Moon Knight serves as fun fever dream

Ethan Glick, Co-Entertainment Editor

Moon Knight. Who is he? That’s the question most of you have probably been asking yourselves leading up to the release of the Disney+ limited series. Well, with the release of the first episode, I can safely say that you should keep asking that question. If you aren’t familiar with the comic series the show is based on or who Moon Knight himself is, the first episode does little to nothing to explain it.

The first episode, “The Goldfish Problem,” follows Steven Grant, a museum worker who sells toys. At first, he just seems like a very, very confused individual, but as the episode progresses we see him black out and wake up in what seems like a Scandinavian town, drive an ice cream truck through a car chase, black-out while driving the aforementioned ice cream truck and wake up with a gun in his hand and two bodies in the back. Eventually, he wakes up in bed, making it seem like those wacky hijinks were all a dream. Turns out, he has multiple personality disorder and shares a body with a mercenary.

One of the highlights of the episode is the cinematography. It’s incredibly stylistic, with shots that perfectly illustrate the franticness and duality of Steven and what’s going on around him. I will say that during some parts there are flashing lights and images, so if you’re someone who is prone to seizures, maybe don’t watch it.

Oscar Isaac plays the title role, and like absolutely everything else he does, he absolutely kills it. His South London accent is stellar, and his ability to convey different emotions while barely changing his face is, in my opinion, unparalleled. When Marc (the mercenary who shares a body with Steven) comes out to play, he looks, sounds and acts completely different from Steven, and that’s just a testament to Isaac’s acting. Plus, he’s not bad to look at, either.

This episode is good if you don’t get confused or aren’t bored by complicated plots.

As the show progresses, things should become more clear, and fans will be able to become more invested in the limited series. It seems like Disney forgot that a large demographic of their viewership is children, and Disney only has six episodes to clear up what’s going on, so they better pile on the action soon, or people will lose interest. 

If I were to rate the first episode of Moon Knight out of 10, I’d probably give it around 7.5-8. It’s fun, wacky and unique, but it’s also incredibly confusing. If you want something to throw on while you’re eating dinner or doing homework, this is not the show for you. It demands your full attention, or you will miss something. Do with that what you will, and if you decide to watch it, I hope you enjoy!