Lucy Liu Will Direct 'Luke Cage' Season Two's Premiere Episode

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 7:55PM
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 7:55PM
Lucy Liu Will Direct 'Luke Cage' Season Two's Premiere Episode
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Marvel Studio's movie division might still be a bit awkward around female directors, but the television department is at least doing a little better.

Having described her as a "bulletproof director", Marvel has announced that none other than Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels alum Lucy Liu will be directing the first episode of Luke Cage season two. Well, technically, she's long since finished shooting the show - Marvel apparently thought nobody would notice Liu wandering around the set of the show, giving orders to various crew members and even police officers that were on-hand. They were wrong.

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Nevertheless, it's nice to have Liu's involvement with Luke Cage officially confirmed. Liu is an absolutely fantastic choice of director for an episode of the show - not only is she a talented actor and martial artist, but she also has an impressive resume of directing for television, having been behind the camera for an episode of Graceland, as well as four episodes of her CBS show Elementary.

If there's one criticism that has sounded the loudest among the reviews of the first season of Luke Cage, it's that the show didn't do enough with the character. The problem with an unstoppable, invincible man with bulletproof skin, is that it's hard to make fight scenes feel dangerous or exhilarating. Luke Cage is so far out of the league of the Harlem thugs that he runs into in every episode, that too many fights simply involve him standing completely still while smaller, weaker enemies break their own bones trying to punch him.

That's fun for maybe two episodes, but after that, the show could have done with finding a meaningful way to raise the stakes. It looks like The Defenders might go some way to fixing this, and getting Lucy Liu on board to direct Luke Cage season two's premiere episode is an excellent way to ensure that the next season starts with a little more momentum when a pair of new supervillains finally give Cage a reason to work up a sweat.

Lucy Liu knows fight scenes - perhaps better than most people working in Hollywood at the moment. If she can bring some energy and excitement to Luke Cage's return, there's a good chance that the show's second season with start with a bang big enough to shake out the cobwebs and get everything moving at a faster pace.

Luke Cage season 2 will hit Netflix sometime in 2018.
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