Luke Cage S:02 E:03

Episode Title: Wig Out Originally
Aired: June 22nd, 2018

After the build-up in the first two episodes, things are finally coming to a head, especially between Luke and Claire, in tonight’s episode which contains the best moment of the series to this point.  Continue reading Luke Cage S:02 E:03

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Luke Cage S:02 E:02

Episode Title: Straighten It Out
Originally Aired June 22nd, 2018

Things are ramping up quickly for Luke after two episodes. Mariah and Shades had three potential buyers for their weapons at the start of last week’s episode and the end of this episode they are down to one. This will make them more desperate and more dangerous, but it also sets Luke on a collision course with Nigel, the Yardies, and Bushmaster. Continue reading Luke Cage S:02 E:02

Luke Cage S:02 E:01

Episode Title: Soul Brother #1
Originally Aired: June 22nd, 2018

You may know him as Power Man, the hero for hire, or Carl Lucas, but he wants you to know his name is Luke Cage. Luke is back after the events of The Defenders and ready to tackle his second solo season. Several season one favorites have returned including Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rosario Dawson (Claire), Simone Missick (Misty) Alfre Woodard (Mariah) and Theo Rossi (Shades) they are joined by Mustafa Shakir as the primary season 2 villain John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver. I can’t wait and see who will survive and what surprises we will encounter over the 13 episode season.

coffee for all
I think Claire sums it up perfectly when she talks about Luke throughout this episode Luke is a hero through and through and he is corny. Which makes it hard to tell if it is the character, the writing or the acting that causes some of Luke’s lines to hit with a thud instead of being smooth or intimidating or whatever the situation required.

claire
This first episode was fine, but it existed to mark things off a checklist. They want us to know how Luke, Claire, and Misty are handling themselves after The Defenders. Losing Matt, Misty losing her arm and saving the city, if not the world, could have lasting impacts outside of the obvious that may unfold throughout the season. We get to catch up with our main villains from last season and get an idea of what new schemes they are running. We get a brief intro to this season’s main bad guy and learn he is the anti-Luke, he is a bulletproof mobster.

hero for all
While we are on the subject of bulletproof, apparently sometime between the events of season one and this episode Luke became impervious to the Judas bullets. Maybe it’s like an immune response or a what doesn’t kill him makes him stronger situation, or perhaps without Diamondback, the weapons are of lower quality. No matter the reason it was poorly handled, he is hit with one and brushes it off like it wasn’t his only real weakness in his nearly 30 episodes in the Marvel Netflix universe.

favorites are back
Despite a few shortcomings, I found this episode enjoyable and it was nice to be back in this world. It may be telling of my reaction to season 1 that I’m most excited for the cameos that may be coming from Jessica, Danny, Jeri or anyone else in this world. However, I am still very excited to see where the creative team takes us and how our characters will evolve over the next 12 episodes.

The Defenders S:01 E:08

Episode Title: The Defenders
Originally Aired August 18th 2017

We have finally reached the climax of what Netflix and Marvel have been working for these last two plus years. Four heroes with five combined seasons have been building to this moment where our heroes take on the ultimate weapon of the Hand. After the events of last week, it comes down to two races, can the Hand get the substance out before the rest of the team shows up to rescue Danny and put an end to the Hand and their evil plans for New York. Continue reading The Defenders S:01 E:08

The Defenders S:01 E:07

Episode Title: Fish in the Jailhouse
Originally Aired: August 18th 2017

Danny is on his own against Elektra and the rest of the Hand leaders. Matt, Luke and Jessica are stuck in the police station at best listed as witnesses at worst, murder suspects. Will they be able to clear their name in time to rescue Danny and stop the Hand’s plan of destroying New York? Continue reading The Defenders S:01 E:07

The Defenders S:01 E:06

Episode Title: Ashes, Ashes
Originally Aired: August 18th 2017

We are now three quarters of the way through the season and the Hand has everything they need to complete their plan, all it has cost them is two of the five fingers. With the changing leadership landscape will the Hand easily be defeated or will they be more dangerous than ever as their desperation ramps up. You would think with the Defenders out numbering the Hand leaders 4 to 3 that it would be to their advantage, unfortunately the only action in this week’s episode was hero vs hero. Continue reading The Defenders S:01 E:06

The Defenders S:01 E:05

Episode Title: Take Shelter
Originally Aired: August 18th 2017

Last week I speculated that this episode would contain a massive action scene and I wasn’t really right but I wasn’t wrong either. While it wasn’t the extensive knock down fight I was expecting, nearly the first 8 minutes of tonight’s episode was action and they sprinkled in a couple of smaller fights as well to keep the episode high energy. Continue reading The Defenders S:01 E:05

The Defenders S:01 E:04

Episode Title: Royal Dragon Originally Aired: August 18th 2017

“Bullet proof, blind ninja and whatever you are” Danny isn’t exactly smooth in his recruitment speech to the group. I didn’t expect going in that after 5 seasons one of my favorite episodes would be one with no action, but the quality of the interaction and finally getting some answers made for a highly satisfying episode. Continue reading The Defenders S:01 E:04

Defenders S:01 E:02

Episode Title: Mean Right Hook
Originally Aired: August 18th 2017

Things are finally starting to come together in the second episode of The Defenders. The full team hasn’t come together yet but they have met in pairs. Iron Fist had a back-alley brawl with Luke and Matt was hired to be Jessica’s lawyer after her run in with Misty. Continue reading Defenders S:01 E:02

The Defenders S:01 E:01

Episode Title: The H word
Originally Aired: August 18th 2017

While they have yet to unite the first episode of Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders is upon us. The 8-episode arc with feature the four heroes, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as they come together to stop Madame Goa, here mysterious leader and the rest of The Hand. Continue reading The Defenders S:01 E:01