Episodes – 13

Role Play (Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi, Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis)

Nose Candy

“He is The ghetto bogeyman of their nightmares”

“Does he serve the law or does he serve himself?”

“No bullet can hurt me no jail can hold me, nothing can stop me from getting to you”

“You can’t burn me, you can’t blast me and you definitely can’t break me.”

“What comes out of that pressure is heaviest that’s the real magic that’s what defines being a man that’s what defines being a hero.”

Style Points

+Harlem Backdrop
+Fight sequences
+Exhibition of Art such as paintings and museums
+Nightclub performances most notably KRS-ONE and Rakim
+ESPN cameos from Michael Smith, Jemele Hill and Stephen A. Smith

Money Shot

The story of Bushmaster and the remedy that brought him back to life.

The Big Finish

Harlem’s hero is back for season two in a thirteen episode continuation of the Netflix Marvel series Luke Cage. The new season explores the power man becoming accustomed to fame and embracing being a celebrity as well as the consequences of his accessibility in the social media era. Also the themes of Cage’s relationships deteriorating with those closest to him because of his enhanced powers are carefully displayed. An interesting concept that is explored is how Cage’s crime fighting does not pay the bills so he has to resort to doing tasks he despises in order to obtain revenue. I thought the characters are waayyy better this go round especially the villains who are tasked with an increased role. Mustafa Shakir as Bushmaster undoubtedly had the break out performance having such a troublesome back story that is heartfelt. The tone can be way too cartoonish at times making the antagonists come off as goofy and unrealistic especially since they have such a gangsta criminal underworld syndicate. I wouldn’t say this series necessarily gets better as it progresses but there are some very intriguing plot revelations that are worth sticking around to the end for. Cameos and performances by rap icons really boast the essence of what the mecca of hip hop has to offer. Providing something different and cool Marvel just keeps stacking the deck as Luke Cage season two keeps up all of the positive momentum.

– Caleb Harris

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