By Malcolm Morrow Netflix has been on a roll lately with it’s original shows. Especially it’s realistic and grounded collaborative ...
By Malcolm Morrow
Netflix has been on a roll lately with it’s original shows. Especially it’s realistic and grounded collaborative efforts with Marvel. The tone and quality set with Daredevil and Jessica Jones is continued with its latest offering Luke Cage.
Luke Cage stars Mike Colter in the lead role. He delivers a strong performance and helps bring the character from the comic book pages to small screen. The look, the personality, the movements, everything comes together in a mesmerizing and engrossing portrayal. The setup of the Harlem universe is perfect and complex. It shows us so many aspects and characters without ever becoming muddled.
The show itself is very well produced. The score is co-produced by A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad and renowned composer Adrian Younge. The feeling of the music is spot on and fits the show well. We even got a live Raphael Saadiq performance in the first episode. The classic hip hop vibe pairs well with the consciousness that has been shown thus far.
The show feels like watching The Wire mixed with Shaft with a dash of Law and Order and a sprinkle of modern political corruption and social issues. The fact that we have a predominantly Black cast, alternative policing methods, realistic portrayals of Black people and a bulletproof Black man makes this one of the most important watches of the moment.
The combination of police procedural, superhero action, gritty crime drama, social issues and politics creates a beautiful whirlwind that I am excited to explore. The development of the character beyond his appearances in Jessica Jones is excellent and makes me excited to see the combination of personalities in the upcoming The Defenders series.
Check out the full first season of Luke Cage right now on Netflix.
Also, listen to the show’s playlist right now on Spotify to get in the right mindset.