Marvel shows are bad, this should be obvious


Billy Macom, Staff Writer

Marvel shows are the by far the worst Netflix has to offer at the moment. No longer are people looking for good plot or character development. Now many people are content with shows that are so predictable it’s silly. In “Luke Cage” nothing that important happens for the first couple episodes. I couldn’t see the plot going anywhere — so I thought “they’re probably going to kill off someone to make the story progress.” Next episode they kill off a character. It wasn’t surprising either, since “Luke Cage” couldn’t really get me attached to the characters. The strongest reason for my lack of caring for the characters is that Mike Colter portrays an awkward Luke Cage. At one point I decided to just re-watch the “Chronicles of Riddick” trilogy. At least Riddick realized that after becoming a criminal, his life would never go back to being normal. On the other hand, when Luke Cage’s friend is killed, Cage does nothing. At other times Cage suddenly rampages and beats up dozens of enemies. Luke Cage’s anger dies of when it should be strongest, and it’s just strange. At one point Cage is standing face to face with the mob boss who is causing Harlem so much trouble, and does nothing.

Unlike “Luke Cage,” “Daredevil’ is actually interesting. Early on the story is so good, I couldn’t help but binge watch the first season. Despite this, “Daredevil” manages to get worse as time goes on. I suggest skipping to the fight scenes because that’s where all the substance is by the time you reach Season 2.

“Stranger Things” is a decent show that receives a lot of praise for its supposed unique story, lovable characters and 80s nostalgia. But it’s been done before and the story isn’t very surprising. Instead, it’s the characters that come together and make the show so entertaining and interesting. The show takes what the viewers already know — the motivations of every character, how they’ve changed, and why they’ve changed as the story goes on — and builds off of that. The clearer the understanding of how a character has changed, the more impact that character will have on the viewer. These Marvel shows don’t provide a clear explanation for important changes. Most of the Marvel shows are basic power fantasies. The main protagonist trains and improves his abilities, fights an enemy that seems impossible to defeat, wins and repeats the process. While “Stranger Things” has twists and turns, these superhero shows have only one direction. Where are the dark sides of these shows, and why do the main protagonist always comes back and win every fight? They’re one dimensional and only worth watching for nostalgia. They’re similar to “Dragon Ball Z.” The fighting and the whole process is fun at first, but it’s an endless loop of battling a tough opponent and getting better.

Want a good story? Want something worth your time? Try watching “The Walking Dead,” or even better, “House of Cards.” If you’ve already exhausted those options, try looking in the anime section. I know a lot of people skip past this genre because they assume cartoons are for children. But these are Japanese and not the typical American cartoons most people are used to. Most of the shows in the anime section are made for teenagers, and if rated would be at least PG-13. Want good character development? Watch “Naruto” and you’ll get at least 300 episodes of excellent storytelling. “Death Note” is kind of a murder mystery, but you know who the culprit is from the start of the show. If you watched “House of Cards” and liked it, “Death Note” should be a real treat. Other noteworthy shows in the anime category are “Sword Art Online,” “Your Lie in April,” “Hunter X Hunter” and “Durarara.” Don’t let good shows pass you by just because they aren’t in your preferred genre.