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REVIEW: Luke Cake 1×05 “Just to Get a Rep”

Written by Z. B. Hunter

We’re approaching the mid-way point of the season and things are definitely picking up. Claire, it’s so lovely to see you again. Last time you saw Mr. Cage, he asked you for a glass of water and left without saying goodbye. Rude, I know. But by the looks of it, you two will have a lot to talk about in the following episode.

This is the third separate occasion Claire Temple has shown up in the storyline of one of our titular characters. She’s beginning to realise that she has a much bigger part to play in this than she thought… and so are we. Even though she handles pressure very well, it was nice to see Claire a little more relaxed and pensive than what we’ve seen in the past. We learnt a little more about her and her background and I can’t wait to discover the rest.

Let’s talk about Cottonmouth. He’s slowly losing control of his assets and he’s acting out in a desperate attempt to keep what he has left. This is what is going to reveal his true nature. Up until now he’s been defensive and dismissive about his past, insisting on being called Mr. Stokes rather than Cottonmouth. His resolve is wearing thin and the cracks are starting to show now… and I have a sneaky feeling that Luke Cage is going to force him back to his old habits. But Cottonmouth has a plan. One that will inevitably fail, but the question is how spectacularly will it do so?

Now that Luke is publicly using his powers and making his identity know, I felt like it was far too late to have Shades to finally recognise him. I don’t understand why it took so long. Yes, okay, Carl had a lot more hair back then, but and afro and a beard are no superhero mask (though they’re certainly a step up from a pair of glasses…). Considering that, “It’s all in the eyes,” and the men have been close enough to make eye contact before, how did Shades not ever put two and two together?

It would have been a lot better if he told Luke that he reminded him of someone he used to know. That way we could have seen a little more of that vulnerable Luke we only briefly met in those first few exchanges. We could have then seen Shades playing with the idea that Luke and Carl are the same person, but dismissing it because Carl is supposed to be dead. That would have been a much better way to build the tension between the two characters.

I guess we’ll just have to see how this pans out between them.

I feel the confrontation between Cage and Cottonmouth played out really well in this episode. It was a good way for us to gauge how they will interact with each other much later and what their true intentions are. However, like Cottonmouth said to not confuse the battle with the war, things will get a lot more complicated the more it continues.

At this point I have no concrete idea about what will happen, except of Cottonmouth being double-crossed and eventually taken over by Diamondback. The exciting part is anticipating how that will happen; and the show has done pretty well so far in building to this.

How do you think it’s going so far? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter. Don’t forget to check back later for the next segment!

About the author

Z. B. Hunter

Fresh out of university, Zaibien is hoping to make a splash in the world of literary art. When he's not figuring out new ways to subvert the fantasy genre, he's somewhere between writing his first novel and wishing there was a way to telepathically communicate his ideas onto paper exactly as they are in his head.
Unlike his characters, we can't all have superpowers, so he's just having to settle with reading comics, going to the gym and occasionally pouring his heart out over his laptop.

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