Cyberpunk: Edgerunners: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Let You Down” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” might be graphic and flashy in terms of sex and violence, but there might be enough here to show that isn’t all this can offer.


“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” might be graphic and flashy in terms of sex and violence, but there might be enough here to show that isn’t all this can offer.

Aired (Netflix) 9/13/2022
Director(s) Yoshiyuki Kaneko
Writer(s) Masahiko Otsuka, Yoshiki Usa
Introduced This Episode
David Kenn
Gloria Yurika Hino
Katsuo Kaito Ishikawa

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Summary

David is a Night City native, who doesn’t come from money, and due to that, while his mom, Gloria, busts her ass to get him into the Arasaka Academy, he doesn’t fit in, and kids like Katsuo make it clear he doesn’t belong. Because of this, dropping out or him transferring are presented as options, but Gloria doesn’t want to hear either.

But, with Gloria dying due to lack of insurance and lack of money to pay for a decent doctor, David is now alone, with his fate in his hands. Add in a military-grade spine he wants installed to potentially get revenge on Katsuo for beating him up and talking s*** about his mom – it seems Gloria’s dreams will die with her.

Things To Note

Episode Content

  • Dialog: Cursing, in a normal amount, given what is expected
  • Violence: Gun violence, gore, blood flying all over, just everything and more you can imagine
  • Sexual Content: There are sex scenes featuring someone performing cow girl, among other instances of people messing around or self-gratification
  • Miscellaneous: vomiting, drug use, doing drugs, and general debauchery

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where is David’s dad?

What Could Happen Next

  1. David using that implant to get revenge on Katsuo and maybe finding the girl who he keeps getting glimpses of

Review

Highlights

It’s Not Using The Visuals For A Crutch

Whenever a show like “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” has flashy violence and sex scenes and shows the underbelly of a world where only the most violent of crimes are addressed, it often seems to compensate for a lackluster story. However, David and Gloria, who we don’t get to know well, present a quality underdog story. One of a mom busting her ass for her son to be better, him not living up to her dreams, and with her death, you questioning what is next for him.

You’re given enough to actually be invested and not see all the fights, with guns or otherwise, as a means to put you into a trance like a child watching Cocomelon. Now, can it progress in the next 9 episodes to stay this way? Well, you got to stick around to find out.


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