Sunday, May 1, 2022

What I’m Watching: Moon Knight

Moon Knight: Season 1, Episode 5 “Asylum” (B-)

I wasn’t all that fond of this episode mainly because it didn’t really answer the question of what was real, but I think it did in a way that I don’t quite buy. Getting behind all this Egyptian gods stuff is a challenge anyway, and this was again a territory where Steven ended up being stronger given that he knows all about the lore that doesn’t concern a mercenary like Marc. While they were busy navigating a boat and trying to balance the scales so that Tawaret could take them home, we did learn a lot about how that splinter happened, with Marc dealing with his abusive mother by creating a separate personality that could retreat from them and be generally happier. Being hunted by the ghosts of those he had killed was definitely a strong way of representing the need to overcome past traumas and come to terms with what he had done that he needed to at least acknowledge and accept even if they weren’t right or ethical in any way. We did also see a glimpse of Marc’s Judaism, which I had heard about before the show, but there wasn’t much in the way of substantial shiva content aside from his throwing his yarmulke off as an apparent rejection of his faith and what it required of him in the event of his mother’s death. Now that the scales are finally balanced, Marc, potentially without Steven, has one episode left to fix everything, which hardly seems like enough time, just the latest instance of this happening with these six-episodes Marvel Cinematic Universe series that really should be much longer and more substantial given the built-in audience they have.

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