(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Moon Knight S01 Ep.3 ‘The Friendly Type’ +++)
The third episode of Moon Knight brings a change of setting, perspective and pace as the action is transported to Egypt and Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) takes control. And, finally, this show seems to find its stride with far more action, a little bit more Moon Knight and a good deal more story-building as well as more of Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy). It’s a clue-finding trip, but one that takes Marc and Layla on a journey of discovery too. But not before a bit of roof-top action where Marc effortlessly beats up on some local thugs in an attempt to seek out Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), who’s seeking out Ammit’s tomb. It’s a good indication of this change in pace too. With Marc in the driving seat we get more of the action that’s been missing when Steven has blanked out previously. This is, after all, a super hero story, and that means comic book violence. And we certainly get more of that in this new episode.
We are also introduced to the council of avatars, akin to Marc Spector, who represent other gods from ancient Egypt’s pantheon with one who at lest seems to be on Marc’s side. Sadly, it’s the only part of this packed episode that falls flat. After a big build up, Harrow is let off the hook far too conveniently and is allowed to go about his nefarious business with barely a question asked of his true intentions.
Out of luck where the gods are concerned, Marc convinced Layla to go looking for clues at the desert home of Anton Mogart (the late Gaspard Ulliel), aka Midnight Man in the Marvel comics. But even that goes south pretty damn quickly, but at least it gave Marc the chance to finally summon up his Moon Knight costume, albeit rather briefly as in the past two episodes.
One thing leads to another and eventually Marc must give up his body to Steven once more. A man who’s knowledge of Ancient Egypt is essential in uncovering the site of Ammit’s resting place in a rather spectacularly showy scene.
With a good deal going on this felt like a move in the right direction. And with half the season now in the bag I’m hoping this more grand and fast-paced tone will be sustained over the second half of the season.
Moon Knight is streaming now on Disney+ with new episodes every Wednesday.