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watching: luke cage

A Marvel superhero serial set in and against the backdrop of Harlem is a significant development, and a milestone that's overdue—but Luke Cage, the series and the character, labor so mightily under this responsibility that the plot often veers erratically between leaden, sermonizing dialogue and plodding action sequences. The result is awkwardness instead of alchemy. If the show wasn't so busy touting its own importance, maybe it could let its excellent cast loose in its awesome setting and everyone could have more fun.

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