Netflix’s The Defenders came out a week ago and I just finished watching it, so what better thing to do than share with you my thoughts.
If you’re unfamiliar with this – Netflix and Marvel have collaborated several times now, creating a total of five TV shows, The Defenders being the newest to come out. The timeline of the shows goes like this: Daredevil (Season 1), Jessica Jones (Season 1), Daredevil (Season 2), Luke Cage (Season 1), Iron Fist (Season 1), and now The Defenders. Next to come out is The Punisher. To understand well what happens in The Defenders, I recommend you watch the other shows first.
I was really looking forward to this show because I quite enjoyed the others (even though I had a difficult time watching Daredevil Season 2 and it took me about a year to catch up). I am really unfamiliar with the things that happen to these characters in the comic books but I love watching them on screen and seeing their interactions. In my opinion, the timeline is really well executed and structured and you could easily follow the plots if you watch the shows in the correct order.
I must admit, the trailer for The Defenders really hyped me up. I am a sucker for crossovers and I live my best life fangirling over crossovers and well executed stories.
Overall, the story told in Season 1 of The Defenders was okay, they fought a common enemy, they brought in all the secondary characters and they actually interacted well (I’m talking about Karen, Foggy, Misty, Coleen, Trish, Malcolm and Hoggarth). The villains also grouped together as they are all part of the same organization and that was also pretty interesting to see.
I liked all the episodes up until the 8th and final one, and I didn’t like episode 8 because I thought that that story could have been executed better and if that had happened we would have had more thrill and we would want more answers. Personally, I like it when an episode leaves something unanswered that will keep my attention and leave me wanting more from the next one. The reason the final episode of the season was a real let down for me because it felt rushed and not really thought out. Yes, the heroes wanted to get rid of the villains but I still think something is lacking and the plot hole left by the last few minutes is just confusing and I hope it is explained better along the way in the next shows.
On the bright side, we get plenty of female interaction screen time – Karen and Trish talk, Misty and Collen talk, Misty and Claire talk like they are old pals, and we even get Claire and Colleen friendship screen time. I also liked that they explored further the influence that the Hand and Bakuto have had on Colleen and she showed that badass ladies can be vulnerable too without taking away completely their power.
I give the show 3.5/5 star rating because the let down of the finale. I recommend watching it if you’re interested but definitely follow the timeline because otherwise it might get a bit too confusing.
Did you watch The Defenders and what did you think of it? Are you going to watch The Punisher?
Credit for the image goes to Entertainment Weekly and Netflix