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Luke Cage

There’s a first for everything.  In this case, this is the first Netflix/Marvel series that disappointed me.  Both seasons of Daredevil were fun and Jessica Jones was surprisingly compelling.  But not Luke Cage.

I was really hoping it would live up to the hype.  The first three episodes were great, and I can see how people would describe that as the MCU’s take on The Wire.  Unfortunately, episode four was packed with an unnecessary and not-quite-relevant flashback/origin story that derailed the main storytelling arc.  Then they up and kill the show’s best antagonist, while the next couple of “major twists” are telegraphed ahead of time.  And the one thing that is not telegraphed is a blast from Luke’s past that essentially pops up out of nowhere.  I mean, c’mon, if you’re going to pack a whole lot of expositionary flashbackery into the fourth ep anyway, why not drop a hint or two of foreshadowing for what eventually forms the climax of the story?  The next few eps tried to recover but then it all pretty much went downhill after that one particular death.

And is it just me, or does scene after scene after scene of thugs shooting at a bulletproof super-strong guy just get boring?  Action scenes are supposed to be exciting, not dull.  Yeah, I see how they added a sequence in the third ep that was reminiscent of Daredevil‘s hallway fight (or stairway fight, depending on what season you’re watching), but Luke Cage‘s big action piece there was nowhere nearly as exciting as the corresponding scenes in Daredevil.

Then further flashbackery ends up interfering with the climactic fight itself.  No, dammit, we don’t need that.  Let the fight play out the way it will play out, as it is.  Throwing further flashbacks into the middle of the action ends up interrupting the action, which interrupts the storytelling, which pulls this viewer out of the moment and makes him wonder what new stories might be out there on Google News.

I am particularly disappointed here because of how powerful Mike Colter’s performance was in Jessica Jones.  He was fantastic in that.  He was … okay … here.

Another first: this is the first Netflix/Marvel series that had me watching it on one monitor whilst I was actively using a web browser in another monitor.  Daredevil entertained me enough to keep my attention.  Jessica Jones had me riveted to the screen for the most part.  Luke Cage had me reading the news, my email, and forum posts with one eye during a solid two-thirds of it.  That’s not a good sign for Iron Fist, whenever that ends up being released, since I was a whole lot more hyped for Luke Cage than I ever was for Iron Fist.

Sigh.  Bring on The Defenders already, please.  And Jessica Jones season two.



Wow!  Color me seriously impressed.

I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the original Daredevil film, but this series out-Daredevils Daredevil in the very first episode.  And as much as I thought Michael Clarke Duncan was a casting coup back in 2003, Vincent D’Onofrio’s first appearance as the Kingpin here sent shivers up and down my spine.

This is the darkest that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone thus far, and it works tremendously well.  I’m pausing to write this up after binge watching the first three episodes, and now I’m heading back to the TV with a drinking jar full of Fosters to work my way through another few eps.

A few shoutouts:

Charlie Cox is spot-on perfect as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil.  I adore him in this role.

The continuous shot at the climax of the second episode was freakin’ awesome!  Felt like a nice homage to John Woo’s long continuous shot in and out of the elevator in Hard Boiled.

I’m so glad that Deborah Ann Woll is a part of this.  I could watch her in damn near anything, but she looks much better as a redhead than as a blonde.

The fight at the climax of the third episode has to be the most vicious fight I’ve seen yet in any MCU installment.  And I thought the May-on-May fight in Agents Of SHIELD‘s “Face My Enemy” was something.  Yowza.

So please forgive me as I shut down here and go back to binge watching a few more eps.  Now I can’t wait for Stick to show up.