Moon Knight Episode 5 – An epic roller-coaster and a sad origin
On Wednesday morning at the ungodly hour of 3am EST, I joined a few of my fellow content creators in a watch party of the new episode as it dropped, and I was not prepared. Picking up from the end of episode 4, Marc and Steven are still screaming in front of Taweret the Hippo goddess.
They discover that they are dead and in the realm of Duat (Astral dimension that serves as the Egyptian afterlife) and being ferried to the Field of Reeds (Aaru) but have a very present problem.
Their soul’s hearts are not balanced, and they must journey through their past to find balance or else be pulled to the sands of the forsaken. They must hurry because Taweret notices that souls are crossing into Duat that should not be, inferring that perhaps Amit has already been released on earth.
Marc and Steven must find balance fast. In the journey through their life, we discover that the MCU origin for Marc Spector is very different from that of the comic book origin. In this iteration, a young Marc suffers the loss of his brother while playing in a cave.
His mother blames him, and we have a moment where it is inferred off screen that he was physically abused and Steven appeared as a way for Marc to disassociate from the abuse, but Steven was not the only identity manifested.
Fans of Moon Knight are familiar with there being three identities that Marc Spector manifests. Both him and Steven are immediately identified in the first episode. Episode 3 gives the first hint at a third during the Egypt chase, Marc awakes to having stabbed one of Ammit’s disciples and both Marc and Steven don’t know how it happened.
In episode 4 after Steven is freed in the asylum, they both pass another room with a second sarcophagus with someone obviously trapped inside. In episode 5 we get a to see the third identity with a broken nose and what sounds like a New York accent talking to Harrow. I personally believe that Jake is the identity that took the abuse for both Marc and Steven. We may discover that Jake is a much more dark and damaged identity than the others.
Balancing the scales
Marc and Steven discover that until the death of their mother and Marc’s refusal to attend her Shiva the lines between them were not crossed, but that was the moment that they began to lose control. Steven must deal with the knowledge that his mother is dead and discovers that he is the created identity.
Unfortunately, the scales are not balanced by the time they reach the gate of Osiris and the dead board the boat to drag Marc down below. Steven takes on a role of protector and saves Marc only to fall overboard into the sand to possibly die. With Steven gone, the scales balance and Marc appears in Aaru or Paradise.
Where do we go from here?
It is hard to fathom that one episode is going to be able to conclude this story, yet I have some thoughts. First, I do not believe that Jake is going to make a substantial presence in the remainder of the show, unless it is as an end credit scene or even a last realization that will leave the show in a cliff hanger. We will probably have a battle between Harrow and Moon Knight, but how we get there is beyond me.
What if it’s all an Illusion?
There have been many instances of foreshadowing throughout the show. There was a reference to the pyramid of Giza being empty when that was the meeting place for the Ennead. A little girl asks Steven in the same episode “Did it sucks for you? Getting rejected from the Field of Reeds?” Taweret is seen in the giftshop of the museum, then appears in Episode 4. Steven’s boss threatens to shove him in a sarcophagus, and he is found in one by episode 4. My theory is that the entire show thus far, is happening within Marc’s head and that once he breaks from Aaru, we will discover what is really happening. Whatever the case, episode 6 has got a lot to do to complete this series to my satisfaction. Can Marvel Studios pull it off? I have faith that they can…. Do I know how it is possible? No idea in the least.
This episode took me through every emotion possible and ended me with sadness fueled rage. Oscar Isaac is a genius and presented the best performance that I have ever seen representing two separate characters that interact with each other. I had moments where I forgot that they were both played by the same person. If he doesn’t win an Emmy for this show, I will be very surprised.
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