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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Introduced in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gets his own show where he tries to rebuild his life in Harlem. He meets Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) again and deals with nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard),Introduced in Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gets his own show where he tries to rebuild his life in Harlem. He meets Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) again and deals with nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), a criminal from Luke's past named Shades (Theo Rossi), and a pair of detectives (Simone Missick and Frank Whaley. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Oct 3, 2016
    100
    These shows are character studies. They are methodical and well-orchestrated. Both are a joy to watch and savor.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Sep 29, 2016
    91
    Luke Cage is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 29, 2016
    88
    Cage is Marvel’s best TV series yet, but more importantly he's the superhero that the world seems to need most right now, mainly because he’s the most real.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Sep 23, 2016
    80
    At times, Luke Cage feels so concerned with urban problems, it's as if Marvel met "The Wire," an impression helped by an excellent cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 30, 2016
    75
    Luke Cage succeeds where so many Marvel ventures have failed in finding a unique, if not perfect, pitch between seeing the hero at its center as an icon for social good and understanding him as a human being, and it's important that the writers don't ignore or sublimate the fact that he's also African American.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Sep 26, 2016
    75
    Again, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Luke Cage take… their…… time in unspooling a 13-episode story, rarely serving up action scenes just because.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 23, 2016
    60
    Mike Colter as Luke is a physical marvel and an appealing center of moral gravity in a show that all too often telegraphs its plentiful punches and twists. [26 Sep 2016-2 Oct 2016, p.16]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 115
  2. Negative: 24 out of 115
  1. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    Best Marvel's performace yet. Haters back off. 10/10 I hate DC's fans come here and rate it 1 or 0 for nothing. It was amazing.. I wish IBest Marvel's performace yet. Haters back off. 10/10 I hate DC's fans come here and rate it 1 or 0 for nothing. It was amazing.. I wish I cound put an 11. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2016
    9
    Finally I can give my full opinion on Marvel's Luke Cage.

    Luke Cage is one of the most socially relevant tv shows airing today. Especially
    Finally I can give my full opinion on Marvel's Luke Cage.

    Luke Cage is one of the most socially relevant tv shows airing today. Especially today when racial tensions between cops and black skinned males is ever so present throughout.

    I think my favorite aspect about the show had to be the beautiful setting of Harlem. You feel the city. The show drags you in and presents itself, in this beautiful yet corrupt and damaged community where crime is present throughout, where history, art, music and culture is present and alive throughout this magnificent realization of such an astonishing historical urban environment. All of this is enhanced by some breath taking cinematography and easily one of the best, and most memorable, soundtracks of the whole Marvel Extended Universe.

    But at the heart, yes, this is a superhero story about Luke Cage, and boy, it is one hell of a wild ride. The acting is amazing and all the supporting cast give such great full on performances. And the villain, another win for Neflicks, a truly sensational character, Cottonmouth, who brings fear, intimidation and just pure character to ever seen he is in.

    Many have complained about the last act of the show, from reviews I have read here on metacritic and from over review outlets. But I, personally, found myself completely on-board and engaged until the very end. I love it, honestly, I think Marvel's Luke Cage is probably my second favorite Marvel Netflick's show with the first season of Daredevil being my all time favoruite.

    I am very much looking forward to seeing more of the character and cannot wait for Marvel's Iron Fist.

    If you are a fan of Blaxploitation cinema and or 90s hard-core hassle cinema and basically just Marvel Television in general you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel's Luke Cage.

    My only real complaints tend to be that, much like many of the other Netflix shows, it gets a little slow near the middle point of the show.

    I really recommend taking your time with the show instead of just binge watching it. I think a lot of these Marvel Netflix's show are better watched in small doses apposed to a full on binge session, for it really allows you to kinda just grow and appreciate the show a lot more.

    Id give Luke Cage a solid 9/10
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  3. Oct 10, 2016
    8
    Loved the storyline and the minority representation finally present in the MCU, however I found this series to be the weakest of all the MCULoved the storyline and the minority representation finally present in the MCU, however I found this series to be the weakest of all the MCU tv series. Mike Colter just didn't embody the character of Luke Cage like Krysten Ritter did justice to her character in Jessica Jones. Also, the fight scenes were laughably terrible, awkward and lazy. Luke pretty much just slaps, pushes or punches all his assailants in the lamest manner possible . Overall, it is a decent superhero tv series. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2017
    7
    I loved this show so much, It was very entertaining and I couldn't get enough of the ideas and story behind it, the problem with the show andI loved this show so much, It was very entertaining and I couldn't get enough of the ideas and story behind it, the problem with the show and the reason It's not a 10/10 for me, a couple actors were very bad and didn't play the part that well, the story was dragged on for so long and I felt that so many incident's could have happened a lot quicker than they did, there were also pointless scenes where random people would die and they didn't really matter that much to the story, I loved the show but theirs problems with it, Iron fist was better. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2016
    6
    After watching a few episodes of this series it looked promising entertainment but towards the end the writing is so bad that it makes meAfter watching a few episodes of this series it looked promising entertainment but towards the end the writing is so bad that it makes me say "really??!?!?". It's a shame :/ Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2016
    4
    I gave it 3 episodes before giving up. The main character is unlikeable- his demeanor and the way he struts around and behaves like he is coolI gave it 3 episodes before giving up. The main character is unlikeable- his demeanor and the way he struts around and behaves like he is cool conflicts with the dialogue and plot- chalk that up to bad acting I guess, but apart from that, the dialogue was super weak; After nearly every sentence, better dialogue just slipped into my mind and I was wondering how they could have failed so miserably with it. The racial theme being so prevalent is also an annoying detractor. Use it a few times, I'm all right with it, but bring up every few minutes that you are black and punctuate it with a racial slur, and it gets to be unwatchable. Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2018
    0
    Superhero soap opera weak on the super hero and strong on the soap opera. Season 2 also suffers from PC syndrome where the lead characters areSuperhero soap opera weak on the super hero and strong on the soap opera. Season 2 also suffers from PC syndrome where the lead characters are all strong females in charge and the male characters with the exception of Luke Cage are all emasculated, stupid, or evil, or die. They even portray Luke Cage as a stupid brute with one trick powers. If it was well written this wouldn't be a problem, but it stands out as being completely unrealistic. Seriously, a superhero show where the superhero male is outnumbered by all of the action-oriented females who get far more screen time and development? IT's like Jessica Jones and Iron Fist all over again -- WAY too much screen time devoted to the villains and their family drama and not enough developing THE HERO. It's a bad cop show with Luke Cage inserted every now and then for the name, but it may as well be generic invulnerable black man versus street thugs because other than the names of characters it doesn't resemble Luke Cage at all. Expand

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