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Review: Luke Cage: Episode 2- Code of the Streets

Editor’s Note: This the continuation of our look at the Marvel’s Luke Cage of Netflix and if you haven’t, check out Episode 1.

In the beginning of this episode, we see the opening scene is a time jump.  Luke is standing in the dark looking at a building in Harlem. Then a kid holding gun and points it at the back of Luke’s head.  He demands the reason for his presence.  Luke ends up telling the kid “I’ve had a long day. I am tired.”  With those statements, we know the episode is going to be intense.  Plus, with a title Code of the Streets, there is a slim chance that this episode is not going to end in pain.

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Luke Cage: Episode One – The Future is Hopeful

Editor’s Note: We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Luke Cage series so much we decided to breakdown each episode for you. Starting this week! If you haven’t seen it yet you should. If you wanna re-live the glory check out our podcast! WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

I was really excited when the release date for the Luke Cage series was revealed. I absolutely loved Luke’s mini appearance in Jessica Jones. I loved them as a couple and secretly want them to have cute little interracial babies.

Alas, that was not to happen since Luke left to live in Harlem.

One of the first things that struck me about how the show went about introducing Luke was that there wasn’t a moment in those first moments that the camera tried to focus on him.

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This is an interesting choice, cinematically.

If there’s one thing I learned from my MFA in film editing is that there is never a fluke in the way the final product is constructed. Our eyes aren’t automatically drawn to Luke because that’s how he wants to be seen, or not seen. He is trying very hard to lay low. Very hard.

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Grey’s Anatomy: Soapy Science

I just finished the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy available on Netflix, an accomplishment that feels more or less on par with turning in my Master’s thesis. I mean, look at the time I invested in this show. According to a quick scroll through IMDB, seasons one through twelve were comprised of 268 episodes. At 43 Netflix minutes apiece, that means I spent 11,524 minutes, or 192 hours, watching this show. (I once calculated that I spent 800 hours behind the microscope for my grad school project, so the thesis comparison is not totally out of line.)

Let me first get this out of the way: I know that Grey’s Anatomy is kind of dumb. I could probably have spent those 192 hours on much better things. Yoga teacher training, perhaps, or filibustering. But I also think that Grey’s (as fans call it) isn’t a total waste of time. In fact, I think it gets a lot less credit than it deserves.

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