Sunday, May 8, 2022

What I’m Watching: Moon Knight (Season Finale)

Moon Knight: Season 1, Episode 6 “Gods and Monsters” (B-)

I’m not sure what to make of this installment, which feels like it might be a series finale to me but apparently could lead into a second season, given that even its creators don’t know whether it’s coming back. It always feels this way with the Marvel series that only run six episodes, and there’s so much more that I feel like I would be open to exploring which didn’t end up dominating the focus. Harrow telling the soldiers that he didn’t need to show them his papers but that they needed to show them their souls was a relatively terrifying concept, and apparently he was well aware that his own scales might not be balanced, which was the height of hypocrisy from someone who claimed that was all that mattered. I liked that Tawaret possesses multiple dead soldiers so that she could identify herself to Layla and express that Marc said wonderful things about her, and Layla got her moment to shine, told by Steven that she looked amazing in her “suit” and identified excitedly as an Egyptian superhero. It was endearing to see Marc and Steven so happily reunited, able to overcome their initial disagreements to develop a warm relationship. After a relatively lackluster ending, we got an extended credits scene with Harrow being taken out by a third personality, which is intriguing, but it’s hard to know where things go next. I’m not sure I could imagine Moon Knight showing up to hang out with Doctor Strange or any of the other Marvel superheroes, but I did appreciate the performances and some of the action scenes on a show that I ultimately found more intriguing than fulfilling.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Oscar Isaac

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