Moon Knight episode 1 dazzles Marvel fans with an incredible origin story

Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant in Marvel Studios' MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.
Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant in Marvel Studios' MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. /
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Moon Knight episode 1 has been released on Disney+ and let the gods rain down on us from the heavens with its magnificence. Episode 1, “The Goldfish Problem,” presents our main character with plenty of tricky situations, even more so than any fish might handle. Not only does Oscar Isaac give us a wonderfully quirky Steven Grant, but all of these idiosyncrasies lead us down a path of wondering who he truly is underneath it all.

Similarly to Jack Nicholson’s character in As Good as It Gets and his need for locks, we see Steven Grant have multiple locks, blue painter’s tape over the frame of the door to make sure the door has remained closed, and a circle of sand around his bed to let him know if he got up in the middle of the night. Oh, he also shackles his ankle to the bed to make sure he can’t leave.

At least, that’s the appearance we have from the start to let us know he stays put each and every night. As the episode continues, not everything is what it seems. In fact, I’m not sure if anything seems right when you boil it all down.

Moon Knight episode 1 presents Grant as a somewhat forgettable person or nuisance at the museum where he works. Whether his boss is talking down to him, or the security guard continually forgets his name, it’s apparent that Steven Grant is a solitary soul.

Bit by bit, things begin to unravel. Was he in the animal store yesterday? Did he really ask his co-worker out? Was he really in another country running from gunfire after stealing an ancient Egyptian artifact? Or was it all a dream?

There isn’t a single thing wrong with this episode. As someone who’s not always fond of awkward situations, Oscar Isaac nails this role where these odd moments seem natural rather than startling, while his character’s reactions seem completely believable. Now, realizing many people are shooting at you, while also waning in and out of consciousness would make anyone wonder; what in the world is going on?!

Moon Knight episode 1 gives reminiscent feeling much like MCU’s first

Although much of this episode is wrapped in uncertainty as Grant tries to uncover what’s going on in his life, the main action sequence (which is brilliant) feels like an origin story. It feels like it’s saying, “This is how it begins,” which might remind fans of their first-time watching Iron Man. It starts off unassuming and then it leaves a permanent impression. Yes, Grant doesn’t know why he’s in a different country, but he still steals a cupcake delivery van to escape the people trying to kill him.

He drives down winding roads all while avoiding multiple cars chasing and shooting at him. This sequence enhances the realization that something or someone else is occupying Grant’s mind or body. One moment, he’s shoving a cupcake in the face of a bad guy with a gun. Next, he passes out for what seems like a half-second before coming to. Now, he’s holding a gun, and, oh, that bad guy is falling out of the back of the van. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a need to check for vital signs.

Moon Knight episode 1 gives us these moments where Grant is scared and wondering what’s happening, which might remind Marvel fans of Tony Stark’s early test runs with his Iron Man suit. The nervousness, uncertainty, and all mixed around discovering what he’s capable of. Much like Tony Stark pushing his suit to the limits, even before he’s ready, Grant gets equally pushed to the limit by the voices in his head and the images in the mirror.

“The Goldfish Problem” is executed in such a way that fans will want nothing more than the next five episodes to be released. It’s that good. It not only highlights Oscar Isaac in the titled role, but the opening sequence also catches our attention more so than possibly any other Marvel project. In what looks to be an ancient ritual, shattering glass and then having it placed in shoes to walk in is a scene that will make your skin cringe from the thought of doing such a thing.

Although Grant hears voices throughout Moon Knight episode 1, he soon comes to realize another voice and name might be the savior he needs near the end. So, let me be a voice in your head when I say this story is something you should watch. If you have access to Disney+, then Moon Knight episode 1 tells us that this series will already be shorter than we want it to be. This six-episode run will be over before we know it, and honestly, I’m not mad about it, because I want every single episode right now.

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