Flashbacks invigorate Luke Cage but don’t do much for character development

B-

I know it must get a little repetitive to read these reviews where I keep saying that I want something more from Luke Cage. I’ve been more critical of the season because I know that there is a confident, sexy, socially conscious show buried deep in Luke Cage. Even though I’m not the season’s biggest fan, this episode…

Luke Cage needs to rely on its more interesting characters instead of the well-trod plot

C+

Even a mediocre episode of Luke Cage feels like a really good episode of any police procedural. It makes sense that the most satisfying moments to be had here involve watching Simone Missick as a solving crime and kicking ass. She’s consistently one of the strongest players on Luke Cage but it still often feels like…

"The politics of the ’60s are right in your face": Cheo Hodari Coker on Luke Cage's revolutionary acts

When Marvel’s Luke Cage premiered in 2016, it was met with much excitement and hope, in part because Mike Colter had made a hell of a first impression in season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. But as the Black Lives Matter movement grew, a black superhero, one who’s bulletproof, resonated for reasons beyond the page…

The A.V. Club is recapping Marvel's Luke Cage

Episode 1: “Soul Brother #1” | Episode 2: “Straighten It Out” | Episode 3: “Wig Out” | Episode 4: “I Get Physical” | Episode 5: “All Souled Out” | Episode 6: “The Basement” | Episode 7: “On And On” | Episode 8: “If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right” | Episode 9: “For Pete’s Sake” | Episode 10: “The Main Ingredient” |…

Luke Cage suffers a defeat and the series slows down to watch his fall

B

Because Netflix series are intended for binge-watching, it’s difficult for a single episode to stand out. Episode three of Luke Cage was a tremendous episode. The episode that would follow a stand-out episode would naturally feel like a bit of a letdown after such an emotional episode. “I Get Physical” features the…

A tremendous emotional scene sets high expectations for the rest of Luke Cage’s second season

A

There’s a lot written on “Netflix’s Strategy” to get viewers hooked. Pacing the season out to have the most impact on the viewer and carefully placing huge moments to get the viewers hooked to finish the season. Netflix also has a tendency for their series to feel aimless in the middle of the season, and season one of …

Here’s everything you should remember before watching season 2 of Luke Cage

The hero of Harlem, Luke Cage, returns to Netflix June 22 with its second season. The last we saw Cage, he was punching his way through the criminal syndicate The Hand as part of Marvel’s 2017 team-up miniseries The Defenders, but his first solo outing premiered almost two years ago. So before you head back to Harlem,…

Luke Cage is the first Marvel show to top its first season

B+

Like its lead character, Marvel’s Luke Cage is aware of the upward climb it’s facing in season two. Luke (Mike Colter) cleared his name in Defenders, but when the new episodes begin, he’s wrestling with his newfound fame and obligations, the return of his estranged father (the late, great Reg E. Cathey), and, oh yeah,…

Luke Cage gets brutal, gets shit done in the trailer for Marvel's Luke Cage season 2

“Sometimes brutality gets shit done.” That mission statement is spoken by a shirtless Mike Colter in character as Luke Cage, who faces a new threat that might actually be his equal in the second season of his eponymous Netflix series. That threat comes in the form of John McIver (Mustafa Shakir), a.k.a. Bushmaster, a…

Annabella Sciorra to play a crime boss on season 2 of Marvel's Luke Cage

Just a few days after Netflix released a cool trailer for season two of Marvel’s Luke Cage, Deadline is reporting that Annabella Sciorra has now joined the cast. The story says she’ll be playing Rosalie Carbone, a “dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player” who is looking to expand her evil empire into…