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Average User Score: 6.5Jun 26, 2018Once again, a Netflix Marvel Hero series with nine episodes of plot stretched and padded out to thirteen.
-First off, it's boring. SomeOnce 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.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Oct 7, 2017Skillfully and competently done. No question. My only reservations are strictly my personal taste. First, after years of "fugitive freaksSkillfully and competently done. No question. My only reservations are strictly my personal taste. First, after years of "fugitive freaks shunned by society" riffs in books, movies, comics and so on, I'm a little jaded. If I stop watching, it won't be a criticism of production quality, it'll be from me not being able to climb over the wall of "been there, done that." Second, I'm past jaded with the fugitive freaks being beautiful 20-year olds. Mutants are either gorgeous or they're some flavour of monster. Don't chubby teens with acne ever develop earthshaking power? In this X-Men universe, mutants have been around since WW II (at least). Where are the freaks that are 30, 40, 50? Hopefully the show will grow and mature to show these other folks.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.6Oct 1, 2017Finally got around to watching the first two episodes and...we seem to have a winner! Lots of good potential in characters and SFX. I giveFinally got around to watching the first two episodes and...we seem to have a winner! Lots of good potential in characters and SFX. I give it a "7" because I do wish the series would stay in line with the young concussed officer's lament "We're Star Fleet. We're explorers, not soldiers". I also find the new design for the Klingons to be baroque (literally) and most...unfortunate. It's solid enough otherwise to just pretend it's an eight-hour "action episode" of Star Trek, like "Doomsday Machine" or "Best of Both Worlds"… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Jul 19, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I can only stand alongside the other reviews that state the first seasons were pure dynamite, but this Season 5 is flaccid and fizzless.
The earlier seasons had all the quality acting/production values AND were vibrating with tension. The earlier seasons were a chess game to the death with the FBI, bamboozling poor Martha into being a spy, planting bugs on robots, watching Agent Beeman spend all day in a war room full of sketches of Philip's and Elizabeth's alter egos, then going across the street after work for a beer. Bouncing between FBI and the Russian embassy/office as each lay plans and counter plans. Chases, quick thinking, careful preparations...great!
Now the FBI war room is bare. Beeman and Aderholt mooch around looking for some poor Russian to turn. We keep bouncing to a pointless and unconnected side story with Oleg in Moscow. I never became that connected with Oleg to care too much about his life, especially when it means nothing to the main story in Washington. The lead characters are uncertain and a bit burned out on their mission, which radiates in every non-starting episode. Annoying teenage drivel all the time. Gabriel takes half the season to leave. Philip and Elizabeth's hated former handler returns and there's no spark or flare. We have the last two episodes of the season still to watch and I really don't give a squeak fart if I see them.… Expand