It’s finally here…the moment we have all been waiting for. Marvel’s Defenders are finally together and we have seen the first couple of episodes already. Do they live up to the hype? Lets find out…
Before I begin giving you my thoughts on The Defenders, let me first talk about the previous shows leading up to it. I’ve seen all of the Marvel shows that are available on Netflix and they all have their great moments, but I have my favorites. I currently rank the shows in the following order: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. Daredevil is just plain great, I have very few problems with both seasons. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage rank very close for me, particularly because they have the same problem; they both teeter off at the last couple of episodes. Now, I’ve enjoyed all of the Netflix shows, but Iron Fist being my least favorite. It’s not terrible, I liked it more than most but there was certainly room for improvement. I have hope that Finn Jones’ Iron Fist will be a more likable character in this time around.
My anticipation has been very high to see some of my favorite heroes finally team up and the first three episodes don’t disappoint. They’re not perfect of course, and I’ll get more into that later. I’m going to remain spoiler-free for the most part and review each episode separately, then give a closing thought. I’ll talk a bit more in-depth at the very end with spoilers. With all of that being said, let’s review this already!
Episode 1 “The H Word”
The first episode of the new show is a bit slow, introducing all of the main players. We get to see what everyone has been doing since we last saw them. It all starts with Danny Rand and Colleen Wing when they return from Cambodia, after fighting a *warrior that’s after someone. A fight ensues, and the action is pretty great. Better than most of what was seen in the Iron Fist solo show, but the scene was very dark. Dark as in hard to see, there’s not a lot of light due to the location of the scene. This made it a bit hard to tell what was going on, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Then there’s introductions for Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Matt Murdock. All are pretty great, Jones’ intro is by far my favorite. It’s not an action or anything like that, it’s just a couple of simple scenes but Kristen Ritter is great as her that she can make any scene entertaining and funny. That was needed in this episode as not a lot happens beside that. It’s not a bad thing though, as I had quite a bit of fun getting acquainted with the main heroes. Sigourney Weaver’s character Alexandra is also shown pretty early, you don’t learn a lot about her but you can tell she’s a powerful force to be reckoned with. She gives a subtle yet intriguing performance that you can’t not get invested in.
One of the best things about this show is how well it balances that different tones that were set with each character in their own series. Each scene flow pretty seamlessly with each other, yet they have their own style. I really have to give props to the directing and writing for this. Even the colors that are associated with each character are prominent in each scene their in. It’s red for Daredevil, purple for Jessica Jones, yellow for Luke Cage, and green for Iron Fist. you can tell that the people behind this put a lot of care in order to get the tone right for person.
Now, if you were hoping to see all of the main heroes come together sooner rather than later; prepare to be disappointed. Some of the side character do crossover and interact with them, Luke Cage talks to Foggy Nelson for instance. So prepare to have to be patient before heading into this series.
Overall, it was a good setup for the rest of the show. I may feel a bit slow, but it keeps a consistent pace. You don’t see the heroes team up yet and there isn’t much action, but there’s a story to tell and I think it’s worth sitting through.
Rating = 7.5/10
Episode 2 “Mean Right Hook”
This episode, very similar to the first, is a lot of setup for the most part. Everything coming into place slowly but surely. All of the main characters are doing their thing, investigating the weird occurrences happening in New York. As all of this happens, you can see how they’ll all eventually meet up. Danny and Colleen investigating trying to find their way to what The Hand has planned, and Luke Cage tries to help a person in his neighborhood that’s in trouble. One thing may seem more important and in larger scale than the other, but even the smallest things connect and have a purpose.
I love how even though it all connects to The Hand, all of the heroes are finding out in their own way. Jones’ is doing her usual semi-sleezy investigating, Luke is trying to help a family in his neighborhood, Danny is fighting his way to the answers, and Matt is being drawn into all of this through the legal system. It all seems so natural and I think it’s this series’ biggest accomplishment thus far.
The main complaint though is the fact it’s once again pretty slow going. We only get to see some of the main characters interact briefly near the end. It goes to show how it’s a good idea to binge this show instead of watching one or two episodes in a day. It’s an experience meant to be had without pausing and taking a long break between viewing sessions. So take my advice and be sure to watch 3 to 4 episodes a day or binge the whole season to get the full experience.
The show is coming to together nicely, albeit a bit slow. Hopefully the next couple of episodes will ramp up the action and story. Not a lot has been revealed so far, but it’s only the beginning.
Episode 2 = 8/10
Episode 3 “Worst Behavior”
YES. This is the episode everyone has been waiting for. We get some answers as to how a certain character has come back, and our I guess you can say some people finally meet up. The action is insane and well choreographed, the pacing is a bit faster. The chemistry between the characters are off the charts good.
As you can tell, I’m having a hard time keep away from spoilers for this review so I’ll keep this part short. The episode has very few problems, there isn’t a lot to call out. Some transitions between scenes feel a bit weird and out-of-place. It opens with a flashback, the scene itself is great but it doesn’t really flow naturally with the rest of the show.
Guys, watch this show now. If you’re a fan of the MCU, the Netflix Shows, or of superheroes in general, this is a must watch. Episode 3 will go down as one of the best chapters in any of the Netflix shows. Make sure to watch the episodes and comeback here to read our spoiler-filled thoughts.
Episode 3 = 9.7/10
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Not a lot happens in the first episode, but I want to talk about how one of the characters were introduced. We see in the very beginning that Danny Rand is fighting a cloaked warrior, it was pretty obvious to me that it was Electra. I personally didn’t find her reveal at the very end surprising. Also, quite a bit of havoc was caused in New York, Alexandra must be using some type of advanced weaponry and not regular explosives. We’ll see what happens I guess…
In episode 2, we finally see some of the heroes meet up, but it’s only for two brief scenes. Luke Cage meeting Danny was plain awesome and I loved how it was directed. Matt meets Misty and Jessica at the very end, teasing another meeting between characters. Alexandra is planning something big it what could it be?
Never thought I would say this but; watching Danny and Luke interact is pure fun. They bounce off each other so well and I could definitely see them doing a Heroes for Hire show someday. Episode 3 has a lot of great moments between characters. The interactions are worth watching the whole thing alone, then you also have some kick-ass action sequences. The end fight where everyone teams up against the Hand is by far one of the best scenes in any of the Marvel Netflix TV shows.
Although the first two chapters of the show is a bit slow, episode 3 ramps everything up to beyond expectation. It’s really astonishing how well they were able to capture how it should feel seeing these character come to life on the small screen. I’m ready for whatever is coming and hope it only gets better and better.
The Defenders is currently streaming on Netflix.
The Defenders – Follows Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.