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TV Club: Diamondback turns Luke Cage into a horror movie

The actors on Luke Cage whose performances lean into the genre and style of the series for their introductions are all the more engaging and unique. The first line spoken by Willis “Diamondback” Stryker is a shouted “Can you dig it!?”, after he fires The Judas Bullet at an ambulance carrying Luke and Claire. You don’t get more stylized than that. He lived up to the hype. He’s a competent, calculating, and charismatic kingpin; we’re equally drawn to him and terrified by him. His stylized performance, quoting ’70s classic The Warriors and The Bible in near equal measure, full of rage and control skillfully parallels Mariah’s recovery from shocked accidental murderer to conniving collaborator. Diamondback uses otherworldly violence to maintain dominance in Harlem while Mariah uses cold hard cash. Simone Cook’s performance has been a little one note the last few episodes, but Misty’s …

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