Another day and other great episode, but as I shun the real world in favour of my Luke Cage fix, will Luke’s origin story prove to be this series lull? ….. Join Film and TV Nerd to find out!
Luke Cage… or should we say Carl Lucas? as we go back to the early days of Luke’s incarceration in Seagate Prison, before he changed his name to protect his identity. That alone answers the big question of why Shades doesn’t recognize this person he was in prison with — and, of course, the fact that Luke has lost that pretty insane fake beard.
The bulk of the fourth episode was flashbacks to Luke’s time at Seagate, setting up how he became the man he is in the present. More important than just establishing how he knew Shades, the flashbacks deepened our understanding of Luke’s relationship with his late wife Reva and how the two of them fell in love.
In the flashbacks, we see Luke being formed emotionally and physically into the superhero we met him as. While in Seagate, he was forced into a prisoner fighting ring orchestrated by the guards, and when he tried to get away, he was beaten by Shades and another complicit prisoner to within an inch of his life. Reva begged Seagate’s doctor to save Carl by any means necessary, but time in a healing tank gone awry resulted in Carl becoming the ultra-powerful man he is in the present. When he escaped Seagate, he went straight to Reva, where we learned there’s more to her than meets the eye too.
That’s perhaps the most exciting thing about learning about Luke’s origins at this point in the story. A flashback episode seemingly was supposed to resolve a lot of questions about Luke Cage’s title character, but instead it revealed many more compelling ones. What happened to Luke to get him imprisoned to begin with? What did Reva know about Seagate? What did she do before she was a psychiatrist?