Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Luke Cage: An Executive Summary

More away game material that ought to be showcased here:

If you want an explanation of why I feel this way: The boss fight in the final episode is okay at best, and had a little too much of "All you need to win is the power of love" to make me happy, but it was an acceptable 20 minutes to wrap up the series.

Unfortunately, there was 30 more minutes to go, and the denouement was similar to a souffle slowly collapsing.

If they had just stopped with him defeating Diamondback and Misty doing the whole "It'll be cool, I've got your back," that would have been great. All of the other stuff could have been folded into the second season.

That said, though, it's an amazingly good show and worth the time to watch. The casting is spot-on, the acting is excellent, the dialog flirts with Tarantino without actually trying to be Tarantino,  the music is great (I can't stand rap, but I can grove to funk), and it's just basically a 21st century retelling of a 1970s blaxploitation movie.

It just deserved a better, perhaps tighter, ending.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with this. In fact, the last three episodes were kinda weak, but the finale, especially so. One of my favorite aspects of the show is the use clever use of hip-hop culture. For examplez the episode titles are all titles of songs by Gangstarr, a noted hip-hop duo from the 1980-90's, known for using jazz samples and clever, politically-driven lyrics.

    And yes, the evocation of 1970s blaxploitation was great.


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