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Luke Cage Season-Finale Recap: Origin Story

Misty Knight is the hero worth watching in "You Know My Steez." ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/11/marvels-luke-cage-recap-season-1-episode-13.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Luke Cage Recap: Hostage Situation

Misty Knight and Claire Temple should get their own Marvel show. ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/marvels-luke-cage-recap-season-1-episode-11.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Luke Cage Season 1 Episode 8 Review: “Blowin’ Up The Spot”

Through the first two acts, Luke Cage has been another solid installment to the Marvel Netflix family. Although the show has operated at a slower pace than Daredevil and possibly even more so than Jessica Jones, it seems to fit the style and tone of the show and it’s setting. Yes, there have been conflicting views between people like Luke, Cottonmouth and Mariah, but each character cares about Harlem and is trying to leave their impact on it. This is what sets Luke a part from the rest though, because he’s the only one with pure intentions that will actually help. Luke Cage is yet another diverse show for the MCU to incorporate, and that’s what makes it so much fun, because once again Marvel has released a show that feels drastically different from the companion shows while still having the same theme of heroes growing into their famous roles. The show obviously is not without it’s faults, but so far Luke Cage has been providing another unique look at a hero operating in a part of New York, and with the shocking death of Cottonmouth at the end of last episode, it looks like things might elevate even more. READ MORE...

Luke Cage Recap: The Past Is Present

This show has some of the best female characters on television. ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/marvels-luke-cage-recap-season-1-episode-10.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Luke Cage Recap: You Ain't Houdini

Dear Marvel, please make a show about Misty Knight.   ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/marvels-luke-cage-recap-season-1-episode-9.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Luke Cage Season 1 Episodes 12 & 13 Review

I do not likeLuke Cage. I want to say that upfront, before I review the last two episodes, so that you know what youre in for. If youre looking for something positive, this is not the place to look. Aside from the respectability politics (a thread that is hammered hard early on, and then disappears for long stretches before being hammered again), I find that this show doesnt work on a number of levels. After the first trailer, I had high hopes. I had come around on Mike Colter as Luke Cage, after being skeptical of his performance inJessica Jones. ...Read More... //www.tvovermind.com/tv-news/luke-cage-season-1-episodes-12-13-review?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=luke-cage-season-1-episodes-12-13-review

Luke Cage Season 1 Episodes 10 & 11 Review: “Take It Personal”/”Now You’re Mine”

I definitely understand why people think the Marvel Netflix shows could use a few less episodes. Luke Cage is extremely compelling, don’t get me wrong, but I decided to write about these episodes together, because I feel like they could’ve told this story in one episode. It was still incredibly fun to watch, dramatic, and realistic (as you can be in Marvel, of course), but it could have moved just ever so slightly quicker. A quick recap of these episodes of Luke Cage: Luke’s life is saved, but he learns the truth about Reva, and about Willis Stryker. Mariah turns the neighborhood against Luke by framing him for more crimes. Luke returns to Harlem just in time to save Misty from a hail of gunfire. Diamondback and his crew create a hostage situation inside the club, while Luke, Misty, and Claire are still inside. READ MORE...

Luke Cage Recap: False Idols

Diamondback finally makes his grand entrance, but he's no great villain. ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/marvels-luke-cage-recap-season-1-episode-8.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Luke Cage Recap: Family First

"Manifest" gives Luke Cage its most emotionally resonant scene yet. ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/marvels-luke-cage-recap-season-1-episode-7.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Season 1 Review

★ ★ ★ ★ A series that uses current events and themes from Captain America: Civil War to its advantage, Luke Cage does more than diversify the superhero genre, it owns it. The importance of having a black superhero speaks for itself in this series about community and strength in numbers, an optimistic analysis of minority communities that rings true in every episode. Victims of the "Blaxploitation" era of marketing, Luke Cage, Black Mariah, Cottonmouth, and Misty Knight started out with stereotypes, but what began as quick money-making opportunities became an avenue for black artists to really say something meaningful about the problems they were facing in society and honor the community in some important ways. Luke Cage carefully crafted authentic characters that demonstrate the strengths and complexities of being African American in the United States. Luke Cage, along with Black Panther, are the two black headlining superheroes with their very own additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first truly public superhero of the Defenders, it’s a huge development in terms of character due to the fact that he becomes a symbol for Harlem and what the community truly stands for. Luke’s backstory was also revamped in the process. Rather than be a Harlem-born gang member turned good, Luke is a framed ex-cop from Georgia. It’s a positive change to the character that removes Luke from any stereotypes that could be holding the character back. He’s a good man, rather than a reformed one. Mike Colter does a fantastic job of bringing Luke Cage to life and while viewers got to see him do a hell of a job in Jessica Jones , his own individual series gave Colter the ability to show his immense range as an actor. Quietly powerful, Colter keeps Luke grounded even when the rest of the series begins to fizzle toward the end. Luke Cage creates room for conversation about the beauty of African-American communities, police violence, and so much more as the series’ political commentary is one of the strongest assets the show has working for it. Much like how Jessica Jones dealt with sexual assault and used Kilgrave as an allegory for it, Luke Cage ’s interest in race relations with police forces and police violence is well apt and timely, given the state the United States is in at the moment, and having Luke Cage be that voice for the African-American community works wonders. It’s important that a black superhero exists, especially one that represents communities struggling with issues seen in Luke Cage . Misty Knight’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe only gets better with Simone Missick’s excellent portrayal of the character. Powerful from the get-go and a verbal sparring partner with Luke’s dry wit, Misty’s stance in the series shifts often, however her importance in the political narrative is maintained throughout. Missick owns every room she walks into and when Misty is breaking down, Missick maintains a level of discomfort and vulnerability that adds so much dimension to Misty as a character. Rosario Dawson may not have had the most grounded of storylines as her character Claire Temple, one of the only characters to be shown in all three of the Defender series so far, but it’s still fun to see her return for a more in-depth relationship with a character that will fill the void in Luke Cage’s life until Jessica Jones comes rolling back into the picture. Cottonmouth and Black Mariah have some of the most interesting reinventions and Luke Cage ’s intelligent decision to drop the comic book names really worked for the series as a whole. The comic book names became slurs, which was interesting to see play out the first couple of times, and it added plenty of insecurity to the two powerful villains. Mariah and Cottonmouth were so well developed, it was a shame to see that Diamondback couldn’t have the same kind of treatment. With so many shoutouts to the character, it was obvious that Diamondback was going to be making a grand kind of appearance and become one of the main villains of the series. Little did viewers know that Diamondback would only show up in a badly developed last half and would be given a more cartoony stylization. While Mariah and Cottonmouth had delicious dialogue exchanges regarding the future of Harlem and what it means to be African American, Diamondback lacked all of that dimension and his main source for evilness was daddy issues. Though the hatred for Luke may be self-explanatory, there are times when Diamondback’s hatred is almost nonsensical at times. Along with that, it’s a shame that Luke’s father hasn't made an appearance yet due to the fact that he was name-dropped so many times over the course of the season, though he may make an appearance next season when Luke returns to Georgia. While Luke Cage had a quite electrifying first half, the latter half of the series that explored the power void left by Cottonmouth’s death had issues with pacing that could have been easily handled if it weren’t for the 13-episode season arch. (They really don’t need it.) Both Jessica Jones and Daredevil faced the same issues when you get about episode seven or eight because that’s when the flashbacks start showing up and the more filler-y storylines begin to prop up. Luke Cage is no different. Luke spends a good couple of episodes on the run and while this helps develop his relationship with Claire, it kills the pace the series had set. Diamondback’s characterization was already in the gutter, so glazing that more wouldn’t have changed anything either. The most notable failures in pacing are the final two episodes, which stretch the final two hours into what feels like a death march. The fight with Diamondback lasts several episodes, but culminates into a 30-minute battle that gets interrupted by other characters because, at the end of the day, there wasn’t a lot going for it. (Also, how funny was that Diamondback costume?) The rest of the final episode drones and drones about where the season is leaving off, reiterating the themes of the season. Luke Cage had issues with repetitiveness, which would manifest themselves in history lessons, Misty’s crime-scene visions, or Luke’s more political dialogue. The banter that was found in the first episode died out when the series hit its more serious messages and it was sorely missed. Luke Cage may pale to the likes of Jessica Jones , which basically set the bar for superheroes everywhere, but it’s important to have a show like Luke Cage around as an inspiration. Luke Cage and Misty Knight represent more than just the good guys, they’re role models for an entire community. While Luke Cage ’s first season could have had more solid storylines as well as a more satisfying ending, Luke Cage and Misty Knight are excellent additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will be exciting to see return for The Defenders.