Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker comments on the second season’s glowing reviews, responding it “feels good” to be commended on the show.
Coker shared that although it feels good to receive such a positive reaction to the show’s second season, he’s been relatively precarious due to his race:
“Although it’s like being in a movie, ‘Yay,’ then of course you get capped and stuff like that. It’s always precarious being a black man in any movie.”
Coker began his career as a music writer, and comments on the influence music had while writing the second season of Luke Cage by relating it to multiple iconic follow-up records by hip hop artists such as Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest:
“Back in the ‘90s, I used to write for Vibe magazine, The Source, a lot of places. So the metaphor that I used for the writing room when we were together was, ‘Let’s try to make this season like [Beastie Boys’] Paul’s Boutique or [A Tribe Called Quest’s] The Low End Theory or [Ice Cube’s] Death Certificate. Like the second album that kind of raises the stakes, gives you everything you loved about the first, but really elevates the entire enterprise. That was really what we tried to do. I can’t be the judge of whether or not we actually pulled it off, but I feel really good about what we did.”
His role as a showrunner also mirrored iconic producers such as Quincy Jones or Phil Spector, with Coker commenting that he took a less imposing role as a showrunner and instead developing Luke Cage on star Mike Colter:
“For me, everything is music, so I think there’s basically two different types of showrunners. Either you’re a Quincy Jones type or you’re a Phil Spector type. Phil Spector, of course, beyond being a murderer ,was a brilliant [laughs] — as a producer, was very much a Svengali, ‘it’s all about me, you do what I say,’ the singer is only the implement of his genius. That’s not me. I’m more like the Quincy Jones type, which is different, in that you basically — Quincy Jones produced Ray Charles, produced Michael Jackson, produced Frank Sinatra all differently. And basically built everything around the star. So you basically treat — in this case, [Luke Cage actor] Mike Colter is your lead singer. And so you basically just try to make all the pieces fit, and you treat every single actor the same in that way.”
Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as the titular hero, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Theo Rossi as Shades Alvarez, Mustafa Shakir as John McIver, and Annabella Sciorra as Rosalie Carbone. Here is a plot synopsys for the show:
After clearing his name, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) 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.
Luke Cage is now available for streaming on Netflix.
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