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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

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  • Summary: After recent events, Luke finds everyone knows of his abilities and a new enemy soon arrives.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Jun 20, 2018
    83
    As season two unfolds, the show and its protagonist draw power from the past, both in confronting and embracing it. And in doing so, Luke Cage becomes the first Marvel show to not only best its first season, but also maintain most of the momentum (it’s not omnipotent, after all). The character and show regain a lot of their swagger.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jun 20, 2018
    80
    This one is stronger, faster, and infinitely more compelling--all things it has in common with its hero.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jun 21, 2018
    80
    An all-around more evenly paced and executed venture from start to finish. From the performances to the directing to the fight choreography, every nut and bolt of this narrative has been tightened down, and the narrative energy emits more spark.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Jun 15, 2018
    63
    [Luke Cage's] personal desires are in direct competition with his obligations as a celebrity and role model. The Netflix series struggles to coalesce those roles and present Cage as one coherent, if conflicted, person; instead, we see different iterations of the hero from episode to episode. It's a flaw that makes for a season of Luke Cage that's alternately bland and thrilling, formulaic and insightful--which is to say, as variable as Luke Cage himself.
  5. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jun 15, 2018
    60
    There are plenty of things this season does well, really well, but there is so much filler and narrative dragging of feet in between that it’s hard to recommend it outright.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 21, 2018
    55
    Luke Cage might be bulletproof, but the character's eponymous Netflix series looks weaker in Season 2 -- not bad, overall, but still experiencing the equivalent of a sophomore slump.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2018
    50
    Even beyond the imbalanced plot/time ratio, there's a flatness--and cheapness--to be found across the whole run. For every one dynamic scene, whether straight-up superhero action(*) or simply a moment involving many characters bouncing off each other at once, there are at least a half-dozen lifeless two-person conversations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    I can't understand why this season is so underrated. Its way better than the first one, and it is a really good season.
    I didn't like Luke
    I can't understand why this season is so underrated. Its way better than the first one, and it is a really good season.
    I didn't like Luke Cage's season one at all. This one, on the other hand, had everything I wanted. Daughters of the Dragon, heroes for hire. Iron Fist, cyber Misty.
    Bushmaster and Nightshade were great antagonists as well.
    IGN is crazy by giving SE1 84 and SE2 45. Hope season 3 keep this level of improvement.
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  2. Jun 25, 2018
    9
    This season was in my opinion even better the first. Thank to bushmaster I'm calling everybody bredren. Man I hope they bring him back. SeasonThis season was in my opinion even better the first. Thank to bushmaster I'm calling everybody bredren. Man I hope they bring him back. Season 3 is a most Netflix. Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2018
    8
    Luke Cage season 1 was one of the better Marvel series to me which I enjoyed. I enjoyed Luke Cage season 2 even more so. Characters remainLuke Cage season 1 was one of the better Marvel series to me which I enjoyed. I enjoyed Luke Cage season 2 even more so. Characters remain interesting, and don't suddenly get slashed from the character roster as seen in Jessica Jones season 2. The new villain "Bushmaster" was more interesting than previous villain "Diamondback." Similar to many other Marvel series, there are several dialogue, heavy scenes in Luke Cage: season 2. Some will feel these scenes are stretched out. For me though, it didn't bother me enough to detract from the show. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2018
    6
    I loved the first season much better, but this brought a lot of what season 1 had into season 2. It had a lot of action and politics was alsoI loved the first season much better, but this brought a lot of what season 1 had into season 2. It had a lot of action and politics was also prevalent, but it missed the very thing that made season 1 so great, Luke Cage. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2018
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. episode 10 was great. Other than that, the series is waaayyyyy too long and boring. I hate that they act like the other shows barely exist. you tell me harlem is completely f-ed up, and no other characters do anything until 10 episodes in? Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2018
    4
    Suffers from the same issues that season 1 had. They gave up on a great villain in Bushmaster about midway through the season (much like theySuffers from the same issues that season 1 had. They gave up on a great villain in Bushmaster about midway through the season (much like they did with Cottonmouth in season 1) for some junk side plots that aren't all that interesting and to knock off a few characters we all expected to be knocked off from pretty much the first episode. And the final episode of the season doesn't make me even slightly interested for season 3. I've given up on Luke Cage at this point. The writers clearly have no idea what they are doing and despite a promising start, they crash and burn as the season progressed (much like they did in season 1). Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2018
    1
    The acting so far this season is comparable to the unforgettable Iron First. Even the beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson couldn't elevateThe acting so far this season is comparable to the unforgettable Iron First. Even the beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson couldn't elevate season 2. The fake and unintelligible Jamaican accents makes listening and watching an unpleasant experience. I've watched 4 episodes so far and it's very disappointing compared to season 1. I'm going to skip to episode 10 so I can see Misty's bionic arm. It just feels like Marvel threw in towel on Luke Cage. Expand

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