Mariah spins tragedy into political gold, while Claire and Luke work together to find a solution to a life threatening problem as we are introduced to the mysterious character with connections to Luke’s past.
Beware the Spoilers
With another great cliffhanger that is making it difficult to step away from bingeing to write this, we finally get to meet the illusive Diamondback. I also really enjoy being right. Willis Stryker (Erik LaRay Harvey) is Luke’s half-brother (differing a bit from the comics, but still I can go with it). Carl Lucas’ preacher father may have been all about the fire and brimstone on Sunday, but Saturday nights were all about the pleasures of the flesh. Willis’ mother was someone the minister enjoyed spending time with outside of his marriage. Luke only just found this out before his brother put a bullet in his chest.
As the two men were growing up together as friends, something happened and Carl left Willis to “rot… in a gutter” when he “didn’t stand tall” (yeah that conversation was both cheesy and confusing). To get his revenge, Willis sent Carl to Seagate for a crime we still don’t know anything about and now Diamondback is pissed Carl came out of hell with powers.
While it was nice to finally meet the man whose name strikes fear into other gangsters, I was disappointed by him at the end of the confrontation. The dialogue between the two men was so hammy. I felt like I was watching a bad B-movie. Harvey really over did it with the crazed vengeance act. I get it, he is unhinged and looking for retaliation, but it never came across as menacing, even as he was taking that final shot. The “I am your brother” line had me laughing. I don’t think that is what the show’s producers were going for. Fingers crossed the interactions become better with future episodes.
What really shined was Misty dealing with the war between her instincts and her training as well as the tense confrontation with Claire Temple. Losing her weapon and nearly dying at the hands of an obvious psychopath didn’t help. The deeper into the show we get, the more fascinating Misty becomes. At the beginning when the police are called in to investigate the death of Cornell, the detective’s gut tells her it is Mariah. When a witness points the fingers at Luke, she doesn’t believe it for a second.
Then a bloody glove (courtesy of a Shades cover up job) is found at the barbershop. Misty trusts the system and the evidence. Her instincts tell her Luke is innocent, but everything else is saying he is not. It is causing a war inside her that spills over onto her interrogation of Claire who claims she was with Luke all night. What is she to believe? It might not matter as her attack on Claire may cost her badge.
Finally, the transformation from Councilwoman Mariah Dillard to Black Mariah is well underway as she pays off a witness and assures the young woman she did the right thing. If the witness recants, then Mariah will have Shades (who has taken over Cottonmouth’s crew) kill the woman and everyone who lives with her to make it look like a robbery gone bad, “which would be a shame” because the building has historical value. “I’d hate to bring down the market value.”
In an episode where the gangsters have seemingly won, “King of New York” by Ghostface Killah is prominently used.
What did you think of “Blowin’ Up the Spot”? Was Diamondback’s entrance to the series satisfying to you? Let me know in the comments section below and please do not post spoilers for future episodes. Not everyone can binge. Come back on Monday for “DWYCK” and click here for the Luke Cage episode breakdowns so far.