The Defenders is the new Netflix series which premiered on the streaming service this past Friday. It is the culmination of the previous Netflix Marvel shows which include Daredevil (Season 1 and 2), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. So basically it’s Netflix’s version of the Avengers. The hype is real around this show so it’s time to review.
So normally, I never review TV shows. I rarely even watch TV shows as it is (I’M SORRY I DON’T WATCH GAME OF THRONES). But I have been invested in these Netflix superhero shows since the beginning so I feel I had to review this show. So like I said earlier, The Defenders is the show that brings together New York’s “street-team” heroes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). They are brought together to save New York from “The Hand” lead by Alexandrea (Sigourney Weaver). So I want people to remember this as I review this show is that it is a show and not a movie. So what did I think of The Defenders? I really enjoyed this show.
Similar to the Avengers, the Defenders really benefits from the anticipation of these characters meeting one another. Luckily for us, these actors have fantastic chemistry with one another. While Matt Murdock (Daredevil) is the main character, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand all have moments to shine. Cox, Ritter, and Colter are once again fantastic as their respective roles, but Finn Jones as Danny Rand (Iron Fist) really a true surprise. Me, like many others, did not like the Iron First series; part of the reason was Iron Fist himself. But in a little brother type of role here, Danny becomes a lot more likable. He and Luke Cage share a special bond as Luke takes on the older brother role with Danny. I also liked Jessica Jones a lot more in this series because she was a much more likable character.
Other positives of the show was the cinematography, the action, and the return of Elektra. Beginning with Elektra, she is once again played brilliantly by Elodie Yung and is brought back from the dead to serve The Hand. That isn’t a spoiler, I mean she’s in the freaking trailer! What I liked about her character is that she dealing with a lot of self-identity issues. She’s trying to remember her life as Elektra and trying to live up to her new life as the Black Sky. It’s very similar to Bucky Barnes’ story line in the Captain America movies. Getting back to the other positives, the action was excellent. On a TV show, you don’t have the budget like a movie to create huge explosives so you have to rely on a lot of hand to hand combat. They do and it works; especially with Daredevil and Iron First. Finally, this show is shot beautifully. When you watch the premier episode pay attention to the background of each character, the colors are incredible.
But nothing is perfect so there are some negatives. While Sigourney Weaver did a good job as the villain Alexandra; she wasn’t that intimidating. I never thought to myself “Wow the Defenders have a real battle ahead of them.” She just didn’t seem to be as scary as she was made out to be. Also the finale of this season didn’t live up to the hype. Yes there is action, but the stakes weren’t as high as they should have been; especially this was the lead up from 5 seasons of television.
But all in all, The Defenders is a fun time and a good show. It’s absolutely worth a binge on Netflix. If I were to rank this with all the other Netflix Marvel shows, it would go Daredevil, Defenders, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. Can’t wait to see where we go from here.
Written By: Steven Santoro (SVS_1993)