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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 01 November 2016 at 2:44am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Almost done, one episode to go. But I can't muster the enthusiasm. Marvel / Netflix probably cut the writing budget and spent it on the music. 
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Posted: 01 November 2016 at 3:51pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Go ahead and do it, Joe. If only for the Iron Fist Easter egg. 
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Finished last night.  I thought it was fantastic.  Easily behind DD as the best of the bunch of Netflix Marvel series.  Don't get the slam on the "writing budget" as I thought LUKE CAGE was solid front to back.  Sign me up for more.
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Posted: 13 November 2016 at 2:12am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

 Vishard Chandool wrote:
I am really having a problem with the pacing of Netflix's series. I read an article on this that suggested that the slow pace is to encourage viewers to spread out the viewing time (in other words to not binge). If they wanted to do that why not just show one episode a week? I find that at the end of an episode I am not that interested in seeing what comes next.

This isn't my experience.  My wife and I couldn't wait to watch the next episode.  Once we got around to it, we quickly binged the entire series.  Multiple episodes in one night.  
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 Thom Price wrote:
In any event, the costume is of little consideration to me; the character sucked before the costume.  Even though actors playing villains have more leeway for flamboyance, the actor here seemed to be operating on a different wavelength than the rest of the cast.  I didn't think he fit into the series at all, and was enormously distracting.

While I disagree with the idea that the actor playing Cottonmouth was on a different wavelength than the rest of the cast, I will say that he wasn't a great villain.  But I'd chalk that up more to the fact that Luke Cage does not have a great rouges gallery in general rather than a weakness of the series itself.  That's why Power Man eventually teamed up with Iron Fist (also a hero with a weak rouges gallery) to create Heroes for Hire.  As it is, however, I thought Diamondback and Cottonmouth served as complementary enemies to flesh out Luke Cage's story.  Personally, they didn't disappoint or diminish the series for me at all.
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Posted: 14 November 2016 at 10:22am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I liked Cottonmouth and his ongoing struggle to accept who he was; Mahershala Ali did a great acting job, not in making Cottonmouth especially dangerous but in giving him complexity and dimension apart from being a villainous foil for Cage. I had the sense that Cornell always wanted to be something different and saw the end of the path he was on, while Mariah came to embrace what she was doing--without admitting to herself where it was taking her, until the end.

Diamondback, by contrast, was entirely uninteresting. A gun-toting thug who is supposed to be a criminal boss? No, this guy had "hired muscle" written all over him. He wasn't a convincing crime boss in any way, and I'm not really eager for his return. Critics who wanted to scoff at the "comic book" side of these series could point at Diamondback as an example of a failed supervillain. IMHO.

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I agree with Andrew. I thought the first six episodes were great. Then seven removes Cottonmouth and brings in Diamondback. The second half of the season was not as good as the first.
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Posted: 08 December 2016 at 1:29pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Season 2 orded by Netflix.
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I liked it. Took me a couple episodes to get deep into  it but then I watched it exclusively for a week to see it all.
I loved the musical aspects a whole lot and though I'm a white guy I appreciated the "blackness" and the pride  and the slyness of this show.

I love Rosario Dawson and I love the way that the Netflix Marvel-verse is weaving supporting characters throughout (including the appearance of the lawyer from Jessica Jones in Iron Fist).

I liked the scenery-chewing of the villains. It's dramatic and over the top and awesome.
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