We’re just a little over a week away from the premiere of the second season of Luke Cage, which finds its hero in the middle of a pretty serious power-struggle between Mariah Dillard and the mysterious Bushmaster, who seems to have the same bullet-proof skin that Luke does.

I was pretty mixed on Luke Cage after watching the entirety of the first season – though that first half that featured Mahershala Ali was fan-flipping-tastic. If this second season leans harder into the thematic meat of those episodes, rather than the dumber than dumb superhero twistiness of the latter half, we could be in good shape. I’m very much here for a season centered on Alfre Woodard.

Also, Shades is still wearing those stupid looking sunglasses.

After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

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