Moon Knight (Spoilers!)

Moon Knight has recently arrived on Disney+, and it’s one of the world’s trending shows right now. Each episode has done well with its storyline, characters, and intricate scenery so far. Meanwhile, something new is brought to each episode, and all 6 are a roller coaster of emotions. I conducted my own personal review, as well as pulled information from Rotten Tomatoes to help support my opinion.

The first episode “The Goldfish Problem” opens up with Steven Grant, a kind yet severally anxious British man. He has a difficult time sleeping and monitoring some of his toughest emotions, however, he is not always aware of what they may be. In the second episode, “Summon the Suit”, you start to learn about Marc Spector: Steven’s other vicious personality. We also get bits and pieces of who Konshu is and who Marc’s wife, Layla may be. This episode is action-packed, which I love. I also really admire Layla’s strong and independent character while guiding Steven, who is pretty much incapable of handling anxiety-rising situations. In the third episode, “The Tomb” we finally come to realize that Marc and Steven are the same people and that Marc is struggling with Split Personality Disorder, as well as several other mental disorders.

The next episode, “The Friendly Type” is another action-packed episode of the series, and it works its way into the following episodes as we see Steven…(or Marc) fighting for their lives until they reach their inevitable…death? One of the things that really sparked my interest in the show is the appreciation of Egyptian culture, as well as the beautiful sceneries of Cairo. This spills into the 5th episode, “Asylum” and this is probably the most emotional one yet. They travel through Marc’s memories and attempt to compare them to Steven’s. Marc and Steven struggle with the comparison in memories, as Steven’s were entirely fake. You see that their mother was absolutely terrible, and it had a great impact on Marc’s character (creating Steven). Truth is, Marc uses Steven to cope with life’s toughest battles, and they have to learn how to be Moon Knight together. This episode broke my heart into a million pieces, as mental health is one of the largest indicators of what makes Moon Knight who he is. He wasn’t properly cared for, and when life knocked him down he was approached by Konshu to be an avatar, now he has to fight even harder.

In the last episode, “Episode 6” (so original!), Layla and Moon Knight battle Arthur Harrow, the man that wants to ruin Moon Knight…or at least it seems. I really enjoyed this show, especially since it goes into the depths of the mind as well. This is the first Marvel superhero series that I’ve seen go so heavily into mental health, and I feel as if it’s about time.

Although I loved the show, I used Rotten Tomatoes to find other opinions, as well. I was pretty shocked as I heard a little bit of everything. On the Tomatometer, there’s about an 87% average and a 93% average on their audience scoring. Patrick Lenton, a top critic of Rotten Tomatoes says that “I cared more about this very scared and beautiful man, this bumbling idiot, than I have cared about any Marvel character for a long time.” With that being said, I completely agree. Moon Knight is the Marvel character that gave us the mental awareness that we didn’t know we needed.