• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Shaan Joshi
    Jun 14, 2018
    80
    Luke Cage's second season marks the darkest point of the Netflix Marvel shows to date, and will have you rethinking your definition of 'good' and 'evil' once you reach the ending.
  5. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Jun 22, 2018
    75
    The show is, to be clear, worth admiring for the way it deeply cares about its ensemble and their journeys--Misty (Simone Missick) in particular is well-served with plenty to do. But that’s where most of the bloat lies: long scenes, with pretty quick emotional conclusions.
  6. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    Jun 22, 2018
    70
    An intriguing, but slightly less riveting, second season of Luke Cage.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Despite its improvements in season two, that reality is something that Luke Cage still struggles with. In many ways, Luke Cage reads as a would-be groundbreaking superhero show from the ’90s displaced into 2018: earnest, a bit hollow, and more primed toward political resonance than artistic grace.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 25, 2018
    50
    Too much canvas with wild splashes of paint deployed to fill it. Compared with the first, the second is a disappointment, but far from a failure. Best experienced in small bites instead of huge indigestible chunks.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 21, 2018
    50
    It's a step up from other recent Marvel/Netflix shows when it comes to a memorable villain with season-long objectives. It's still a season with wildly fluctuating spikes and valleys in energy. One moment it walks with the same swagger and purpose and ideology that carried the initial seven episodes of the first season, the next moment it slumps into a fallow funk as if saving its energy and budget.
  13. 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.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 86
  2. Negative: 15 out of 86
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    4
    Once again, a Netflix Marvel Hero series with nine episodes of plot stretched and padded out to thirteen.
    -First off, it's boring. Some
    Once again, a Netflix Marvel Hero series with nine episodes of plot stretched and padded out to thirteen.
    -First off, it's boring. Some superhero powers are low-key and provide subtle advantage. Super-strength and bullet proof are the powers for ACTION. Slouching up and down the streets in a hoodie is not action. Sitting in barbershop chair dithering is not action. Action is not just fighting, it's dynamic motion and uptempo music and fast cuts and kicking down a wall in frustration. Not talk-talk-talk have another glass of rum, oh what to do what to do.
    -Second off, it should be called "the Mariah Stokes Story". If the character, or her immediate family, were not on the screen 50% more than Luke Cage, I'll eat my remote control. Add in all the other supporting characters and the title of the series should be "With Cameo Appearance by Luke Cage!"
    -This Season 2 nearly challenged "Iron Fist" as the most boring Netflix Marvel effort, which makes it really a twist that the episode guest-starring Iron Fist was easily the best of the thirteen.
    -I had to turn on subtitles to have a chance of following/understanding the Jamaican accents.
    -"Luke Cage S2" had some many, many good moments. They just need to carefully edit those good moments into maybe eight tight episodes and they'd have something. Right now it's too much like pushing a tractor tire across a field...without super-strength.
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  2. Jun 24, 2018
    3
    I thought the first season was pretty bad, nope... This season is epically boring and just plain bad. A longass music video. This season hadI thought the first season was pretty bad, nope... This season is epically boring and just plain bad. A longass music video. This season had three episodes of story. Maybe. Marvel on Netflix has taken a considerable decline in quality since the first 8 episodes of Daredevil. I don't know what the hell's going on. Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2018
    3
    This season was meh. Uninteresting character arcs, comically bad acting, using (albeit cool) live music as filler. Some of the JamaicanThis season was meh. Uninteresting character arcs, comically bad acting, using (albeit cool) live music as filler. Some of the Jamaican accents were too thick and hardly understandable. The only highlight was the upgraded villain to Bushmaster. He was awesome. Full Review »