WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2, streaming now on Netflix
The high-octane second season of Luke Cage isn’t only about a battle for territory, it has a much larger scope, touching upon politics, corruption, mysticism, and, as expected, family. The latter plays a big role in shaping Luke’s trajectory as he journeys from the Hero of Harlem to something more, a kingpin even, and in doing so, he’s clearly eyeing a legacy.
En route to becoming the new boss of Harlem, Luke (Mike Colter) is faced with multiple threats, from Mariah Stokes (Alfre Woodard) and Shades (Theo Rossi), from Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir), from outside interests wanting to expand into the neighborhood.
But as the smoke settles, it’s obvious the biggest enemy Luke faces — given how he’s shutting out those who care most about him — is himself. With that in mind, let’s look at the biggest moments from Season 2.
5. The Daughters of the Dragon
While Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) are yet to officially be christened as the Daughters of the Dragon on the series, comic fans definitely enjoyed their team-up in Episode 3, “Wig Out.” Attempting to come to terms with the loss of her arm in The Defenders, Misty links up with Colleen for some sparring and then a few drinks. That leads to a classic bar fight in which they mop up the floor with some local toughs.
In addition to the dynamic chemistry Missick and Henwick, the fight is so fluid, showcasing Colleen’s skills as a martial artist, and Misty’s ability to kick butt, whether she has one arm or two.
4. The Bushmaster Beatdown
When Luke first meets Bushmaster, it’s his thugs, the Jamaican gang known as the Stylers, who feel his wrath. Clearly, Bushmaster is merely assessing the bulletproof man, biding his time until he can strike later. And so he does, ambushing Luke as he walks down the street following a fallout with Claire. The vigilante’s caught off-guard, and then knocked out.
As Luke dips in and out of consciousness in Episode 4, “I Get Physical,” video of his beatdown by Bushmaster makes its way online and onto ESPN. What makes this such a major moment is that Bushmaster pummels Luke with relative ease, using capoeira to dazzle the hero. His speed, agility, and strength prove too much, and in a matter of seconds, Bushmaster lives up to the promise he made to a couple Harlem youths earlier, brutally taking down Luke a notch — something he’d repeat a few days later by throwing a paralyzed Luke into a river to drown.
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