Moon Knight season 1, episode 1 review: The Goldfish Problem

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. /

“I ate a steak alone two days ago” Spoliers for Moon Knight episode 1: The Goldfish Problem ahead. 

The latest Marvel Studios original series Moon Knight just premiered on Disney Plus. It’s already known that Marvel Studios were planning on creating the series for some time now but the question remains, did they do the character justice by bringing him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

In the first couple of minutes of the premiere episode, we get to see Arthur Harrow smashing a glass- putting the shards into his shoes. Just from the opening scene, it feels like Moon Knight is going to have a different tone than the previous Marvel shows.

Steven Grant

There’s not a lot of information given about Steven Grant early on in Moon Knight‘s premiere episode, however, we see him chain himself to his bed every night. We also learn that he works in a museum. Towards the middle of the episode, Steven tries to stay awake during the night. But, ultimately failing to do so, he wakes up laying on a field of grass, and while waking up he hears a voice in his subconscious.

That’s when we get to see the first interaction between Arthur and Steven. The whole interaction felt intense, as Arhur wanted the scarab that Steven was holding.

I loved the sequence when Steven blacks out for just a second and wakes up covered in blood surrounded by dead bodies. This is the first time Marvel has shown us a different type of fight scene. The fact that we didn’t actually see the fights take place made for an incredibly effective sequence and seeing the after-effects through Steven Grant’s blood-soaked hands went a long way in highlighting the effect it had on Steven himself and was an indicator of how brutal the fights were.

After, the delivery truck scene Steven wakes back up in his bed, wondering if the whole thing was real or not.

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Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Csaba Aknay. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. /

The transformation we were all waiting for finally takes place in the closing moments of the episode as Steven gives Marc control and transforms into Moon Knight to save them from the creature that was chasing Steven.

The Moon Knight premiere episode starts off strong with just the writing and it maintains it throughout thanks to the mystery between Steven and Marc’s personalities. My biggest question is how did Marc become Steven? I have a feeling that Marvel will tell us as the show goes on and that we may see some more brutal fight scenes as the mystery is unraveled.

Oscar Isaac is top-notch in this new role and the way that he balances two completely different characters is amazing. I can’t wait to see him more as Marc after we got just a little taste of it in the premiere episode.

Random Moon Knight thoughts

  • When Arthur put glass in his shoe, it looked very painful. My question why did put glass shards into shoes in the first place?
  • I want to know who is Layla? How does she connect to Marc?
  • Protect Steven at all costs!
  • Are we set to see more brutal fight scenes? Is Marvel going to start using Moon Knight as a stepping stone to show us a more mature side?
  • The mysterious element of the Moon Knight fits into the MCU very well – hopefully, they will continue with keeping the mystery alive.

Moon Knight streams new episodes of its first season on Disney Plus on Wednesdays.

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