(The morning watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of notable videos from around the web. These can be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious skits, or anything to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, the brave people of nerdist remixed “Night at the Museum” and “Moon Knight” to give us “Moon Knight at the Museum”. Plus, composers Jeff Russo and Nami Malumad share the stories behind how they composed the theme and music for “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” And finally, a classics professor reviews Greek and Roman mythology scenes from movies, including ‘300,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Hercules,’ and more.
The night guard arrives
First of all, if you watched ‘Moon Knight’ on Disney+ and thought, ‘I wonder what it would look like if you mixed it with ‘Night at the Museum'”, then nerdist has just the video for you. “Moon Knight at the Museum” features Ben Stiller as a mild-mannered night watchman at a museum where things come to life, but he’s not exactly dealing with Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt this time around. Instead, he has to deal with Khonshu, Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow, and the devious boss Steven Grant who refuses to give him a gig as a tour guide, even though he would be excellent at it. Grab your mum and laugh because it’s a cute little short.
Creation of the soundscapes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Next up, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” is the latest Paramount+ “Star Trek” series, and one thing that sets it apart from “Picard” and “Discovery” is its throwback tone. This also extends to music! Composer Jeff Russo, who created the theme, explained his decisions to return to the original series’ credits and theme, while Nami Malumad, who composed the series’ score, explained why she chose certain instruments for some scenes. After all, trying to create the sounds of Vulcan with terrestrial instruments cannot be an easy task.
And finally, Peter Meineck, Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University, gave vanity lounge his honest opinion on scenes from Greek and Roman mythology as depicted in Hollywood blockbuster movies. He breaks down Sparta’s history in “300” and reveals that Spartan culture died out because they were too busy fighting to make babies. Additionally, Meineck explains the story behind Perseus and Medusa in “Clash of the Titans” and even explores the mythological origins of the Bast Sequence in “Black Panther.” If you’ve ever wanted to know the finer details of some of the myths behind your favorite movies, look no further.