Marvel's Luke Cage

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Marvel's Luke Cage

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Fridays, 3:00 AM EST on Netflix
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2 Seasons, 26 Episodes
60 Minutes
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Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

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by James Adkins

Oct 01, 2016 8:21 PM EDT

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.

by me2011

Oct 01, 2016 8:02 PM EDT

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.

by Sylar Dean Paginton

Jun 23, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

I really don't know if I can say anything good about this show at the moment, 5 episodes in and i'm finding it VERY slow paced and boring. The acting/action is great but i just don't know, unlike Jessica Jones and Daredevil, this seems to be missing something. The show hasn't gripped me like the other two shows have so far and i'm nearly half way through the season. A friend joked earlier about the show and how its cast is 98% OTHER ethnic, other than white, then I suddenly realized he was right, I think up to episodes 5 I have ONLY seen like 5/6 white people, LOL! then I joked.. "Well, at least NETFLIX can't be slammed for whitewashing". Seriously though, I HOPE this show gets better than what it already is, i'll watch the rest of the season as I don't like leaving shows half watched.. no matter how bad they are.

Season 1: 6/10
Season 2: 7/10

by Unknownfear

Oct 02, 2016 5:20 PM EDT

First off, Why is no one talking about this show?
While it's true that It only came out on September 30th, and its only October 2nd, with "Stranger Things" it seemed as if the entire world had binged the show in the day it came out. No one on twitter is even talking about this show yet. Nevertheless, as a self-proclaimed TV critic, its my job to finish it first and to get people talking about it. So here goes my review.

There are two ways to think of Marvel's "Luke Cage" as a series, and, depending on which way you look at it, 'how good it is' various rather drastically. Now this is inherently interesting on its own, because simply by changing your perspective of how you view the same content, you will perhaps, like me discover that your opinion of the show can be switched back and forth, almost as if comparing and contrasting the english dub with the original japanese version of an anime. So what are these two ways to look at Luke Cage, and why is this show so special that it gets 2 ways of thinking about it? And why am I asking myself questions? (thats a joke)

So; The reason there are 2 ways to look at Luke Cage is because it is a netflix series where all 13 episodes come out at once, as opposed to a traditional series where each episode is aired once per week. Simply by releasing the series all at once, it creates a 2nd way of looking at the show; to view each episode as part of a larger collective whole, like a movie -- as opposed to seeing them as individual episodes.

Now. If you think of Luke Cage's 13 episodes individually, like a normal series -- the show has a LOT of problems. It starts out very boring, with slow pacing, and little-to-no action. It isn't until episode 5 that things start getting interesting, and it just continues to improve from there. If you think of this in terms of normal TV, its terrible, because after the first 2 boring episodes, you might quit and not want to tune in next week. Which is why, with this series in particular, you really need to think of it as one long-ass 13 hour movie. And you will find that when you do, like magic, suddenly it becomes quite good, quite good indeed.

Think of a movie. Any movie. Even an action movie. EVERY SINGLE MOVIE, the first 20-35 minutes are slow and boring, building up settings, characters, and establishing a plot. Its necessary. Now imagine your movie was 13 hours long. If you do the math and compare 20-35 minutes of a 2 hour movie to a 13 hour movie, those 20-35 minutes become the first 4-5 episodes! And there you have it. 4-5 episodes of character building, stage setting, and plot orchestrating that prepare you for the rest of the movie, which continues to get more and more exciting.

Now, Ideally, in my opinion... a truly "excellent" show would just have action the whole way through. Alas, Luke Cage is a considerably good show, and not an excellent one. No matter which way you look at it, it still has its problems.

The first, and largest problem is the concept of the show. Luke Cage, AKA Power Man, is bullet proof and has super strength. Therefore, logically.... no trigger happy street thug with an AK is going to be able to kill him. And so now you've got this invicible character going around whom you never have to worry about and that leaves a very dull taste in your mouth. So, running with this concept, one needs to introduce elements capable of taking down such a powerful character. In an excellent show, these elements would be intoduced in episode 2 or 3, after showing how dope he is. In Luke Cage, they are introduced around episode 10 out of 13... so you have mostly 80% of the series where he's essentially invincible, and thats pretty dumb, if you ask me.

Some other problems Luke Cage suffers from as a series are, slow pacing, an extremely high number of utterly pointless scenes, of which, if cut out, the show could really be cut down into 7 episodes. Cornyness, and passivity.

But of course, seeing as how I'm giving it 4 stars, Luke Cage has many good elements as well. Those are, unique and fun characters, over-the-top but controlled and exciting action, a powerful voice, strong acting, and more direction than its predecessor, Jessica Jones, in which the protagonist felt secondary to the antagonist for the whole series.

To conclude, approach Luke Cage like a long movie, accept that "most" of the slow boring parts are nessecary to establish a powerful and meaningful conclusion, trust that the series has a direction, and you will find that by episode 7, you wont want to stop watching it until the end, and you should find it quite enjoyable.

by ItzHavok

Apr 29, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

Luke Cage is a superhero action crime drama that follows a man who is bullet proof.... literally. He has been through a sort of transformation that gives him the ability to power through almost anything; strength, stamina and impenetrable skin, this superhero has it all. His biggest asset though one could say is his conscience. The casting is well done, the acting is par and the story is well driven. Not the greatest of superhero stories but one that will still entertain, capture and entertain. A decent drop from Netfilx, recommended for the superhero addict.

by Lisa Schmidt

Oct 07, 2016 1:05 AM EDT

I feel I need to weigh in on this one friends. I've watched both the Dare Devil and Jessica Jones series on Netflix, so I can't help have expectations or make comparisions. Having watched the first 4 episodes of Luke Cage, I have to say I don't think the writers really hit the storytelling sweet spot in this series until episode 4. This show would not likely have survived in a primetime network television time slot having had such a slow start. I hate to blame the writing, but I do think at the very least episode 2 & 3 should have been combined. If you plan to binge watch you have been given fair warning. I fell asleep during episode 3. That being said I will continue to watch and maybe even raise my rating when I have finished. Mike Colter's performance is solid, and I have to say Mahershala Ali brings a deliciously evil contrasting energy in his portrayal of Cottonmouth Stokes. The show is gritty which is to be expected, but I felt the female roles were adequate at best in the first 4 episodes. In all honesty their prescence contributed very little to moving the plot forward in my opinion until the 4th episode. I know Alfre Woodard is a wonderful actress but the first couple episodes didn't give her much room to really shine and that disappointed me. Perhaps I'm unable to believe her in a role as a corrupt character --only time will tell. On the other hand Frank Whaley was a real standout in his colorful portrayal of Detective Scarfe. I'm not a hardcore Marvel fan, so maybe I'm not the best judge of this genre but I hope the remainder of the series delivers more. I worry that parts of this story were slapped together too quickly. Mike Colter shined in his part of the Jessica Jones series storyline but I'm not feeling quite the same chemistry with Simone Missick as detective Misty Knight. My current opinion is that the Luke Cage series will be appreciated more by hardcore Marvel fans than any general audience.

by BartJr

Jan 21, 2019 1:29 AM EST

This TV show also has a political point of view (and that's great), but producers should review it better, it's important to show the inequality, but I think we want to see more of the hero (who represents us) fighting for it.
  But anyway it's a great tv show.

by Teddystyl

Nov 09, 2018 8:15 AM EST

What started off as a 'spin-off' to Marvel's Jessica Jones became to me the most interesting series of the four. I agree the first season had a slow start like most shows do but it the second season had the best power struggle between multiple people that I have seen in a while. As well as cage as the villains really stood up their game and made for an interesting season even thought Luke Cage struggled to find himself again. They accurately portrayed him there as a hero would in current society with social media. I love the way it ended since it opened a whole new series of opportunities where they could've pulled him out of the classic hero scheme. Shame it's cancelled but the ending at least was fitting for a season and a series finale.

by annarain12

Oct 29, 2018 11:44 AM EDT

This is an update; I'm very disappointed that this show has been cancelled. I don't understand why. It may have been a bit slow for some, but why does every single show have to be soo fast moving. Slow down people, take it in, enjoy. Damn. He's a great actor, and I'm going to miss this a lot.

by gusters

Sep 08, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

I had such high hopes for this show, but season 2 has done nothing but put me off it even more. The acting has gotten really horrible. It's ridiculously slow moving and do we really need entire scenes of just watching a band play a song in the club? Makes it seem like the writers couldn't come up with anything to fill the time so instead they was 3-5 minutes of the show watching a band play. I'm disappointed. Netflix, I know you can do much better than this.

by Lucy

May 29, 2017 11:43 AM EDT

Luke Cage is another solid effort in Netflix's Marvel tv-verse. Full of spirit, grit and soul it follows Luke as he journeys from quiet, thoughtful do-gooder to high stakes defender of Harlem. The tone of the show is warmer and more intimate than DD or JJ and I liked the smallness and the community feel of Harlem that was an important character in the show. The music too was wonderful, it created such a suitible mood and gave Luke Cage a strong identity right from the start. I watched the entire season in a weekend, so I can safely say it was definitely a captivating show!

Luke is different to Netflix's other Marvel characters in that he's reluctant to get involved with conflict at the start of the season. He wants to quietly do a good job and live a good life without using his abilities. However, the shock attack at the barbershop where he works changes Luke's agenda from loyal worker to a more dynamic server and protector his community.

Luke works with resisdents at Pop's barberhop, detective Misty Knight and Claire Temple to clear his name, right the wrongs of his past and protect the city from the gangs and dark political agendas that threaten the community of Harlem. The plot is a wee bit slow at times, and only once we'd had a few flashbacks/ glimpses of Luke's backstory in episode 4 was I truly hooked on the show. As with all Netflix's Marvel heroes, 10 tighter episodes would have worked better, but the season has enought momentum and strong character driven performances to keep the show driving towards the finish line.

In particular, Misty Knight and Claire Temple provided some badass female companionship and intellect to the proceedings was a warm welcome. Although we've seen Claire before in a reoccuring role, in Luke Cage she's a main character that uses her medical background as well as fighters instinct to get the team out of tricky situations, and provide plenty of heart to heart moments for Luke too. Misty is excellent as a detective, and demonstrates the tireless work of many loyal cops with an open heart and desire to succeed against all odds. Certainly good to see some gutsy females on tv right now.

Luke faces many adversaries including Cottonmouth (played impecably by the brilliant Mahershala Ali), Shades, Mariah Dillard and Diamondback (the weakest of the four). Although nothing will ever compare to Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, Cottonmouth and Dillard are a force to be reckoned with and they emulate a dark, heartless gangster ambience in every scene they're in - a great contrast to Luke who's full of heart and hope. The club where Cottonmouth and Dillard spend most of their time is a wonderful set, full of great 70s music and enough light and shade to embrace its range of grey characters.

I enjoyed the action elements of the show, Luke being bulletproof will never get old and his ability to demolish his opposition was very cool! However, I wouldn't catergorise this as an action show - there are plenty of slower moments, lots of discussion and talking scenes, and tbh I didn't care for Dillard's election campaigning talks much. However, the mixture of origin story, flashbacks, action scenes, drama and chase scenes certainly provided a wide range of fun moments for all the cast to shine.

The final showdown Luke vs Diamondback was probably one of the weakest points to the season, the whole fight scene in basically a boilersuit was a bit silly and lacked the drive and drama of previous action scenes. Diamondback was a second rate villan compared to the others on the show and the series had only introduced a way to make Luke uninvincible a couple of episodes before, it felt a little more like an afterthought. Never the less, thanks to the strong characters of Luke, Misty and Claire, the finale ends on a partially resolved cliffhanger, and I cetainly can't wait to see where Luke Cage goes next!

by Melissa-LeeM

Dec 31, 2016 1:22 AM EST

Too slow moving for me.

by jcfan

Oct 16, 2016 11:53 AM EDT

I love the Marvel Netflix shows. That being said this is my least favorite that they have put out so far. Doesn't mean I don't like it, it's just that the others are so good. Can't wait to see Luke team up with the rest of the Defenders. We've already seen him interact with Jessica Jones, be cool to see him interact with Daredevil and Iron Fist.

by Sonorpearl

Oct 12, 2016 4:55 AM EDT

One of the best shows I have ever watched. If you love Marvel you should watch it!
I can´t wait for "The Defenders"!!

by firekitty500

Oct 03, 2016 11:34 AM EDT

Beautifully nostalgic display of 1970's hero in today's world. Luke Cage is a solid man, he believed one way the whole time and stayed strong in his way. Much like Captain America, he never turned to the left or the right. Just did what was right and protected his people. With an inspiring knowledge about black history that was endearing and refreshing.

by Sarah_G

Oct 02, 2016 4:30 AM EDT

It really bothers me that people say 'I wish it was more like JJ/DD' or, 'I'd rather have more of JJ/DD' while treating that as a valid comentary. It's not. Luke Cage has a different style and a different message and both are important, the same way that a bulletproof black man in America is important at this point in time. I actually liked that it was slightly slower paced than other Netflix Marvel shows because it allowed me to understand the characters better and, honestly, good character development is what makes or breaks a show for me.

by Hugh_Jarsole

Oct 02, 2016 2:36 AM EDT

Luke Cage is a solid OK series that brings nothing new to the table, honestly it is leagues below any other season of any CW show or any Marvel Netflix show. Other than the final showdown the action sequences are poorly structured and it is the directing that saves that aspect of the show, it had a VERY slow build up and passed its logic as methodical but truthfully the show had a habit of not showing what actually happens in a scene; a plot device great for a flashback or two that gets annoying when used constantly. Compared to the first seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones it lacked edge and style, moreover it lacked the thing that sets it apart from other shows and didn't make a case for the justification of an entire season/series. It forced the hood life aspect way too hard and they never truly got it right, they borrowed the crowd aspect from every superhero movie ever, they pushed the villains running scared trope to a ridiculous height then made unbreakable Luke Cage bow down to cops with easily manufactured kryptonite, taking Luke Cage out of the exclusive club of things that won't break. It never found its feet and never truly gave us Luke Cage. Kryptonite is a rare alien metal that takes money to find and brains to make into a feasible weapon, compare that to Judas and you have something any enemy that presents the defenders can take out the muscle at sniper range. Luke Cage was OK, GOOD AT BEST, BUT IS SIMPLY OVERHYPED MEDIOCRITY

by hiraksharma

Oct 01, 2016 6:41 AM EDT

Lots of N word. Story is too flat...All the white people are bad or weak. I have not read any comic books, so don't know if it is normal.

by S.kari

Sep 30, 2016 5:48 PM EDT

I love superheroes, But can't watch this for the same reason I could not watch Jessica Jones, too much sex, or rather to explicit or visual a sex scene, gives it a seemingly dark theme. Got half way through the first episode. Would have liked to be able to watch them both.

by kvmgoldfish

Apr 27, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

I loved it