TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E2 Code of the Streets

Luke Cage PosterLuke is pulled deeper into the fight for his neighborhood when, as a favor to an old friend, he tries to help a kid who’s in trouble with Cottonmouth.

Two episodes in and things are really set up as Marvel’s Luke Cage dives deeper into the history of various characters, but  what really struck me here is how much the series is paying homage to what has come before. This episode especially has moments that remind me of Do the Right Thing as well as Malcolm X, two films by Spike Lee. That’s not a bad thing at all, its just interesting at how much the show is willing to show its roots and where it came from.

That’s apparent in the beginning which opens up with Luke staring at a building with a gun to his head, a flash forward that we return to at the end of the episode. And that moment, like much of the episode is an origin of Luke Cage the hero.

The first episode showed his reluctance to use his powers and stand up. Sure he does a bit at one point, but it takes a lot for him to really get involved and act, and it’s clear it’s been some time for him to determine what he wants to do.

This episode is that moment of change where Luke Cage the man goes away and Luke Cage the hero arises. There’s something at the end of the episode that I don’t want to spoil because of how powerful it is, but it really sets the tone of this character and his principles. It’s a defining moment, for the character, the series, and in many ways Marvel as a whole, a discussion for a whole other time.

Luke Cage is a hero for the time and one that has come at a perfect moment, something the show is keenly aware of, and really we’re seeing the rise of a hero we all need.

Overall Rating: 9