In Review: Luke Cage

A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighbourhood.

Synopsis: A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighbourhood. He wasn’t looking for a fight, but the people need a hero.

Review: This last weekend saw the premier of ‘Luke Cage’ and having watched pretty much the first 7 hours of it. I can say that I really enjoyed it.

The character was introduced to us last year in ‘Jessica Jones’, but this series does much the flesh the character out by giving us insight into his origin story and how he came to be fighting crime.

Mike Colter was really good value as the shows titular character, but he is but one of the characters in this series that stands out.

The show works as an urban crime drama set in the crime ridden streets of Harlem.

When the Pop’s the local Barber is killed in episode two. It is the catalyst that launches Luke Cage in his one man war against Harlem’s main crime boss Cotton Mouth.

The scenes in the early episodes with Pop’s and Luke do much to help set up Luke’s character and they are also the scenes that provide him with purpose. One scene in particular sees Pop’s telling Luke that he should use his gifts to help people.

The show is rich in characters that are all likeable in their own right. Mahershala Ali for example is superb as Cotton Mouth while Alfre Woodard excelled as his cousin Mariah Dillard, whose political ambitions come more from a place of her own personal vanity than they do for any common good.

The series apparently was so big of a deal over the weekend that it actually crashed Netflix. Now that speaks volumes right there, but I have to confess. While I enjoyed the show. I didn’t quite enjoy as much as I thought I would.

The plotting was pretty straightforward as far as plots go. But the shows strongest point was the characters and the various interactions between them.

For me the most interesting episode of the whole that I have seen thus far was the third episode in which we got to see how Luke Cage become impervious to bullets. I personally would have liked that to have been the opening episode as apposed to being all via flash back.

I loved a lot of this shows soundtrack with the exception of the Hip Hop stuff, which is a genre have never really particularly enjoyed. I enjoyed a lot of the Jazz and Motown style stuff that was used as incidental music throughout.

While I enjoyed the series. It wasn’t quite as interesting for me as Jessica Jones or Daredevil. That isn’t a bad thing. Its just my opinion. At the end of the day we’ll all be talking about this series for the next couple of weeks. And some of us will enjoy it more than others.

Luke Cage
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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