Moon Knight episode 2, “Summon the Suit,” has dropped and there’s nothing more I want to talk about than this series. In the span of two episodes, it might just make you question, “Is this the best Marvel TV series?”
Not only is Oscar Isaac excellent at playing the part of two characters, a la Steven (“with a ‘V’”) and Marc, he’s producing completely unique identities to help the audience further understand the struggle Steven is having as his life begins to unravel and take shape again.
In “Summon the Suit,” fans get to pull back the mysterious layers Steven Grant has been wrapped in for who knows how long. From hearing voices, seeing an alter ego in the mirror, and a vicious beast chasing him throughout the museum, it’s apparently clear that everything is not what it seems.
Watching video playback from the museum where he was attacked by the giant demonic dog in “The Goldfish Problem,” doesn’t help Steven or viewers better understand what’s happening. The audience gets to join along as he sees himself cower in fear and then run away with nothing chasing him. Steven, his colleagues, and Marvel fans wonder, “Is this all happening in his mind?”
In episode 2, we get to understand the mechanics happening behind the scenes, or in this case, Steven’s psyche. He’s able to see and hear things that others can’t unless they witness him being attacked. No wonder Steven is terrified. Who wouldn’t be when they’re being haunted by scary gods and creatures lurking in the shadows?
Moon Knight episode 2 sets a stage unlike any other Marvel show
Although it’s too early to fully declare a television show the best of its kind after a couple of episodes, Moon Knight episode 2 is done so spectacularly well it does warrant the question: “Could this be the best Marvel TV show?
The creators have propelled viewers into Marc Spector’s world in the latest episode, further establishing the dual personalities being portrayed by Oscar Isaac, and fans are taking notice.
On top of an amazing casting decision in choosing Oscar Isaac to play the lead role, Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow and May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly bring added depth to the show.
Harrow presents a reserved confidence where he and all of his followers believe in their righteous cause; though, Steven astutely points out, “Maybe that’s just me, but I kind of draw the line there at child murder.”
Layla, Marc’s partner-in-crime and wife, brings some serious fighting skills to the table. She also presents an additional quandary for Steven. Does he believe the voice in the mirror when Marc says he’s trying to keep her safe? Or does he ask for help and hope Layla believes he has another person living inside of him?
All of these elements in Moon Knight episode 2 amplify what we saw in the first episode. Subtle comments with odd timing land a bit of humor. Sharp camera turns with closeups ramp up the intensity of scenes despite the conversation volume being soft. An epic leap from building-to-building across a crescent-moonlit sky elevates an action-packed sequence.
Not only did Marvel Studios tweet about the historical significance of ancient Egypt within the show, the creative team has put together a compelling story that doesn’t seem disjointed, despite the fact that its main character is quite confused about his life.
The overall scale of the series heightens in episode 2 as Moon Knight fights in public and Layla understands the invisible creature he’s fighting is in fact real. The overall feel of “Summon the Suit” has viewers realizing we’re only scratching the surface of what’s to come and that’s the power of amazing television.
The uniqueness of the story being told helps to make this show magical. Much like the unique decade-to-decade mystery surrounding the town of Westview in WandaVision, Moon Knight is delivering its own mystery where we are trying to discover the truth behind Steven’s life.
Egyptian gods, voices and visions, unknown powers, friends or enemies, all of it comes together beautifully in a little over 46-minutes of television. Plus, the episode ends with Marc looking out a window with the pyramids as his backdrop, so there is a continued sense of wanting to see what happens next.
Honestly, even watching the “Previously on” segment prior to this episode’s start made me giddy with excitement. This feeling tells me we’re not only on the verge of something marvelous, but we’ve already tapped into greatness and it’s obvious we can’t wait for more.
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