The Defenders Review

The long anticipated wait for the Defenders was well worth it. Being able to see our favorite street level heroes team up was something worth witnessing. Now the Defenders was something that has been building up since DareDevil season one which debuted on April 10, 2015. Ending with Season one of Iron Fist that made it’s debut on March 17, 2017.

Personally I find myself looking forward more and more towards the Netflix marvel, because I love seeing such grounded heros that struggle with living dual lives. Seeing the struggle of balancing a healthy normal life and fighting crime at night is almost a work of art on it’s own. But one of the few things I enjoy to watch is witnessing them get beaten to near death, just because in a way it humanizes them and you can see there limits.

The show starts off with a strong start that’s impossible to hate. It picks off immediately where they all left off with Danny hunting the Hand getting no where, Mattew helping out the little people in law cases, Jessica dealing with the aftermath of what happened to her and KillGrave, and lastly Luke getting out of prison and continuing his life.

Netflix did another amazing job at humanizing them with Danny being haunted by his decision of leaving k’un lun and seeing his dead comrades, it really adds a whole new element on his character and how he views himself. Jessica being in denial with becoming a hero, Matt struggling not to put on his suit and protect his beloved city. It was one thing I personally enjoyed.

The way all of their stories intertwine is really natural and well done. With Iron Fist hunting down the Hand leading him directly to a kids that Cage was following,which leads to a fun little back way alley fight between the unbreakable man and the immortal Iron Fist. As well with Jessica being in illegal troubles out of nowhere Murdock comes out of nowhere to defend her as her lawyer. It all went smooth and was pleasing to see.

How they all decide to aline themselves to defeating the Hand was very Tony Stark With Rand convincing the rest of the team to unite. There are a lot of comedic parts of where the writers are self aware of how ridiculous it is to run around at night in a costume, or claim to fight a dragon to unlock your “Chi”. The chemistry of the cast is fantastic you can see a lot of moments of Danny and Luke getting along hinting at the “Heroes for Hire” story arc where the two of them charge money to do heroic duties.

To go further more with Luke there are plenty of moments where he acts like the ladies man he is. Lots of moments you can obviously tell he is not completely over Jessica, and she feels the exact same way about him. With her making a lot of sexual jokes with him, and not to mention the tension between the two of them. Almost in a way making a love triangle between Luke, Jessica, and Claire it’ll be interesting to see this unfold. Mainly because in the comics Jessica and Luke end up being together and having kids.

As well as Daredevil with being broken, with the aftermath of everything that has happened to him. Throughout the whole show he constantly keeps secrets from the team .He wants nothing to do with the rest of them, seeing him come around and trust them was great. As well him trying constantly trying to break through to Electra no matter the cost and refusing to let her go because of how much he loves her.

Jessica Jones perhaps had the full hero’s journey as opposed to everyone else. Denying everything and wanting nothing to do with the Hand, and the fight even though she knew what they can do. She’s not one to get along with people and team up seeing her being able to team up and get along was strange but nice to see.

Even seeing them all turn and fight each other was awesome, they all didn’t agree with each other throughout the show, it’ll even make you hate Iron Fist a little bit more as well. Mainly because he’s acting like a little brat. Which leads to him fighting all of the defenders that doesn’t end all that well for him. But I could see why due to his ties with k’un lun and his deep hate with the Hand.

The Hand was a fun villain. Because you get to view things from there side which doesn’t happen all that often, even showing off all the other members as well. One of the biggest shockers was to find out that Gao wasn’t the one in charge which is what we’ve been lead to believe this whole time. Seeing them in action in full force was new and exciting.

The ending left the possibilities endless now. Jessica went back to being a P.I. and with the announcement of KillGrave in season two, Luke going back to have his life, Danny protecting the city. Which might hint at him suiting up to be DareDevil like he does for a short time in the comics.Also with Misty and her missing arm will she end up getting her robotic arm? But most important with the Devil Of Hell’s Kitchen himself still being alive with a nun calling for his mother to see him, which raises more questions like did Gao, and Electra survive too?

The show was fun to watch and I give it a 9/10

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Microsoft will be officially publishing Playerunknown’s Battleground for Xbox

If you consider yourself a gamer I’m willing to say, that you’ve heard of the massive hit PlayersUnknown for the PC. This game has taken the internet by storm with 8 million copies sold since March! The indie shooter has been considered by many one of the best games to come out of 2017, with a growing player base.

 

If you haven’t heard or seen gameplay of it, it’s a simple game to understand. You can play with friends or go solo but you’re dropped off on a deserted island with 100 other players. The objective of the game is to be the last man or team standing while surviving a onslaught of the other players trying to kill you with weapons they’ve looted, or run you over with vehicles they’ve found. All while trying not to be murdered by your fellow players the map will close in forcing you to close in on other players, if you decide not to cooperate you’ll be killed by the game. In a nutshell that’s the game.

 

Since E3 Playersuknown or PUBG for short had made the announcement that it will be coming Xbox One as an exclusive, making a lot of gamers thrilled. As of right now PUBG has been solely on the PC and hasn’t been on any console.

 

The PlayerUnknown himself Brendan Greene has come out, and officially state that Microsoft Studios will be the official publisher for console So now his development team Korean Studio Bluehole have the full dispense of Microsoft at their use. So it’s no doubt that the game will strive to be better than ever now. So now with the full help of Microsoft it’s almost certain they will hit their expected release date of late 2017, and you can almost guarantee that it’ll be getting tripple A treatment since this is one of Microsoft’s biggest exclusives coming this fourth quarter. It’s still very unclear though if this will be coming out on playstation or not.

The Defenders Trailer Break Down

May 3rd Marvel dropped a pleasant surprise on all of us. It’s no secret that the Netflix division of Marvel has been building up for sometime now the Defenders with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They finally show us some tidbits of the actual defenders now.

Based off the first few seconds it seems like it’s going to mostly have a the darker tone that we’re used to seeing in Daredevil. From the camera angles to the usage of the song “Smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana.

It kickstarts with Jessica Jones in trouble with the law being integrated by Misty Knight who we’ve seen in Luke Cage season one. With out of the blue Matthew Murdock aka Daredevil coming in to defend her as her lawyer. It seems like the way all of our beloved heroes meet is going to be very natural and not forced at all.

On the other hand the way Danny Rand on Luke Cage cross paths is going to be solely on Claire Temple. Even though she is the one thing connecting all four of our heros directly she did play more of an emotional role to some more than others. With that said it doesn’t seem like those two first encounter is going to be all happy and thrilling.

The aftermath of Daredevil season two and Iron Fist season one are going to play a huge role in the Defenders, because of how heavily they deal with the hand. They even show off Stick who helped Daredevil take on the hand. From the looks of it he might play a role of a mentor or a teacher for them all. They even show Elektra looking as badass as usual.

But the trailer doesn’t confirm that the hand will be the major villain at all. It does tell us that they will be fighting a huge underground criminal syndicate, and whoever they are fighting is something that is much bigger than they are. The Netflix Marvel as a usual tone of being darker than it’s TV and Movies, and it seems to be the same with this one too. The Defenders will launch globally on August 18th, 2017.

Mother Mare: Up and Coming Artists from L.A.

Mother Mare is a dynamic duo that consists of two talented people Robyn Maya the lead singer and guitarist and Julio Quijano the back up singer, guitarist and mixer. These two lovely people here sing straight from their soul in hopes of tugging at your heart. So that way you could connect with there music just like they are.  The best way to describe their music is if M83& MGMT had a baby it would sound something like this.

For Julio here this isn’t his first time ever playing in a band or even being in a crowd he previously toured around LA with a band named Watch for Horses. They were even featured on KROQ “Locals only” section. So it’s important to add he has an idea of how to make it in the music industry.

One of the things that makes this band much different from the others to him is that, he has as much creative freedom as he wants he even stated”When I meet Robyn I realized that I’m going back to what I originally wanted to do”.

Seeing these two perform on stage is almost a show on its own without the music seeing them be so intuned with there music.You’d never guess that they’re just starting off. These two talented musicians crossed path at college while taking a music class together, and taking what knowledge they learned there and implanting it to there liking. But even before they decided to get a formal education when they were both children they loved to toy around with music and exposing themselves as much as they could.

Robyn on the hand always envisioned herself being solo. Working with someone else is a nice change of pace for her compared to working solo b/c, now she has a shoulder to lean on for creative help. She relies her the help of Julio as well to let know what she thinks would be good or not. Julio went on to say this about working with her “This is something really special and unique we have this chemistry”.

The kind of rock that they are is the type that you would. Put some headphones on and just drift away in. It’s relaxing and hearing this could just help you unwind after a stressful day. It helps you escape the realities of the world. When you listen to music you want to connect with yourself more. Most defiantly  Mother Mare will definitely help you do that.

It doesn’t take to much to know that they put a lot of emotions into there music. Just being there and seeing the rawness of it live gave me that connection to the music. Almost as if I understand completely how they felt. The way they present themselves while playing with an indie style that you don’t really get to see too often. While Robyn blows you away with an authentic voice.

The inspiration they got from there name Mother Mare comes from all sorts of places. One being there obsession with space. With the word being the dark spots on the moon. They relate to more b/c they deem themselves to be night people as well. As well as the sea because of the flow of there music. Robyn stated “We resemble deep outer space and the deep ocean too.”

Much of the there inspiration is a kind of splurge of the moment kind of thing “Every song is a different process”. “It just kind of happens you don’t try to make it happen you just, play around with some things”. “It’s all very flowy” said by Robyn.

As of right now they have nothing lined up for the future show wise. But follow them to stay up-to-date on social media on Instagram/Twitter @MotherMareMusic

And soundcloud/spotify @MotherMare

Legion Renewed for a Second Season

Did you really have any doubt this would happen? Fans of the show more than likely saw this coming from a mile away.  It’s become without a doubt one of FX most successful shows.

In the ratings and with the critics this show is loved. With such a strong fanbase almost mirroring what HBO did for West World late last year. Similarly both of the two shows rely heavily on fan theories and complex narrative that require all of your attention. However Legion has a rich history of lore that can be digged up by picking up and reading one of its comics. The show follows a mutant by the name of David Haller who’s the son of Professor Xavier the leader of the X-Men, and how David is lead to believe he has schizophrenia. But soon realizes the voices in his head our powers and he must learn to channel them. It’s also important to add that this is the first show that Fox and Marvel have teamed up in.

Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television said in a statement that he is proud of where the show is headed.  As well as what Marvel and FX have accomplished. This isn’t the only show that Marvel and Fox have teamed up on, there working on another one directly connected with the X-Men universe as well. It follows the story of a parent and two young mutants on the run from an dangerous government with intentions to harm them.

One of the main problems that Legion tends to have is the editing for the story. Many people throughout the show many people find themselves confused on the pacing of it. Noah Hawley is being accused of of sacrificing substance for style. But he has confirmed that the plot will be better understood by the end of the season.

Legion airs every wednesday nights at 10 p.m

Thors new look in Ragnarok

It’s no secret that the director of the new Thor movie Taika Waititi is taking the prince of Asgard in a new direction. With the third installment to his franchise it’s time to make some serious changes. Just like it’s predecessors Iron man 3 with destroying his suits. Or Captain America with its civil war. Well Thor got just that a huge change no one saw coming a haircut!

Chris Hemsworth told Entertainment Weekly”It’s nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,”. Which is a clear jab at wearing his wig all the time. He then went on to say”It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”. Many people have made the connection to him having short hair to the comic series “The Unworthy Thor”. In which Odin deems him unworthy and must prove himself once again to wield the hammer of Thor.

Thor wasn’t the only one who seemed to get the spotlight Jeff Goldblum character as the Grandmaster images were released too. To those who do not know who the Grandmaster is he’s considered one of the oldest living beings in the Marvel universe. He strives on making playing games and travels to known universes and studies them. Once he has studied them well enough he forms his own tournaments and other games, he forces them play with extremely high stakes.
Other news that is confirmed for Ragnarok is Mark Ruffalo will return as the Hulk. As well as Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Thor Ragnarok is set to be released on November 13th 2017.

DCEU is relying heavily on flashbacks/forwards

The DCEU short for the DC Extended Universe has came out and said, it’s going to rely heavily on flashbacks and flashforwards in there upcoming films. Charles Roven the producer of Wonder Woman. In hopes to make the rest of the Justice League stories in check for Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. So that way there next big project will make sense.

Roven stated “For example, the Justice League movie will take place in a universe that’s post Batman V Superman, just like Batman V Superman takes place post-Man of Steel,’. So for the remainder of the Justice League their individual movies will take place post JL. Just like every movie verse whatever happens in Justice League will affect these characters in there solo films. To fill in the gaps of what happened in between those movies they’re going to use lots of flashbacks/forward so it could all make sense. But this won’t be the main formula for the DCEU.

As of right now we know next to nothing on what will happen in Justice League. Or how this will even cross of to the other members films. But what is certain that all three of these characters will finally make a debut in Justice League on Nov. 17th. As well as Wonder Woman on the 2nd of June.