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An Unfamiliar Side To The Marvel Cinematic Universe | “Moon Knight” Season 1: Episode 1 “The Goldfish Problem” Review

Before we begin, a quick note: I am not an expert on dissociative identity disorder, and I don’t pretend to be. So I apologize in advance for any faux pas made here and know that I will make an effort to rectify my ignorance moving forward.

I’m not gonna lie, I forgot this show premiered. While I’ve seen some of the promotional stuff, I didn’t feel obligated to see it. But while I realized out of the blue that this show was now on Disney+, I figured I’d give it a watch.

Oscar Isaac plays Steven Grant, a museum worker who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). One night after going asleep, he wakes up in another country, and meets an enigmatic figure named Arthur Carrow (Ethan Hawke). After a chase across the country, Steven wakes up and finds a series of changes-his goldfish regained a fin, he had been asleep for days, and is being chased by a jackal monster and connected with a mysterious figure named Layla (May Calamawy). Carrow visits Stephen at work and reveals that he is in service to the Egyptian goddess Ammit. As the jackal monster returns, Grant lets the strength of an alter ego, Marc Spector, take over and he takes power as the eponymous Moon Knight.

The principal cast has been set up and there’s a lot promising here. Oscar Isaac is an amazing actor and here, he seems to do good in the role so far. He balances himself and Marc Spector perfectly; it reminds me of Toni Collette’s performance in United States of Tara. I’m also intrigued with Ethan Hawke. He plays the character as those cult leaders whose calm demeanor hides the motivation and cause. Both have a promise that I’m hoping to see more from them.

Another thing that works in the show’s favor is the action sequences. The shots are cut at climactic points-leaving Steven and the audience in suspense with the holes in between. But whatever action we get is intense and choreographed smoothly. And when we finally see the Moon Knight in action, it’s a brilliant teaser for the rest of the series.

I’m not familiar with the character or Egyptian mythology, but this was a solid introduction to both. The cast is shows promise, and the action and editing is compelling and makes the show addictive. It has done it’s wonders on a newcomer like me.

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