, or surrounded by mangled bodies. During this episode, he comes to the realization that he, Spector, and Moon Knight all inhabit his body, and learns he’s an avatar of the Egyptian god Khonshu. He also meets Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy), who is married to Marc, runs from, and fights off ancient Egyptian apparitions, and tries to keep the mysterious gold scarab from Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke).

The Story

As a consequence of the damage done to the museum, especially in the in Marc’s/Moon Knight’s battle with invisible jackal, Steven loses his job. Following up on the hidden items he found in his wall, he finds more information about Marc Spector in a storage garage, and a floating golden scarab. He also meets Layla, who is married to Marc, is carrying divorce papers, and while she knows Marc is Moon Knight, doesn’t know that Steven isn’t a fake persona that Marc has donned.

Steven is abducted by thugs for Harrow, who seems to know about his connection to Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham). Harrow was once the avatar for Khonshu, and wanted to resurrect the goddess Ahmet, who he claims is better at fighting evil, because she kills people before they become evil. He pressures Steven to hand over the scarab, when Layla shows up, tells Harrow she has the scarab, and urges Steven to “summon the suit.” They make off with the scarab, as Harrow summons another deadly jackal demon from the earth.

Layla begs Steven to turn his body over to Marc. Marc (speaking to Steven in reflections throughout the episode) gets Steven to don a suit, but it’s not quite the dashing outfit that Moon Knight wears. Steven learns that he has super strength and invulnerable to injury. He can also see the jackal apparition while others can’t. After being beaten up by the jackal, and hit by a car, he allows Marc to take control of his body, and the full armor of Khonshu appears on his body. Marc draws the jackal away from people, and impales it on a building spire.

In the fight with the jackal, Marc loses the scarab, which ends up in the hands of Harrow. Steven finds himself trapped in a reflection, while Marc takes over his body. Marc claims Khonshu wants his wife to replace him, and he is trying to protect her, by keeping her at a distance. He also destroys the reflection with Steven trapped in it.

The story ends with Marc in Egypt, trying to get to Ahmet before Harrow does.

Acting

Oscar Isaac brilliantly moves between Steven Grant and Marc Spector, and is the greatest strength of the show. Ethan Hawke is menacingly reptilian as Arthur Harrow, and May Calamawy is quite good as Layla.

CGI & Effects

As can be expected with any MCU production, the CGI and special effects serve to enhance, rather than detract from, the story. The various animated Egyptian mythological characters and creatures are weel done as the things of nightmares.

Overall

Another good episode in this series, which establishes a dialogue and unsettling arrangement between Marc Spector and Steven Grant, while setting up the plot of the rest of the series. While this is not the usual Marvel hero story we’ve grown accustomed to, it’s not a bad way to expand the MCU into new, presumably darker, storytelling.

9.5
  • Story
    9
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Effects
    10
  • Music
    9
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