Sweet Christmas, Netflix…Review of Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’

Luke Cage doesn’t need a gun.  He is the gun.

Born Carl Lucas from Georgia, this fugitive ex-cop, this wrongly convicted ex-con is ready to be locked and loaded as Marvel’s “Luke Cage” on Netflix.  Over the course of these 13 episodes, we watched Mike Colter’s titular Power Man becoming more than just “Harlem’s Captain America”.  Cap may be the shield, but Luke Cage is bulletproof indeed.  Being a hero can not only put a target on your back, but being a hero can also put a bullet in your back, as well.  And a hero is the last thing that Cage wants to be, but he will soon realize his moment of truth: that being a hero has always been his calling.  He may know the code of the streets, but Luke Cage knows the code of the superhero: helping the helpless and hopeless, defending the oppressed, breaking down walls and barriers against a system of gangsters, corrupt police officers, and even corrupt politicians.

Detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick) may seek and stalk justice with a badge, but night nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) speaks another moment of truth: if you want justice, then you have to go get it yourself.  She should know after treating the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and now Luke Cage, who is ready to be finally free from the chains of his past: moving forward towards the future in beginning his work as the defender of Harlem.

Sweet Christmas, Netflix!

Show us “Bulletproof Love” in giving us a second season of Marvel’s “Luke Cage”: outlaw, vigilante, hero-for-hire.


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