Marvel’s The Defenders is on Netflix; I finished it over the weekend. I’m going to talk about it here, with plenty of spoilers, so skip this post if that’s an issue.
Overall, the show was pretty solid. Only 8 episodes, but I feel like it was better for having been only 8 as opposed to 13. It wasn’t dragged out longer than it needed to be.
I like the way that colors were handled in this show, especially in the earlier episodes. The various segments of the show were faithful to the characters’ individual shows, like for a Luke Cage seen, you’d still hear rap music in the background the way his show had it.
Elektra really stood out in this show. Like @maxximoffed said, Elodie Yung really deserves an award. Plus, she is perfect at that crazed, bloodlust face that she makes when she kills. Like, when she took out Alexandra in Ep 6. Elektra is a character I 100% believe. Btw, I’m going to sidebar a little here, Elodie Yung is in that new The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie with Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek, and Gary Oldman. It’s pretty entertaining, regardless of what a Rotten Tomato says. And it’ll probably be the only time you get to see Deadpool, Nick Fury, and Elektra all interacting on screen lol.
Iron Fist is still pretty meh. He’s not really a likable character to me. So hotheaded, rash. If I recall correctly, Matt told him at one point to stop acting like a child? Fitting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch season 2 of Iron Fist when it comes around, but I have faith they’ll rectify the mistakes of season 1.
It’s a shame that Colleen was sidelined for most of the show. I understand, we already have 4 main characters, not to mention the villains. Trying to focus on too many people would have spread everything too thin, with only 8 episodes. So I’ll settle with seeing a lot more of her in Iron Fist season 2.
On that note, I remember in the Luke Cage show hoping to see Misty lose her arm so she’d finally get her comic look, with the bionic arm, so I’m glad it happened here. While obviously Tony Stark won’t be the one to provide it to her like in comics, it’s fitting enough that Iron Fist will be the one to hook her up instead. Hopefully with the events of the last episode, they’ll focus on Misty & Colleen’s friendship heavily in Iron Fist season 2, because I do love the Daughters of the Dragon. It’s about time they come together.
I think Karen & Foggy have never really been very supportive friends for Matt, at least not in the way I want them to be. They’re supportive when it comes to his day job, but they don’t want him being Daredevil, though it honestly does even more good for people. They’re rather frustrating, being so close-minded. Trish having that talk with Karen near the end, about how Jessica is a great friend when it comes to the stuff that really matters, could help Karen change her mind about supporting Matt’s endeavors, but Foggy is a lost cause.
Then again, from that last shot of Matt being nursed back to health by the nuns, it appears they could be doing the Born Again story for season 3, so maybe it’s time for Karen to tell the big secret. Idk, I don’t like to speculate too much, it’s usually a waste of time.
Unlike with Daredevil, I like the entire supporting cast of Jessica Jones. Trish and Malcolm are both great and love Jess despite her naturally trying to push everyone away. Hogarth is always good to see too. I think this was a good season for Jessica, and I like the growth she’s shown. One could say that in her show, she was actually legitimately a bad person, despite the superheroics. They say “hurt people hurt people”, and it’s definitely true in her case.
But she’s getting better, and I’m glad to see that.
Back to the music, I notice they really like the Wu-Tang Clan. I thought it was funny that in the last episode they used their song “Protect Ya Neck”, because Inspectah Deck has that one line you could hear mentioning Spider-Man. And Method Man was in season 1. Idk, I don’t have a problem with the Wu, but all this talk of Harlem, why don’t they use like, the Diplomats? When I think of Harlem rappers, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana immediately spring to mind. I would take Mase too though lol. Not a huge problem, but it is something I think about.
The antagonists. As always, I love Madame Gao. I’m glad she seems to have slipped away at the end there and probably survived. Looking forward to her next appearance. I liked Sowande, shame he died so early on. Bakuto, he’s cool but lowkey creepy at the same time? Speaking of, I liked the differences between the Hand members. For instance, Madame Gao mentioned that Bakuto cared too much about his followers. This guy ran basically a Hand summer camp and cared about all of his disciples.
Anyway, I’ve typed probably too much here, so I’ll wrap things up. Loved it. Can’t wait for season 2 of this, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and *looks at smudged writing on hand* Ironic Fisting.