The first episode of Moon Knight introduced us to the title character(s) and if you would like a recap, read here. Also, here come major spoilers.
The second episode, aptly titled "Summon the Suit" takes us deeper into the main character's arc. After escaping an ancient jackal summoned by Ethan Hawke's character "Harrow," Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) returns to the scene of his trauma, his job at the museum, only to find the footage shows no jackal. If this is starting to sound like "The Hounds of Baskerville" you and I are on the same wavelength. The security guard makes the same joke two seconds later.
After getting fired for damaging the toilets (or as we say in America, the bathroom) the museum tells Steven they aren't pressing charges and offer him some quality medical care in a kindness most jobs wouldn't offer after firing you. I suspect the show's self-awareness of the fact they're fictionalizing mental illness into a superhero show is not lost on them. A powerhouse acting scene where Steven finds the storage unit used by his other personality, Marc, follows. He finds a bag that contains a gun, money, and passports with the name Jason Bourne. Sorry, my fault. The name on these passports is obviously Marc Spector. Oscar Isaac's ability to play two different personalities never falls short. We feel like we are seeing two different people. The show's use of mirrors and set pieces give us the discombobulated and disjointed feeling that both Steven and Marc feel. Some fans may feel the mirrors are a little cliche, but it works the way it's supposed to and is effective.
The Show Gets Fun
The show then introduces Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy) to us. We only heard her voice in the last episode, now we get to see her. After a truly heartbreaking scene at Steven's apartment, where Marc implores him to follow a course of action that he insists will protect Layla, the show starts hustling. This scene is rather heartbreaking because we truly see the depths of Steven's sadness, confusion, and loneliness. He acquiesces to Marc's pleas when Marc says that if Steven doesn't stop what he's doing—Layla will die. This scene gets lost in the way the episode speeds up immediately afterward. It shows the most human parts of the show.
Steven is then arrested by "cops" who aren't cops. He is taken back to Harrow who finally goes full Bond villain and reveals his plan, which is basically the plot of "Minority Report." Harrow's zealots want to rid the world of evil by stopping evil before it occurs, using the judgment or their scale tattoos, I guess. The age-old trope of "stopping evil before a person does it" works when it is discovered that Khonshu is the "God of the Moon" but also the "God of Vengeance." There is a monstrous reveal of who Harrow was before he became a servant of Ammit. As someone once said, there's no zealot like a convert.
Summon The Suit
After Steven so gently explains that Harrow's dogma means killing innocent children on the prospect they may someday do evil, Layla comes to rescue him. She kicks major ass. When another invisible jackal starts chasing and trying to kill both Layla and Steven, Marc again implores Steven to let Marc take control. This is when Steven summons his own suit and discovers he can kick a little ass, too. Steven's newfound suit and bravery aren't quite enough, and he lets Marc take over. Marc kills the ancient Egyptian dog. Marc and Steven then have quite the argument and Steven has to see how it feels to be disembodied. Khonshu then tells Marc it's time to move on (as Harrow recaptured the scarab they've all been trying to keep their hands on) and the episode ends with Marc looking out his hotel window at the great pyramids of Giza.
Oscar Isaac is incredible in this show. At no point do we feel too distracted by the difficulty of two competing personalities. Isaac makes it feel like there are two different people. Ethan Hawke is effective as the born-again zealot. The show reveals probably its major theme: free will versus determinism. Is the future set or does choice change the course? Instead of "Minority Report" or the "Matrix," "Moon Knight" is our setting for this classic theme this time.
Who we don't quite get enough of (at least in this episode) is Layla. Here's hoping the third episode showcases her more. What the episode leaves on the table is dichotomous. The most poignant parts of the episode are the human moments of Steven coming to terms with the fact that he is split, but at the end of the episode, we are seriously wanting to spend more time with Marc. I guess we all do love the bad boys, after all.