Luke Cage is a reluctant hero in another gritty action thriller from Netflix. Yes, it's a little slow but it's methodical in it's approach as the whole cast is great in their roles. The only sex is in the first episode but there is a lot of violence and the use of the N word, it is about a black man in Harlem. A man fighting for the heart and soul of a city, while being chased and trying to clear his name and finding himself in the process. Never backwards, always forward, Luke Cage is down and dirty with a few laughs and action-packed right to the last punch.
A super hero with tons of heart. I love super hero shows... I don't know why. So I root for them all to be successful so that I can watch them all. Luke Cage is great, he has the heart of Clark Kent and the strength of Superman (without the awesome bells and whistles of x-ray vision, eyes that shoot heat and breath that is cold enough to put out a fire). Mike Colter did an excellent job portraying Luke Cage, he was so good that I can't believe I've seen him in minor roles before and didn't recognize him... he just needed his own show in order to shine. And Alfre Woodard is good in everything she does, she's an excellent villain.
Netflix did a great job of bringing the comic to life and making it current. I'm really looking forward to season 2 and hope that it is just as successful.
P.S. Some reviews mention that this show has a large cast who is predominately non-Caucasian... well...nearly every show since the inception of television has been predominately Caucasian, so why is race worth mentioning? The show is based in Harlem and Luke Cage is black, so I can't imagine expecting anything less than a predominately non-Caucasian cast. Yet another review mentions that "all" the white people are bad. Only one was... and it's funny because usually TV shows portray blacks and Hispanics as criminals and I image that reviewer doesn't have a problem with those shows. Each to his/her own. This is a good show and it is a shame that the ethnic make up of the cast found its way into any of the reviews, especially mine.