Spoiler Free Review Moon Knight Episode 4
Although this is a spoiler-free review of Moon Knight Episode 4 all images used have been taken from the episode.
Tipping over the halfway point Moon Knight Episode 4 delivers some creepy tomb raiding followed by psychological twists that weren’t expected but are welcome to see. Hot on the trails of Hawke’s villainous Harrow in search of Amet’s tomb Marc/Steven (Isaac) and Layla (Calamawy) find their destination in the desert of Egypt.
Things get very Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider from this point as most of the episode is spent creeping around the dark tomb trying to work out where the burial chamber is. Finally, Steven gets to shine here, and we see him come into his own, still afraid but for the first time very competent with his knowledge of Ancient Egypt. Marc has a few moments to shine in this part of the episode and Isaac continues to deliver a fantastic dual performance playing them both. What’s exceptional is that at no point in this episode does he hide behind the superhero persona. It’s refreshing to see a powerless superhero still be super.
Calamawy is standout in her performance. At this point, her character is one of the best ‘superhero sidekicks’ Marvel has ever given us. In fact, calling her a sidekick is a total disservice. The character has brains and an ability to kick ass. The moments where she saves the moment are wonderfully refreshing. The relationship between her and Steven/Marc starts to crack in this episode which is painful to see. I’m sure will be resolved and out in the open before the series end. Harrow is an untrustworthy narrator after all.
The creep factor is really on display in this episode with some disturbing imagery and discoveries within the tomb. Unfortunately, this is never really explained as to why it’s going on, and I hope this thread is concluded. Simply having ‘creepy/horror’ elements is a total disservice to an otherwise great episode.
Moon Knight Episode 4 continues to deliver high-quality visuals. The sets and the soundtrack are fantastic and I cannot fault the cinematography of this episode. The skill of the director and all involved really comes to light in the last act of the episode. Without going into spoiler territory, this section of the episode jars you mentally from what you’ve been watching previously. It makes you question everything. It’s well filmed, well-acted, and brilliantly unsettling. Ripped straight from the comics with a few teases on what’s to come, Moon Knight Episode 4 ended on a high. Waiting a week for the next episode is a killer!