TV Series Review - Marvel's The Defenders

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Synopsis (from IMDB): Marvel's The Defenders follows, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary heroes, each with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

Now that was fun. Much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Netflix side of programming finally released their culmination effort, The Defenders. There is a lot to like here and if you have been following along with all four shows this one is icing on the cake. The action is good, the story is interesting and follows what happened in Daredevil Season 2 and Iron Fist Season 1, and the acting is great. Seeing Luke Cage and Danny Rand team up for the first time was a comic fan's dream. This series also did a lot of little seed droppings for Heroes for Hire. I mean, Marvel come on let's get that one done. You know you want to do it too. My favorite character in the series was probably Jessica. She had the best lines and one of the more badass sequences in the series. For those of you who are worried about Iron Fist, in my honest opinion, I think he is written better in this series than he was in his own. Also for those of you that are wondering, yes Luke and Claire finally get to have their coffee. While some people may not agree I like the fact that it was eight episodes. To me, it lead to a tighter story being told and we didn't get any filler episodes which is always a good thing. There are a lot of iconic moments and easter eggs in this season especially an easter egg from the Bleach anime for those who pay attention at the beginning of episode three.



The only main problem I saw with this series were the villains. The villains in the Defenders are the five fingers of the Hand and while we have been introduced to two of them and know what they are capable of the other three we don't spend enough time with, in my opinion. If anything I believe that a couple of the others should have shown up in another of the shows even if it were only for one episode just to give us a look into how they would play into the world. Also, while I liked the conclusion on paper something about it just felt a little off. Like I wanted to know more about why they had to have Iron Fist and how that tied to what they were after. It's hard to talk about it without spoiling it but I am pretty sure after you watch the final episode of the series you will understand what I am talking about.


For Parents
If you have watched any of the other shows then this is kind of a mix of all of them. There is some language, a little gore, and a sex scene. There is also a ton of action as well. The episodes range between 45 and 57 minutes so it doesn't feel too long. I don't think this is for the little ones seeing as how the show is rated TV-MA which is basically rated R for television.



Final Thoughts
I liked this a lot. I gave it a 5 STAR rating on Netflix. It was mostly everything I wanted from the series. It also setup the subsequent seasons for everyone's shows moving forward. There were also some seeds sown for Heroes for Hire as well as what could be a start of the Daughters of the Dragon series should they decide to go that way. What did you think of The Defenders? Let's talk about it in the comments. As always thanks for reading.

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