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I liked Netflix's LUKE CAGE and I cannot hide it

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Luke Cage manages to draw you into the Marvel universe where social issues and politics are at the center of the narrative and they're smartly intertwined with cheesy dialogue lines and romantic threads. It's actually funny how the series manages to address these important racial issues, with an inner slow rhythm that escapes more superhero, action-packed movies, while keeping up with the genre characteristics. Watch the whole series if you get the chance and see for yourselves.

Meanwhile, critics everywhere are equally excited about the series.

"It’s an undeniably great moment in a series that is not without its share of flaws, but fortunately for those who have been anxiously anticipating this drama since it was announced by Marvel a few years ago, it’s worth the wait. A wildly charismatic performance by star Mike Colter and solid work from the rest of the show’s cast are usually enough to power this addition to the Marvel TV universe through its rough spots, which include a somewhat clunky pilot and a notable tendency to sprawl (a common trait among streaming and pay-cable dramas, and not just in the superhero realm). A viewer does not have to have seen “Daredevil” or “Jessica Jones” in order to watch “Luke Cage”; there are a few elements and characters that link the Marvel dramas, but each program stands on its own, including this new one. And it’s long past time that the powers that be in the superhero realm, in TV or film, gave an African-American character a starring role." (Variety)

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"Instead of ignoring Cage’s history, Netflix’s latest Marvel show has embraced all that cultural resonance, but given the man with bulletproof skin and superhuman strength a refit for the 21st century. Netflix subscribers may already have seen Cage in last year’s Jessica Jones, where Mike Colter delivered a performance of hushed potency as the superpowered PI’s sometimes paramour. Now he’s out on his own, in a show that’s supposedly a sequel but feels more like a prequel, and in which we learn just how he came by his spectacular powers.

The first seven episodes suggest a slow burner – just the kind of story arc that works so well as binge TV, but would never survive on a network. As the show opens, the mysterious Cage is lying low in a New York barbershop, that traditional fulcrum of African American cultural identity, hiding his powers and working menial jobs to pay the rent. But it’s not too long before the new guy in town is forced to face up to the fact that the community he’s living in is rotten to the core, and only he has the abilities to take down the bullies." (The Guardian)

"Colter has described the series as Marvel’s version of The Wire, which is bold yet in many ways apt. It’s an intimate portrait of street life, detailing not only the inner workings of the crime syndicates, but also the beleaguered police, sleazy politicians, and the young people in the community who see guns and drugs as an easy way to make money." (Collider)

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"The Marvel/Netflix collaboration has so far proved darker and grittier than the comics giant’s big-screen outings, focusing on street-level do-gooders instead of giant ships hovering over vulnerable cities. Whatever these shows lose in their effects budget, they gain in character focus and a surprising seriousness of purpose for something that began as a comic." (Telegraph)

"As alluded to, a surprising number of strong supporting characters in the show shockingly find themselves with a target painted on their back by the writers, but Luke Cage's world is one filled with colorful personalities brought to live-action from Marvel Comics. The standout is Simone Missick as the smart, brash Detective Misty Knight -- who finds herself having a very complicated relationship with the titular hero -- but Frank Whaley also does wonderful work as her entertainingly dickish partner, Det. Rafael Scarfe. Closer to Cage's inner circle, Frankie Faison is perfect as reformed-gangster-turned-barbershop-owner Pops, and Theo Rossi's Shades seems ready to explode on-screen following the first seven episodes, as he opens the series mostly lurking in the background subtly pulling the strings. Of course, the standouts in Marvel Netflix shows thus far have been the antagonists -- including Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin, David Tennant's Kilgrave, and Jon Bernthal's Punisher -- and that's a streak that Luke Cage blissfully keep alive and well." (Cinemablend)

Check out the trailer below.

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