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The Return of Harlem’s Hero

The bulletproof man, “Luke Cage,” returns again on Netflix after Season 1 and “The Defenders” television series. Harlem’s Hero is back to defend Harlem from new and old enemies while fighting his own internal battles.


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When “Luke Cage” Season 2 came out, I always told myself I would watch one episode at a later time of day after I finished my work.

But often times, I would watch more than one episode and I would watch them before I had even finished my work.

This is due to the show being filled with action, containing a plot that keeps people perched on the edge of their seats and enough comedy to get a good laugh every once in awhile, but not so much that it turns into a comedy.  

“Luke Cage” is a Marvel Netflix show that features an African American superhero named Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter), who runs around the streets of Harlem beating up gang leaders while wearing a hoodie, which often has bullet holes in it.

Cage possesses super strength and bullet-proof skin, powers which he uses to fight off power-hungry foes.

In this case, his top foes include Mariah Dillard (played by Alfre Woodard), owner of a club named Harlem’s Paradise, and a Jamaican gang leader known as the Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir).

As Luke faces these villains, he isn’t alone.

With the help of his friends Misty Knight (Simone Missick), a Harlem detective, and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Luke keeps Harlem’s kingpins at bay.

Unlike having to just beat up Harlem’s bullies and deal with Harlem’s police department, who isn’t fond of his methods in Season 1, Luke must also deal with the annoyances of fame and wrestle with the crossingline between hero and someone who abuses his powers.

These additional challenges make Season 2 better than the first one.

Throughout the series, Luke begins to go down a dark path that involves beating criminals to a pulp unnecessarily instead of giving them a flick to the head to knock them out.

Having to deal with this internal conflict results in damaging his relationships with his friends.

As suspenseful as the beginning and middle of the series, the most intriguing was the cliffhanger that occurs at the very end of the series. It’s an ending that will make fans wonder if they will ever see the old Luke Cage again.

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Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges is a staff journalist for MBU Timeline. Hodges is majoring in journalism and is currently on the men’s basketball team. Hodges intends to eventually become a movie critic after completing his master’s degree at MBU.

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