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Luke Cage: An Early Reaction

I watched the first episode of LUKE CAGE.  I found it . . . intriguing.  But slow.  Very slow.

DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES hit the ground sprinting.  CAGE's first episode starts with a long, loooooong conversation in a barber shop, and another conversation in a club, and another conversation in a laundry room, and . . .

You get the idea.

I was about ready to dump it when things finally started heating up.  The heating up started with a new trope that's already worn thin: the scene of unimaginable violence set to inappropriately cheery music.  However, the story started to come together by this point and I kept watching to the end.

My thoughts:

There were no white faces in the first half of the show, and when we did see white faces later, they were background characters.  The entire cast is black, Hispanic, or Asian.  The show doesn't shy away from minority issues, either, like whether or not the N word is acceptable within the black community, and minority-on-minority violence.

We have some interesting music choices, from Harlem jazz to disco-esque to soft porn percussion, all of them influenced by black movie music of the 70s, when the Power Man (Nicholas Cage) comic book first came out.

The episode spends most of its time exploring Harlem and setting up character arcs.

Overall, it was slower than I would have liked, but I'm willing to watch a little more to see if it gets better.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 5th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)

Nicholas? I thought it was Luke. Or am I completely missing something, since I haven't seen it?

Oct. 6th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing. :)

I've already binge-watched the whole series, and loved it from the get-go. No spoilers, but the long set-up conversations will payoff, or at least foreshadow. I think Luke Cage is the best Marvel Netflix series so far. It's not dark or depressing (DD and JJ, respectively). The characters are all deeply interesting and entertaining (unlike DD and JJ). It's humor doesn't come out of nowhere. No one whispers or growls all the time. As a New Yorker, I thought it was the series that could actually happen in modern day New York.
Oct. 6th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
Blargh! Corrected.
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