When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.
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What serves as a weakness for most of the Marvel Netflix shows - namely the unnecessarily protracted 13-episode order - becomes a strength here, allowing the creators to develop the texture and feel of Harlem. One part "Unbreakable"-esque vigilante tale, one part police procedural and political drama, and one part inner city tale, there's a good chance "Luke Cage" is the best superhero series we've yet to see.
LUKE CAGE's biggest strength is its calm pace, long episodes, not rushing anything. Pretty unusual if you look at superhero flicks. It did surprise me with so many stable shots and scenes showing characters' inner dramas and traumas.
This one is certainly paced weird sometimes, but for me it manages to rise above most of attempts at superhero adaptation because besides the typical biceps flexing it provides a relatively realistic "Wu-Tang-icized" depiction of Luke Cage, including some attempts to touch upon more serious sociopolitical issues of race, criminality, as well as justice and its consequences. Also, no shiny armor. Fuck you, Iron Man
The excellent atmosphere and the rich African American feel of the show that flow through much of the show is excellent and the first half of it's 1st season is phenomenal. Then, it all falls apart and never really recovers as the show end up being more about the bad guys than the hero who end up as his own supporting character. The middle of 2nd season also drags before it reedems itself at the end.