TV Review: The Defenders
In a planned move to mirror the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Avengers, The Defenders is a miniseries which features the stars of the Marvel Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Defenders is not just a miniseries but a sequel to each of the Netflix shows respectively. The story picks up right after Iron Fist, as Danny and Colleen have returned from K'un-Lun. Matthew has forsaken his Daredevil persona, Luke Cage has been released from prison, and Jessica Jones continues her private investigations into other people's lives. However, the main story is still centered around the villainous group of ninjas called the Hand. After going quiet and failing on multiple occasions, they are back with a new leader with a mysterious agenda.
The Defenders is a sequel to all the Netflix superhero shows rather than a brand new adventure. If you liked Daredevil and Ironfist, this show is an easy sell. However, the neo-noire of Jessica Jones and the urban aspect of Luke Cage is lost here. What the show does manage to do well though is switch between the styles of all four at the drop of a hat. This serves as a constant reminder of the show's joint nature and also gives a preview for those who are unfamiliar. Each show is different and good in its own right, so if you're still on the fence, than I highly recommend you check them out (granted you like Marvel comics).
The fight choreography is spot on, fast-paced, and satisfying. Danny Rand (The Immortal Iron Fist) fighting style is revamped. Instead of deflecting, palm strikes and redirecting punches, he is more in-tuned with his punches, kicks, and strikes. Everyone else fights pretty much the way you expect. Jessica throws and punches people into walls. Luke blocks bullets and manhandles bad guys. And The Hand's ninjas are as always acrobatic and make the fights really flashy to watch.
You should watch The Defenders if you enjoyed the other Marvel television shows. It isn't Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, or Jessica Jones but rather a loose combination of all. Even though the Hand's story line has been expanded with more lore, it still very such the same story with the same defeated and recycled villains. However, you'll want to watch for Alexandra, who is played by Sigourney Weaver and whose star power and performance makes an old story line feel fresh again. This show is about the team ups, dream fights, and interactions between the Netflix heroes. Any Marvel fan or a fan of the Netflix shows in general will be more than happy with what's presented. It's not on a scale of The Avengers, but it's a great start.
The Defenders is available on Netflix.
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