Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (2018)


Season 2
Marvel's Luke Cage

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In its second season, Marvel's Luke Cage delivers a satisfyingly complex narrative and a solid ensemble cast led by Alfre Woodard's standout performance as the archvillainess Black Mariah.



Critic Ratings: 62


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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

As Luke adjusts to his growing fame and tries to shut down the flow of heroin branded with his name, someone from his past reaches out.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

Luke tests out his abilities on the ballfield, Misty ruffles feathers at the precinct, and Mariah plans a reunion to boost her image. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

Worried Luke is headed down a dark path, Claire pays a visit to his father. Bushmaster makes a bid for Mariah's guns. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

As footage of his fight with Bushmaster goes viral, Luke struggles with the aftereffects and follows a trail of clues to Tilda's shop. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

Desperate to drum up quick cash for a lawsuit, Luke weighs an offer from a superfan. Mariah invites Tilda to join the new family business. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

As a wave of violence rocks Harlem, everyone races to connect the dots between Piranha, Mariah, Bushmaster and the grisly find at the clinic. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

Reeling from the showdown on the bridge, Luke teams up with Misty to find Piranha. The hunt for the snitch heats up. Bushmaster reveals his endgame. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

While Shades, Mariah and Misty come to terms with the previous night's events, Bushmaster searches for a way to boost his strength. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

Hunkered down in a makeshift safe house, Luke and Misty butt heads over how to handle Mariah. Meanwhile, long-buried family secrets come to light. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Jun 22, 2018

Danny Rand insists on helping Luke hunt for Bushmaster -- the Iron Fist way. Mariah sets out to reclaim her empire. Misty pursues a traitor. -- (C) NETFLIX

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After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can't save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.


Mike Colter
as Luke Cage
Alfre Woodard
as Mariah Dillard
Simone Missick
as Misty Knight
Mahershala Ali
as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes
Theo Rossi
as Shades
Frank Whaley
as Rafael Scarfe
Rosario Dawson
as Claire Temple
Sonia Braga
as Soledad Temple
Annabella Sciorra
as Rosalie Carbone
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Critic Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage Season 2

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (16)

A great, great season, that really puts the focus on Harlem this time around.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This cast is as beautiful as they are charismatic.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Bloated, disheveled story but a super soundtrack and performance by Reg E. Cathey.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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It takes a season for Luke to find some sense of certainty, for better or for worse. The next step of his journey may be the most fascinating. But it could have come a whole lot sooner.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's just too much stuff to really do justice to any of it, and that lack of focus makes it tough to latch on to anything the season is trying to do.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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Luke Cage isn't a bad show, but it definitely falls short of its obvious inherent potential.

Jun 17, 2018 | Full Review…

I would suggest listening to the Pete Rock & CL Smooth tracks that each episode is inspired by - this provides context and it's quite a refreshing way to watch a show - you bump the song and then watch the episode, not many shows have that element.

Jan 3, 2020 | Full Review…

I absolutely loved this season. I just wish it wasn't so dark in some places, and by that I mean literally so dark in parts I couldn't see some of what was going on

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

'Luke Cage' takes a step forward in its second season, that overcomes the first one. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The one character that is disserviced is Cage himself, but even then a lot of episodes in the middle he's fine. Overall, a strong entry in the MCU, just not a great one.

Feb 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Luke Cage Season 2 isn't easily watchable, but it is enjoyable for the most part, and he remains the most consistently written and utilized character in the NYC centred Marvel universe.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

[The] second season may or may not repeat that feat, but it sure packs a lot more punch.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2

  • Sep 07, 2020
    Enjoyed 2nd season, wish there was a third!
  • Aug 08, 2020
    (both seasons) The intriguing storyline and good cast keep proceedings engaging. Also, the soundtrack is fantastic, some of the characters have interesting arcs and, probably most importantly, shows focused on black people, representing the culture, heritage and reality of black communities, can never stop being refreshing. Despite that, "Luke Cage" as a whole fails to rise above the tropes of the genre, undercut by contrived dialogues, predictable plot devices and mostly average fight choreographies.
  • Aug 08, 2020
    Just like the first season it was awesome
  • Jan 18, 2020
    This season's fatal flaw is trying to cram in as many (important) social issues as they could into a show that just can't hold them all. They manifest as inorganic dialogue between the characters and disrupt an otherwise proficiently crafted bit of escapism. If there is one lesson the show runner should learn from Jessica Jones it's 'show, don't tell'.
  • Dec 24, 2019
    Season 2 of Luke Cage is a significant improvement over the previous one. Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter) is as charismatic as ever. However, Mariah Dillard (played by Alfre Woodard) as the main villain is probably the best this season has followed by its complex and well-written story.
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  • Sep 18, 2019
    This second season was even better than the first one!
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Season one started off well then towards the end and up to half way through season 2 it took a turn for the worse. Too many story lines I just didn't care about (Dillard Family included) and characters that weren't worthy of attention. I don't know how they wanted us to feel about Miriah and her arc. What's with Misty's partner, terrible acting. I thought he was the director so he gave himself a part but no. At times I felt like I was watching a network crime drama complete with excessive filler scenes and bad acting. The series didn't need nearly so many episodes. The worst sin in my mind for TV is wasting the viewers time. It ain't all bad but not good enough.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Painful to watch at times. Musical interludes. Characters flipping from one episode to the next. An ending that leaves the viewer completely unsatisfied. Marvel once again takes one of my favorite characters and craps all over him.
  • Sep 08, 2019
    It was hard going into this season knowing it was the last. I enjoy that Luke Cage struggles on the edge of good and that his advisories are equally complex characters. Alfre Woodward is absolutely amazing this season as Mariah who is one of the most interesting characters on screen. To see such a real, unflinching look at sexual abuse and how it changes a person was really powerful. And to see her sexy relationship with the younger Theo Rossi's Shades (also great) was another thing you don't get to see enough. Mike Colter is still great as Luke Cage and I especially loved the scenes with his father, the wonderful Reg E. Cathey. Simone Missick comes into her own as Detective Misty Knight dealing with the loss of her arm and with continued politics and drama in the police department while trying to get shit done. The Defenders crossover could have been better if it had been Jessica Jones, but Iron Fist is a block of wood and the lack of charisma is contagious - it's difficult to watch Luke "pal around" and try to explain privilege to the inept Danny Rand. I was also disappointed with the conclusion of the Claire storyline - completely contrived and the mention at the end was a total cop out. It's really disappointing that this is where this story ends - in moral ambiguity. I think the Hero of Harlem and his audience deserve more.

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