TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E6 Suckas Need Bodyguards

Luke Cage PosterAfter Cottonmouth and Scarfe’s bloody clash, Luke realizes that saving the community may turn former allies into enemies, and enemies into allies.

Marvel’s live action television series always seem to stumble a little at the half way point and this series is no exception. What’s different though is Marvel’s Luke Cage is much better than whats come before.

You could watch this episode and it feels like you’ve seen the whole series. It feels like an ending, and like endings it’s full of action and confrontation and lots of reveals. And due to that, it also feels a bit out of place.

The reason I think the episode stumbles for me is because it feels like the creative team decided there needed to be a big beat and pop at this moment, and they needed to figure out how to get it in. In its own way, this is Cage’s version of Daredevil’s iconic fight scenes, a gauntlet of obstacles to get through. And due to that, it also doesn’t quite feel right for me.

There’s a lot of debating and discussion between Luke and Claire and all of it feels odd in tone in some ways. The addition of Rosario Dawson‘s Claire doesn’t match well with Mike Colter‘s more quiet Cage. She’s a bit too bright in an otherwise drab series. It also feels like her inclusion is a way to give some stakes to Cage’s battle, as she’s a person that can actually get hurt. She’s almost an object for him to protect and a way to make things more difficult.

If this was the ending of the series, I’d shrug my shoulders and say it petered out in a somewhat predictable fashion, but we’re on episode six, so there’s clearly more to come. Still, it shows that even when this series stumbles, it’s still much better than a lot of what else is out there and has come before.

Overall Rating: 7.95

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