Luke Cage S1 E13 – You Know My Steez

For a climactic finale fight, it kind of left me cold.

For a climactic finale fight, it kind of left me cold.

Well, I did not particularly enjoy this episode. I still quite enjoyed the show, overall, and in fact I might have been okay with this as a finale if even one of the remaining villains was actually permanently out of the picture. But there’s such thing as too many loose ends. Especially the idea of Diamondback as a literal supervillain, after the pattern of Luke? Blech.

Even the fight between Luke and Diamondback just felt odd to me. I get that Luke doesn’t want to kill his brother. That’s fine. He’s not a killer. What I don’t understand is why Luke wouldn’t immediately seek to break all the tech that was the only reason why the fight was even close. Then the cops could have him.

I was not at all disappointed that Claire is actually genuinely interested in Luke, though. Despite my protestations throughout the rest of the season, they would be a good and intriguing couple. It seems like Luke has fewer issues with getting close to people than, say, Matt Murdock, so they’d have a better chance of making it work. Someday? (All this said with the understanding that I still anticipate the future day when Luke and Jessica Jones will get back together, as they are in the comics.)

And Misty’s character arc through the show is satisfying, if sad, of course. Maybe the next time we see her (please be soon!), she’ll be better equipped to strike the balance between trusting the system while knowing people can be corrupt. I wonder who her new partner will be, on that note. (Also I still want her to get a badass bionic arm at some point.)

Aww, but they never even found out what coffee together would have been like!

Aww, but they never even found out what coffee together would have been like!

Glad to see that Luke shouldn’t be in prison for long, what with the files that Fish found. At least that isn’t something I have to feel too unresolved about. The marshals seemed like decent people. And who knows? Maybe he’ll learn more about Reva during the hopefully quite short time he’s in prison.

I think I could be pretty satisfied with Mariah still being out of prison – as well as seeming to have embraced her dark side. I probably would be, if it weren’t for the fact I’ve already mentioned that this finale leaves both villains free to show up again. But there’s a lot more to see, there, and Alfre Woodard is just too good for this to have been all we saw of her. Her relationship with Shades is… mildly creepy. Still, it’s interesting. I will be watching to see what happens when we next check in with them. Oh, and at least we get more Harlem’s Paradise with excellent music. That needs to continue.

Which is true of the show in general. It’s not perfect, but the main cast is amazing and the story is worth telling. So I’ll be looking forward to The Defenders, as well as the Luke Cage season two that needs to happen.