The Alienist (S01E06): “Ascension”

Okay, so this episode was awesome, the best one so far. A lot happened, but really it was the character development that was the best part. That and Moore’s grandmother and her armadillo. Because a feisty old lady with a gold-played armadillo will never not be awesome. The episode revolves around a plot to use…

Luke Cage (S01E13) “You Know My Steez”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS As much as I have loved the Marvel Netflix Series, they have all faltered as they drew closer to their conclusions.  The first season of Daredevil dragged in its last few episodes before giving a standout final episode.  Jessica Jones strung the Purple Man’s final confrontation out so much that I almost…

Luke Cage (S01E12) “Soliloquy of Chaos”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Soliloquy of Chaos got Luke Cage back on track by artfully blending contemporary issues with a solid and entertaining story.  The bad logic from the previous episodes was gone and it seemed like the show regained its stride. Luke’s escape at the beginning might have seemed unwise, but Misty was right.  As…

Luke Cage (S01E11) “Now You’re Mine”

WARNING FULL SPOILERS Oh Now You’re Mine…what am I going to do with you? On one hand, the episode encapsulates all the things that Luke Cage has done right.  There were great performances, action and characterization.  But it also had suffered from the same struggles of the last episode:  Faulty logic.  And they added a…

Luke Cage (S01E10) “Take It Personal”

FULL SPOILERS Whoops. Before I get started, I have to hone up to a mistake.  In my review of DWYCK, I wrote how frustrated I was that Luke was gaining confidence for the umpteenth time after he found out that Reva knew more than she let on. All of that occurs in this episode. Apologies…

Luke Cage (S01E09) “DWYCK”

WARNING:  FULL SPOILERS DWYCK was all over the place in terms of quality.  The episode took some cool chances by incorporating the tensions of the real world, but many story lines and characters spun in place. Luke’s garbage truck trip was surprising short, but it set up the most compelling scene in the series so…

Luke Cage (S01E08) “Blowin’ Up the Spot”

WARNING:  FULL SPOILERS Score one for the bad guys. With the power vacuum resulting from Cottonmouth’s death, I was interested to see who would step up to be the next “big bad” of the Luke Cage.  I got that with the reveal of Willis “Diamondback” Stryker (Erik LaRay Harvey). Diamondback might be Luke’s most dangerous enemy…

Luke Cage (S01E07) “Manifest”

WARNING:  FULL SPOILERS. Well, that escalated quickly. As Manifest opened, I was a little worried that Luke Cage might fall into the same trap that Jessica Jones fell into.  They had a charismatic villain in The Purple Man and they kept finding ways to keep him just out of Jessica’s reach.  By releasing Cottonmouth at…

Luke Cage (S01E06) “Suckas Need Bodyguards”

WARNING:  FULL SPOILERS Suckas Need Bodyguards is one of the better episodes so far in Luke Cage because of outstanding performances and a satisfying conclusion to a major story line. Cottonmouth makes a fatal mistake as he shoots Scarfe after the detective demands more money for retrieving Domingo’s guns.  As both the police and Cottonmouth…

Luke Cage (S01E05) “Just to Get a Rep”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Cottonmouth’s vengeance against Luke became more personal as the crime boss did his worst to get Harlem to turn on its hero.  Cottonmouth’s men spread throughout the community, enforcing a “Luke Cage tax” on everyone in order to recoup his losses.  In the midst of the chaos, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) arrives…

Luke Cage (S01E04) “Step In The Arena”

WARNING:  FULL SPOILERS As Luke tries to escape the rubble of Cottonmouth’s rocket revenge, he flashes back to his days at Seagate Prison.  A cop in jail for a mysterious crime, Carl Lucas is a cynical and angry man “just trying to survive.”  A crooked prison captain named Rackham (Chance Kelly) forces the future Luke…

Luke Cage (S01E03) “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”

WARNING:  FULL SPOILERS IN THE REVIEW BELOW Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? is the first episode of Luke Cage that has some noticeable flaws.  While it’s action is entertaining and features an important character reveal, some ridiculousness nearly derails the episode. An “always forward” Luke decides to hit Cottonmouth where it hurts most:  His money. …