Ever since I watched Netflix's Jessica Jones, I've been anticipating the Luke Cage series. Mike Colter (aka Luke Cage) was meant to play this role and as the cast was announced I knew it was going to be amazing. My fellow Sons of Anarchy love, Theo Rossi, would be playing Shades. Then it was released the huge influence hip hop would have I was bubbling with joy! Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker named every episode after a Gang Starr song as well as infusing classic joints during pivotal moments such as Wu Tang's "Bring da Ruckus."
New York is a huge character in the show much like my favorite shows especially Harlem. Very much like Empire, there are subtle nods to hip hop and the rich history of the city. One of the main characters "Cottonmouth" has a very iconic Biggie poster displayed in his office where there are several scenes - one pretty pivotal one where he acknowledges it. There are also plenty of references to black writers and historical figures that I was not familiar with such as Crispus Attucks so I did a lot of googling! A bit of an enlightening history lesson.
I'm only half way through and I'm so engrossed. I'm going to pace myself with this one as I also need to look up all the references. One thing (if I must nit pick) is that there are a mix of directors so the episodes don't look similar which might have helped with the storytelling. One episode in particular flashed back to a particular scene as the story unfolded to tell how he got there and then concluded with that scene. Not all the other episodes followed that style so it stood out to me and was a bit hard to follow. Whereas my lovely show Mr. Robot for season 2 Sam Esmail directed all the episodes to help tell the story and it was beautifully directed. But we'll see what is in store.
Kim's rating: 👊👊👊👊