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