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Review of Luke Cage, Episodes #1-4

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Marvel Studios keeps raising the bar with their Netflix collaborations. Their debut project Daredevil heralded a new sophistication for television superheroes, while the follow-up Jessica Jones proved itself even richer. The second season of Daredevil might not have quite hit the heights of Jessica Jones, but it was still a thrilling experience full of well-drawn characters. Next on future Defenders rooster is Luke Cage, graduating from his reoccurring role on Jones to series lead.  Based on the first four episodes, actor Mike Colter is more than capable of anchoring a show which also possesses the same strong ensemble work and high production values which fans have come to expect from the Marvel Studios/Netflix projects. These initial installments indicate that Marvel/Netflix have another triumph on their hands.

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Review: Daredevil Season 2, Episodes #4-6

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Daredevil Season 2 in church(crop)Season 2 of Daredevil arrived burdened with rather high expectations. The first season was a watershed moment for television superheroes, demonstrating a new level of sophistication and maturity which had previously been limited to their Silver Screen counterparts. Netflix’s second collaboration with Marvel, Jessica Jones, not only proved that Daredevil was not a fluke but raised the bar even higher. Thus, by the time trailers started dropping for Daredevil Season 2, fans were ready for another thrilling ride. Given these circumstances it was possibly inevitable that Season 2 might take a moment to find its feet. The first two episodes were engaging yet lacked the emotional pulse of Season 1. Perhaps, the creators placed their hero too rapidly in the Punisher’s crosshairs without giving the character dynamics time to simmer. As exciting as the fight scenes for Season 1 were, it was the character work which truly made it shine. For every hallway tussle there were two more quiet moments which really drove home the emotions. It is a tricky balance and luckily the show found it in Episode 3’s rooftop exchange between Daredevil and the Punisher. From there on out, everything fell into place and Season 2 sprung to full-bodied life.

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Review of Jessica Jones Episodes 4-6

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Jessica Jones is a fantastic show. I won’t make too many comparisons to Daredevil because they are completely different, but one can’t help compare a Marvel Netflix show to it’s predecessor. Where Daredevil lost followers I think Jessica Jones excels. There was a period in Daredevil which became a little dry. Most fans connected very strongly with the first few episodes. Once the shock factor of extreme violence passed, there was little left to hold onto until later in the season. I know many people who started with enthusiasm over Daredevil and just couldn’t get through the middle episodes. Jessica Jones shouldn’t suffer the same fate as it’s a mysterious PI story, while Daredevil was more of a hero origin story. The first three episodes set the scene and seeded the plot’s many mysteries. The next three add layers to the already fantastic story.

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