So, Vince and I watched the last seven episodes of Luke Cage Season 2, and here’s the discussion. We apologize for the delay.
Check out our review of episodes 1 through 6 here.
Kade: What was your overall impression of episodes 7-13 of Luke Cage season 2? Pros and Cons.
Vince: The development between Mariah (Alfre Woodard) and Tilda (Gabrielle Dennis) was outstanding. They were the weakest part of the first half of the season, in my opinion, and they ended up creating one of the most tragic and character-defining scenes in episode 9. When Mariah revealed Tilda’s true father, we got to see this cold woman Shades was describing earlier in the season. The horror on Tilda’s face felt so genuine I had goosebumps the entire time.
Kade: Agreed, between Maria going down the rabbit hole and Shades growing a conscience, it was insane. I like how each couple episodes felt like their own mini-arcs, instead of the rest of the season being one arc, such as the second fight between Luke (Michael Colter) and Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir) in the Rand building, the Iron Fist episode, and so on.
Vince: That Iron Fist episode was actually way more fun than the entirety of the first season of Iron Fist, but I’d have to go between episode 9 for the emotional roller coaster and the last episode, which closed out all the plot lines while leaving enough wiggle room for the next season to have an interesting hook.
Kade: It has less impact on the series as a whole, but that Iron Fist (Finn Jones) episode was a dream come true. I love that Luke Cage season 2 hasn’t ignored the extended Netflix MCU. Every second of them fighting and talking was beautiful. Speaking of fights, did you have a favorite one from these episodes?
Vince: The team-up fight was probably my favorite simply because it felt so dynamic and well choreographed. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time; it was like a comic coming to life for me.
Kade: The team-up fight between Luke and Iron Fist or the one between Luke and Bushmaster that was also awesome?
Vince: I was talking about Luke and Danny, but that fight between Luke and Bushmaster was also a blast. Seeing both their styles come together was pure eye-candy.
Kade: Very true. Who was your favorite character of the second half of the season or favorite character arc?
Vince: Gosh, it’s a toss-up between Mariah and Tilda. Both actresses brought phenomenal performances. Ultimately, I’ll give it to Tilda; she went from a lackluster character to one of the most ruthless femme fatales of the MCU. The way she just went down this hole of insanity was breathtaking.
Kade: I’d have to go with Shade. He went through an emotional journey I didn’t expect to happen. Killing his best friend and then turning snitch; that was crazy. He also holds his own against Bushmaster in that safe room fight. I hope we get his son as a character in this.
Mariah definitely gave her best performance this half of the season though.
Vince: Have to agree on Shades. He did a complete 180 and definitely came into his own. After his mistakes, maybe he’ll move past his life of crime and build something for himself after prison.
Kade: As long as he gets optic blast goggles, I’m set. What part of the show disappointed you or you thought they could’ve done better?
Vince: Looking back at it, not much. This season is probably one of my favorite seasons of all the Marvel shows. If I had to pick, it would be the fact that they only teased Heroes for Hire and never gave us any substantial evidence they were going in that direction. It’s a small insignificant gripe when you look at the overall quality of the show.
Kade: I thought the ending, when Luke became the new owner of Harlem’s Paradise, though really cool, felt rushed. It was set up by the good wolf, bad wolf aspect, and finding his chi, but the show really left Luke this season and focused on the other characters. Luke was great, but almost every other character was better.
Vince: I liked that they dealt with that quickly. She was a small plot point, and when she turned and went full bad cop, I was worried they would spend three episodes trying to catch her, taking away important screen time away from more important events. The fact that they handled that issue this cleanly was great, and it paced the ending really well.
Kade: I agree. So what’s your overall verdict?
Vince: I’d have to give it a solid 4.5 out of 5
Kade: I’ll give it a 4 out of 5.
Verdict: Kade: 4 out of 5
Vince: 4.5 out of 5
Well, that’s all folks. Here’s to Luke Cage Season 3, more Marvel Netflix in general, and an Iron Fist that doesn’t suck more than a vacuum cleaner set to high.
Wanna know more about Luke Cage, but don’t wanna just google him or read his multitude of comic books? Check out DoYouEvenComicBook’s Then and Now: Luke Cage article here.
Oh, is this a bio? I better tell people who I am and what I do, right? Well, that’s easy I’ll explain that I’m a writer of sorts who goes under the alias of Nobody, but my friends call me Kade because that’s my name. Check out some of my short stories on Tapas.io under Social Cues of Mythology.