I played a bit of “Cyberpunk 2077” when it came out, but I could never get into it. As a result, when “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” released I initially didn’t give it the time of day.
Oh, what a fool I was! I finally got around to watching it, and it was amazing – so much so that I reinstalled the game just to get some more Night City in my life! The entire season was surprisingly great, but how would I rank the ten individual episodes? There will be SPOILERS ahead – you have been warned!
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10 – Stronger (Ep 7)
The only episode that didn’t really grab my attention. After the bombshell that was “Girl on Fire”, this felt like filler in comparison.
“Stronger” was still alright, though – the action was great as usual, the the time-jump to a more beefed-up David and his new crew was a welcome change of pace.
9 – Let You Down (Ep 1)
As pilots go, “Let You Down” was pretty decent.
Seeing David’s evolution in such a short time was fascinating, but it hadn’t quite gotten to the good bit yet. To put it bluntly – lots of cyberpunk, not enough edgerunning.
8 – Smooth Criminal (Ep 3)
And then the edgerunning came in full force!
David weaselling his way into Maine’s crew was the perfect start to the main story, and it was great to see him learn the ropes. Plot threads are introduced, and we get the best action up until that point.
7 – Stay (Ep 8)
After “Girl on Fire”, it was tragic to see David going down the same road as Maine. As a viewer, you know he’s bound to share the same fate as his old crew leader.
We’re still in that post mid-season bombshell lull, but you can tell the plot is starting to gear up towards an explosive finale.
6 – Like A Boy (Ep 2)
Call me naïve, but I didn’t see that ending coming.
David’s first adventure with Lucy was a great bit of character-building, and I loved the teases of cyberpsychosis and the limits of his abilities. When the ending came, and it seemed that Lucy and David were as close as ever, I had my own heart ripped out from my chest when she betrayed him (although it was mainly the rest of Maine’s crew that did the betraying, to be fair).
5 – All Eyez On Me (Ep 5)
Things were starting to fall apart, and fast.
“All Eyez On Me” was when I started to realise that something was seriously wrong with David’s situation. Also, it may not have fooled others, but the simulated sequence of David’s “death” really threw me for a loop.
4 – Lucky You (Ep 4)
“Lucky You” was the peak of David’s edgerunner career – Maine’s gang were in full flow, and the David / Lucy relationship was only going from strength to strength.
It came as a surprise, therefore, when a cyberpsycho took out a member of the established gang as if it was nothing. The resulting action scene is excellent, and it led to imagery I’ll never forget.
3 – Humanity (Ep 9)
A lot of the proper action is left until the finale, but “Humanity” did an excellent job of providing the set-up.
You can see David’s irrational decision to sacrifice his body coming a mile off, and yet it feels earned – which is testament to how well his character is written. Doesn’t make it any less tragic, though.
2 – Girl on Fire (Ep 6)
“Girl on Fire” was sort of like the mid-season finale to “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” – it’s the culmination of David’s time in Maine’s crew, and it’s where everything started to go wrong.
Maine got some really fascinating scenes before his self-destruction, and that made his demise all the more bittersweet. After this, you could tell David and Lucy would never be the same again.
1 – My Moon My Man (Ep 10)
I had a feeling that the finale was going to pull out all the stops, but I wasn’t expecting it to affect me as much as it did.
“My Moon My Man” is one of the most emotional, tragically brilliant finales to any show I’ve seen, and I finished the series feeling like I’d lost a couple of really close friends.
In the end, the story of “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” proved that there are no winners in Night City.
OVERALL SCORE: A-
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners”, and I only wish it was longer! There was a bit of a dip after Episode 6, but the ramping tensions up to the finale made it all worth it.
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