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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 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 4, 2018
    6
    Luke cage was one of my big anticipations on netflix for 2018 and after taking some time to think about the season i think it falls into theLuke cage was one of my big anticipations on netflix for 2018 and after taking some time to think about the season i think it falls into the same issues as the first. The first half of luke cage season 1 was almost perfect, then when it hit half way, the show took a very different turn and changed the story up dramatically and I was left very disappointed. Luke cage season 2 does a little swap, the first half of luke cage season 2 was very boring and very dull. We are briefly introduced to the shows 2 big bad guys and that is Black Mariah and Bushmaster. In this first half we spend an awful amount of time with Mariah's character and her plot. Alfre Woodard gives a very good performance and you can tell that she is trying to give it her all, it's unfortunate though that her character is so poorly realised. We touch on her motivations and she's really just trying to replicate what was cottonmouth in season 1 of Luke cage. The second half of luke cage is far better than the first, we get to know Bushmaster more who I really enjoyed in this show overall and Mustafa Shakir gives a good performance, however it is a shame though that he is very underused in this show, he shows up every once and a while, spends to whole time on screen in the last 2 episodes and then just disappears and the show treats it like they just decided to get rid of him, that the story he and luke cage had just ended there. As far as the action scenes go, they are pretty good, especially in episode 10 and 12 which are my 2 favourite episodes in the season. Mike colter is once again great as Luke Cage and throws himself into the action scenes and is definitely playing this character with a bit more heart than he did in season 1.

    Now the ending. I had to watch this episode twice to try and get how I felt about it and I wanted to make sure that I didn't miss anything important. it didn't end like I thought it would and I'm sure many fans will be pleased with the ending as its very different to most of the Netflix marvel shows. I personally felt frustrated by the ending because it feels like the main plot of the show was just tossed aside, it felt unfinished and I felt like they could have stretched out the conclusion more, one more episode would have been great to wrap up the show, and because of the uninteresting character in Black Mariah if felt like the show didn't conclude properly.

    So overall a mixed series, some good moments and some bad, I probably think of it the same as season 1, this show is enjoyable, it's not bad but they had great potential in this show and didn't decide to flesh it out.
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  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 28, 2018
    4
    If this were not released all at once, this second season would be unwatchable. Since it can be binged, with (extremely) heavy use of theIf this were not released all at once, this second season would be unwatchable. Since it can be binged, with (extremely) heavy use of the skip button during all the soap scenes, and live music to pad each episode out, it is somewhat watchable. The cringe-worthy aspects from season one were not learned from, and are repeated throughout this season. Uninteresting characters that show little to no actual development, orgin stories to try and cover up the lack of writing talent, and some very poor directing that has the acting talent looking far less professional than they have in their other work, leaves a very poor taste. The fight scenes are nonsensically copypasta with thugs that know they cannot succeed, yet still walk into it. To make it worse, the criminals that are trying to murder Luke are never arrested (unless convienent for the script). Continunity appears to have been left on the cutting room floor. This should have been boiled down to eight or nine episodes at best, but at thirteen it just continues the Netflix quantity over quality that has plaged them for the last few years. 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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