Season 2 of Marvel’s smash hit Luke Cage started streaming on Netflix at the end of June, and already the show is making an apology of sorts for the titular character’s actions – specifically for his episode 1 dab. Dabbing, for those unfamiliar, is a simple dance move wherein the person nods their head into the bend of their elbow while pointing both arms up and to the side.
In the newest season, Mike Colter’s lead character Luke Cage is still adjusting to his growing fame while trying to maintain a positive impact on the community. Familiar foe Mariah Dillard, played by Alfre Woodard, is still creating trouble, but it’s the emergence of a new adversary that truly worries and tests Cage – Mustafa Shakir’s villain John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver. Bushmaster quickly proves that he’s no easy match for Cage, driven by vengeance and the drug Nightshade. Season 2 also sees the return of fan-favorite characters like Simone Missick’s Misty Knight, Theo Rossi as Hernan ‘Shades’ Alvarez, and Rosario Dawson’s reprisal of Claire Temple. Not surprisingly, Finn Jones even makes an appearance as the Iron Fist’s Danny Rand.
Now, a month after release, in a playful gesture to fans who found the entire scene awkwardly executed, the official Luke Cage Twitter account has posted a humorous apology and promises to never again dab. The post simply reads “Heard y’all loud and clear.” and is accompanied by a headstone that says, “Rest In Peace” to “Luke’s Dab.” There is a single yellow rose, presumably as a nod to the character’s shirt color in the comics, and the date marker is even set for season 2, episode 1 – the scene of the crime, so to speak. In the episode, Cage signs off from a video showcasing his superhuman talents with the popular head nod dance move.
Despite suffering from Marvel Netflix’s typical pacing problems, which has led some viewers to tune out after the first few episodes, reviews for Luke Cage season 2 are largely positive –minus the cringe-inducing dance move. The show continues to prove it's in the know and cool with amplified cultural relevance and hit music selections, and even has big plans to up the ante after inviting former U.S. president Barack Obama to cameo in season 3.
Pop culture is littered with awkward attempts by brands, shows, and personalities trying to seem cool and hip by co-opting the latest trend or internet sensation. Rarely does this go well, with the offending party often being dragged by the young target audience they’re trying to reach. This minor misstep by a show that’s generally accepted as being tuned in to the cultural climate just goes to show that no one’s safe... at least not on Luke Cage.
Source: Luke Cage/Twitter