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TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E7 Manifest

Luke Cage PosterMariah’s political career comes under fire, and Cottonmouth picks up information that could put Luke on the run.

Setting up the second half of Marvel’s Luke Cage, this episode feels almost like a second season in some ways picking up from last episode and shaking things up quite a bit too.

Up to this point, we haven’t gotten much as far as the history of Cottonmouth aka Cornell Stokes and Mariah Stokes and this episode changes all of that. It does a solid job of really diving into the world these two grew up in ad how they came to be where they are. It’s an interesting episode that’s tragic in many ways and also is Shakesperean in others.

This is in a way a fresh start as the second half of the series begins and it’s hard to really discuss things without spoiling them. It’s the Stokes’ episode in every way and makes the two more than just a copy of a 70s blaxploitation villain and the crooked politician. There’s more there and we now get a sense what.

Alfre Woodard as Mariah Stokes especially gets the spotlight as she steps center stage. Things have been telegraphed for a while, but what exactly happens hasn’t been, leaving viewers with some surprises.

It’s an interesting episode that’s very slow but full of dramatic turns and sets the stage for the big bad to come.

Overall Rating: 8.35