TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E5 Just to Get a Rep

Luke Cage PosterCottonmouth strikes back at Luke by taking his vengeance out on the people of Harlem, while detectives Knight and Scarfe face an unexpected threat.

This fifth episode really lays out what a lot of this show is about as Luke Cage eulogizes Pop. Kids need to see a man at work… and that feels like it sums up a lot of what Marvel’s Luke Cage is about, someone for kids of color to look up to as a hero. Not someone who is fighting aliens but someone who is trying to do good in their own community.

In the scene I reference above, which isn’t a spoiler, it feels like Luke Cage is addressing us the viewers as much as he’s addressing the congregation. Again, this is a show with a message.

We also get a much better sense as to where this series falls when it comes to its fellow Marvel Netflix series. Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple, the only character to appear in all three series, debuts in a way to help set straight some of the timeline and also set up the future.

If there was doubt this was a show with a message that’s erased here as it’s delivered directly to the viewer in no uncertain terms. In that way this is a show of recent times as well as paying homage to its roots.

Overall Rating: 8.5