Thursday, 20 October 2016

Luke Cage Season One - Netflix Review

Finally after two seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones with Luke Cage, we finally get a Luke Cage stand alone series. Mike Colter returns as Luke Cage, and this series introduces other fan favourites, including Misty Knight (Simone Missick) as the no nonsense taking detective, villains Cottonmouth and Diamondback, and the stand out for the series, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Cottonmouth's political cousin who's willing to do anything to get ahead in life.

Episodes 1 - 6: The beginning of the season pit's Luke Cage against Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes, and the unfortunate casualties of gang wars. As Luke sets his sights on Cottonmouth, he hits him where it hurts; his pockets. We also get to see how Luke Cage became Power Man in prison. Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) also turns up to help Luke out. Meanwhile, Misty starts to think Luke might be to blame for all the bad things which are happening.

Episode 7  shows a shift in direction, as Cottonmouth is forced to call in Diamondback, and we find out a bit more of Cottonmouth's rough up bringing. Cottonmouth upsets the wrong person and is taken out of the equation. Luke also finds out he isn't as bulletproof as he once thought.
Episode 8 - 12: We are introduced to Diamondback, as he gives chase to the wounded Luke Cage, and we learn they have some history together. While Luke tries to find a way to heal his wound, Diamondback takes out the majority of competition in Harlem. The police hunt for Luke and the community gather to support him. 

Episode 13 has Luke Cage going up against Diamondback in his own super suit. As all the smoke settles, Misty is left questioning the very system she works for. Mariah ends up running the night club Harlem's Paradise.

The series was an entertaining watch. It looked good, with a remarkable sound track, and a dark gritty realism (well, as real as a bulletproof superhero can feel). The acting is awesome by everyone involved. The characters are interesting and flawed, with Misty being the stand out, as she spends the majority of the show hunting down Luke because it's her job, even believing he is the problem, up until the final few episodes.
If there is one let down to this series it's the two lead villains. Cottonmouth is a terrifying mob boss but can't do anything to hurt Luke. Diamondback has that menacing feel, but is also very cartoonish and feels slightly misplaced in this series. Shades is nothing more then a cheerleader, again having a menacing feel, but doesn't really do anything. Mariah is the stand out though, as she is so nasty throughout and she is a character you just love to hate. Alfre Woodard is awesome.

I enjoyed the show, but it didn't have anyone to go toe to toe with Luke, unlike Fisk with Daredevil and, my favourite, the Purple Man from Jessica Jones. I enjoyed the feel, but wanted more at the end of it. All in all, another good outing by Marvel, a solid 7/10, but I wanted more Luke Cage talking about coffee, if you know what I mean. Now we just need to wait 'till March for Iron Fist, then we can get some Defenders. Richee

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