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 had a lot of questions with the last episode. And I was excited to see what would happen next as we got closer to the end of the season. Each scene here had me hooked and gave me something to enjoy.
The hippo lady is revealed to be Tawaret (Antonia Salib) and that they’re both in Duat, the Egyptian Underworld and the psych ward they’re in is the inside of the boat bringing them to the Field of Reeds (an Egyptian paradise). But in their travel, Steven and Marc try to balance their hearts on the Scales of Justice to get in. This involves the two going through Marc’s memories, showing how his brother died and his mom blamed him, her abuse, and how Khonshu got him to be his avatar. Parallel to that, Marc is in the office of Dr. Harrow to work things through the two alters.
There was a lot of emotion in this episode. The journey was a series of emotional punches; learning about Marc’s home life and the conception of Steven Grant was engaging as he realizes this whole life that was there when he wasn’t active. The revelation that his mother was dead and talking to no one hit hard. And the scene where Khonshu gets Marc to be his avatar hits differently, when considering the alters, Marc’s broken past, and his hardened mercenary work makes it clear that the god manipulated Marc. All this has more layers with the scenes in Doctor Harrow’s office. The second-guessing from the last episode is far more prevalent. Ethan Hawke is calm, and it emulates the feeling of being in a therapy session.
Action comes back in the forefront, and it does not disappoint. But unlike the early portion of the season where Marc is the powerhouse, we see Steven get a chance to shine. While nothing compared to the seasoned mercenary, Grant can hold his own with a cricket bat. And the end of the fight and the episode is just another beat to the audience emotionally leaving more questions than answers.
Next week is the finale and I’m legitimately excited for it. This hasn’t happened when watching a Marvel show since What If…? back in August. With the heel turn given in the last scene and the final shot has me captivated and waiting for Wednesday.