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Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Seizoen 2



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Een blij weerzien met Harlem, New York City en haar inwoners. Een boeiende schurk in de vorm van "Bushmaster". Finn Jones als Iron Fist!


Maar erg traag en soms zelfs saai. Het verhaal heeft te veel weg van het eerste seizoen en is continu voorspelbaar - op die allerlaatste minuten na.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is terug! Ditmaal roept hij de hulp in van mede-Defender Iron Fist om Harlem en New York City veilig te houden, maar hoe verging het ieders favoriete Afro-Amerikaanse kogelvrije superheld in zijn tweede seizoen op Netflix? Lees hier onze spoilervrije recensie!

Posted 15/06/2018 by

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That Luke Cage. Shit’s bulletproof

Two years ago, Netflix got shaken up by Marvel’s Luke Cagea realistisc and socially relevant look into the Afro-American community in Harlem, their lives and obvious discontent through the eyes of a bulletproof black superhero. After Marvel’s The Defenders, we now return for a second season, but how do you keep a show about a semi-invulnerable man interesting? Surely, that was returning showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker‘s job…

Ever since his most recent adventures, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) enjoys an unseen popularity in Harlem. Despite clear recognition, an own Harlem’s Hero-app and several brand deals, he continues to build up debt and keeps getting into trouble with his father James (late Reg E. Cathey). To make matters worse, the underworld battle for Harlem rages on which means Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) en Shades (Theo Rossi) are planning their next move.

Luckily, Cage can count on the help of Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and fellow Defender Iron Fist/Danny Rand (Finn Jones). He surely needs it when John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver (Mustafa Shakir) and his Jamaican Stylers attempt a coup and other crime families start to eye Harlem. Never before has the world of the mysterious Tilda (Gabrielle Dennis) been this devastated…

Right from the start, you get plunged into the borrows of New York City, its criminal enterprise and an unstoppable Luke Cage. Yet again we get introduced to a vivid and breathing Harlem, being torn apart by criminals, that can be saved by only one man. Accompanied by a great soundtrack composed of jazz, reggae and rap, we’re presented to a New York area where race inequality is commonplace. As with all the Marvel shows on Netflix, New York City is alive.

Unfortunately, Hodari Coker doesn’t really do much with that beautiful scenery. Despite having a more confident Luke Cage, the predictable story resembles the first season’s one too strongly. Perhaps the returning villains have something to do with that, yet the addition of “Bushmaster” is without a doubt a strong point this year. A new Kingpin, however, he ain’t.

Then there is the everlasting sore of the Netflix series: the pacing. With only thirteen episodes and far less character introductions, you would expect far more to happen this season. Sure, there is a lot of talking and a lot of focus on the villains, but is that because they want to achieve great antagonists? Or do they try to avoid a full-fledged Luke Cage story? The last few minutes of screen time in the second season were a lot more impactful for Mike Colter’s persona than all of the previous episodes this year combined.

Not to worry, they did not forget about the typical cameo’s and namedrops. We heard “Atreus Plastics”, “the green monster” and “Nightshade” and saw Misty Knight’s mechanical arm. Especially anticipated was the introduction of the “Heroes for Hire” with Iron Fist who here would have gotten his due after his disappointing performance in his own show. Sure, some things get rectified, but once more too little happens to be impactful and we would have preferred to see more of “Power Man and Iron Fist”. Definitely a missed opportunity here…


Where we fell in love with Harlem’s people, culture and atmosphere in 2016, we still somewhat are today. The “love at first sight”-vibe, however, has toned down a bit, while we still enjoyed the return of Luke Cage, his villains and New York City. An unbalanced story, painstakingly slow pacing and some missed opportunities – despite an interesting “Bushmaster” – leave a sore taste after watching.

The second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage appears exclusively on Netflix June 22nd.




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