First off, the character of Luke Cage was first featured in the Netflix show Jessica Jones and later went on to get his own series on Netflix. He is played by Mike Colter and is a great character to watch. When he’s not on screen, all you want to see is him beating up street thugs with his insane abilities. He has skin that is essentially steel. Match that with his superhuman strength and you have yourself one great character.
With every superhero, there has to be a villain. In season one, Luke has to go up against the most infamous gangster in all of Harlem, Cornell Stokes, a.k.a Cottonmouth. Cage goes through a lot of emotional torment as he fights Cottonmouth. We also see Cottonmouth’s background and how he came to be the way he is, which is a very interesting part of the series.
It is important not to look at this show as just a guy running around beating up a bunch of street thugs, because it does an exceptional job of developing Luke Cage’s character throughout. It is very unpredictable as well. I was left stunned multiple times throughout and I wasn’t able to successfully predict what was about to happen. I also appreciate the score of this series. There is a lot of classical jazz mixed with some modern hip hop to set the mood during some scenes and does a great job with it.
All in all, Luke Cage is a great show for just about any Netflix watcher. The only con I have for this show, is the downfall it has in the last quarter of the season. The beginning is very strong and intriguing while the last little bit introduces a character that I don’t much care for. I loved binge watching this show and am really excited for season 2 to come out. Marvel continues to impress me with their terrific TV shows and hope to see more in the future.