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Moon Knight Episode 1: A Slow Pace Narrative That Unfolds Brilliantly

The Moon Knight's cinematography is a stunning treat to behold, with each scene relying heavily on mirror shots to represent Steven Grant's numerous personas

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Khushant Runghe
Khushant Runghe
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UNITED STATES:Moon Knight,” starring Oscar Isaac, is all about Steven Grant, who has dissociative identity disorder. Steven, torn between dream and reality, finds himself in an unexpected situation in which his simple character as a gift shop employee contains more of his super aggressive persona.

As Steven finds himself in a precarious circumstances with cult leader Arthur Harrow, things take a wild turn, resulting in the unleashed chaos of his hyper violent personality, branded as Moon Knight.

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Oscar Isaac excels as the meek and tired Steven Grant

The first episode of Marvel’s Moon Knight, titled “The Goldfish Problem,” has been released. It’s all about the great cast, which includes Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke. Despite the fact that Ethan gets limited screen time, whenever he comes on screen, a vaguely malevolent attitude pervades the ambiance.

The episode focuses mostly on Steven Grant played by Oscar Isaac, who represents the protagonist or, in this case, a confused protagonist. Isaac’s abilities and facial expressions give off the impression of a mildly weak and decent person who is apprehensive of anything, notably fighting and violence, which aren’t really his cup of tea.

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Story begins through Steven Grant’s point of view

The story opens with Steven Grant, who is one of Marc Spector’s many personas. Marvel has done an excellent job of starting this course with Stevens’ point of view, that provides a unique perspective on Moon Knight.

The comics normally feature Marc Spector, who is aware of his other identities, but the show has altered the viewpoint through which audiences can view Moon Knight. 

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Though Steven’s profession is a significant departure from comics. In the comics, he is a millionaire playboy who invests all of the money he makes as a mercenary in business. However, in the series, Steven Grant is portrayed as a simple man working as a gift shop employee who is unaware of his other identities.

The entire notion of the show works as non-linear narrative that is both original and appealing to the eye.

Cinematic use of mirror shots

The Moon Knight’s cinematography is a stunning treat to behold, with each scene relying heavily on mirror shots to represent Steven Grant’s numerous personas. Tough CGI can appear sloppy at times, but it is simply avoidable.

The series also makes effective use of the appropriate music for the scenario, which quietly magnifies the viewing experience.

All the following songs are used in series

* Every Grain of Sand” by Bob Dylan

* “A Man Without Love” by Engelbert Humperdinck

* “Khusara Khusara” by Hossam Ramzy

* “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!

* “El Melouk” by Ahmed Saad, featuring 3enba and Double Zuksh

Hyper violent theme works best

The preceding MCU series were considerably toned down. Hawkeye is a good example, where an R-rated character like Kingpin was made into a joke. 

Moon Knight may not be entirely R-rated, but it does not shy away from depicting blood and extreme violence. Moon Knight is a figure that would be completed with tremendous violence and wild action sequences, and it’s safe to predict that Disney family-friendly involvement will be reduced in upcoming installments based on the first episode.


The first episode feels fresh and unique from previous MCU shows, discreetly avoiding the Post End Game crisis, that serves as a novel concept with an intriguing phenomenon, working as a series that should never be missed.

Transcontinental Times rating: 4/5

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