Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ Review: A Fun And Flaw But Enjoyable Show For Marvel Fans
Warning: Spoiler Alert
Since 2015, Netflix released the first season of “Daredevil,” which received positive ratings for a Marvel TV show that is basically above the law. A violent show sticking to its roots from the comics and transitioned well to “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist.” They waited two years for this very moment to have these four heroes on one screen, and it did not disappoint.
The series starts off with Danny Rand (Finn Jones), aka the Iron Fist, and Colleen Wing traveling around the world searching for the Hand. They are a criminal organization that corrupted countless businesses, including Rand Enterprises, and killed many individuals. Rand encounters one of them, who killed a fighter, and learns that the war is in New York. From that point on, it is basically a reintroduction of Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Daredevil (Charlie Cox). All of them in their own personal situations while trying to be normal again. But once they all knew the Hand was taking over New York, it draw them back into doing what they are meant to do.
In reality it took about three episodes for the four heroes to be together. Kind of a letdown considering most Marvel fans already saw the other shows and just want this to happen much quicker. They were barely interacting outside of their mission to stop the Hand, and those moments should have happened. Ritter’s character was cracking small jokes while everyone else was focused. Although Finn Jones as Iron Fist still looked frustrated on every encounter and should be calm like the monks.
Them going against the leader of the Hand, Alexandra Reid (Sigourney Weaver), and the others was nothing special. Although looking at the show a second time, there was no remorse on their fate. Usually great villains are humanize in which they suffered through horrific moments that made them crazy. But these leaders do not fit in that category. It felt more of destroying their lives and protecting New York City. And yet what saved the series was the resurrection of Elektra (Elodie Yang). Despite being a mindless fighter who slices everyone stopping their diabolic plan, you can feel sorry for her. Heck even Murdock’s emotional moments were focused around the love of Elektra. Still action wisely, I wish they did more team attacks.
Most of the time it seems more about individual goals than trying to work together, besides episodes 7 and 8. But to put all the action scenes together while splitting air time with the Defenders look difficult. Only 8 episodes were shown in the series and it should have been at least 10. Still a very enjoyable series and definitely worth binge watching. Although the final battle was not inspiring, it still open a chapter to what the next couple of arcs could be for these heroes. Remember to stay after the credits for an exclusive preview of the next Marvel TV series.