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When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Mike Colter ...  Luke Cage / ... 26 episodes, 2016-2018
Simone Missick ...  Misty Knight 26 episodes, 2016-2018
Theo Rossi ...  Hernan 'Shades' Alvarez 23 episodes, 2016-2018
Alfre Woodard ...  Mariah Dillard 23 episodes, 2016-2018
Justin Swain ...  Detective Mark Bailey 15 episodes, 2016-2018
Sean Ringgold ...  Sugar 14 episodes, 2016-2018
John Clarence Stewart ...  Alex Wesley 13 episodes, 2016-2018
Karen Pittman ...  Inspector Priscilla Ridley / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Ron Cephas Jones ...  Bobby Fish 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Jeremiah Craft ...  D.W. Griffith 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Mustafa Shakir ...  John 'Bushmaster' McIver 11 episodes, 2018
Rosario Dawson ...  Claire Temple 11 episodes, 2016-2018
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Storyline

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city - forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury. Written by ahmetkozan

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Hero is your word, not mine. (season 2) See more »


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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Polish

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marvel's Luke Cage See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Runtime:

| (Entire season 1) | (Entire season 2)

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Music Hall in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) was used for the exteriors only of "Harlem's Paradise" nightclub. See more »

Goofs

Multiple characters refer to the police in the series as being from "Harlem PD." In reality Harlem is simply a neighborhood on the island of Manhattan and thus would be patrolled by the New York Police Department or NYPD.

Harlem has NYPD police precincts (the 26th, 28th and the 32nd ), not its own police department. See more »

Quotes

Luke Cage: Sweet Christmas.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a sequence of Harlem locations highlighted over a silhouetted Luke Cage's skin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Chronic Rift: In Review - February 2018 (2018) See more »

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Bulletproof Love
Performed by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad feat. Method Man
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16 October 2016 | by Murder-MeatballSee all my reviews

Luke Cage starts off great with a strong classic noire vibe in a modern coat of paint. A strong cast creates a powerful atmosphere and tone that draws you in. Mike Colter clearly looks the part of an indestructible giant and plays Luke Cage in a somber and traditional "tormented, silent protagonist" kind of way, but it is the surrounding cast that truly brings out this jewel: Simone Missick as the honest officer from the street, Mahershala Ali as the tormented gang leader, Frank Whaley as the smart mouth sidekick cop, Alfre Woodard as the congresswoman stuck in both the future and the past, Frankie Faison as the mentor and spot of light in the dark.

Sadly as the story progresses through the season and especially about half way through with some major shake up of the status quo, much of the great character nuances and complex relationships that had started to develop were taken in a very different direction and new characters were given more screen time. This I think was a mistake; not only because in its current iteration replaced focus of interesting characters and arcs with something very straight forward and boring, but also because it happened so soon in the series.

Such a significant shake up would have been much more suitable for a season finally and with a second season dealing with the fallout and changing landscape for our cast to traverse, not as a throw in at the half way mark.

All in all the first half of the series was a clear 8 for me and the second half about a 6 so on average it comes out a 7, Good, but not a must watch.


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