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Well, it’s time for another full season installment of the MCU’s Netflix original series, as Luke Cage season two went live last night. With 3 out of 5 of the last MCU Netflix seasons being flops in my book, including season one of this show, I am not expecting a whole lot out of this one. But I’ll watch, and if it’s as bad as Jessica Jones season two was, it’ll only take me 3 months to grind through the pain of watching it.
Chronologically, Luke’s story left off at the end of The Defenders, one of the fun recent seasons which saw Daredevil sacrifice himself to destroy the dragon bones under NYC that the Hand was going to use to enslave millions. Somehow Matt survived that explosion, but Jessica and Luke don’t know that as they catch a drink and agree to keep in touch.
Over in his own first season, the last episode opened with a ridiculous 15-minute boxing match with Cage’s brother, Diamondback. Diamondback is almost a legit super-villain with his powered-up battle suit that allows him to go toe-to-toe with the superhuman Cage. But my suspension of disbelief was dialed to Spinal Tap 11 as Cage at any moment could have simply torn the powerpack off the back of the suit and ended the fight. After seemingly all of Harlem watches the bout, Misty Knight brought Luke to the station for questioning, and a series of lofty soliloquies ensued.
Misty pinned the murder of slain crime lord Cottonmouth on Mariah but found out her key witness had been murdered, so it wouldn’t stick. And poor Luke got sent to jail for old crimes he’d been running from for years. But don’t feel too bad for him. He got out in episode one of The Defenders. Some critics are already calling season two not as good as season one, and I thought S1 of Luke Cage was just an over-glorified hip hop video that happened to have a cool comic book character in it. So like I said, my expectations are low for this one. Oh well, I’m still gonna watch!
Check out all of season two now on Netflix.
I’m also going to be watching 12 Monkeys.
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