Not so long ago Netflix finally came out with a new superhero show to their streaming service which goes by the name of Luke Cage and I got the honor to watch it over a couple of days.
This review will try to be as spoiler free as possible, but if you haven’t watched the series then be prepared for small amounts anyway. We all set? Well then let’s get to the review.
The series takes place after the great disaster (first avengers movie), just a little after the events of Jessica Jones and Daredevil season 2 so the show had some high expectations to live up to. This show manages to meet these expectations and even go as far as to surpass them on various levels.
Just like the previous two shows that in a collaboration between Netflix, Marvel Television and ABC studios has made it, Luke Cage as well is a series with a dark tone, gritty and violent take on the telling of a superhero story which actually works heavily in Luke Cage’s favor. It helped take the story down roads I could never predict too much of, though the story was easily too guess at certain parts with some episodes, it was the way the characters would develop I could never put a finger on which way they were going as the story would progress forward.
That’s the great thing about Luke Cage, it’s characters are what carries the weight of the show to a full. They are methodical, well-orchestrated but if it wasn’t for the actors as well they wouldn’t be where the show has them being portrayed. Mike Colt as Luke Cage manages to bring a confidence that we haven’t seen in other characters throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He never lets Luke dip into self-doubt as Luke wonders throughout season 1 whether or not he wants to be the hero Harlem needs.
Which then takes us to Harlem itself, the show not only makes Harlem becomes a character in on itself but it also manages to nail everything right that is about Harlem and the things it struggles with every day. From the music – which soundtrack is with hip hop, blues and rap – to the locations being shown with the shows different characters.
To not spoil anything at all, out of the few villains we get the one character I would like to quickly talk about is the infamous Cottonmouth played by Mahershala Ali and he does make any punch he pulls make you love to hate his character. Even as the show progresses you get to know his backstory and how he developed to how he is introduced in the beginning.
This is what makes Luke Cage so good to watch, it’s the pacing and the characters that hold the pieces together. Because the pacing and cinematography is absolutely brilliant, there’s a great eye to detail with showing emotions to specific situations and music being played at the same time.
However, it wouldn’t be a Marvel property without some easter eggs and there are quite some to find. Some of them are a nod to old fans of the comics to many things that has happened and exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Overall, Netflix has managed to do a great job adapting Luke Cage to a television series. This show was a blast to watch and I enjoyed every minute of the 13 hours total it lasted. Great, well-thought out characters are being developed ways to enjoy the story to its fullest.
So if you are a sucker for superhero shows both light and dark, or are you just coming from the previous shows of Daredevil and/or Jessica Jones. Then you will feel right at home watching and giving it a try.
Luke Cage gets an 8 out of 10.
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