While Shades, Mariah and Misty come to terms with the previous night’s events, Bushmaster searches for a way to boost his strength.
Things are shaken up in the eighth episode of Marvel’s Luke Cage as the fallout from the previous episode begins. Mariah is scared and Shades is mournful after the death of his friend. This feels like the beginning of the end game as it’s clear to everyone who the bad guy is and that something has to be done.
Mariah’s in the police station and the big question is if she’ll cooperate or not? What’s interesting is, if she did so a while ago, she’d be in protection and they’d be focused on Bushmaster.
The episode is really putting Shades and Mariah on a crash course. Both are feeling the pressure as the cops are putting the pressure on them, and they know the cops have the goods. And lets face it, Shades is right in many ways. He said to not sell the guns to Bushmaster and instead sell a painting. He also doesn’t try to fake what he is. He knows he’s a gangster and has accepted his role. Mariah though is in this strange denial of everything. She doesn’t want to admit she is a criminal and should probably act like it.
What’s interesting is that everyone knows the reality of it all but no one can quite prove any of it. Everyone knows Mariah is crooked. That Bushmaster is behind things. That there’s a gang war going on. But, there’s not really evidence of any of it. We’re in the power waving phase of everything as the various factions jockey in position.
Part of that is Bushmaster attempting to gain even more power. There’s that whole saying about power and corruption and his arc feels like an embodiment of that. He keeps wanting more from Mariah and more from his powers. Both will cause him to overreach and screw up and we’re beginning to see exactly that. The overreach is how far he’s willing to go to take on Luke and how much he’ll do to gain power himself.
There’s also interesting in how some of that overreach shakes out. There’s two fronts and one is all women defending and another all men defending. It’s interesting to see and one wonders if there’s a greater meaning and reason for this. But, predictably, this is where the two factions must team up to take on a third.
With still quite a few episodes to go, this is where the end game gets going and it’s actually really solid. The first half of the season was a bit slow but the latter half is getting much more exciting.
Overall Rating: 8.05