‘Moon Knight’ Episode 1 – “The Goldfish Problem” – TV Review

An exciting and ambitious turn for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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The latter half of this review will contain SPOILERS for episode 1 of ‘Moon Knight’

While much of the MCU content has a strong enjoyment factor, there’s no denying that sometimes it can feel a bit repetitive. Since the rollout of Disney+, Marvel has had the ability to tell stories that may not lend themselves to a feature film. Thus paving the way to expand the world in new and exciting ways. After one episode, I feel confident in saying that Moon Knight is one of the most unique projects yet.

Instead of laying out all the information the viewer needs to know in order for the remainder of the series to continue, the filmmakers behind the Oscar Isaac staring series don’t hesitate to leave audiences (especially those unfamiliar with the character) confused and guessing as the credits roll.

From the beginning, the commitment from Isaac is apparent. We get a good grasp on who Steven Grant is and even begin to sympathize for him. Despite having admiration for the artifacts in the museum he works at, he’s unable to obtain the position he desires. A social life is also not easy to come by for Steven.

While there is one larger scale action sequence in the middle part of the debut episode, it was actually the more expository scenes that peaked my interest the most.

Also injected into the mystery are some mild horror elements that, I can only hope we see more of. While mostly tame, it was pleasant to see these moments throughout. After over 25 films and a handful of series this is the first time that we’ve seen true nods to horror genre.

Full of mystery and intrigue, the first episode of Moon Knight shows great promise. However, if you’re looking for fun tie ins to other MCU works, you won’t find them here. Which, might just be my favorite part of the series.

The remainder of this review will contain SPOILERS for episode one of Moon Knight.

Right out of the gate the latest MCU project sets itself apart from other projects. The imagery of Marc (most likely) smashing a glass and pouring the shards into his shoes shows you that while it may be a show on Disney+, boundaries may be pushed.

As I mentioned above, you quickly begin to sympathize with Steven. Constantly late for work and struggling with what he believes is a sleeping disorder, chaining himself to his bed each night. He lives alone with his goldfish and just as he’s about to land a date, Steven disappears and Marc/Moon Knight comes out, for several days. Causing him to miss the date.

One particular touch to the action sequences that, in almost any other context might frustrate me, is the cuts from Steven’s experience to the aftermath where bodies are on the ground and the look of fear and confusion on Steven’s face only heightens the mystery.

As the episode comes to a close we get our first look at Oscar Isaac in costume as the titular character after defeating the monster that chased them around the empty museum.

As the credits began, I attempted to wrap my head around the 45 minute series opener and was impressed with what I had just seen. Moon Knight allows the Marvel Cinematic Universe to expand in a new bizarre, and creepy direction.