One good thing that came out of Hurricane Matthew was that I got caught up on a couple of TV shows.
Periscopes up – spoilers ahead.
I really wanted to love this show, but it just couldn’t quite bring me there.
What I liked: The women (with the exception of Claire). They’re strong, dynamic, interesting, sexual, proud and don’t shy away from their mission be it good (Misty – can she have her own show now?), evil (Mariah), or something in between (Reva). Claire tried to be all that, but fell short when the writers pigeonholed her into the cheerleader/potential love interest role. I did like Claire’s mother though.
I also adored the relationship between Mariah and Shades. Granted, I did not see Mariah becoming the dark horse villain of the group, BUT oh man does Alfre Woodard know how to chew scenery. Her story arc makes this show work. Her descent from crooked politician with a heart of gold to Cottonmouth’s heir was a thing of beauty marred only by the tired rape-backstory trope. When Mariah kissed Shades, I almost cried because he really does love and respect her. No games, no tricks. I want these two to have a happy ending, which is horrible because if there are two characters who should die in a fire its these two.
What I disliked: Luke Cage. What the heck happened to the guy from Jessica Jones? He’s turned into this wishy-washy part-time bad ass. He whines about not wanting to be hero, and even after his mentor shoves him out the door into the real world, he reverts right back to wishy-washiness. Bring back Jessica’s Luke Cage and maybe he’ll become interesting.
Diamondback: After the complexity of Cottonmouth, Diamondback is a huge disappointment. He’s backstory is stereotypical and boring, which makes his motivation for all the hell he puts Luke through fall flat.
The pacing: Even the fight scenes are slow and cumbersome. Everyone’s story arc stalls around episode 7 and doesn’t come back to life until episode 11(ish). I’ll echo what others are saying elsewhere – maybe these stories should only be eight episodes long. The Agent Carter team made it work, so there’s no reason why it couldn’t work for Netflix.