It’s Marvel Wednesday and it’s already time for the season finale of Moon Knight – Spoilers ahead for episode 6, which is rumored to be titled “Gods and Monsters”, although my Disney+ accounts just shows it as “Episode 6”!
What was it about?
Layla has to find a way to stop Harrow, while Marc has to make a decision about his afterlife.
So … this was the shortest episode of the season (effectively about 35 minutes long) and followed the traditional Marvel show formula of needing a big fight in the finale. I can’t help but feel disappointed?
I have trouble putting my thoughts into words, but there was so much they had to wrap up and I didn’t think they would even attempt at addressing all of it, yet here we are. They rushed through all the loose ends in 35 minutes and it’s hard for me to truly feel satisfied with that, because I don’t think a lot of the things were properly explained to the viewers. But let’s break down the episode:
- We are back in Ammit’s tomb, where Harrow gets his goddess’ totem from Marc’s dead body. He can now magnify Ammit’s power in his staff and is ready to free her from the other gods.
- Layla witnessed all of that and is still determined to stop Harrow.
- Meanwhile, Marc cannot enjoy the eternal peace he was granted, knowing that Steven is petrified in the desert. Instead, he forsakes his afterlife (which Taweret warns him, he cannot return to if he leaves) and brings his full heart to Steven, opening the gates back to Earth.
- While this has been going on, Layla followed Harrow back to the pyramid the gods meet at. These gods and their avatars were really the most disappointing addition to the show. They furthered Harrow’s plans without question and were then surprised he betrayed them? And then they have the audacity to be completely useless in a fight and get taken down by one wave of Ammit’s power. It’s kind of ridiculous. So, to no one’s surprise, Harrow manages to free Ammit.
- However, Layla simultaneously manages to free Khonshu, but refuses to become his new avatar. Avatars are needed to bind Ammit again though, so Layla chooses Taweret as her god instead.
- As Marc/Steven come back to life, seemingly being able to switch personalities with ease now, a fight between the gods and their avatars ensues. I love the spotlight that Layla got in those fight scenes, because she was a true badass. When she saved some people on the streets of Cairo, they asked her “Are you an Egyptian superhero?” and she replied with a proud “Yes!”. This better have been only the beginning of her story of becoming the new Red Scarab of the MCU. I’m serious, I’ll be very salty if they bench her and not use her in the rest of the shows and movies moving forward.
- Ultimately, Marc and Steven pass out and their secret third identity ends the battle. They manage to trap Ammit within Harrow’s body, but Marc refuses Khonshu’s order to kill him. Instead, he asks to finally be let go off his contract with the god.
- Next thing we know, Marc/Steven are back in the psych ward with Dr. Harrow. This time, they don’t accept this reality though and even manage to shake this version of Harrow’s faith, because of his bloody footprints. Again, Marc and Steven wake up (still sharing on body) in Steven’s London flat, tied to their bed, just like in episode 1. Seemingly bringing everything full circle.
Post-credit scene: Obviously, this is not the end though. Harrow is shown to be a patient in a psych ward now, when he gets picked up by no one other than the ever elusive Jake Lockley, Marc’s most unhinged and thus far unknown identity. Khonshu has made him his new avatar and in his service, Jake shoots and kills Harrow.
Well, that was season 1 of Moon Knight. I very much expected this to be a limited series, with Oscar Isaac not being contractually obliged to take on the role again in the future, but they left it completely open. While Marc and Steven have come to terms with each other, they are likely going to still loose time, because of Jake’s errands for Khonshu. We don’t know if Layla is still in the picture and whether she remained Taweret’s avatar.
Moon Knight has definitely proven to house itself in the “weird” corner of the MCU and that is a fun place to be in, but the season mostly just teased lore and characters rather than fully immerse the viewers in them. I’m not sure I can claim to fully understand anything, least of all the psych ward scenes that were clearly not real. Most of all, I’m confused by the role of the gods in our world and what they’ve been up to. Their avatars seemed mighty useless …
I wish the finale had been given more time, that the ending didn’t feel so abrupt. Oscar Isaac’s ability to shift between personalities (no matter if the accents were good or bad) is phenomenal and elevated the show by a lot. They also gave me Layla, who has quickly become one of my new favorite characters. All in all, the show was far more interesting than I expected. But it only feels like a beginning rather than an end to a show and I worry about its uncertain future and it’s place within the MCU. Maybe I just don’t want to get my hopes up, because it would be intriguing to continue with it all, but we can’t be sure that they can make it happen.
PREVIOUS MOON KNIGHT REVIEWS:
- Episode 1: “The Goldfish Problem”
- Episode 2: “Summon the Suit”
- Episode 3: “The Friendly Type”
- Episode 4: “The Tomb”
- Episode 5: “Asylum”