With the release of episode three of “Moon Knight” we have now reached the halfway point of season one. I would consider the first half of the season to be an overall success, but episode three is the weakest so far and personally my least favorite. With that being said, I was far from hating it.
Episode three, “The Friendly Type,” is certainly the most exposition filled segment of the show that we have seen thus far and manages to do a great job of world-building for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and for the realm of Moon Knight in general. We also are given what is our first official connection to the rest of the MCU, with the mention of Madripoor, a fictional country which appeared in 2021’s “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Hollywood has had a problem with how Egypt is represented in both film and TV. “Moon Knight” has done a superb job with episode three, showing Egypt as an actual modern civilization as opposed to a barren wasteland of only sand with a yellow tinted filter over it.
That brings me to my next point, yet again, this episode is visually stunning and gives us one of my favorite visual sequences in both the MCU and in general. While most of the episode was dialogue and world-building based, that does not mean it was completely without action.
There is an action sequence that takes place about 75% of the way through the episode that is on a relatively grand scale and has choreography that is done well. The camera work is also not too chopped up to where you cannot tell what is taking place in the fight, but I must admit that I personally was not as big on the fight as other viewers appear to have been.
The last 20 or so minutes of the episode really stole the show for me and have left me curious and excited as to where next week will take us. Oscar Isaac once again acts his heart out as his multiple different characters and continues to strengthen his case for a possible Emmy down the line.
My final complaint that is beginning to feel more prevalent after this week’s episode is that “Moon Knight” does not necessarily feel episodic and rather feels as if I am watching 1/6 of a movie each week. This is not the first time Disney+ shows have had this issue as it was also the case with “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” but with that being said I do not think it is necessarily a horrendous problem and much more of a nitpick.
Overall, episode three of “Moon Knight,” while not being my favorite and most enjoyable, is a necessary addition to the series and a compliment to the universe that it is helping to build. “Moon Knight” as a whole continues to impress me and excites me for what more is to come from the series and Marvel in general.
Watch “Moon Knight” every Wednesday as it premieres weekly on Disney +.