"No... actually, I don't."
Going into the finale, not having everything figured out is the best place to be. Anything can happen.
To a degree.
I mean, Luke probably won't die and if Claire dies, I plan on staging a protest. All things considered, though, we got a solid episode. I am hoping that Diamondback will be defeated and that for season two Mariah will be the big evil calling the shots. She is equal parts smart, creepy and ruthless which always makes for a smart villain. Whatever points Diamondback had earned with me went on the window when he pulled that super suit out. Only because he is an idiot for not putting it on at the jump. Dumb villains just aren't fun to watch. Mariah Dillard is a force to be reckoned with. Mama Mabel knew it. Cottonmouth knew it. Hell, Shades always seemed pretty confident in her too. But finally, Mariah sees what they always saw in her and she is ready to own that darkness. Yikes.
Putting Luke in cuffs was laughable. Sure, he turns handguns into useless lumps of LACMA-worthy art, but three pairs of handcuffs... that'll work. Of course it was all a show for the cameras, but still. Why weren't there guys with armed with Judas bullets trained on him in the back of the van? Not that I'm complaining, I'm in no hurry to watch him take the acid bath again, but it still seemed like lazy police work. On a side note, Luke might have a career in the art industry when he finally decides to hang up his
The kind police officer at the start of the episode was smart enough to know he'd have to out-think Luke to catch him and smart enough to see enough good in him to let him go. I wouldn't mind seeing him again. Plus it was a little foreshadowing of the change we saw later in the episode. The people are behind Luke again. They see the good in him too and aren't letting the spin Mariah and Diamondback are putting on his character cloud their judgment anymore. Considering that all those people were at the anti-Luke Cage rally like a day ago, that's a pretty quick turn around.
Like everyone else with a brain, I love Claire. I love that she is smart and brave and dedicated. Please, don't kill Claire. I love that she and Luke have been making eyes at each other. I love that she didn't hold a grudge against Misty. And I hope the place she is hiding out in has a masseur. Claire deserves a personal masseur.
Misty is another story. On top of finding out that her partner was dirty and watching him die in the street, she was shaken by Luke and what he is capable of. As a result her judgment has flip-flopped all over the place. I'm hopeful that her badassery in this episode is a return to form and not more waffling, but we will see.
Diamondback told Zip that he values loyalty and he's obviously got a thing for power. Is he trying to make up for the fact that his mother had no power over her life and his father wasn't loyal to her?
As far as setting us up for the finale, this was very very good. All the players got good character work and I am excited to see where this goes.
3.5 out of 4 pimp stormtroopers
I love Bobby Fish. Bobby Fischer is a pretty famous chess player. I didn't catch that before.
Shades' real name is Hernan Alvarez.
Luke literally walked around in camouflage for most of this episode.
'The hole-y hero' newscast made me laugh out loud. And people stealing Luke's signature look to show solidarity was lovely.
Romeo was mentioned twice. Do we know who that is? Zip's father? Mentor? Friend?
As sick as it may be, I get a deep satisfaction watching smug characters get put in their places. In Turk's case, he went from playing it cool and lying to Luke to screaming the truth in a dumpster. And Zip went from gleefully garroting Shades to trembling on his knees.
Officer: "Triple cuff him."
Turk: "I'm doing business with him, yes. But I ain't his boy. And I definitely ain't his bitch."
Zip turned around and said that Turk didn't know what he was talking about. Half a second later, Diamondback addressed Zip as 'my boy.' Always listen to your elders. They've been where you are. They know the things. #LifeLesson
Method Man: "It's you, isn't it?"
Luke: "No. It's you."
Method Man: "There is something powerful about seeing a black man that's bulletproof and unafraid."
Fish: "What the hell? What kind of Jean Paul Gaultier shit is this? What are you, a pimp stormtrooper?"