Featured, Lists, Pop Culture

Five Thoughts About Netflix’s Luke Cage From Someone Who Never Heard Of Luke Cage Until Netflix

Like many others, I’ve been watching Luke Cage on Netflix. Unlike many others, I’ve never read a comic book before in my life. (My idea of fun reading as a kid was The GodfatherUSA Today, and Basketball Digest. Which, well…which actually explains a lot.) So I’d never heard of Luke Cage until a few months ago when people were like “There’s gonna be a superhero series on Netflix about this Black dude named Luke Cage.” And I was like “Who?” And they were like “Luke Cage, nigga!” And I was like “Cool. But I aint your nigga, nigga.

Anyway, I haven’t finished the season yet — I’m like seven episodes in — but here are my (relatively spoiler-free) thoughts so far.

1. The primary story arc revolves around something that happens to “Pop” — a beloved Harlem barber played by Frankie Faison. Pop’s barbershop is where much of the action takes place. And as a Black barbershop connoisseur, I have to say that much of what’s seen at Pop’s shop rings true. The arguments about sports, the chess playing cats who seem to have literally nothing else to do all day long, the video games, the fact that it sits like eight feet below street level — all accurate.

There’s just one problem: Pop is a terrible barber. Like literally the worst barber I’ve ever seen. He’s such a bad barber that you’d look in the mirror after the cut and be tempted to fight him. And then you’d realize he’s a 70-year-old man and you have nothing to gain by fighting a 70-year-old man. So you’d just leave the shop so angry that you’d rob someone. Pop’s shop might be Amsterdam on the show, but his haircuts are probably the cause behind 30% of the crime in Harlem.

2. The best part of the show so far is “Cottonmouth.” Mahershala Ali brings such an intensity and charismatic menace to that role that every scene he’s in is electric. Unfortunately, he’s the main antagonist of the worst part of the show: Mike Colter’s charisma-less “Luke Cage.” Now, I know Luke Cage is supposed to be this sullen, principled, and reluctant vigilante, so I don’t expect him to emote the same way the other characters do. But Colter so far is disappointingly wooden. He’s basically a Dick’s Sporting Goods mannequin with sentience and a library card.

3. That said, as staunchly pro-nigga use and usage as I am, I don’t have a problem with Cage’s frequent diatribes against that word. It fits him, actually. He’s not a superhero in the snarky, dark, asshole way like Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are. He’s more like Captain America and Superman. And a Black Captain America would totally, definitely have an issue with you calling him your nigga. And then he’d make you watch Hidden Colors.

4. I had a bit of a VSB nerd moment when the name of Simone Missick’s “Misty Knight” was first revealed. Because I first heard of Misty Knight on VSB. It was Danielle Butler’s (@Daniecal) first screen name here. And when her name was revealed, I said “Oh shit! She’s a superhero too!” to the person watching the show with me — my 10-month-old daughter — who looked at me, squinted, and then tried to eat the remote again.

Also, when watching actors play basketball on screen, you can immediately tell whether they can actually hoop or not. Shit, you can tell just by the way they catch and hold the ball. (This is actually my only grip about Queen Sugar. Timon Kyle Durrett’s “Davis West” is supposed to be this Lebron-level NBA star. And he’s terrible. He hoops like a Kappa going fishing.)

Anyway, Simone Missick definitely can hoop. And that makes me happy.

5. Luke Cage isn’t perfect. The depiction of present-day Harlem as present-day Fallujah is a bit much. As is the understandable but still slightly annoying strain of respectability infused it in. And, as invincible as Luke Cage seems to be, you wonder why he doesn’t just stroll into Cottonmouth’s club and choke the shit out of him.

But it is entertaining and definitely worth watching. I care about what happens to the characters, it already has the G.O.A.T. music for a TV show (seriously), it features practically zero White people and a bunch of bad-ass and kick-ass women of color, and it even stars VSB’s own Jozen Cummings as “Shades.” I’m a fan.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Maestro G

    Misty Knight is my favorite character in this series. Principled, but a bit haunted, loyal, fiesty and definitely woke. In other words, human and believable in her role. And easy on the eyes to boot.

    Great to see a series with an almost all Black cast. Gritty, edgy, and definitely relevant to some major, current societal ills we are facing. I binge watched the entire season this past Saturday. Worth it.

    • DB. Just DB ™

      Not sure that their budding romance (if that’s the right word to use) is believable though. Guess we’ll see next season. Shades just seems to be attracted to power and will do whatever it takes to ingratiate himself to said power.

      • LadyJay?

        Shades is shady. He pleads no allegiance to Cottonmouth. He is just soaking in the moments.

        You know which romance would be believable, Cottonmouth and ole girl. Yap!

        • Leggy

          Yup. I would be here for cottonmouth and misty.

      • Maestro G

        I agree. You could sense some tension there, but I don’t really buy it.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      She reminds me of Taraji on Person of Interest, a show nobody watched because CBS.

      • Maestro G

        Indeed.

  • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

    I never heard of it until reading here.

  • DB. Just DB ™

    I’m definitely a fan. Now that I’ve had a couple of days to digest after finishing the first season I am starting to recognize holes and deficiencies in the show but just on pure entertainment value alone I love this show. Some folks seem to be mad because it stayed pretty surface level on a lot of things affecting us today but I say let’s not put that burden on the show. Every black show doesn’t have to make a statement or put forth a message. Just let it be and recognize it for what it is. A Marvel superhero show where we get to watch a near invincible black man kick some serious butt. I’m there for it.

    • B-Dot Willz

      Some people really want every black show to show every black struggle. Life shows be enough struggle. I’m cool if a show keeps it as simple as “life can be hard if you’re black” instead of ” see how hard it is to be black, we can’t do xyz or abc…”. Let tv be entertaining and not a constant reminder sometimes.

    • Cleojonz

      It’s enough of a statement that a show with 96% POC characters even exists and is getting widespread viewership.

    • Furious Styles

      I think that the show is getting a lot of (justified) love for being
      Marvel’s first black project, but there’s a lot of projecting about
      what the show actually says about being black. Which is both good and
      bad, you know? Because that’s what happens when you can see yourself
      in a piece of art. You can attribute more meaning to it than is
      actually there and the art can spark conversations about about larger
      issues.

  • HoobaStankyLeg

    *Sigh* I wanted to root for Luke. I truly did. It’s just, Cottonmouth is everything. Perhaps it’s that I generally just don’t like ‘superheroes’. They are cornball and cheesy and not realistic. I’ve watched the whole series. At least I still have Misty Knight who is borderline villain and Auntie Alfre to keep me tuned in.

    • DB. Just DB ™

      Now that I’ve finished I think Shades is my favorite villain so far. Cottonmouth is second. Black Mariah third. Diamond Back a distant fourth.

      • Maestro G

        Yeah, Shades has that sinister vibe going all the time. He reminds me of the devil sitting on Aflre Woodard’s character’s shoulder.

        • Jennifer

          Now, he might be the devil in Black Mariah’s bed. Had me yelling a horribly cliched “Yaaaaas” at her last scene in the season.

          • Cleojonz

            I swear the whole time the way he would hold her by the shoulders, I was like is he gonna kiss her or what? Where is this going?

          • Maestro G

            Only time will tell if Black Mariah’s screams in Season Two will be from pleasure, feigned or real horror, maniacal criminal lunacy…or all three.

            • Jennifer

              If lil’ Shades can make her scream from all three, he will have earned a new fan.

              • I *love* that she hesitated before she kissed him because she had *no* idea how it would all turn out.

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        For me, it was Cottonmouth, Domingo, Shades and then Black Mariah. Diamond Back didn’t even register to me for some reason.

        Sidenote: Domingo eating that candy bar?! Sir! Everyone knows Milkyway’s are trash. But he ate the fuck outta that candy bar.

        • DB. Just DB ™

          Apologies. Totally forgot about Domingo! May have to slot him in at 3rd and but Black Mariah and Diamondback down a notch.

          Props to Turk as well as a tie in from Daredevil (does he make an appearance in Jessica Jones too? Haven’t watched that yet). Love that dude as well.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            I’m not sure. I tried watching Jessica Jones when I was out of shows. Couldn’t get into it. Never seen Daredevil either being that I just don’t like superheroes. I only watch to see them possibly get maimed or killed. The irony is, Superman is one of the only superheroes I actually like, and I was actually hurt when he was killed in the comics. Apparently God don’t like ugly.

            • DB. Just DB ™

              If you have time I’d suggest giving Daredevil a try. I’m not into comics but am finding it thoroughly enjoyable so far. Plus it helps fill out the world that Luke Cage resides in. There are several references to stuff that you’d only know if you’ve watched Daredevil (and Jessica Jones as well I assume though I haven’t watched it yet) sprinkled throughout.

              I’m gonna give Jessica Jones a try. When I read the synopsis and a few reviews it didn’t speak to me but now that I know Luke Cage makes an appearance it has me somewhat intrigued. My wife read something about them being married in the comics??? Gotta see what that’s about.

              • HoobaStankyLeg

                I’ll give it a try. I skipped right over it because Ben Affleck was terrible in the movie. Made me dislike the character all together. But, I’ll give it a go. I got about 4 episodes into Jessica Jones and realized the reason I had no clue what was going on is because I genuinely just didn’t care about her story. Luke Cage had already been introduced by the time I gave up.

              • Kylroy

                Jessica Jones is about abusive relationships the way Luke Cage is about being Black in America. It takes the (extremely common) power of mind control and reminds you just how *incredibly terrifying* someone like that would actually be. It should probably have been about three episodes shorter, but I thought the payoff was worth it.

              • iLordByron

                In Jessica Jone’s “Alias” series they end up marrying and having a kid. Its canon, not an alternate storyline either, as Kilgrave threatens to kill Jessica and the baby in the Scared Straight series, which features Luke as the leader of the Thunderbolts.

            • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

              You are a strange, conflicted and wonderful TV watching person.

              • HoobaStankyLeg

                Did you just poetically call me an a s s h o l e? I mean, you right, but that was the most beautiful compliment I’ve received all day. Thank you. ?

                • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                  Yes. But as you say, I meant it in the best way. :)

          • I don’t remember seeing Turk in Jessica Jones — but, I could’ve missed him because I watched that before starting Daredevil…I may have to go back and give it a 2nd watch

            • DB. Just DB ™

              I liked that they let Turk breath a bit more here. On DD he’s just the dude that gets beat up when DD needs information.

              • I will say, his last scene made me laugh out loud

          • B-Dot Willz

            Don’t even worry about Jessica Jones.

        • DB. Just DB ™

          Yeah that scene was great. Loved how he was looking up at CM the whole scene but had that swagger about him like he was way bigger. The candy bars. So disrespectful. Loved it.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            Yes! And the fact that Luke seemed more upset by him littering than by him actually villaining was hilarious! I was like, look at Salena’s brother talking his s h i t! ?

        • Damon Young

          the milkyway scene was a good scene. great acting too because he enjoyed the sh*t out of them and milky ways are trash candy

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            The way he ate that Milky Way made me want one knowing full well they aren’t good. That’s acting.

          • Kas

            Sigh, here we go again

        • Nick Peters

          MilkyWay slander is uncalled for

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            The truth is always called for Sir.

            • Nick Peters

              I know…I’m telling it.

              • HoobaStankyLeg

                Lies and vicious rumors. That’s what you’re telling.

        • Cleojonz

          Aww I was actually sad that Domingo bit it. I wanted him to win.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            Me too!!! ???

          • DB. Just DB ™

            Thought he was gonna make it for a second there. Then he had to go and get the big head…

          • Val

            Why?

            • Cleojonz

              He seemed to do things the old way, honor amongst thieves, yes we are doing dirty deeds but there are levels to this ish. Diamondback threw all that mess for a loop.

              • Val

                Lol Yep, Diamondback was on one for real.

              • DB. Just DB ™

                Cottonmouth was in that mold as well.

                • Cleojonz

                  Yes, he really didn’t want the barbershop and Pop in particular to meet a bad end.

        • Wild Cougar

          Shades before Domingo. Shades is so compellingly CREEPY. Love to hate him

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            I don’t know Friend. I’d have to see how he chews a Milky Way.

      • Madame Zenobia

        I’ve loved him since SoA. He was great on this show too. I have to give Cottonmouth the #1 spot, but Shades is 1a.

      • Cleojonz

        There is definitely something about Shades. I didn’t hate him like I did Cottonmouth and Diamondback.

        • Madame Zenobia

          I couldn’t get behind Diamondback. *SPOILER COMING* *SPOILER COMING**SPOILER COMING**SPOILER COMING**SPOILER COMING*
          When he’s finally revealed and I realized he was doing alla this cuz he had Daddy issues, I was pissed. For real son? You still mad cuz yo Dad didn’t love you or your mom enough? That’s not supervillian stuff, that beetchmade stuff. Wilson Fisk had daddy issues too, but at least he channeled that into a plan for world domination, not I really wanna beat up this one particular dude. Boy, bye.

          • Cleojonz

            Right???!! Luke was so confused. He said I’d like him to know my father didn’t like me all that much either. He didn’t even know they were brothers!

          • Jennifer

            It always goes back to the daddy issues!

            Diamondback actually said something to the affect of, “Our daddy loved my mama and he was about to leave your mama…” with a straight face. Bless his heart.

            • Madame Zenobia

              Bless. His. Heart.

      • I was surprised that I ended up liking Shades as much as I do. I blame his sideways scheming smile while he talks in those low, measured tones.

      • Red October

        I would have Cottonmouth 1st. Shades 2nd. Black Mariah 3rd. Diamondback….meh at 4th. Cottonmouth’s charisma is amazing. Shades is a GOAT consigliere. Mariah a conflicted yet ruthless schemer. Diamondback…..has a cool name I guess.

    • Madame Zenobia

      Naw, well, I can’t tell if you’re more a villian than superhero person, but Mike Colter got outacted by everyone. Especially Marshala. He killed it.

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        They neutered his character. Luke Cage is out of the Blaxploitation era and should have been much more vibrant than the smoldering reluctant hero they have.

        A toned down and updated Black Dynamite – or maybe a black James Bond.

        Instead we got a black Jason Boring I mean Bourne.

        • Madame Zenobia

          I agree with the note that they watered down the character and I understand why, but I’m not convinced that even if they did find the right tone between Comic Luke, Updated Black Dynamite and Harlem James Bond on the page, that Mike Colter is the actor who could have brought that vibrancy to life. (apologies for the run-on sentence)

          • Amber

            Yeah Colter sends one note. I remember him from The Good Wife and even then his acting was the save as the drug dealing king pin.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Colter was menacing on The Good Wife. He can act given the material. And his interviews shows that he has emotional range.

        • We’re looking at a Luke Cage who is still mourning the death of Reva. He still has not met his best friend Danny Rand (Iron Fist) yet, whose shenanigans bring out the best in him. Maybe his character development has him growing out of it and become more assertive in subsequent seasons.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            That’s a fair reading. A generous one, but fair.

            Right now, this season is tied for third with DD season 2

            • I love the show and I feel your criticisms are valid. In the comics, Luke is no-nonsense. If Cap, Iron Man, Thor, or Ms. Marvel ain’t around, the Avengers typically look to Luke to give commands.

              • Brooklyn_Bruin

                It’s nice to be even talking about this and Atlanta, and eventually Queen Sugar

                • Agreed. Fall TV is extremely black. I love it.

              • Mac Booker

                I’d put Luke above Thor. Thor’s great at smashing things with a hammer, but not so much at leadership.

                • That’s the exact reason why Thor typically doesn’t led things in the Avengers. The comics have stated he holds massive amounts of his power back on Earth because if he were to fully unleash them, there would be catastrophic environmental damage. Any prolonged conflict he has with the Hulk ends up leveling any city they fight in; when Thor leads, he’s used to lead others of comparable strength.

                  • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                    Particularly after getting the Odin force/power.

          • Mac Booker

            I’m curious how that’s going to go. How does this Luke Cage become best buddies with the embodiment of white savior orientalism?

            • Kylroy

              …they get their books combined rather than cancelled?

            • Danny Rand is an industrialist and eventually runs Rand Corp. His partnership with Luke is first strictly professional, as he uses his business acumen to establish Heroes for Hire and make it a citywide business. But fighting supervillians all the darn time draws them close to the point where they are essentially brothers. Rand also ends up marrying Misty Knight and becomes committed to keeping Harlem safe alongside Cage and developing property there as well; he runs and opens several martial arts schools in the neighborhood.

            • Val

              Wow, you all are deep into this stuff. Lol

              • I grew up on comics and generally have comic continuity memorized in my head. It gives me a fantastical history I can plug into when I’m waiting in line on Wal-Mart and need to kill a few minutes.

                • Nik White

                  How do men memorize stuff like this but forget anniversaries and the zip lock bags we need from the store?

                  • Comics are a power fantasy we use to escape from real life?

                    • Nik White

                      Well what about sport stats? Y’all remember those like a mug too!

                    • Oluseyi

                      Sports, too, are a power fantasy we use to escape from real life. Especially if we used to play.

                    • Nik White

                      VSBs preserving relationships on these Internet streets.

                    • Oluseyi

                      Chuuuuch!

          • Jennifer

            He was more interesting on Jessica Jones than he was on his own show.

          • Red October

            It will interesting to see if Luke and Danny’s dynamic will be similar to their close friendship in the comics. I hope it replicates it. It will be interesting to see how Danny and Misty’s dynamic will be too…

            • I love Luke and Danny’s dynamic. Luke tryin’ to make the paper and Danny ALWAYS gettin’ him in trouble. It’s like a big brother/little brother thing.

          • Oluseyi

            All true, but Mike Coulter has severely limited range. There’s a reason he was mostly doing video game voiceover work until now.

            (Also, later in the series, is he still mourning the death of Reva?)

        • iLordByron

          This Luke Cage is pulled from Brian Michael Bendis’s ‘Alias’ series. He’s a much more weary, taciturn, brooding, introspective man in these comics. The problem Colter runs into is that it is hard to make brooding look cool when everybody around you is having fun. And Ali, Messick, Woodard, and (forever) Juice are clearly enjoying themselves.

          As an aside, even 70’s Luke Cage states that he only wears a ridiculous costume (I liked the way they cameo’d it in the show) because thats what people expect of superheroes, and he only talks the way he talks because thats what white people expect of black people and people tend to underestimate a known quantity (I like how they used Cottonmouth’s introduction to forcefully make that point).

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        Maybe that’s what it was. Maybe it was just the acting because I just didn’t connect with Luke…..I just didn’t.

        • DB. Just DB ™

          I enjoyed the scene where he’s walking down the street in the custom tailored suit. I’d strut like that too if I was swole and was wearing a suit that fit me perfectly. Couldn’t tell me nothin’.

          Outside of that though I agree that it was hard to connect with Luke. I’m not sure if it was the lines he was given or just the say Colter chose to play him or what.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            It may have very well been the acting. Maybe I just need to see Mike Coulter play in something else.

            • Madame Zenobia

              The only other thing I’ve seen him in is the Good Wife. He can do anger and menace. I’ve never seen him be able to pull off an emotional scene. Not on that show or this one.

              • HoobaStankyLeg

                Then I’m not watching the good wife. Whew thanks for saving me that energy. I’ll youtube some of his scenes.

                • Madame Zenobia

                  Yeah, don’t waste your time. He’s not important enough to Good Wife to devote time to it.

          • LadyJay?

            Let’s just call it for wha t it is, he’s acting sucks, in this role.

            • mikster

              I thought he was supposed to be corny?

              • LadyJay?

                That’s what corny is? I thought corny is Drake.

              • Madame Zenobia

                Yeah, but an actor can pull off corny or awkward in an endearing way. In a way that makes us roll our eyes and chuckle. He was just corny. His corniness was so bad I cringed and wrinkled up my nose.

    • LadyJay?

      Cottonmouth got that SWAGGU that has everyone at Hello. I know the educated hate the word swagger, but it is what it is. Charisma is the word I’m looking for no?

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Swag is for boys….style is for men.

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        Debonaire?

        • Sigma_Since 93

          I think Cottonmouth ties old Harlem to new Harlem. His dress is a nod to the old clubs that lined Harlem with a current sensibility. He and Ghost are almost cut from the same cloth.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            I’ll take that.

        • LadyJay?

          nooooo

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            Hmmm. Well if debonaire isn’t the word you are looking for then I’m not sure. I understood what you meant by swagger. I found the man to be elegant, graceful even. But eff it. We can go with swag.

            • LadyJay?

              Yeah. Let’s stick to that. Lool.

      • Kylroy

        Presence.

      • mikster

        Cottonmouth is bae

        • Jennifer

          Whether he’s playing Cottonmouth or Remy Danton, Mahershala Ali will be forever bae.

    • Leggy

      I ALWAYS root for the villians. I don’t know why but cottonmouth’s acting was so good that I honestly understood where he was coming from. He wasn’t responsible for killing pop. He specifically asked his guy to stand down.

      • LadyJay?

        I think he has history with pops because he CRIED!!! Thugs don’t cry! Maybe that was his father?

        • Sigma_Since 93

          They ran together back in the day. You gotta watch the show bae

          • LadyJay?

            Oh word?

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        Listen, I had to remind myself that a Black superhero is a rare thing and I need to savor Luke Cage. But……Cottonmouth gave me what I needed. Domingo and Mariah gave me what I needed. When you go through something you are either supposed to be flawed or hardened by it. It should make you mean, not forever, but at least for spell. It’s unfortunate about Pops. But he was really in the wrong place at the wrong time. And what I mean by that is: He had no business being a barber.

        • There’s actually quite a few black super heroes: Spawn, Bishop (X-Men), Storm, Static Shock, IronHeart (new female iron “man”), the newest Spiderman is blatino, War Machine, Cyborg, Vixen, Ms. America is Puerto Rican, Ms. Marvel is Arabic and Islamic, Afro Samurai, Blue Marvel, Night Thrasher, Blade, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Nubia (Wonder Woman’s half-sister), Misty Knight ends up having a cyborg arm and being a super hero…. Sorry got carried away. Planned on getting a tattoo sleeve with all the black super heroes. Changed my mind.

          • Cleojonz

            I wonder if Nubia will feature in the new Wonder Woman. I haven’t seen any trailers yet.

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            The strange part is I know of all of these except IronHhert. I’m not saying we don’t have them, I’m saying it’s rare to see them. It seems like we get to see one about every 10 years or so. Blade and Spawn are actually my favorites.

            • Well said. My favorite is the Green Lantern, John Stewart

      • L8Comer

        Yeah he tried to the right thing. And the person who defied those orders paid the ultimate price

      • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

        Except he sent him there in the first place to commit an act of violence…so, uhh, yeah…responsible. But yeah, I hear you, I did feel for Cottonmouth.

        • Leggy

          Nahhh. He told him only do something IF Chico leaves the store cos the agreement they had was that Chico was to stay in the store till the next morning. He never asked him to do anything.

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      …..Superheroes are ‘cheesy and not realistic’ *side eye*

      Well, you know what they say about knowing you have a problem being the first step. :)

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        bwahahaahahhahahhaha. I don’t know why you are so mean to me, but I do know that if you were on a TV show I’d prolly be rooting for you. Jerk.

        • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

          Thank you!…..? Yeah, just a little jerky…cause I love y’all rascally lovable people who are SO anti-superhero this and superhero that, but in reality love it (if for no other reason than to talk yang about it. Heh heh. C’mon y’all, this struggle is over, we comic book reader have won….get with it!

          • HoobaStankyLeg

            Yea. The bad part about loving the villain means you go into it knowing full well that you will lose…. It’s kinda like people who root for their sports team that never wins. But that’s the reason I can’t stand superheroes. We already know you will win. It’s predictable and therefore boring. Might as well root for anything that makes that guaranteed win uncomfortable.

    • Furious Styles

      Re: Luke’s corniness-keep in mind that we are a more jaded audience after being beaten over the head with edgy antiheroes over the last decade.

      • HoobaStankyLeg

        I’ll take that.

      • Oluseyi

        But even Claire tells him he’s corny…

  • Madame Zenobia

    I can’t wait to see how you feel about it all when you’re done with the series. That said, I totally agree about Mike Colter. He has very little range, which is unfortunate because everyone around him can act their tails off. Even Theo Rossi, I’m sorry Jozen, out-acts him while wearing sunglasses 93% of the time.

    My biggest joys from this show came when I heard things that I knew “mainstream” culture wouldn’t understand. When I hear “egdes” and “soror” within minutes of each other I almost slid off my couch. This show wasn’t perfect, but Black women got to be, they got to just BE and that was incredible to watch. Especially from Marvel, because I’ve spent so much time and money watching White men as heroes, Black men as the sidekicks and Black (and Brown, shout out to Rosario) women no where to be seen. Alfree, Simone, Rosario, the Chinese restuarant owner lady, Rosario’s mama, LaTayna Richardson Jackson, the Inspector, Fake Angela Basset who was the captain before the Inspector – I loved them all.

    • DB. Just DB ™

      Yeah black and brown women definitely represent on this show. Excited to see where Simone Missick takes Misty in coming seasons. Same for Alfree with Black Mariah. I also hate that Fake Angela Basset was taken off the board so early on. Hopefully they’ll find a way to bring her back into the story.

      • Madame Zenobia

        I totally agree about Fake Angela Bassett. Lemme tell you tho, that final image of Misty? I was sitting next to my husband, but got ALL kinds of tingles. I’m SOOO excited to see where she goes. Also, I loved that Rosario never hesitated to let Luke know when he was corny af. I loved the women on this show.

        • DB. Just DB ™

          They really need to give the coffee references a rest though. lol

          • Madame Zenobia

            Word. That was excuriating by the end.

      • Jennifer

        Fake Angela Bassett? Candace? Who?

        • DB. Just DB ™

          Misty’s boss before the Inspector was brought in.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Misty versus Rosario was a very interesting scene

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      Fake “It is my duty please that booty” Angela Basset…. *DEAD*

    • Oluseyi

      “Fake Angela Bassett” was Kima from The Wire.

  • Brandon Allen

    In the Marvel Universe, Manhattan from W 42nd up through Harlem is seemingly always under seige yet only C Tier superheroes do anything about it.

    • Seaverski

      In the MCU, sure, but that should hopefully change by the time The Defenders lands.

  • NomadaNare

    I am just so averse to this show for so many reasons but I hear it references blackness in such a sustained and intense way that I may have to check it out

    I was going to pass up ATL because of some bad things I had heard about Donnie Glover but it continues to be an excellent show

    Did I miss the post on Queen Sugar

    • Jennifer

      Nope. There hasn’t been a post on Queen Sugar.

  • Brooklyn_Bruin

    I think I’ve outgrown Cheo, a writer I idolized coming up. My understanding of everything about the “Golden Age of Hip Hop” now colors the ideas that were popularized in that era.

    The more I think about the series the more mad I get. I really hope the Black Panther team saw this and understood the missteps.

    It makes me wonder if the Iron Fist team is going to bring it.

    And that Method Man verse was not #barz.

    Also Iron Man and John Blaze, not Luke and T’Challa. There’s an inconvenient truth in there that needs to be teased out.

    • Negro Libre

      Black Panther and Luke Cage should have nothing in common.

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        They should have nothing in common… On any level.

        Regal black king of a black nation that doesn’t squander its natural resources. Well developed culture, estimation education, no oppressors roaming the streets armed to the teeth, nervous at the sight of black skin.

        Diversity of thought and opinion, without reference to foreigners.

        Basically VSB when its concerned with internal issues.

        • Oluseyi

          Watch all the (white) Avengers bogart Black Panther

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Did you read that take on Civil War 2, where the Sokovia Accords are paralleled to American society reining in cops after black deaths.

            Iron Man was the “bad” guy the first time I watched it. The second time, Scarlet Witch’s punishment is moping around the mansion to which Captain America says it wasn’t her fault.

            Man….Marvel better come correct

  • darkskinforeskin

    #Defendersisboming

  • miss t-lee

    I haven’t watched it yet.
    Knowing who the writer is, I’m assuming the name of Pop’s Barbershop is an homage to Biggie’s “Warning” right?

    • StillSuga

      *insert Weebay meme* That makes so much flippin sense! His name Pop comes from something else, but the whole Pop at the Barbershop? So many nice little nuggets in the show.

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      I would say yes given the obvious Biggie homage that goes on every episode.

      • miss t-lee

        Ah!

    • KC

      Episode 3 starts with dialogue clearly taken from Warning

      • miss t-lee

        Good ish.

More Like This