TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E4 Step in the Arena

Luke Cage PosterAs he rescues a victim of Cottonmouth’s vengeance, Luke remembers his earlier life and the conspiracy that led to his superhuman strength.

The origin story is really here as we find out how Luke Cage became Luke Cage, his powers, his name, everything about him.

Marvel’s Luke Cage in its fourth episode answers a lot of our questions about our mysterious lead, including why he’s been getting paid in cash. It’s an interesting origin story, really the first real one we’ve had out of the three Netflix series. Sure we saw hor Daredevil got his abilities, but there really wasn’t an entire episode taking us through an origin in a traditional way.

The episode is straight up that as Luke is trapped after having a building dropped on him in the last episode. As he struggles to get out he recounts the story behind his powers.

The episode is a birth in many ways with straight up imagery of the hero emerging through a tunnel to face the public. It continues the symbolism that has been front and center in all of the episodes so far.

For comic fans, there’s lots of love too with nods to his signature catchphrase and also a classic look that’s pretty damn entertaining.

The episode and origin isn’t quite as good as previous ones, but it’s pretty damn solid. My issues is that it feels like it treads in things we’ve seen before so many times borrowing from films where prisoners are forced to fight to even Captain America’s origin in some ways.

Still, the series is so entertaining and continues what is easily Marvel’s best series yet.

Overall Rating: 8

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