It’s hard to believe that it’s finally September, and with that comes a ton of television premieres. One of those premieres is Luke Cage, and to no one’s surprise, early reviews for the show have been nothing but praise. Some reviews have even gone as far as calling the show groundbreaking and soulful. Additionally, in a time where stories of police shootings and racially themed subjects are the main topic of all of our conversations today, Luke Cage is being seen more than just a another hero within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What he may be in addition to his superhero role remains up to the viewer, but cumulative reports show something positive in the end. The early reviews for the show range from many different aspects of the show. From the impact of the show’s musical score to even the main villain, Luke Cage has resonated well with critics on all sides of the spectrum.

Mike Cecchini (Den Of Geek!) says, “The show’s mix of rap, R&B gems, and deep blues cuts is tremendous (John Lee Hooker’s I’m Bad Like Jesse James is quietly used to extraordinary effect in one scene). Equally impressive is the original score by Adrian Younge (the Black Dynamite soundtrack) and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, which adds a perfect veneer of 70s style to the proceedings.”

In regards to the villain of the show, Kyle Pinion (Comics Beat) was able to easily compare Mahershala Ali to David Tennant and Vincent D’Onofrio and their villainous roles, having this to say about his performance, “So when I say that Mahershala Ali’s Stokes is easily their equal, if not even more richly defined, that achievement is a both a credit to what’s on the script page and just what sort of meditative ferocity Ali is able to conjure behind this figure, who is at once terrifying and incredibly sympathetic. This is a character so rich that, while being the clear antagonist of the series’ machinations, one can’t help but be amazed at the moral gray tones that he’s swathed in.”

If Daredevil and Jessica Jones are any indication, then it should come to no one’s surprise seeing Luke Cage follow closely in their footsteps of success. Maybe it’s the fact that Netflix is not a mainstream cable network like NBC or CBS. It may be ironic to think that the internet allows for more freedom in writing these shows when it’s a place that’s come under such scrutiny. Whatever it is, there’s a formula that works and that means fans can look forward to other shows like Iron Fist and The Defenders which are scheduled to premiere later on down the line.

Luke Cage debuts on Netflix on September 30.

Source: Screenrant

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