TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E3 Who’s Gonna Take the Weight

Luke Cage PosterIn the aftermath of a chaotic event at a favorite Harlem hangout, Luke heeds the call to action — and hits Cottonmouth where he’ll feel it most.

A hip hop driven superhero is the best way to describe Luke Cage and that’s apparent in this third episode of Marvel’s Luke Cage. From what’s being played in music to the focus on Crispus Attucks, this third episode is full of symbolism.

With Cage strolling around in a black hoodie for his first major action as a superhero, it’s hard not to think of things like the murder of Trayvon Martin. As the bullets bounce off of his chest and the holes pile expand it’s hard not to think of what a black man in a hoodie with bullets bouncing off of him represent. And what the situation this occurs in adds to that meaning. Symbolism is front and center in this episode.

Crispus Attucks is considered the first American death in the American Revolutionary War and you have to wonder who in this series is Attucks? Is it Luke Cage the man? Replaced by Luke Cage the hero?

Through all of the action. Through all of the music. This is a superhero series that wants you to think about the current political and social climate. Its focus is on the local community, and wants us to think about ours. Gentrification is brought up. Community centers are mentioned. Political corruption is there. This is a series that is more than the bulletproof hero that adorns its title and a lot of that is on display here.

Another solid episode that entertains and more importantly gets you to think.

Overall Rating: 9

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