It’s been awhile since Netflix had any service problems, but that all changed throughout the day Saturday while viewers at home, tuned into the super-hero that Harlem (and most of black america) desperately needs. Luke Cage actually crashed Netflix’s servers at one point during the day, causing the internet to poke fun at the streaming giant’s weakness.
Luke Cage is an audio/visual masterpiece screaming for an Emmy and that may be an understatement. Half-way through the slow burn saga of Carl Lucas, AKA Luke Cage. You can hear the hip-hop playing in the background, the costumes are perfectly color-coordinated to mesh into the background, and the authenticity of the black culture in Harlem is thrown at you every chance they get.
From the first scenes in the barbershop where you get introduced to a bunch of people in the neighborhood and all they are doing is talking about sports, using a bunch of sports references I didn’t get. To the unfortunate alliances of the criminal underground and politics that come out from the streets of NYC. Luke Cage may be the most real Hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Tony Stark.
Tony Stark appealed to me in 2008 as a real Captain America. After I saw that movie, I thought to myself, that’s something similar to what I would do if I was a Billionaire. I had never heard of Iron Man or read any comic books before that movie came out. I still don’t read the comics because I want to go into these films and TV Shows with a fresh perspective.
Tony Stark’s famous words at the end of that first movie, “I am Iron Man,” is echoed in Luke Cage. Much like Tony Stark’s willingness to let people know he is indeed Iron Man, Luke doesn’t seem to hide his face. Luke Cage struggles to fit in to feel like a normal person in the beginning, but that eventually goes away.
While the culture in Luke Cage doesn’t quite live up to that hopeful optimism, Stark’s billions allows him to feel, and is not something I relate to personally. His story poetically touches the struggles African-Americans face daily in the streets. Netflix once again, hits it out of the ballpark, or should I say court?