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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And it is admittedly fun to see Luke Cage and Jessica Jones making fun of Iron Fist and his mystical origins, but it doesn’t help the fact that he is such a useless character. Right from the start to the end! When it turns out that the Hand needs Iron Fist to break the seal underground from their building, as only an Iron Fist can he starts throwing his glowy fist around until he hits the wall and breaks the seal. Really? He is that dumb? WTF! And so he helps the Hand get the substance from the dragon bones that helps resurrect people and keep the hand alive! What a moron!
A high point is the return of Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) first as Alexandra’s (Sigourney Weaver) weapon, but then when she gets her memories back and kills Alexandra and takes over the hand it is powerful, especially because of Matt Murdock’s love for her.
It was great to bring these 4 heroes (well at least 3 of them) together and people from their shows as well to really unify the Netflix universe, though I did find the different colors for each character a bit of a distraction. I know their own shows each had it’s own look, but it looks really weird when cutting from one to another.
I look foward to the return of Dareveil, especially since the ending of this with everything thinking he is dead, and a Nun named Maria with him (who is his mother in the comics). And could be leading into Born Again, the single biggest and best story of Darevil when his identity is revealed to the Kingpin by Karen Page who has become a junkie and his life is ruined, and hells Kitchen ends up in burning as he battles Nuke over the city.
And also Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, though even a new show runner won’t help Iron Fist. And why did they let Scott Buck move from Iron Fist to the Inhumans which from the sounds of it is also an abject failure.