Trying to be spoiler free as possible-
Thought it was a great series, but had a couple issues. Loved Cottonmouth (I’ve liked Mahershala Ali since the 4400)- His twist in episode 6(?) caught me totally by surprise- Did NOT see that coming. Did not like Diamondback. I felt like he just wasn’t a well developed character compared to Cottonmouth and Mariah, or especially against D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in DD. While I admire the BLM allegory (Bullet hole ridden hoodie FTW), the whole “turning the public opinion” plot point struck me as a little heavy handed and kludgy- good as far as story goes, but felt kind of poorly executed. That final moment with Mariah and Shades was a little cliche and unnecessary.
Predictably, white folks are already flipping out about not being represented. Being a white guy from almost the whitest state in the country, I was very cognizant of just how black the show is. There were moments that felt a little uncomfortable- Not out of racism per se, but from a feeling that I was simply missing a huge part of the cultural context inexorably intertwined with the story*.
As in, there were a couple references that I honestly don’t for the life of me know whether they’re accurate reflections of black NY culture or offensive stereotypes. I don’t have a frame of reference.
Overall I liked it more than Age of Ultron, but not as much as Daredevil or Jessica Jones. At this point, though, Marvel could release a 12 episode series of Carrot Top just reading aloud back issues of Marvel Team Ups, and I’d probably sit through the whole thing.
*Part of this is also from the NYC setting. I got the same feeling a tiny bit from other shows set there- That kind of population density freaks me the fuck out. I need wilderness within walking distance.