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Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Episode 7


  • And Then What?: David has achieved a fortune in a short amount of time but clearly has no idea what to do with his money other than continue Running.

  • Character Development: David has become far less cocky but no less self-assured, handling his missions with an air of boredom.

  • Child Soldier: While more like child hackers, Lucy's background as one of Arasaka's adopted orphans is the same as they're sent into no less dangerous situations.

  • Cool House: David and Lucy are living in the same style of apartment as V lives in during certain endings.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Lucy reveals hers to David at last. She was part of an Arasaka experiment that was designed to recover data from the Old Net.

  • Dramatic Irony: David has become rich and successful as an Edgerunner but it has brought him no happiness despite the fact he's also in a relationship with Lucy. He also just wants Lucy to return to the team despite how traumatic and violent the life is. David has everything he could ever want but just wants to go through the motions of what he did to acquire it.

  • David continues to borg himself up due to Maine's advice to do so, despite Maine being Driven to Suicide by his cyberpsychosis.

  • Lucy is killing Arasaka operatives sent to investigate the cyberskeleton project but this is just drawing attention to the project.

  • Hopeless Suitor: David either doesn't notice Rebecca's attempts at flirting with him or is deliberately ignoring them.

  • Human Trafficking: The Maelstrom gang is involved in this as we find David and company rescuing one (and possibly all) of their victims.

  • Mid-Season Upgrade: David, in more ways than one. He not only has been improving on his Sandevistan implant abilities, but now has additional implants to balance things out. He has also become buffer.

  • Rebecca also gets an upgrade of her own, now using a pair of massive Power Fists that let her wield heavier weapons.

  • Mythology Gag: Doc drops the name Adam Smasher to David, believing that David could wind up like him in the future with further chroming. Smasher is The Dreaded of the world of Cyberpunk, first introduced in the tabletop game and serves as the final boss of 2077.

  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Lucy's attempts to protect David by killing Arasaka's Netrunners is causing Arasaka Counter Intelligence to take notice of the Edgerunners. It also puts herself in Arasaka's crosshairs.

  • Rags to Riches: After the Time Skip, the design of David's apartment makes it very clear that he is living large.

  • Rank Up: David has taken the position of Edgerunner team leader despite being only seventeen or possibly eighteen now.

  • Red Shirt: Julio, a new recruit in David's gang, gets killed after accidentally triggering a tripmine.

  • Shotguns Are Just Better: David dismisses Julio's weapons of choice, a Militech Lexington, on the grounds that it'll be ineffective against Maelstrom, and gives him a Rostović Satara. After emptying the magazines of her machine guns, Rebecca pulls out two Guts shotguns, which she uses to mow down several Maelstrom members.

  • Single-Stroke Battle: The battle between David and a bulky foe is decided with a single attack from each combatant. To outside observers, it looks as though David Flash Stepped behind his opponent and blasted his head off in the blink of an eye.

  • Time Skip: Some time has passed for the crew with David having become far more borged up as well as a Night City legend. It is still apparently the same year, however, due to the fact it was 2076 in the first episode and the show ends before 2077.

  • Tragic Keepsake: David has taken on Maine's arms as a way of honoring the man.

  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: With Lucy killing Arasaka netrunners to cover up the information she picked from Tanaka's ICE to protect David, she has unknowingly drawn a lot of heat on them with the higher ups looking into why all of their runners are being murdered.

  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Julio is a new runner who joins David's gang... Only to die shortly following the opening credits. His boss, Wakako, expected him to die sooner than later, so she's doesn't bat an eye when David gives her the bad news.





Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Episode 7



The places and events are scheduled chronologically per episode and if a location is repeated several times in multiple episodes, I may only mention it the first time it has appeared or the first time it was clearly recognizable as a location from Night City in the game.


I believe this location in the game is as good as it gets, though a few of the details are slightly off like the lack of a bench right next to them. There are benches on the sidewalk, but not where we see one in the episode.


After a string of dull episodes, season 4 of You once again becomes the dark, twisty, and fascinating show that fans know and love with episode 7, "Good Man, Cruel World." Up until this point, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) has been lost in a rich social circle in London, England, trying to be a better person, and somehow convincing himself that this is completely possible. Episode 7 reminds viewers why You stands out from other TV thrillers: the character development and the show's ability to surprise, time and time again.


The introduction of Kate's evil father Tom Lockwood (Greg Kinnear), a smart scene featuring Phoebe (Tilly Keeper) and Kate Galvin (Charlotte Ritchie), and a stunning reveal at the end make this a clever and cohesive episode.


Season 4 episode 7 is so strong because of the cat and mouse game that Joe and Tom play, which ups the stakes and makes the show as exciting as it was before. When a drama has 10 episodes that are around 50 minutes each, it's rare for every single episode to be compelling. You has had some filler episodes and even Wednesday with its great characters has at least one episode that feels a little flat. However, this episode of You highlights how strong a character Joe is and why he's so thrilling to watch.


Episode 7 has three big reveals, the second of which is when Rhys Montrose (Ed Speeler) shares that he has kidnapped Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). Through these big moments, the episode sets up the rest of season 4. Tom wants Joe to kill Rhys, which makes Joe question whether he is still a killer or whether he really can become a different person. Joe is a memeworthy character because while he does awful things, he can't help but make audiences laugh, and watching Tom play with his emotions and scare him is definitely funny.


The show is also setting up a parallel between Kate and Joe, which hints at the future of their relationship, if they have one at all. Kate becomes vulnerable and shares a story of how, when she was 19, she worked at her father's company and was responsible for children dying. She has never forgiven herself. This not only humanizes Kate, who has been pretty harsh and cold up until this point, but also suggests that Kate and Joe have more in common than they already thought. While some things about You season 3 don't make sense, Joe and Love Quinn's (Victoria Pedretti) relationship is so great because it's so dark and they are so similar. Are Kate and Joe the same? This is an interesting question and it's easy to want to watch more episodes to find out the answer.


Season 4, episode 7 of You also has some hilarious quotes, which breathes some life back into the show after a few dull episodes. Joe says to Rhys, "Despite what you both think, I'm not a killer so I'm not going to kill you" and when he learns how much Tom hates Rhys he thinks to himself "the enemy of my enemy is my frenemy." Joe's smart student Nadia Farran (Amy-Leigh Hickman) also has a great line when she says that Jonathan Moore must not be who he says he is and he's not an "average Joe."


It's easy to think that part 1 of season 4 of You isn't as good as what came before, but episode 7 suggests that the show is back. The story focuses on just a few characters, and it's interesting watching Joe's dynamic with Kate, Tom, and Rhys, which proves that many other characters could have been omitted. Phoebe and Kate also prove once again that they are the best out of their social circle.


The end of "Good Man, Cruel World" is what makes it so much more intriguing than the previous episodes of season 4. Rhys tells Joe "We really do have Marienne in a cage" and in the next moment, Nadia unlocks a door and finds Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle) looking terrified in the cage. This is perfectly done and a smart reminder of how horrifying Joe is, as somehow, his cage is in London, and he can't escape his past. While this reveal also proves that Marienne should have been a bigger part of season 4, at least she's here now, and the show has found its voice again. 041b061a72


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