The Fight Scenes Are Weak

Luke Cage Fight Scenes

Compared to Daredevil (even Jessica Jones) the fight scenes just don't measure up. Initially, I figured it was because of the Hulky presence of Mike Colter. He is a formidable man with an incredible screen persona. At the same time, he seems almost too big for the fight scenes he is being asked to do. There is a deftness of movement that Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) are able to achieve. Mike Colter, because of his size, just doesn't have that. Now, before you start citing the fighting skills of Vincent D'Onofrio (he plays Wilson Fisk in Daredevil), you have to look at his fighting scenes. Most of them are like sloppy boxing matches. They don't require the full body movements that Colter and Co. are trying to achieve.

The Bad Guys are Bad at Their Job

Luke Cage Villains

Cottonmouth (portrayed by the supremely talented Mahershala Ali), Mariah (the always good Alfre Woodward) and Detective Scarfe (the perennial Frank Whaley), have big aspirations. However, as you watch this show it become apparent that they are not going to be able to pull them off. For their plans to come off, it seems like they would need a lot of divine intervention. Take Cottonmouth, he's never on firm financial footing. Luke Cage early on steals all of this money, and there's very little he can do about it. Mariah is just too dependent on Cottonmouth even though her (somewhat Clintonesque) character is supposed to be self-made. She, like Cottonmouth, just doesn't seem to have their business in order. Detective Scarfe, SPOILER ALERT if you haven't seen the show, kills a witness and has people looking into him not halfway through the series. Now, Diamondback (Erik LaRay Harvey) and Domingo (Jacob Vargas) more than acquit themselves well here. Granted, they are pretty cookie cutter in their villainy, I will take that as opposed to the others.

Evan Jacobs