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The Marvel Netflix television shows have been hit or miss from a critical perspective. Seasons 1 and 2 of Daredevil and Jessica Jones were well received. Yet, other shows such as The Defenders and The Punisher have had more of a mixed response and Iron Fist was pretty much derided by nearly everyone who watched it. Season 1 of Luke Cage was a tale of two halves for most viewers with the first half receiving a lot of plaudits whereas the second half was considered to be less than stellar.
Season 2 of Luke Cage is available to watch on Netflix right now and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, at a press day for the new season of Luke Cage, spoke to Collider about the show. One of the things which was discussed was what Coker wanted to do with Season 2 compared to Season 1:
“Well, Season 1 is always about building the world, and then with Season 2, you’re always able to go deeper, if you focus it correctly. I always base almost everything I do on music. I’ve always looked at a show as an album. My private joke about Luke Cage is that it’s a bulletproof version of Lemonade, and that essentially it’s a concept album that has a video component. I think about the show in an audio sense, before I think about the visual sense. That stems from me being a huge music fan, but it also stems from me being a former music critic.”
“I thought about those groups that had second albums, after a big debut, that solidified who they were. I wanted Season 2 of Luke Cage to be Ice Cube’s Death Certificate, or Fugees’ The Score, or Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, or my favorite, The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest. It’s that second record that not only takes what made the first record work, but with new sounds and new momentum, it takes things to a higher level. That was one of the things we really wanted to do.”
Cheo Hodari Coker also commented on how the character of Iron Fist was used in Season 2 of Luke Cage:
“What we, as a writing staff, wanted was that, if we were going to have Iron Fist, it was gonna be different than The Defenders and his own show. We were gonna do it our way. We were lucky enough that both Marvel and Netflix allowed us to play a little bit because I wanted to give him a different swagger.”
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