Luke Cage does Die Hard in a nightclub with a superhero.
Almost every television series that involves crime fighting of some kind has done a hostage episode. They are almost a rite of passage. But I am no fan of hostage episodes. More often than not they turn out to dull and predictable, and this one was no different.
'Now You're Mine' won hostage episode bingo. Every trope and cliche you can think of was in this episode, from someone inside being injured and needing immediate medical attention to the hot headed SWAT commander who wants to storm the building but was held back by a more level headed cop who knows "Something ain't right here".
As well as failing to do anything new with the sub-genre, this episode failed to do anything at all, really. Luke spent the majority of it hiding in the basement looking after Misty while the cops sat outside twiddling their thumbs and Diamondback continued to blame all his daddy issues on his brother for reasons that are still not entirely clear.
Diamondback is just not working for me as a villain. I like his dress sense and taste in music, even if 'Son of a Preacher Man' was so on the nose it broke it, and that "diet Obama" line was brilliant, but there is just no nuance to him at all, and Erik LaRay Harvey's performance is one bacon sandwich away from being full ham. Why oh why did they have to kill off Cottonmouth? Sure, it made for a really shocking mid-season twist, but it robbed us of more Mahershala Ali. When you have an actor like him on the payroll you don't get rid of him after just seven episodes.
The most surprising thing about this entire episode was what it didn't do. When Diamondback put a bullet through Misty's right arm I was convinced she was going to lose it. One of the things Misty Knight is best known for is having a bionic right arm. When Claire said she might lose her arm I thought to myself, "Yeah, that arm is coming off". But it didn't. Misty got to keep her arm, which, when I think about it, is for the best. A bionic arm would have been one fantastical step too far for the series.
|Queen of New York|
--Blake Tower is the fourth character from Daredevil to make the trip above 110th Street.
--Shades is openly questioning Diamondback's decisions and making jokes about his name. He isn't long for this world, is he?
--Claire is finally referred to as Night Nurse.
--Which is worse, villains who tirelessly quote Shakespeare or villains who tirelessly quote the Bible?
--Misty and Claire kicking ass together is something we need a lot more of.
Luke: “Couldn’t we have made amends a long time ago?”
Diamondback: “Couldn’t you have died during childbirth?”
Claire: “Me, medical shit. You, bulletproof shit.”
Two out of four diet Obamas.
Mark Greig is cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere, he's all alone, more or less. More Mark Greig.