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Marvel's Luke Cage
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As season two unfolds, the show and its protagonist draw power from the past, both in confronting and embracing it. And in doing so, Luke Cage becomes the first Marvel show to not only best its first season, but also maintain most of the momentum (it’s not omnipotent, after all). The character and show regain a lot of their swagger.
An all-around more evenly paced and executed venture from start to finish. From the performances to the directing to the fight choreography, every nut and bolt of this narrative has been tightened down, and the narrative energy emits more spark.
[Luke Cage's] personal desires are in direct competition with his obligations as a celebrity and role model. The Netflix series struggles to coalesce those roles and present Cage as one coherent, if conflicted, person; instead, we see different iterations of the hero from episode to episode. It's a flaw that makes for a season of Luke Cage that's alternately bland and thrilling, formulaic and insightful--which is to say, as variable as Luke Cage himself.
Even beyond the imbalanced plot/time ratio, there's a flatness--and cheapness--to be found across the whole run. For every one dynamic scene, whether straight-up superhero action(*) or simply a moment involving many characters bouncing off each other at once, there are at least a half-dozen lifeless two-person conversations.
Jul 6, 2018I can't understand why this season is so underrated. Its way better than the first one, and it is a really good season.
I didn't like LukeI can't understand why this season is so underrated. Its way better than the first one, and it is a really good season.
I didn't like Luke Cage's season one at all. This one, on the other hand, had everything I wanted. Daughters of the Dragon, heroes for hire. Iron Fist, cyber Misty.
Bushmaster and Nightshade were great antagonists as well.
IGN is crazy by giving SE1 84 and SE2 45. Hope season 3 keep this level of improvement.… Expand
Jul 4, 2018I love it, even more than the previous one. I love all the jamaican stuff, Bushmaster's character, Black Mariah, Shades, everyone.
And Luke.I love it, even more than the previous one. I love all the jamaican stuff, Bushmaster's character, Black Mariah, Shades, everyone.
And Luke. He's so charismatic, has such a nice smile. "I want to be this guy's friend", that's what i think when i see him. I hope they don't really make him go dark for S3, he's perfect as he is now.… Expand
Jul 4, 2018Luke Cage season 1 was one of the better Marvel series to me which I enjoyed. I enjoyed Luke Cage season 2 even more so. Characters remainLuke Cage season 1 was one of the better Marvel series to me which I enjoyed. I enjoyed Luke Cage season 2 even more so. Characters remain interesting, and don't suddenly get slashed from the character roster as seen in Jessica Jones season 2. The new villain "Bushmaster" was more interesting than previous villain "Diamondback." Similar to many other Marvel series, there are several dialogue, heavy scenes in Luke Cage: season 2. Some will feel these scenes are stretched out. For me though, it didn't bother me enough to detract from the show.… Expand
Jun 25, 2018This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I always look forward to the Netflix Marvel shows, but this year's Luke Cage was a disappointment. IMO, it was about 3 episodes too long. It's as though they had the episode count in mind even before filming and had to stretch out the musical performances (good as they were) and a whole lot of extraneous dialogue to get there. (Did Shades really need to give an entire synopsis of all of Mariah's crimes when he was at the precinct?) This was particularly evident to me in the last half of the season. I'm hoping they don't make the same mistake with "Daredevil." I did like (as always) Rosario Dawson/Claire and hope that the rumors aren't true that she's done with the Defenders. Simone Missick's Misty continues to be believable, and the episode with Luke and Danny Rand was refreshing.… Expand
Jun 26, 2018Once again, a Netflix Marvel Hero series with nine episodes of plot stretched and padded out to thirteen.
-First off, it's boring. SomeOnce again, a Netflix Marvel Hero series with nine episodes of plot stretched and padded out to thirteen.
-First off, it's boring. Some superhero powers are low-key and provide subtle advantage. Super-strength and bullet proof are the powers for ACTION. Slouching up and down the streets in a hoodie is not action. Sitting in barbershop chair dithering is not action. Action is not just fighting, it's dynamic motion and uptempo music and fast cuts and kicking down a wall in frustration. Not talk-talk-talk have another glass of rum, oh what to do what to do.
-Second off, it should be called "the Mariah Stokes Story". If the character, or her immediate family, were not on the screen 50% more than Luke Cage, I'll eat my remote control. Add in all the other supporting characters and the title of the series should be "With Cameo Appearance by Luke Cage!"
-This Season 2 nearly challenged "Iron Fist" as the most boring Netflix Marvel effort, which makes it really a twist that the episode guest-starring Iron Fist was easily the best of the thirteen.
-I had to turn on subtitles to have a chance of following/understanding the Jamaican accents.
-"Luke Cage S2" had some many, many good moments. They just need to carefully edit those good moments into maybe eight tight episodes and they'd have something. Right now it's too much like pushing a tractor tire across a field...without super-strength.… Expand
Jul 11, 2018The Good:
Mike Colter is Luke Cage. What a great casting choice and what a talented actor! Iron Fist: Wow, he was great. Did I justThe Good:
Mike Colter is Luke Cage. What a great casting choice and what a talented actor!
Iron Fist: Wow, he was great. Did I just write that? I DID!
Overall Acting: All of the characters were well played, with special attention going to (besides Colter) Rosario Dawson and Alfre Woodard.
The Power: Power Man was properly portrayed with superior physical abilities. He wasn't hurt the entire series like so many other Netflix Marvel series.
Luke's Dad: It was so nice to see a family member not have some sort of ulterior motive. Luke's relationship with his father was powerful, interesting, and reletable.
Too Damn Slow. Too many one-on-one sit downs. Mariah was a great chracter who reminding me SO much of Hilalry Clinton, but she had so much screen time that even the talented Alfre Woodard couldn't make her stick. Shades was with her too much as well, with the cougar theme running thin pretty quickly.
Everyone Dies: If you are a secondary character in a Marvel series you might as well blow your own head off because you will be dead as soon as you are made interesting.
Misty's Arm: Talk about lame special effects. Once Misty receives her bionic arm she walks around like it's just a regular arm. No mechanical noises, strength boost or "Wow!" moments associated with her superpower. Glad she got help with her handicap, but come on, she's supposed to be super powered with that thing!
The Ending: I didn't buy the ultimate decision Luke makes. It didn't fit his character. I was disappointed.
Bushmaster: Great actor, but his backstory just didn't connect with me. It was too simple and too generic. I don't know why this character has gotten such high praise. I think he was wasted by lazy writing.
All in all I'm starting to think of watching marvel series as work rather than entertainment. The only one I loved was Daredevil Season 1. All the other series have considerable flaws and it's wearing me down.… Expand
Jun 27, 2018The acting so far this season is comparable to the unforgettable Iron First. Even the beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson couldn't elevateThe acting so far this season is comparable to the unforgettable Iron First. Even the beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson couldn't elevate season 2. The fake and unintelligible Jamaican accents makes listening and watching an unpleasant experience. I've watched 4 episodes so far and it's very disappointing compared to season 1. I'm going to skip to episode 10 so I can see Misty's bionic arm. It just feels like Marvel threw in towel on Luke Cage.… Expand