You Know My Steez was a fitting bold and confident ending to Luke Cage’s first season. Continuing its pattern of not sticking to the established Netflix Marvel series model, Cage didn’t neatly resolve everything.
Most interestingly, Steez ended with a ton of unanswered questions. What will Bobby Fish do with Pop’s? Will Claire call up her really good lawyer friend to help clear Cage’s name? Can Misty rock her comic book accurate look complete with Afro and red jumpsuit from now on?
That was a risky decision, but it worked. Daredevil and Jessica Jones wrapped with few cliffhangers besides the mystery with Elektra’s fate while Cage’s showrunners made Steez all about setting up the next moves. Beyond the thrill of seeing Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up, Steez sets up a number of Cage-specific subplots that can be advanced in Defenders.
But first, the episode needed to lay the groundwork for all those dangling subplots.
Like I figured, Mariah managed to get off. Shades killed Candice, the only witness who could question her alibi and she was free to go. Alfre Woodard furthered Mariah’s ambition and growing confidence in her power. Mariah brazenly flaunted her latest escape. This was the rare case when the villain manages to skate by without consequences.
Inspector Ridley actually made a great point that Candace got killed because Misty didn’t trust the system. But from that end scene where Misty is undercover at Harlem’s Paradise, we already know this rivalry is hardly finished. This ensures Harlem’s Paradise can be a Defenders set piece and gives Misty her own arch-enemy.
Cage’s streetfight with Diamondback was fitting for the series. It probably went on too long and the chanting of Cage’s name got a bit corny, but that was a nice humbling way to dispose of Diamondback. Dr. Noah Burstein working at the hospital tending to Diamondback was another intriguing development.
You had to feel for Cage. Not so much for getting caught by marshals bringing him back to Seagate, but because he missed out on ‘coffee time’ with Claire. Yes, Rosario Dawson can somehow make eating Chinese food ridiculously sexy. While she’s waiting on Cage to get released, at least she’ll have those martial art classes taught by Colleen Wing.
I liked that Steez didn’t play out like a traditional Netflix Marvel season finale. Its multiple cliffhanger ending has me pumped for Defenders more now than ever.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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