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Moon Knight Episode 6: Gods and Monsters
Harrow frees Ammit and kills the avatars of the other Egyptian gods. Layla finds Khonshu's ushabti and releases him. Spector refuses to stay in the Field of Reeds and returns to the Duat to rescue Grant. With Taweret's help, they escape through the Gates of Osiris and awaken in their body. Khonshu re-bonds with them, restoring their powers. Layla discovers that Ammit can be re-bound by multiple avatars and agrees to become the temporary avatar of Taweret. They join Spector, Grant, and Khonshu in fighting Harrow and Ammit. Harrow overpowers Spector and Grant, but they experience a blackout during which time they somehow defeat Harrow. Spector and Layla seal Ammit in Harrow's body, imprisoning her, and Khonshu urges Spector to execute Harrow and Ammit. Spector refuses and orders Khonshu to release him and Grant from their service. The pair find themselves in the "hospital", where they reject the vision and choose to continue their new life together as heroes. In a mid-credits scene, Harrow is killed by Jake Lockley, Spector and Grant's third alter, who is still working with Khonshu.
JJ goes down a strange path. Taylor hates Ammit even more and by proxy Alec. Alec defends JJ's weird choice and gives up trying to understand. Mattson is in shock and hopes there is more to come.
Moon Knight Episode 5: Asylum
The hippopotamus-headed woman is the Egyptian goddess Taweret, who explains that Spector and Grant are dead and the "psychiatric hospital" is a boat sailing through the Duat, the Egyptian afterlife. She weighs their hearts on the Scales of Justice to determine whether they can enter the Field of Reeds, but the hearts are imbalanced by hidden memories that she suggests they explore together. Grant sees a memory of Spector's younger brother Randall drowning and Spector's mother blaming him for it, while Spector reveals to Grant how he became Khonshu's avatar while on a mission with his partner Bushman, who murdered Layla's father. Spector and Grant convince Taweret to let them return to the living world to stop Harrow, and she steers the boat towards the Gates of Osiris. Spector reluctantly explains that he unknowingly created Grant as a result of their mother's abuse. Grant and Spector reconcile with each other, but their scales fail to balance and hostile spirits attack them, dragging Grant into the Duat where he turns to sand. The scales balance and Spector finds himself in the Field of Reeds.
JJ dives head first into the lore and depth of story that this episode brings. Special guest host Taylor brings the psychology knowledge again and breaks down the giant therapy session that Steven and Marc get. Alec is just confused and didn't get the answers he wanted. Mattson wonders how it all connects.
Moon Knight Episode 4: The Tomb
Grant and Layla find a deserted campsite at the location of Ammit's tomb, which is a maze in the shape of the Eye of Horus. They discover that some of Harrow's men have been killed by undead Egyptian priests, who then attack Grant and Layla. Layla defeats the priests but encounters Harrow, who claims that Spector was one of the mercenaries who murdered her archaeologist father, Abdallah El-Faouly. Grant finds the tomb and discovers that Ammit's last avatar was Alexander the Great; he retrieves Ammit's ushabti from inside Alexander's body. Layla angrily confronts Spector, who reveals that his partner killed Layla's father and Spector himself before Khonshu revived Spector as his avatar. Harrow arrives and shoots Spector, who wakes up in a psychiatric hospital populated by people from his life. After escaping from Harrow, who appears as a therapist at the hospital, Spector finds Grant in a separate body trapped in a sarcophagus. They also see a second sarcophagus with someone else trapped inside before being greeted by a female hippopotamus-headed figure.
Guest Dalton brings his unique catch phrase and tik-tok videos. JJ tries to explain where things are going. Mattson is excited for what is to come. Alec did his home work on Rama-Tut or Rambo-Tut as he likes to call him.
Moon Knight Episode 3: The Friendly Type
Harrow and his followers discover the location of Ammit's tomb in the desert. In Cairo, Spector and Grant both experience blackouts while tracking a lead to Harrow's location. After failing to gain information, Khonshu calls a council between his fellow Egyptian gods and their avatars to warn them of Harrow's plans, but Harrow successfully denies the accusation. Hathor's avatar, Yatzil, tells Spector to find the sarcophagus of a medjay who knew of the location of Ammit's tomb. Layla finds Spector and takes him to meet with Anton Mogart, an acquaintance of Layla's who owns the sarcophagus. Harrow arrives and destroys the sarcophagus, forcing Spector, Grant, and Layla to fight off Mogart's men and escape into the desert. Grant assembles some of the sarcophagus fragments into a star map, but it is two thousand years out of date. Khonshu uses his powers to briefly turn back the night sky to the correct night, allowing Grant and Layla to find the location of Ammit's tomb. The other gods imprison Khonshu in an ushabti for this, leaving Grant and Spector's body unconscious and powerless.
Guest host Taylor brings a deep knowledge of DID and shares it freely. JJ has a lot of questions about DID and its representation. Mattson wants to know what a Nerdgasm sounds like. Alec praises Oscar Isaac and questions JJ's commitment.
Moon Knight Episode 2: Summon the Suit
Steven Grant is fired for the damage done to the restroom. He uses the keycard to access a storage locker, where he finds the scarab. He speaks with his "reflection", another identity in Grant's body that introduces himself as American mercenary Marc Spector, the current avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Grant is confronted by Layla, Spector's wife who is unaware of Grant's existence, before being arrested by police officers who work for Harrow. The latter reveals that he was Khonshu's previous avatar until he chose to follow Ammit because she prevents harm rather than seek Khonshu's justice for past deeds. Harrow wants to use the scarab to find Ammit's tomb and resurrect her so she can purge humanity of evil. Layla rescues Grant, but Harrow summons another jackal creature. Grant manages to summon a suit of his own to fight the jackal, but is overpowered and allows Spector to take control. Spector kills the jackal but loses the scarab to Harrow. Khonshu threatens to claim Layla as his next avatar should Spector fail to stop Harrow, before sending Spector to Egypt.
Mattson sees improvement in the CGI as the story progresses and improves. JJ is intrigued by DID and how it is being portrayed. Alec brings up all of the moral questions.
The Legend of Vox Machina (2022)
The Legend of Vox Machina is an animated series adapting the Vox Machina campaign funded via Kickstarter. It is produced by Critical Role Productions, Titmouse Inc., and Amazon Studios and released through Prime Video. The series will span two seasons of twelve episodes each. The first season premiered on January 28, 2022 through February 18, 2022, and was released weekly in batches of three episodes each on Fridays at midnight GMT (or UTC).The first season begins with Vox Machina facing Brimscythe, before adapting the Briarwoods arc. The main cast of Critical Role reprise their roles as their player characters, and Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer reprises his role as multiple non-player characters, most notably Sylas Briarwood and Trinket.
Casey talks female nerds and the impact of Critical Role. JJ just flat out goes full nerd. Alec talks knowing nothing of Dungeons and Dragons and how that influenced his enjoyment of the show.