Moon Night Episode 3 Review: Surprise, the gods are here

Surprise: Moon Night The story of God. In its third episode, “The Friendly Type”, the series significantly expands its scope, bringing Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) and everyone in his head on a trip to Egypt, among other things, we discover the Egyptian Pantheon. True, they all hate Gonzo.

This is an increasingly common twist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which begins to think about divinity. Eternities‘Exploring the relationship of its eternal heroes with the heavenly creators Shang-ciThe hidden land of folk magic, and LokiContinuity-Hello Time Guards. As this phase of the MCU moves in directions beyond the Avengers, it explores the idea that heroes and villains can be incarnations of other world universe powers, agents of a divine chess match, players implicitly mysterious and frustrating.

Especially true when it comes Moon NightVersion of the Egyptian Gods. Like the Eternals, they have vowed not to interfere in human affairs. However, unlike the Eternals, they do not even exist on Earth and instead live on a reserve plane called OtherWhite. If not for the practice of choosing incarnations they would be completely absent – the human positions of caring for the world for them – often ensuring that their domains are not confused and that the true nature of the gods is obscured. Therefore, it is not uncommon for Gonshu (voiced by F. Murray Abraham), the god of the moon, to choose Mark Specter to do his work. There is It is unusual that this work is so straightforward. However, when Specter – who is currently in control, Steven interrupts from time to time – is summoned to court by other incarnations, we learn that Gonzo is the child brother of other gods, and none of them believe his warnings about Arthur Harrow. (Ethan Hawke) tried to resurrect Ammit.

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where is this Moon Night The court’s primary reason for rejecting Gonshu’s argument is that it is confusing to ask the accused if he did it, especially when he asks the viewer about the inexplicable divine structure with the inner logic of the beggar’s belief, and that a simple “Noah Arthur Harrow” um “is clearly enough for them. However, there is something meaningful here – it is not only Harrow’s testimony that ferments the gods on Gonshu, but what he chose in incarnation. When Specter’s mental health is questioned, Specter collapses and admits it; He is not well. The gods take this enough to pass judgment on Gonshu: get out of line again, he will be imprisoned.

until now, Moon Night It does not extend a hand where its interests lie in the mental health of its protagonist. Here, Mark is afraid of what Steven Grant will say about him everyday: he was told by the gods that he was broken. And in his broken state, you can’t trust him. It’s a difficult moment, and it’s a little underwhelming by the silly circumstances that bring it about. Fortunately, the “friendly type” has one more trick up its sleeve.

Following the trial, Mark – with the help of his ex – wife and only surviving partner, Laila L. Fowley (May Kalamavi) – seeks another way to stop Harrow. The episode goes into full adventure story mode, stopping the green mix of ancient collector Anton Mogart (the late Caspart Ulliel) for an ancient clue as to where a ritual took place deep in the desert. Unfortunately, for the clue to be good, Mark and Laila need to know what the night sky was like 2,000 years ago.

Moon Knight stands over defeated armed thugs in a sand pit.

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Every subsequent Marvel project should be commended for being different than it was before. This kind of compliment is empty: there is a richness and diversity in cinema, which is still alien to the MCU, and will be new to it for many years to come. Okay! Whether the aesthetic theme of a Marvel product is ever used for different purposes or in the service of exploring different ideas is something to be discussed. This is very rare, which is why the final action of each MCU project is so similar.

However, the final moments of the “friendship type” are a gesture about a world that does not need to be so.

Mark and Laila could not find the clue they needed in the night sky. Steven, however, can. Reluctantly, Mark gives him control, and Gonshu, in an act of knowing that he will be imprisoned, authorizes Steven to rewind the night sky, an unnatural phenomenon that everyone sees. This is not a climactic moment proposing violence, but the dual themes of the chapter on divinity and mental illness. Mark and Steven’s souls still contradict each other, but they trust each other in the absence of anyone. Through them, Gonshu – who may also be another resident in Steven’s mind – exerts incredible power over the natural world.

Earlier, Steven noted that as a desert people, the ancient Egyptians had no choice but to use the stars instead of symbols to travel to the world around them. With that in mind, why not worship them? Why is there no god of the night? In the final moments of the “friendship genre”, Gonshu gives the world a glimpse of that awe, which is an expression of myth, understanding and explaining the world around us in our early days.

Gonshu is gone, and then Moon Night Restores its status for the third time in several chapters. In the middle Moon NightIt is not yet clear where Hope the show is over. It is well designed, with good performance and Mohamed Diab’s confident movement elevates the confusing script. Overall, this is completely different from other MCU charges. Each chapter is a bit different, but the “friendly type” Moon Night Seems to solve the vibe of a classic adventure story. That may change very quickly. Who knows what the show will be like next week, but it’s a promising one if it turns out to be confusing.

Moon Night Episode 3 is now streaming on Disney Plus. New episodes will air every Wednesday.

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