The newest Netflix Marvel show, Luke Cage, was such an instant hit, that the day it went up on Netflix, their servers crashed. Now we saw Luke Cage in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and got a taste at this large black man with impenetrable skin and super strength. And seeing the grittiness of Netflix’s other Marvel shows, I’d say we had a pretty good understanding of what we were getting.
Now onto widespread review. Before long, social media was washed with complaints of the show being racist, or reverse-racism having a 95% African-American cast. A sever lack of white people, and those present, being insignificant. Yes, this show had almost no characters that were not black, and the show definitely enjoyed its black culture. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if many audience members missed out on a couple of converstations completely due to urban slang and topics that aren’t common in certain environments.
However, this is not a bad thing. With the latest culture uprising of #BlackLivesMatter or #BlueLivesMatter and even #AllLivesMatter, this show handles the situation fantastically. It brings the situation from each side down to a personal level, showing Black citizens trying to survive the best they can in an environment they are trapped in, cops trying to do their best in situations they weren’t trained for, and everyone else not knowing what to do, but not wanting to do nothing. This show has a political message in a time for it to be best heard and best received.
The cinematography in this show was great, giving subtle visual cues as to which character to pay attention to, and which character is the current power player. The music sets the mood for each scene perfectly. The script was expertly crafted. From a technical standpoint, this show hit it out of the park.
The story had beautiful arc, with no filler. The villains took their scenes in dynamic and unique ways, each having their own motivations. No villain was left behind. References to the other Netflix Marvel shows left us begging for more, and call backs to the MCU as a whole tied it all together, reminding you that these characters know Captain America as a celebrity.
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