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The Defenders, created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, 2017

Netflix’s Marvel shows mostly get back on track with the Defenders, after the abject failure that was Iron Fist.

And the main problem here is too much Iron Fist especially at the beginning. And it isn’t all just Finn Jones’s fault, Iron Fist is so badly written, and his character does nothing but make stupid mistakes, and that lowers the quality of the show, but the return of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones and Mike Colter’s Luke Cage makes this show a worthy sequel to their shows. And Sigourney Weaver was a great villain, and seemingly better at martial arts than Finn Jones!

The 8 episode series really cruises along, especially once the 4 defenders get together in Episode 3. Honestly the 8 episode format seems better than the normal 13 episode which caused some drag in the middle of the other series.

And this was shot before all the bad press for Iron Fist came out, so they were already planning on having Iron Fist be his annoying and incompetent. I just don’t get it.

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Iron Fist by Scott Buck, 2017

Wow, what the hell happened here. I mean I have been pretty impressed by what Marvel and Netflix have been doing with their Marvel series. With great writing and characters, even if they tended to get bogged down in their 13 episode runs, but this is something else entirely. And that something else is just not good at all.

And of course the character had something to do with it, a white martial artist character created in the 70’s during the black exploitation was always going to be a little controversial, but casting an Asian character who was good would have lifted this to a different level and solved so many of the shows problems. How could they think that casting a white actor with obviously no martial arts experience would be any better? It is really bad Daniel Woo has Into the Badlands because he would have been awesome here where Finn Jones just ins’t. He is awful throughout. Not only can he not fight, but he can’t act, and the character is written as a winy bitch and complete moron which makes it even worse. And what is up with his glowy hand power that never seems to work when he needs it? Did they ever read the comic? Yes he plunged his fist into the molten heart of a dragon and got the power of iron fist, but it is not just a a glowy fist, but the power to concentrate his chiĀ  to resist pain and injury.

And sure Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing is a highlight of the show, but her characters arc is stupid and insulting throughout, which also brings the story down. And just to have a martial artist with her own dojo taking martial arts advice from Danny Rand (the Iron Fist played by Finn Jones) is so incredibly insulting.

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Luke Cage by Cheo Hodari Coker, 2016

Another enjoyable Netflix Marvel series, lifted by the fact that Mike Colter is awesome as Luke Cage, and Rosario Dawson is always great, though the 13 episodes do drag a bit, and then come to an abrupt ending. Still it is quite worth watching and looks great. Not as good as Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but so much better than Iron fist!

And with a great cast, Simone Missick as Misty Knight is great, as is Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard or Black Mariah as she is known in the comics. Still the worst part is the last minute addition of Erik LaRay Harvery as Willis “Diamonback” Stryker who seems like a late addition as he wasn’t even hinted at early in the series, and then ends up as the Villain in the end.

And I have to admit I got a thrill from the flashback where we basically see the comic book yellow outfit of Power Man (Luke Cage’s original name in the comic books) with his crown! Ha!

Another Marvel Netflix series that is well worth checking out.

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