Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 Reviews

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January 23, 2019
A great, great season, that really puts the focus on Harlem this time around.
October 19, 2018
Your 11th grade English teacher is proud that you care about the show's themes. With all the subtlety of one of Luke Cage's punches, the show beats its messages into the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 28, 2018
This cast is as beautiful as they are charismatic.
June 28, 2018
It doesn't always succeed at its lofty aims, but it's far more audacious and distinctive because it explores the knotted reality of the characters' humanity rather than treat them as mere symbols.
June 25, 2018
Bloated, disheveled story but a super soundtrack and performance by Reg E. Cathey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 25, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2018
I'm really digging Alfre Woodard's performance as Mariah this season. Now that we're seeing her at her lowest point, Woodard is mixing in some great desperation and anxiety into her typical arrogance.
June 25, 2018
I was pleasantly reminded how delightfully cheesy and goofy the show can be.
June 22, 2018
From the performances to the directing to the fight choreography, every nut and bolt of this narrative has been tightened down.
June 22, 2018
if you told me that Luke Cage's second season would just be 13 hourlong episodes of Mike Colter washing his hands, I would probably still tune in.
June 22, 2018
Judging from the second season's carefully paced opening, with unresolved family tensions quivering in all directions, it seems this show won't be making the same mistake twice.
June 22, 2018
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.
June 21, 2018
[It] is lots of fun in places and compelling throughout, but is conscious of just how fraught its storylines are.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 21, 2018
It's a step up from other recent Marvel/Netflix shows when it comes to a memorable villain with season-long objectives.
June 21, 2018
Luke Cage might be bulletproof, but the character's eponymous Netflix series looks weaker in Season 2 -- not bad, overall, but still experiencing the equivalent of a sophomore slump.
June 20, 2018
Perhaps the worst offender yet of the Netflix/Marvel drama approach of filling up a 13-episode bag with only three or four episodes' worth of story at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2018
Luke Cage Season 2 satisfies like a warm, rousing crescendo. If you can find the beat and stay in tempo, Mike Colter will pull you along for a smooth ride.
June 15, 2018
Luke Cage could now remove any superhero elements almost entirely and still function as a series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2018
Luke Cage is alternately bland and thrilling, formulaic and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2018
Woodard's transformation from reluctantly-corrupt politician to queen of Harlem crime is Season 2's outstanding breakaway performance.
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