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Friday, 7 October 2016

Luke Cage: Take It Personal


Claire and the doctor fix Luke up, but then the bombshells start dropping: not only do Luke's abilities mean he is potentially Wolverine-like immortal but it turns out that Reva might not have been the angel that Luke believed her to be.

Back in Harlem, Diamondback is making good on his desire to frame Luke, and kills a cop in the process, making everyone believe he is Luke.

Misty isn't convinced though, despite eye witness testimony, and is determined to get to the bottom of things, even though her boss is demanding she focus on bringing in Luke.

Tapping into real world issues from "black fear" and "gun laws" to Black Lives Matter, the team of Mariah and Diamondback are engineering their take-over of Harlem, capitalising on a cop's zealous beating of a young friend of Luke's to rally the public to their side.

Mariah calls for the police to be better armed on take on "superpowered menaces".

Misty finally puts a name to Diamondback's face, and Luke - on a visit to his home town - realises that Diamiondback was probably telling the truth about their blood connection.

Take It Personal was a magnificent episode, with its constant barrage of revelations, climaxing in a fantastic gunfight at Cottonmouth's nightclub, Harlem Paradise, when Misty spots Diamondback and tries to arrest him during a community gathering hosted by Mariah.

It's amazing to think how far this show has come, from its first episodes centred around Pop's to this. After Take It Personal I'm re-energised to barrel through to the end of the season now after the easing of the accelerator in recent episodes.

I like the fact that plot threads were left dangling with Dr Burstein, which makes me think even if we don't see him again in Luke Cage he might pop up in another Netflix/Marvel show as the resident "mad scientist".

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