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Friday, 7 October 2016

Luke Cage: Soliloquy of Chaos


All my gripes about Diamondback as a viable villain were swept aside at the end of this episode in a moment of geeky goodness, but before we get to that, let's embrace the brilliance of Soliloquy Of Chaos.

Luke quickly escapes police custody, determined to get Diamondback, but making himself a fugitive in the process. However, being Luke he still takes time out to stop a robbery at a convenience store (a sequence with the double bonus of the blink-and-you-miss-it Stan Lee cameo and an appearance by Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan).

This is such a cool episode that it even has a musical interlude, courtesy of Method Man (and providing the first single that's been released from the show's soundtrack... hopefully more will follow, as music has been one of the cornerstones of this show).

Alliance are fast dissolving as the various criminal factions are falling apart and falling over themselves, leading to gunplay, explosions, and fisticuffs. You have to appreciate the near-comedic way Luke KOs minor goons with just a slap to the head!

Just when it looks as though Mariah and her new ally are on the verge of striking a deal with Luke (and, possibly, Misty) in a parlay at Pop's, Diamondback makes his dramatic entrance, escalating events to the next level.

While my attitude to Diamondback has shifted slightly more towards the positive, I still have issues with the Judas bullets.

When Cottonmouth was scratching around to raise the cash to buy a single bullet, it was dramatically exciting.

But now they seem to be freely available to the police it rather devalues, demystifies, them. Within episodes of everyone finding out that Luke has bulletproof skin, the authorities - and, presumably then, soon criminals - have bullets capable of taking him, and other heroes, down. What's to stop these bullets being turned on The Avengers?

It's like an arms race that has jumped from both sides hitting each other with sticks straight to one side have a nuclear weapon.

Hopefully, there'll be some twist in the season finale that defuses the power of these bullets. Perhaps, it was all a lie and the bullets supplied to the police aren't Judas bullets at all, and it turns out Diamondback only had a handful after all.

2 comments:

  1. We like the use of Stan Lee in the Crime poster... Cool !!
    A great weekend to you and yours, good Sir Knight...
    and Hello from across the "Pond"...

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    1. It's always very gratifying to spot the Stan lee cameo, there's something reassuring about it, maybe it's a badge of quality.

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