It’s kind of reassuring in these tough times that there are still things that can unite us, like Star Wars or the fact that everyone — well, except Jessica — can get Kilgraved. Yep, even Luke Cage can fall under the way of the mind-controlling villain and be forced to blow up his own bar.
I say this because Luke Cage was forced to blow up his own bar at the end of the previous episode. Kilgrave never does his own dirty work after all, so it was Power Man that made the watering hole go kablooey. The Purple Man got to him after Luke followed him to the restaurant where Hope met her bloody end, meaning to kill him. Kilgrave sees him coming and has enough sense to take the very, very strong man with him for later use.
Their conversation was an entertaining one for some dark reasons. Luke explains to Kilgrave that his connection to Jessica is more than a friendly one. They were lovers, in fact, a detail that doesn’t sit well with Kilgrave. “Did you bugger my chances with her?” he asks, sounding more and more like a little boy. One of the smartest aspects of this is that the superhero drama is born out of actual human and societal flaws, taken to their absurd extremes. Everything that we’ve seen play out in this season, all of the death and the misery that Jessica and those around her have had to experience, boils down to a single question from Kilgrave: “Why doesn’t this girl like me?” Instead of any kind of self-awareness, Kilgrave and the real-life men like him have to externalize the problem. For them, it’s not “What’s wrong with me?” It’s “What’s wrong with them” or as it relates to Luke, “Why him?”
Back at Jessica’s apartment, the two can take a minute to actually catch-up after their massive falling out. Luke tells her that he forgives her for Reva, now that he knows what Kilgrave is capable of. The healing is helped further by Jessica’s revelation that she’s immune to Kilgrave’s virus and that it was Reva who helped her get away from him. It’s a nice moment of reconciliation for them, but Luke needs to take a rest. It still hasn’t been 12 hours, so Kilgrave could still be controlling him. But how crazy would that be?
Speaking of crazy, Trish’s mom was kind enough to visit her in the hospital, and all she did was act like someone who’s only reference for how a mother should behave was a VHS copy of Mommie Dearest. Everything about Mrs. Walker feels like a bit of story bloat, meant to get the show to its 13-episode order without really adding much, and what she does add comes a bit out of left field. Before Mrs. Walker enters, Trish is on the phone with Jessica, talking about IGH, Dr. Kozlov’s non-existent medical affiliation. Jessica tells her that she can only handle “one big bad at a time,” which is a pretty funny on-the-nose way of saying “We’ll deal with that in season 2.”
The potential for an IGH-heavy season 2 comes later when Mrs. Walker delivers some of Jessica’s medical records, from when she was first adopted. All of Jessica’s medical bills were paid for after the accident by a mysterious benefactor, and I bet you can’t guess who it was.
Oh. You guessed IGH? Huh. I thought that would have been a bigger surprise. Anyway, let’s never talk about Mrs. Walker again, or Robyn for that matter. I understand that she’s gone through some terrible things this season and that there is something important to say about the survivors of violence but I just. don’t. care. Robyn and the actress playing her are straight out of another TV show, and it’s a much more annoying TV show. Let’s be done with Robyn.
NEXT: Stab on Delivery