Marvel's Luke Cage S1E13: You Know My Steez review

The battle between Luke Cage and Willis Stryker is fought over two time periods.

The first, when Stryker trained a young Carl Lucas how to box. The second is the current day in front of a growing Harlem crowd.

Stryker, in his classic comic book costume, goes toe-to-toe with Cage courtesy of Hammer-developed technology, which gave Diamondback strength.

Fighting through Pops' barber shop, the building and out on the road, the battle mirrored that of what was shown in the flashback to Lucas' training.

Of course, Cage gained the upper hand courtesy of Stryker's training during his youth, and the application of those lessons proved to be Stryker's downfall.

A live shot of Claire Temple watching the fight on a local television news network didn't exactly work as well as it should've. Rather than emphasise Temple's decision to join the crowd on the streets, the action didn't look as realistic as it initially did.

Mike Colter comes into his own when faced by Misty Knight for his interrogation in front of New York Police Department officers.

His speech feels as if it a message not only for the police officers in the room, but for those watching at home.

Misty Knight has her woman where she wants her, but Mariah Dillard still has some tricks up her sleeve. It is a valuable lesson for Misty, who, again, has to watch her prime suspect walk free, and it is blamed on her distrust for the system.

This episode, at least its climax, is about trust and the importance of working in the confines of the system.

It may not end exactly how you expect, but this episode is littered with extended Marvel references to whet the appetite for future Netflix series.

Iron Fist and The Defenders are both slated for a 2017 release, while a third Daredevil, second Jessica Jones and a series about The Punisher, who debuted in Daredevil's second season, are all due in the next few years.


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