Series Review: The Defenders – Season 1 (2017)

At long last, it is here. The culmination of all the Marvel/Netflix shows. It’s a really exciting time to be alive. Four characters from four different shows (three great, one meh), coming together for one big event. Let’s get into it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Defenders” season 1!

When something threatens to destroy New York City, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) have to team up to try to stop this great threat. And from that we get a superhero plot filled with twists, turns, and drama. And I’d say that it’s quite the enjoyable plot. Sure, at times in certain episodes the pacing can drag a little bit, but for the most part it moves at a good pace and it’s just a fun plot to follow. Seeing these heroes we’ve come to know and (mostly) love band together to fight a common threat is just really exciting. And overall it is a solid plot, with a couple of (minor) pacing issues.

The characters here are fun, cool, interesting, and quite entertaining. And most of the characters get some really solid development throughout. Charlie Cox once again plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil, and once again he’s great in the role, giving us the blind(ish) catholic badass that we’ve gotten to know. Krysten Ritter once again plays Jessica Jones, the drunken, cynical bitch who has a heart hidden somewhere behind all the whiskey and trauma. And once again she’s great in the role. Mike Colter once again plays Luke Cage, the bulletproof badass with a heart of gold. He’s charming, he’s likable, and Colter is once again great in the role. Finn Jones once again plays Danny Rand/Iron Fist, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of him in his solo show. As a matter of fact, he kind of annoyed me. But here something happened… he’s fun, he’s interesting, and he’s not the worst thing ever. Sure, at times he has some of those whiny moments that can get on one’s nerves, but he’s much more likable/tolerable here than in his own show. And Jones is good in the role. Rosario Dawson once again plays Claire Temple, the Nick Fury of the Netflix shows. And once again she’s fun and cool. And Dawson is great in the role… she’s Rosario Awesome. Jessica Henwick from “Iron Fist” reprises her role as Colleen Wing in this, the interesting and badass love interest of Danny Rand. And once again she’s really good in the role. Elden Henson and Deborah Ann Woll reprises their roles as Foggy Nelson and Karen Page from “Daredevil” here, and while they don’t have the biggest roles in the show, they’re present, and they’re good in their roles. Simone Missick once again plays Misty Knight, her tough cop character from “Luke Cage”, and once again she’s really good in the role. Rachael Taylor once again plays Trish, Jessica’s best friend, and once again she’s great in the role. Wai Ching Ho once again plays Madame Gao, the mysterious lady from “Daredevil” and “Iron Fist”, and once again she’s great. Also, spoiler for “Daredevil” season 2 coming up here, but this is a character important to this show, so I have to mention her… sorry. Elodie Yung plays Elektra, the dead ex-girlfriend of Matt Murdock. But she’s back here, and she’s tough and interesting (more so than in “Daredevil”) and Yung is great in the role. Now, for the newcomer. We get Sigourney Weaver (oh hell yes!) here as Alexandra, the primary antagonist of this show. She’s interesting and I found myself caring about her. And as expected, Weaver is great in the role. Then we get plenty of supporting characters/performances throughout, and they all range from good to great.

The score for the show was composed by John Paesano, the man who handled the music for “Daredevil”. And once again he has succeeded in a score that works very well for the show. It’s big, epic, cool, dramatic, and even at times beautiful. It’s just overall great. There were also a couple of licensed tracks throughout and they were used well. This show has good music.

The show was created by Douglas Petrie & Marco Ramirez, and written/directed by a whole bunch of different people (and don’t get me started on all the producers). And overall this show is quite well crafted in terms of directing and such. The show looks good and feels tight in it’s directing. The action scenes too are quite fun. They’re well choreographed, and you get a clear sense of what is going on in each action scene. It’s just fun seeing all of these guys kick some ass… even Iron Fist. One little detail that I too liked that was noticeable in transitions and the opening credits is that each character gets a specific color to represent them in those situations. I won’t go through each of them as you’ll quickly pick up on them yourself. Just thought I’d quickly mention it.

This show just came out but has so far been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 63/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,0/10. (Keep in mind, these scores can and will change over time, but I will not edit this damn post for that, all these scores are at the time of writing).

Season 1 of “The Defenders” is one hell of an entertaining show. It has a really good plot, great characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. The only flaw I have with it is that in a couple moments throughout the pacing drags a little, but it’s not too deal-breaking for me. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Defenders” season 1 is a 9,32/10. While mildly flawed, you should definitely watch it!

My review of “The Defenders” season 1 is now completed.

It looks unclear right now, but let’s face it… there will be a season 2 at some point.

“The Defenders” – SDCC Teaser Trailer

Howdy, guys and gals of the internets! Why am I seeming a lot dumber than usual? Well that is because I am super excited about this little thing we very recently got. And if you didn’t read the title, we got, straight out of San Diego Comic Con, a teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix show “The Defenders”. So let’s talk about it.

Before we talk about the teaser itself, let’s quickly talk about what “The Defenders” is… for those who don’t already know. “The Defenders” is a team comprising of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones), all of whom already have, or will have their own Netflix shows. You good, all caught up? Nice, let’s talk teasers! So this doesn’t really tell us anything about the plot itself or who the villain might be… but it is still some exciting stuff. Basically we have a sort of wall covered in bits of newspapers and notes, all of which covers an aspect of this team. And in the end we see all of it spelling out the word “defend”. At the end we also get a voice chastizing the team, the voice soundling like the character of Stick (Scott Glenn) who popped up in both seasons of “Daredevil”. All of this set to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” (Sidenote: Awesome song). Yes, there isn’t much plot revealed here, but maybe that’s for the better. Besides, it’s just a teaser, not a straigh up trailer. Anyhow, I am super excited to see “The Defenders”.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to this show? Are you a fan of the previous two Netflix/Marvel shows? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the teaser!

Series Review: Daredevil – Season 2 (2016)

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As some of you might know, I reviewed the first season of this show almost a year ago and absolutely loved it. So I was of course really excited when it was announced that the show (unsurprisingly) was getting a second season. And now it is finally here and ready to be reviewed. Just to warn you, there will be a few spoilers for season 1 in the process, but I will try to be as spoiler-free as possible, given that some of you may not have seen this season or season 1.

Ladies and gents… “Daredevil” season 2.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is back, still operating as the costumed vigilante called Daredevil (Or “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”, whichever you prefer). Everything seems to have calmed down after the whole Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio from season 1) ordeal a while ago. But then shit starts to occur again when a new vigilante by the name of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) starts showing up and mowing down a whole buncho f street gangs. So it’s up to Daredevil to stop Castle while also dealing with his ex-girlfriend Elektra (Elodie Yung) showing up, asking for his help with some… stuff. Look, I know that having too many charcters within a plot can go south really quickly (*Cough* “Amazing Spider-Man 2” *Cough*), but I feel like they actually managed to balance it out pretty well with the two new characters. Both get a good amount of time in the story and both add a good amount of drama too it, while still not sacrificing any of the drama added between Matt and his friends Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). The dramatic tension of it all works fine while also adding new stuff to the plot that works perfectly. Yeah… I liked it a lot.

The characters of the show are still really interesting, very well realized and perfectly integrated into this world. Charlie Cox is still fantastic as Matt Murdock, even being able to give a performance that is even better than in the first season. Elden Henson is still great as Foggy and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen gets a lot more to do and she also gets a lot more depth to her character. Now how are the new guys doing in this show? Well, Jon Bernthal is absolutely fantastic as Frank Castle/Punisher, giving a multi-layered performance that stays true to the original comic book character while also adding something new to it. And Elodie Yung is great as Elektra, a femme fatale that still shows that she’s a good character and not just a sexy/devious woman. We also get a few more great supporting characters/performances which I will not go into because you might want to experience them for yourselves…

Like in season 1, the score was composed by John Paesano who once again succeeded! The score for the show is intense, dramatic and just overall really great, perfectly fitting the show.

Who directed the show? A whole bunch of people, so I’m not even gonan mention them all here… you go look ’em up. What I at least can say here is that the show is very well directed, with the camera work being really good and the fight choreography being absolutely terrific. Seriously, there is a scene in the season that rivals the hallway fight from season 1. There are also a lot of interesting easter eggs and references to a lot of other Marvel stuff throughout the season, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

This season of the show has been received pretty well so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 68/100. And on imdb.com the show has a score of 8,8/10 and is ranked #63 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Daredevil” season 2 has a lot going for it. A really good plot, great acting & characters, terrific music, great directing & action and some fun little nods towards other Marvel things. Time for my final score. Jeff, gife me the damn thing before I *ahem* Punish you. My final score for “Daredevil” season 2 is a 9,96/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review for the second season of “Daredevil” is now completed.

One batch, two batch… penny and dime. 

Daredevil – Season 2 Trailer (Parts 1 and 2)

I swear, this is the final piece of Marvel stuff I’ll do today. But don’t worry, it’s worth it.

So this’ll be a small post on the two latest trailers for the second season of “Daredevil” the show which combined Marvel with Netflix to make something different. AS you might remember, I did review season 1 last year, and you might also remember me loving it to no end. Well now we have season two to look forward to.
So apparently the marketing people apparently decided to split up the trailer or whatever into two parts. And I have to say that it is a smart tactic. So let’s talk about them.

The first part mainly focuses on Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and how he is causing a lot of trouble in town, killing criminals. And then we get to see Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) try to stop him and they duke it out for a bit. We also see Matt dealing with a lot of guilt and the struggle he has trying to both have his normal worklife with his best friend foggy (Elden Henson). And it all looks really intense, dramatic and fucking awesome.

The second part picks up where the first one ended, but this time it focuses on Elektra (Elodie Young) and how she apprently needs Matt’s help. It also has the introduction of “The Hand”, a secret ninja clan or whatever. We also get a few more shots of Daredevil duking it out with Punisher. But overall, it focuses on Matt’s complicated relation ship with Elektra.

So I guess my question is this: Are you looking forward to season 2 of “Daredevil”? I know I am… more than most movies coming out this year.
Have a good one!

Part 1

Part 2

What’s to come in 2016

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How are you all doing on this day? If you’re not doing well then do something to feel/do better. Anyhow, I just wanted to come here and talk about what you might expect from me in the year that is dawning upon us. But before we get into that I just wanted to thank you all for an awesome year and hope 2016 will be just as good if not even better.

So first off I wanna mention that I will bring you a review of the first season of “Fargo” very soon. And while I haven’t seen the original Coen brothers movie I still feel confident in my decision to watch/review the show. It will also be pretty easy for me to review the seasons individually because of the show being an anthology series. You know, when every season focuses on different stories/characters within similar themes.

Relatively soon I will give you my list of my most anticipated movies of 2016 which is kind of difficult to make into a decently sized list. And by decently sized I mean not too long, not too short. I am struggling a lot with the list but I think it’ll all turn out well… hopefully.

In April you can expect me to give you a review of the second season of “Daredevil” which will be dropping then. Back in April of this year (yes, still 2015 for at least a few more hours here) I did in fact review season 1 which I absolutely fucking loved. And I am looking forward to seeing what they bring in season 2 when they introduce Elektra (Elodie Young) and The Punisher (Jon Bernthal).

Over the coming spring I will bring you reviews of all the “Bourne” movies leading up to the release of the fifth (and untitled) one in July. I can say this, I am a big fan of the series already but feel that it’s necessary to rewatch them all and see how they hold up. Yes, even the Jeremy Renner one, that one won’t get away from me. So that is something I am looking forward to.

Sometime in January will be this blog’s 2nd anniversary, so I will try to cook something fun up for that. Maybe you could leave some suggestions in the comments.

At some point during the year of 2016 I will attempt to start a podcast where I will talk about movies, music, games, TV, books and other things with friends and other people. I don’t know when I will be able to get that shit up and running, but at some point it will come. By the way, if you know any good (free/legal) computer programs to record skype calls with, that’d be great if you could mention it.

And that’s it really. Well, at least that I know for sure will happen on this blog in 2016. For everything else I will pretty much wing it. Got any suggestions for fun things I could do? Leave comment or something, I don’t know. Maybe tweet it @TheMarckoguy. You should follow me there in general if you didn’t do it already because there are important updates/teases there all the time. There is also stupid bullshit, but we all enjoy that kind of stuff. And now I will leave you here with Mr. Healey and his gang.

 

“Daredevil” renewed for second season!!!

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Hello people, I am once again in less than a week talking about this show. So let’s do it!

So Netflix and Marvel have renewed their recent show/collaboration “Daredevil” for another season. For fans of the show, such as myself, these are great news. For those of you who don’t know anything about the character of Daredevil (both as a show and the character in general), it is about lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) going out at night as a costumed vigilante… kind of like Batman. Difference is, he is blind, so he is technically mroe badass than Batman (Let the flame war begin!). But back to the news. Like I said, show gets renewed, yada yada yada, there is however one small catch. What is the catch I hear you ask, well I’ll tell you! The original showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will not be working on the show anymore. This is a little sad because when he was showrunner, the show was fucking amazing. But it seems like the second season will be run by Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez who did writing for the first season of the show. So it looks like the show might be in good hands. It can’t at least be as bad as when Glenn Mazzara was chosen as showrunner during season 2 of “The Walking Dead”. But I do think the show will still be great if it at least keeps the dark tone and excellent writing.

The second season of “Daredevil” will air some time in 2016 on Netflix. So let me ask you, are you as excited as me for season 2 of “Daredevil”? And what are your thoughts on the first season?

Have a good one!

Series Review: Daredevil – Season 1 (2015)

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When you think Marvel you don’t think dark and gritty, am I right? You think fun and adventurous, like “Avengers” or “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Sure, Marvel got a few R-rated movies such as “Blade” and “Punisher”, but they are never really referred to as the main players when it comes to Marvel properties. So we really never get the grit from Marvel that we might want. But now it seems like we have finally gotten it… in TV form. It looks like there are many curve-balls being thrown here. So let’s have a look at it and see if it is any good.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… “Daredevil”!

“Daredevil” is about Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who as a kid suffered a terrible accident involving a truck and some chemicals that made him blind. But this also enhanced his other senses like hearing and such. Skip ahead to about 20 years later and he has become a lawyer and have just started a law firm with his best friend Foggy (Elden Henson). What Foggy doesn’t know however is that Matt goes around at night as a costumed vigilante, beating up bad guys. And so the show is about Matt taking on the role of this vigilante to try to stop all the bad guys and to finally get to the ultimate boss of it all, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). We also get to know a lot from his childhood and how he comes to terms with his blindness and enhanced senses. And from that we get one of the most intriguing and interesting stories of any TV-show in recent years. Especially among the superhero TV-shows. This is a gritty show with all episodes containing some really great material. And I absolutely loved the story aspects of the show.

The characters are all interesting, compelling, well-written and greatly acted. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock is perfect, really bringing the whole “damaged, yet strong” aspect to life. Elden Henson plays Foggy with determination and brings the humor that the show needs. I am not saying that this show should be “Guardians of the Galaxy” in tone, I am just saying that the humor coming from the guy really helps the show. Deborah Ann Woll who plays their secretary and friend Karen Page is also really good. But by far, the best in this show has to be Vincent D’Onofrio. I mean, holy shit, his performance in the show is drop dead amazing. He plays the role of Wilson Fisk (Sidenote: Also known as “The Kingpin” in other things) so perfectly with all the ruthlessness the character is known for but also adding some humanity to really sell it perfectly. And I can thankfully say that there are no weak performances in this show. They are all great.

The score for the show was done by John Paesano (Must… resist… making… Italian… Joke). And the score for the show to me is fucking fantastic. There is intense music, there is thoughtful music, there is sad music, there is all kind of music in this show and it is all great. Going by regular orchestra (as most composers do), Paesano (Hnnnngggg…) makes a perfect score for the show that fits in every instance.

This show got a fair amount of action in it and it is all spectacular. You notice that Matt got some training in martial arts but that he is no Bruce Lee or even Bruce Wayne. He can handle his own in a fight but he still gets his ass kicked a fair amount. I can also mention that the fights in this show are brutal. There is blood, bruises and broken bones and you see it all… and I love it. The grittyness of it all really helps make the show hold it’s own. And the show overall is really well-directed/shot. It is all visually great. I also love all the constant nods and easter eggs to other Marvel things. If you keep close attention, you will notice them. And for those of you who are a little confused, yes this show ties in to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It is set some time after “The Avengers”. It’s interesting to see if it ties into the movies one day.

This show has gotten some pretty great reviews so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic the show has a score of 75/100. and on imdb.com it has a score of 9,3/10.

“Daredevil” is a dark, serious and gritty Marvel show with an intriguing plot, terrific performances, a great score, great writing, excellent direction/camera work, great action and a great feel. Time for the final score. Where is that damn guy, Jeff? *bang on door*. Jeff, where the hell have you been? What? Since when are you blind? Whatever, envelope! Thank you! My final score for “Daredevil” is a 9,97/10. This of course means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

My review of season 1 of “Daredevil” is done.

Dear Netflix, give us a second season.