Luke Cage Part Two

Marvel's Luke Cage

DavidAdamKate and Dan complete our coverage of Marvel’s Luke Cage in our discussion of Episodes 8 through 13!

 

Diamondback

Misty in the Interrogation Room

Luke and Claire’s Road Trip

Reva

Dr. Bernstein’s offer

Night Nurse

Luke’s dad

The Harlem Paradise situation

Shades and Mariah

Street Fight

Luke’s Speech

Where we leave off

…and as always, we award our Who Dat and Series MVP awards!

 

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Music: Extreme Parkour by Alex Grey

Luke Cage Part One

Marvel's Luke Cage

David and Adam are joined by Kate Chaplin and Dan Culligan to discuss one of the most anticipated series on Netflix’s sked for 2016, Marvel’s Luke Cage!

 

Talking about comics and our knowledge of Luke Cage from the books

The Marvel Netflix street-level universe to date

Our impressions of the first half of the season

The 1970’s history of the character

Harlem

Language

The Music

Luke’s portrayal

Seagate

Misty and Scarfe

Shades

Cottonmouth

Mariah

Final thoughts

…and we talk about our early thoughts on the Series MVP award!

 

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David, Heather and Adam end up disagreeing on pretty much every episode of Joe Swanberg’s 8-part anthology that’s all about relationships, growing old and sex.

 

Easy   

Spoiler-Free

The best shows built around improv comedy

Our general impressions of the show and recommendations

Spoiler Time

The F**king Study

Vegan Cinderella

Brewery Buddies

Controlada

Art and Life

Utopia

Chemistry Read

Hop Dreams

…and as always we give away our Who Dat and Series MVP awards!

 

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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Review

Marvel's Luke Cage

Harlem’s reluctant hero and a great supporting cast combine to produce Marvel’s finest work yet.  9.5/10

The easiest way to differentiate Marvel’s latest collaboration with Netflix from typical superhero fare is to watch the dramatic standoff between the titular hero (Mike Colter) and the crime lord, Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes (Mahershala Ali) at a church service.  They don’t obliterate buildings trading punches, but instead trade visions of what it means to be a member of this historic community.  The two men aren’t surrounded by millions of dollars in CGI effects swirling toward the heavens; they’re presenting a philosophy on how one can overcome hopelessness to get into heaven one’s self.

With 24 hours news channels and the internet streaming the deterioration of America’s own story of race relations, the current climate provides both a challenge and an opportunity for Marvel Studios’ first superhero property starring an African-American.  How far could it go to appeal to a wide audience without ignoring the front page headlines.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is more than up to the task of addressing these issues, while also producing a highly entertaining drama that is a step above their already acclaimed slate of Netflix series that includes Daredevil and Jessica Jones.  While those series were both solid ventures in telling specific stories around those characters, Luke Cage seems as though it’s part of a larger cinematic universe, while also addressing the real-life questions on what it takes to be a good man up in today’s morally complex world.

Picking up five months after the events of Jessica Jones, we find Luke working under the table both as a dishwasher in Stokes’ Harlem Paradise nightclub and sweeping hair-clippings in Henry ‘Pop’ Hunter’s (Frankie Faison) barbershop.  Deemed the ‘Switzerland’ of the neighborhood by its owner, the shop is supposed to be a sanctuary from the violence and enmity of the streets.

It’s not long, though, before circumstances require Cage to confront Cottonmouth’s hold on the neighborhood, not only by opposing the common street violence and graft, but also the more uptown criminal activity represented by Stokes’ cousin, Maria Dillard, played by Alfre Woodard.  Waiting in the wings is a sinister figure called Shades (Theo Rossi), who represents a mysterious party known only as Diamondback, a looming off-camera presence through much of the 13 episode run.

Cage’s vigilante status brings him into conflict with the local police, represented by Detectives Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Rafael Scarfe (Frank Whaley), who wonder why so much of the chaos that seems to be engulfing Harlem always involves one strangely indestructible man.  Knight’s arc is a major one in the series and Missick is a revelation as the best supporting character Marvel has produced to date, almost matched by Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple, who is given much more screen-time than she received in her 3 previous outings with Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

Colter gives a wonderfully intense performance as a man who has been betrayed by the system at every turn, yet will not allow his past to provide an excuse to avoid his conscience.  The villains of the piece, while not asked to carry as much of the load as Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk or David Tennant’s Kilgrave, are complex multi-dimensional characters who work as part of a larger story without dominating the screen-time.  That’s why you’ll find yourself having as much fun when Cage is on the screen as you do when Stokes, Dillard and Shades are scheming to take down a bulletproof man.

Music plays a large role, not only from a character development standpoint, but also in setting the mood for and providing the rhythm of the story.  Every episode is named after a Gang Starr song, and the show features a number of musical set-pieces featuring everyone from Method Man and the Wu-Tang Clan to Raphael Siddiq and the Delfonics.

If there is one fault to be found, it’s the usual stumble of the Marvel shows, which is that the series could have been pruned to 10 or 11 episodes. This would have tightened up the pacing, but it’s less of a sin here than it was in Daredevil or especially, Jessica Jones.

In a year where the worst excesses of the superhero genre appeared on the big screen, and even the better works were either parodies such as Deadpool, or well-produced more of the same, like Captain America:Civil War, Marvel should be proud that it can produce a new look and a fresh story featuring a man who embodies the idea of a hero.

We will be reviewing the first 7 episodes of Luke Cage on our podcast available October 3rd.

Narcos S02E05: The Enemies of My Enemy

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier have a drink with Judy and talk Jimmy Carter during the recap and review of Episode 5 of Narcos Season Two!

 

The Enemies of My Enemy

The seduction of Pena

Murphy and the widow Carillo

Colonel Hugo Martinez

The cat that ate the canary

Young Pablo

By any means necessary

Velasco

The Lion

Enter Los Pepes

Winners and Losers

One word description of the episode

 

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Narcos S02E04: The Good, the Bad, and the Dead

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier get lost in an alley, take a nap with the Prisco brothers, and return a gift covering Episode 4 of Narcos Season Two! (Audio’s a little rough on this one, sorry guys!)

 

The Good, the Bad and the Dead

Keeping your hands clean

The Streets of Medellin

The Castano Brothers

Life after Pablo

One hell of a death squad

Morale among the Sicarios

The Children of Never vs the Men of Always

Tata’s got a gun

Carillo’s downfall

Domestic bliss

Sandoval

Limon and Maritza

Montecasino

Winners and Losers

One word description of the episode

 

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The Get Down S01E06: Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

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HeatherAdam and Javier take a cockroach out for dinner, kiss a boy and broadcast their Episode 6 recap and review on the biggest damn speakers they can find!

 

Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

Leslie Lesgold

Dinner with Gunn

Little Wolf will howl no more

Dizzee and Thor go clubbing

The Koch rally

Shaolin is handling concessions at the battle

The DJ Rumble

Lydia and Francisco and Mylene

What’s to come in Part 2

…and as always we give away our Who Dat and Series MVP awards!

 

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Narcos S02E03: Our Man in Madrid

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier fly in from Spain, pee on a mural, pet some horses and get invited for a helicopter ride with Colonel Carrillo!  Can’t wait!

 

Our Man in Madrid

A policeman’s life in Colombia

Carrillo’s back

Pablo and Judy

Interrogating the Moncada Men

Cali

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela

Sending Pablo a message

Dealing with the spotters

The effect on Pablo

The Cat and the Snake

Murphy wants in

The Helicopter Ride

Valeria’s back!

Winners and Losers

One word description of the episode

 

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The Get Down S01E05: You Have Wings, Learn to Fly

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier grab a hot dog with mustard and onions, write a song on the fly, blow smoke in people’s faces and talk in double-time about Episode Five of The Get Down!

 

You Have Wings, Learn to Fly

Cisco hands Ramon his ass

Jackie improvises

My Big, Fat, Awkward Family Dinner

How to get your record on the air

Mustard and Onions

Zeke saves the day… again

Flash tells Shao how it is

Cadillac is not down with the Get Down

Shaolin’s Nightmare

Caught red-handed

The Rehearsal

The Internship

Mylene and Shaolin

Napoleon

Winners and Losers

One word description of the episode

 

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Narcos S02E02: Cambalache

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier get a call from George H.W. Bush to review and recap the second episode Narcos Season 2, while dancing a sexy Argentinian tango!

 

Cambalache

Singing in the shower

The U.S. brings in some new blood

Duque and the Attorney-General

The Medellin Plan

Getting in over their head

Tata

The head-on approach

The dance

Winners and Losers

One word description of the episode

 

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