You previously had a taste of Luke Cage when he showed up in Jessica Jones but now you get the full on show complete with one liners and puns that any comic-book fan would love.
This time in New York we head over to the Harlem district where the African Americans live, breath and die. You are introduced to this part of the city which feels cleaner and less gritty than Jessica Jones and less dark than Dare Devil. But like the rest of New York it clearly has its problems.
Throughout the course of the series you get elements of Luke Cage back story and it unfolds nicely. Each character seems unique, many are provided a back story also and are certainly not one dimensional. Mahershala Ali who plays cottonmouth was the standout character, the actor portrayed him so well that I felt sorry for him in the end.
Another element to the show is the music, that 70s sleek feel. The way the Jazz evolves around life in Harlem. There is a sense and feel that make a very unique take on life.
The show revolves around the Barber Shop, The Club and the streets. Cage doesn’t want to get involved with anyone until he is pushed beyond his capacity to restrain his desire for revenge after his mentor is kill. At this point Cage feels he has to help those in need, while at the same time creating a path of destruction. Mind you, the destruction didn’t seem that much and Cage wasn’t the main culprit.
Often I felt there wasn’t enough action, there were never enough fight scenes for me. The problem with origin stories is the need to develop a character often takes away the ability to headlong into what the current affairs are. This being said there was a healthy mix of each.
After the political mess, the gangland war and police corruption there is a feeling the show leaves you wondering was that all worth it? Although I enjoyed the show, I was left with questions. What did Cage do in the military? What am I missing? And do I really need to see more of this messed up world?
DC expands it’s universe to bring another show, we are given one new character in Captain Ric Hunter and a collection of cast members from Arrow and Flash.
I don’t really like shows playing around with the concept of time travel. I always feel that things go wrong and elements of the science are messed up.
This is where Legends of Tomorrow begins and probably will end for me. I watch for too much TV as it is. So I will stick to Arrow and the Flash which I have been enjoying.
As for Legends… At the beginning Hunter is told not to interfere with the timeline on Earth. But Hunter goes against the councils order. He takes his ship travels to Earth to the year of 2016, collects some heroes for a tale of revenge. Isn’t that the most classical of storylines?
A fight here and there, an assassin on the prowl, another evil villain in Vandal Savage. (Sounds like a wrestler name I once knew!)
There seems a much lighter touch to Legends than DCs previous shows. I prefer the dark personalities of the characters like you have in Arrow. That show felt grounded and more real.
As for Legends of Tomorrow, I found it cheesy, irritating, far from reality and the ending of Savage getting a Russian made nuclear warhead was so cliché.
Please don’t let me watch another episode.
I’ve been watching the TV show Scorpion in which a group of nerds save the world and so-forth! The show evolves around Walter O’Brian for which the show is based on and he is played by Elyes Gabel, who’s acting skills are dodgy at times. I don’t know how much O’Brian is involved with the show, the storylines and concepts but a lot of times the character seems big-headed and there is a big tone of self-promotion!
In one episode a character from NCIS: Los Angeles popped up putting it in the same universe as NCIS and Hawaii Five-O programs. But even those shows are better than this one and it didn’t help the cause.
There seems to be a multitude of sins created in every episode, the first being is the heavy use of Windows 8 by one of the best hackers on the planet? (I highly suspect this is to do with an advertising agreement with Microsoft Corp.) I haven’t seen any use of any Linux systems which are far more secure than Windows. Even their programming skills are brought into question. For those who even dabble in coding who have worked with C++ or Basic might be a bit lost in the hacker talk on the show. Did they even ask for help from any expects? And why would you send a hacker with no basic training into the field up against people holding AK47s? The answer is, you wouldn’t, the whole team of Scorpion should of received some form of training before going into the field.
The last episode I watched this morning was “Once Bitten, Twice Die” seemed to stupid to comprehend. How can someone with 197 IQ not make a simple phone call of “We need an antidote for this snake poison!” Gabel’s performance was suspect yet again and the only actor I can give any credit too has to be Katharine McPhee who plays Paige Dineen. I like her because she is very attractive, but also because she has very good on-screen chemistry.
Never-the-less, is this geek TV gone too far?
I am wondering how i managed to watch the second season, i am currently upto episode 8 and it really is a waste of time! The first season was good, but the acting at times by the supporting casts is terrible. The president of the US and the president to be, so much dodgy to bad acting.
I can’t take it anymore…