TV Club Binge: Family comes first on Luke Cage

Welcome to The A.V. Club’s Luke Cage binge-watch. From Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, A.V. Club contributor Caroline Siede will be watching and reviewing every episode of the Marvel series’ first season.You can follow along and comment on the whole season on the binge-watching hub page or chime in on the individual episode reviews. For those watching at a more moderate pace, reviews by Ali Barthwell will run every other day beginning Monday, October 3.

Well that was a twist! Not so much Luke’s potential death-by-Judas-bullet, which was always bound to happen sooner or later. I’m talking about the shocking reveal that Mariah is our true villain after all. The scene in which she murders Cottonmouth was a fantastic shattering of expectations that recontextualizes Mariah’s character without feeling like a retcon. Unfortunately, the rest of “Manifest” was a little more hit-or-miss …

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