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Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist come together in Marvel’s The Defenders to save New York City and destroy the Hand. The evil organization is planning something for which they need Iron Fist but the Defenders, despite not knowing their final plan, want to make sure the Hand doesn’t get what they want. All the four superheroes have their own personal reasons to join this war. But although reluctantly, they end up working together for a common goal, saving their city.
The Defenders, Marvel’s much-awaited series is finally out. Ever since Marvel announced the series, the fans had been eagerly waiting for it. Daredevil’s season 1 and 2 had set the bar quite high for any future series. A standard that wasn’t met by any of the other three superheroes’ series. Jessica Jones came close to it but the darker tones of Daredevil, the evil of Wilson Fisk, the mystery of Frank Castle were pretty hard factors to match.
But let’s talk about Defenders. I had high hopes for this series. After the disaster of a series called Iron Fist, Marvel needed to bring back their disappointed fans. And they tried. Whether they succeeded or not, that’s a different question.
In my opinion, the Defenders wasn’t as good as it should have been. Just like Iron Fist, I felt like there was too much happening around the story line that was not shown on screen.
What I Loved:
- I loved seeing the four of them together on screen. These are four people thrown together under difficult circumstances. They don’t just straight away agree to fight this battle. They argue among themselves, they make fun of each other. And I want to see Jessica Jones in the next season of Daredevil. They make a great team.
- Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver. Mayn, every time she was on screen, she gave me chills. The character was beautifully written. This is a powerful woman, head of a powerful organization. But she expresses emotions, she is vulnerable. My favorite scene of her is where she tells Elektra about her daughter.
- 60% of fight scenes. Matt getting beat up, just like old times.
- Stick. I love Stick’s character. There is a scene that I can’t describe without spoiling it but look out for it when Stick meets Elektra for the first time after her death.
- Matt Murdock vs. his conscience. I loved the scene when Matt hears the cries of people and itches to go out and help them. His internal struggle of whether he should go back to being Daredevil or not is portrayed correctly.
- Although the first episode felt slow I am glad they decided to pick up the stories of each hero right where they left it at the end of their respective shows.
- Elektra as The Black Sky. I loved her in that confused child-like role who learned to fight because she had no other choice.
What I Didn’t Love:
- 40% of the fight scenes were poorly shot. And that’s something which shouldn’t happen in an action series.
- For all the claims of their power, the Hand looked like an organization counting its last days right from the beginning of the series. The Hand is supposed to be strong, too strong for each of our heroes to handle alone.
- The grand battle for New York. Where was it? I expected our four heroes to go against a thousand people or Hand to destroy a part of New York. But there was no such thing. Some people are saying that maybe the battle of New York is yet to happen and this was just the beginning. I guess we will have to wait to find out more about this.
- The character of Detective Misty Knights seemed useless in the series. I get that like every superhero series, they needed to show a detective/police officer who reluctantly helps the vigilantes. But it gets annoying after a while.
- The world revolves around Iron Fist. All the Hand wanted was the Iron Fist, which was quite annoying. And the character of ‘the kid with the glowing fist’ was written poorly. His moment to glow (pun intended) never came.
- Elektra. The predictable turn her character took in the latter half of the series was quite disappointing.
I won’t say the Defenders was great but it was fun to watch nonetheless. And it was so much better than Iron Fist and Luke Cage so for me it was 8/10.
Did you watch the after credits scene at the end of the finale? No? Get ready for a surprise then. It was a teaser for Marvel’s upcoming series The Punisher. The Punisher is a spin-off of Daredevil and is rumored to air before the end of this year.
Did you watch The Defenders? What did you think of the show? Let me know in the comments.