Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 Reviews

February 11, 2020
And yet, there's still so much of Luke Cage that feels like half measures... from the underwhelming antagonists, to the ridiculously inept pacing... and the creeping feeling that this show was built to fit into the mold of other Marvel shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2019
Every so often, Cage expresses ambivalence about violence, or wonders whether the collateral damage of his war with Stokes is worth it. These are reasonable questions, but the series reflexively and repeatedly dismisses them.
July 3, 2019
There are excellent performances, lots of engaging references and the odd good scene or line, but overall it lacks substance, reality and grit.
January 17, 2018
Marvel's Netflix series are often complex character studies, but it would be refreshing to see those studies occur in smaller stories...it takes 13 full episodes to handle men who have none of the superpowers that our villains have.
August 14, 2017
Luke Cage feels less like Jessica Jones or Daredevil and more like Shaft - but with none of the humor or charm that Richard Roundtree brought to that role in the 1970s.
September 29, 2016
Jones pulled off the trick of being both a compelling narrative and a smart, frightening commentary (in that case, on predatory male behavior). Cage tries to do a similar thing with racial politics but gets lost in platitudes.
September 29, 2016
A spin-off for the bulletproof widower first introduced in (the far more engrossing) Jessica Jones, Luke Cage is dissatisfyingly familiar: yet another origin story for yet another reluctant crime-fighter.