Luke Cage: What is a “Hero”

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.

Luke Cage: What is a Hero

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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Jessica Jones continues to be the best Netflix Hero

The question that was always going to be posed towards Jessica Jones’ second series was “how the hell do you follow a villain like Killgrave?”. The short answer, as it turns out, is that you don’t.

Netflix’s continuity of Marvel super hero shows has consistently been of a grittier tone, dealing with darker subject matter than the comparatively light and fluffy movies won’t go near. Stepping away from the bright, larger than life threats the movie heroes deal with and taking a heavier focus on more mature themes. Themes such as race, obsession, addiction, PTSD and morality. None of the shows delves deeper into these themes than Jessica Jones did. After The Punisher returned to the strengths of these series following a wobble, Jessica Jones doubles down on them.

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Star Trek Discovery is still good Star Trek

People get real worked up about Star Trek don’t they. I’ve never been deeply invested in the lore of this franchise, so I inevitably shake my head at people’s reactions to something I find really entertaining. Then I remember the things I’ve written about Star Wars in the past few months and realise I don’t have much of a leg to stand on judging hard core fans.

There has been a lot of negative coverage of Star Trek: Discovery. Most common amongst the complaints I’ve read seem to focus on the fact that it doesn’t feel like “Star Trek”. I would scoff at this, but I do actually see where this is coming from. I have seen a fair bit of the Next Generation, and Discovery feels a lot more action packed than that series ever did.

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