Sweet Christmas!

landscape-1470753902-luke-cageAfter a brief but fun introduction in Jessica Jones, Powerman AKA Luke Cage gets his own show on Netflix. So how does this TV series compare to the other superhero TV shows that we have? Sweet Christmas – this show was a lot of fun to watch!

No spoilers

Luke Cage is about a bulletproof and insanely strong man who is just trying to keep his head down low but is forced/motivated into fighting criminals and the injustices in Harlem, New York after a personal tragedy.

One of the best parts of the show has to be the tone. It is incredibly cheesy, but the show acknowledges it. Luke Cage says very corny but charming dialogue and a character actually told him that he is very corny! Even the supporting characters are pretty lame and stereotypical, but I loved them! Every time the antagonist, Cottonmouth laughed maniacally to show off his sinister intentions (which he did very often), I would slap my knees and laugh hysterically.

I'm the king of Harlem - hehe...hahaha....MUAHAHAHA!

I’m the king of Harlem…MUAHAHAHA!

All joking aside, I really liked Cottonmouth as a villain. Definitely as much fun to watch as Wilson Fisk from Daredevil. While Cottonmouth is my second favourite character,  the best person from the show is obviously Luke Cage played by Mike Colter. He does a fantastic job when it comes to bringing a powerful presence to every scene, beating up bad guys, and has great comedic timing with his corny catch phrases. Marvel films and TV shows aren’t perfect, but I’d be lying if I said they didn’t have perfecting casting with all their characters and Luke Cage is definitely no exception.

If only this shirt was yellow...

If only this shirt was yellow…

It wouldn’t be a good review if I didn’t mention how this TV show is a great culture piece. The soundtrack is phenomenal and the heavy but natural inclusion of Harlem’s culture and history is really quite special. You get a great sense of what Harlem is about and the importance of friends, family, and community. Furthermore, the important issues of racial profiling are handled remarkably well and this show couldn’t have been released at a more crucial time. #BlackLivesMatter

Luke Cage is a really fun show, but unfortunately still far from perfect. Halfway through the series, it’s almost as if different writers took over because the story became incredibly sloppy. Also, the writers all of sudden started to use heavy amounts of exposition for characters’ histories and this was really frustrating. Exposition is a useful and clever way to provide viewers with information, but too much can just be downright annoying and more importantly, exposition won’t make viewers care about characters and their struggles. It is more powerful for viewers to see a character’s history through flashbacks, instead of listening to someone explain their history and why we’re supposed to care about them.

Luke Cage Season 1 did a great job with introducing us to the characters and world of Luke Cage. It has a lot of flaws, but in the end, the good definitely outweighs the bad and I had a blast watching the show from start to finish. Until next time, nerd out.

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