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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Introduced in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gets his own show where he tries to rebuild his life in Harlem. He meets Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) again and deals with nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard),Introduced in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gets his own show where he tries to rebuild his life in Harlem. He meets Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) again and deals with nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), a criminal from Luke's past named Shades (Theo Rossi), and a pair of detectives (Simone Missick and Frank Whaley. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Oct 3, 2016
    100
    These shows are character studies. They are methodical and well-orchestrated. Both are a joy to watch and savor.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Sep 29, 2016
    91
    Luke Cage is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 29, 2016
    88
    Cage is Marvel’s best TV series yet, but more importantly he's the superhero that the world seems to need most right now, mainly because he’s the most real.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Sep 23, 2016
    80
    At times, Luke Cage feels so concerned with urban problems, it's as if Marvel met "The Wire," an impression helped by an excellent cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 30, 2016
    75
    Luke Cage succeeds where so many Marvel ventures have failed in finding a unique, if not perfect, pitch between seeing the hero at its center as an icon for social good and understanding him as a human being, and it's important that the writers don't ignore or sublimate the fact that he's also African American.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Sep 26, 2016
    75
    Again, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Luke Cage take… their…… time in unspooling a 13-episode story, rarely serving up action scenes just because.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 23, 2016
    60
    Mike Colter as Luke is a physical marvel and an appealing center of moral gravity in a show that all too often telegraphs its plentiful punches and twists. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.16]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 111
  2. Negative: 23 out of 111
  1. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    Best Marvel's performace yet. Haters back off. 10/10 I hate DC's fans come here and rate it 1 or 0 for nothing. It was amazing.. I wish IBest Marvel's performace yet. Haters back off. 10/10 I hate DC's fans come here and rate it 1 or 0 for nothing. It was amazing.. I wish I cound put an 11. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2016
    9
    Finally I can give my full opinion on Marvel's Luke Cage.

    Luke Cage is one of the most socially relevant tv shows airing today. Especially
    Finally I can give my full opinion on Marvel's Luke Cage.

    Luke Cage is one of the most socially relevant tv shows airing today. Especially today when racial tensions between cops and black skinned males is ever so present throughout.

    I think my favorite aspect about the show had to be the beautiful setting of Harlem. You feel the city. The show drags you in and presents itself, in this beautiful yet corrupt and damaged community where crime is present throughout, where history, art, music and culture is present and alive throughout this magnificent realization of such an astonishing historical urban environment. All of this is enhanced by some breath taking cinematography and easily one of the best, and most memorable, soundtracks of the whole Marvel Extended Universe.

    But at the heart, yes, this is a superhero story about Luke Cage, and boy, it is one hell of a wild ride. The acting is amazing and all the supporting cast give such great full on performances. And the villain, another win for Neflicks, a truly sensational character, Cottonmouth, who brings fear, intimidation and just pure character to ever seen he is in.

    Many have complained about the last act of the show, from reviews I have read here on metacritic and from over review outlets. But I, personally, found myself completely on-board and engaged until the very end. I love it, honestly, I think Marvel's Luke Cage is probably my second favorite Marvel Netflick's show with the first season of Daredevil being my all time favoruite.

    I am very much looking forward to seeing more of the character and cannot wait for Marvel's Iron Fist.

    If you are a fan of Blaxploitation cinema and or 90s hard-core hassle cinema and basically just Marvel Television in general you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel's Luke Cage.

    My only real complaints tend to be that, much like many of the other Netflix shows, it gets a little slow near the middle point of the show.

    I really recommend taking your time with the show instead of just binge watching it. I think a lot of these Marvel Netflix's show are better watched in small doses apposed to a full on binge session, for it really allows you to kinda just grow and appreciate the show a lot more.

    Id give Luke Cage a solid 9/10
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  3. Oct 8, 2016
    8
    It feels real. Delivers great messages for the youth, nice script, amazing soundtrack and an stunning use of art: production design is on top,It feels real. Delivers great messages for the youth, nice script, amazing soundtrack and an stunning use of art: production design is on top, great costumes, nice sets, good photography, lovely details. Comparing with Daredevil, it has less fighting scenes, extras and FX, so it feels like Luke Cage was made with less money or something, but it compensates it with great art and details, I think Luke Cage was made with love. Also female roles in Daredevil are basic and weak, and in Luke Cage female characters are strong as hell, thanks for that. Loved how it quoted real life things and how it stands up for black lives matters. Luke Cage's flirting made me giggle, but missed Jessica (my fav of The Defenders so far), and I'm so sorry for her because she was call "a rebound girl" by pops, but mostly, because her man has been drinking coffee with all damn harlem! Expand
  4. JTV
    Jan 21, 2017
    7
    The show doesn't go by the 70's origin of Powerman comics AKA Luke Cage, it try to be a modern version. I like the actors, the setting and theThe show doesn't go by the 70's origin of Powerman comics AKA Luke Cage, it try to be a modern version. I like the actors, the setting and the writing...it could of done better I just hope the second season improves the shows. Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2016
    6
    I can't believe I was actually bored watching a Marvel series... I don't know what happened here, but Coulter, who was truly intimidating inI can't believe I was actually bored watching a Marvel series... I don't know what happened here, but Coulter, who was truly intimidating in his brief appearances in 'The Good Wife', and apparently propped up by the quality personalities around him in Jessica Jones - making him look good - was dull. He has absolutely no acting range, or at least wasn't given license to use it here. The rest of the actors - the good - Pop is cool and Rosario Dawson who owns everything she's in, and Simone Missick is fantastic although not allowed to stay true to her character. The bad guys are laughable - literally. They are not remotely scary, poorly acted and questionable character choice. I mean Shades, one of the baddest guys around, is played by Theo Rossi - the weakest dude on the block in Son's of Anarchy. He is actually the only semi decent bad guy though, in his defence, which says a lot about the rest of the bunch. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2016
    4
    A show that picks interesting topics but dives to shallow depths in exploring the ideals of Harlem and current event struggles of low income,A show that picks interesting topics but dives to shallow depths in exploring the ideals of Harlem and current event struggles of low income, violence plague communities. All and all, a lack luster story with a bland and poorly driven protagonist against a undeveloped antagonist that leaves you feeling unsatisfied with each episode's finish. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2016
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm hesitant to write a review for this show since it seems like I'm just going to grate some people's cheese, yet some people need to realize that cheese isn't the only thing that makes something good, and sometimes the illusion that grated cheese creates in terms of volume is better than just slapping a block of cheese on something and hoping that people don't care about the rest. The creators of this show have slapped their audience with a solid pound of crackerbarrel and it's your fault that you got hit cause your mouth wasn't open. Seriously though, this show is cheesy as hell, with fist fulls of corn thrown in because those are essential ingredients around which to build a solid show - is apparently what the people behind the show, or the actors, or whoever is to blame for how condescending this show can be thought. I'm describing this show as condescending because it tries so hard to come across as realistic or believable; and then a guy recovers data from a destroyed computer's hard drive even though he supposedly wasn't allowed to be alone with the data to transfer it from the flash drive that it was stored on (harddrives don't store temporary data). That's just nit-picking though, right? I can't say this show is condescending because there is one possible plot-hole. Luke's mass isn't effected by his mutation, but he stops a van without flinching; Luke's skin doesn't even react to the force of bullets, but Diamondback, a regular dude, kicks his ass in a theatre; etc. The problem here is that there are plot holes everywhere; some that are logical, but that just don't make sense anyway - like why the hell the main insane villain would go through so much trouble to destroy Luke's life (I mean, he spent pretty much his whole life on his revenge plan), to just throw away all of his planning to go after Luke in the streets in broad daylight, or in a club full of witnesses; and some that are illogical - refer to the list of plot-holes above. Also, I don't like Luke as a character - I think I'm allowed to have a personal opinion on this after watching the whole series. He's like Captain America, except less funny somehow - and I'm definitely not saying that the good Captain is funny at all. The show surrounding Luke - which is where this show comes to life - is like a fantasy/noir version of The Wire that had the misfortune of a character as boring as Luke emerging to ruin it - and this is especially true if you consider that Diamondback wouldn't have been a part of the show if Luke wasn't. Expand

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