Despite its problems, the first season of Luke Cage had its own strongly defined identity, as well as a really great cast to carry it. Where it let itself down was in its second half, losing its more compelling villain in favour of a more cliche and less interesting villain from Luke’s past. This was followed by Iron fist and a rather uninspired crossover series in The Defenders. After that three-pronged attack, needless to say I had some apprehension about Luke Cage Season 2.
My worries were unfounded, much to my delight. The post Defenders series appearing on the Netflix have been firing on all cylinders, reminding me my appreciation of them when they first started. The Punisher was brilliant, Jessica Jones’s second season was another fascinating look into her character, and this season of Luke Cage just keeps that momentum going.
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For a long time, as a western Dragon Ball fan, I’d see these videos pop on on Youtube. There was often little to no context to them. They seemed like these wondrous pieces of fan fiction turned into real art and animation for Dragon Ball. Eventually, down the line I realised they were trailers for a Japanese arcade game that was skyrocketing in popularity: Dragon Ball Heroes.
The card based video game had these little trailers associated with them, ones that seemed to become more and more outlandish and fantastical from a fan’s point of view. It was like looking at a young fan’s toybox being turned into well animated snippets. So, when the announcement that Dragon Ball Heroes was getting an actual promotional anime, everyone’s interest was piqued, mine included.
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I always thought the Purge was a really cool concept for a movie series. A 12 hour period, once a year, in which all crime is legal, thus the street become total chaos in which time your friends or neighbours could turn around and butcher you over any slight. I felt that the first movie wasted its premise by restricting it to a home invasion movie, but its two sequels more than made up for it in terms of action and fleshing out the concept.
It’s a shame that by the time movie number four rolled around, they seemed for forget how creative they could have been with this idea. The First Purge ignores all of the things that made the previous movies so interesting and boils it down to a weak action movie with even weaker social commentary.
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