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Review Luke Cage Season 1 (2016 - ): Sweet Christmas!

genre: crime, action, comic book adaptation, drama, super hero

Another edition in the Netflix Marvel Universe where we meet up with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) again after we had been introduced to him in Jessica Jones. And definitely a show that belongs on Netflix.

Because just like it's predecessors it's a little more real and darker than the MCU films. In a way this show is very similar to Daredevil with one major difference. Luke Cage is a very reluctant hero. Unlike Matt Murdock he doesn't feel the need to fight crime. He has his reasons. And of course we learn about those reasons eventually. The show does take it's time to reveal the background of Luke but it's done in a way that makes sense story wise. Still Luke Cage is forced to make his neighbourhood safe again when his path crosses with the villains of this story.  Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes (Mahershala Ali) and his cousin Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard). There is another mysterious underworld boss in the background whose name is Diamondback. This almost might seem a rehash of Kingpin in Daredevil but trust me it's not. Especially Stokes and Dillard get a lot of exposure because they represent the worst of what can happen in a community. They pride themselves wanting to do good but deep down are rotten to the core and immensely selfish. They provide a great contrast as Luke Cage is the exact opposite of them. Slowly but gradually he is on his way to become the super hero his people need.

Compared to Daredevil and Jessica Jones Luke Cage is considerably less epic. It's much smaller in scale. Does that automatically make it worse? No, it's still a good show but not because of the story. More because of the dynamics between the characters. Especially between Luke Cage and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). She is a more pivotal character here than she was in Daredevil because she also is searching for purpose which she finds by helping Luke. Luke himself finds strength and courage because of her faith in him and that was interesting to see unfold. But no matter who Luke interacts with it's definitely interesting. Undoubtedly that has to do with Mike Colter's charm. There is no escaping it. He mesmerizes and inspires. If you ask me the perfect guy to play super hero Luke Cage. Another good element in the show is the soundtrack. Very fitting and essential.

I certainly will be tuning in for the second season especially since the ending of this season was a little too dark and abrupt. But let's hope they will come up with a better story next time since overall it felt very underwhelming. Although still very binge worthy!

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