TV Club Binge: Luke Cage briefly heads in the wrong direction

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.

I praised the previous episode for transforming what could’ve been filler into a thoughtful character study. “Suckas Need Bodyguards,” however, isn’t quite so successful. This is the first episode of the season that felt noticeably clunky and it doesn’t help that it centers largely on one of the show’s least developed characters, Detective Rafael Scarfe.

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can very …

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