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.

Series Review: Iron Fist – Season 1 (2017)

The Marvel/Netflix machine has returned to give us another show… so here we go!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Iron Fist”!

Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is a young man that has returned to New York after being gone for 15 years. But as Danny is trying to reconnect with his old friends he soon finds out that an ancient enemy is in New York. So he will have to use his martial arts skills and his mystical “Iron Fist” powers (which he gained during his 15-year long abscence) to try to stop his enemies. And as the plot unravels there are twists and turns throughout, some more obvious than others. And this plot is… fine. The biggest problem with the plot of “Iron Fist” is that it’s trying to be intriguing and deep, but it never reaches those heights. It doesn’t have the tense crime-drama of “Daredevil”, the intriguing detective story of “Jessica Jones”, or the socially relevant tales of “Luke Cage”. I wouldn’t really call the plot here bad, but it just never gripped or intrigued me like any of the previous three shows did. It has it’s moments, but overall it’s a pretty predictable plot.

The characters here are not very deep and not always the most interesting, but I at the same time didn’t hate them. Finn Jones is pretty good as Danny Rand. His performance can feel a little bland at times, but you can at least tell that he’s giving it his all (I blame any shortcomings on the writing). Jessica Henwick plays Colleen Wing, a young woman that Danny befriends in the show and she’s really good. She’s a believable badass. Tom Pelphrey plays Ward, an old friend of Danny’s who works at the company started by Danny and Ward’s parents, and while he is the typical asshole at first, he has a small arc in the show, and that was kind of nice. And Pelphrey gives a pretty good performance. Jessica Stroup plays Ward’s sister, Joy, and she’s good in her role. David Wenham (AKA disount Sean Bean) plays Harold, the father of Ward and Joy, and he does a pretty good job in the show. You can tell that he’s pretty shady and Wenham does a good job portraying that. We also get Rosario Dawson once again playing Claire Temple and she’s awesome as always… not much else I can say about her. Most actors in the cast do a good job.

The score for “Iron Fist” was composed by Trevor Morris and it was actually really solid. Sure, parts of it feature the typical electronic action beats one should expect from action movies/show scores (which I didn’t mind). But there us also a lot of synth used in the score which makes for a really awesome sound and actually elevates a good amount of scenes in the show.

This show was created by Scott Buck and directed by a whole bunch of people. And overall this is a fairly well directed show. Normal conversation scenes look fine, nothing special about them. Now, the fight scenes in this show are quite interesting. Because some of them are quite badass. You get a good look at the combatants and it looks good. Then there are a few scenes which are shot in that close up, quickly cut way which the “Bourne” sequels made so popular. However, the close up, quickly cut, shaky-cam scenes in this show are less “Bourne Ultimatum” and more “Alex Cross”… yeah, that’s not great. But there are still good fights in here too. I also want to mention that the “Iron Fist” effect (the glowy hand) looks pretty great… it’s a simple but cool visual effect.

This show has not been the most well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 18% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 37/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“Iron Fist” is a very hit-and-miss show, but overall it’s pretty good. It has an okay plot, okay characters, good performances, great music, and mostly good directing. However it is of course brought down by the plot being relatively weak, the characters not always being the most interesting, and a few of the fights being shaky shits. Time for my final score. *PUNCH!*. My final score for “Iron Fist” is a 7,88/10. So while it’s the weakest of the Marvel/Netflix shows, I’d still say that it’s worth a watch.

My review of “Iron Fist” is now completed.

Right… bring on “The Defenders”!

“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!

Finn Jones to play Marvel’s Iron Fist

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Hello to you, my friends from all over the globe! As you know, I rarely touch upon casting news for movies and shows, but this is one that I felt was kind of important because it’s one I’ve been waiting for.
It seems that Marvel and Netflix has cast actor Finn Jones in the role of Danny Rand in their upcoming show “Iron Fist”. As you know, this isn’t the first collaboration between Marvel and Netflix as they have previously given us the shows “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”. All of these shows were announced sort of as a quintuple feature with the previously mentioned “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” together with the upcoming “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” to lead up to the final one, “The Defenders”. And before Luke Cage gets his own show he got to take part for about seven episodes of “Jessica Jones” where he was played by actor Mike Colter. And now finally we have gotten the Immortal Weapoin cast. Finn Jones has previously been known for playing the character Loras Tyrell in HBO’s hit TV-series “Game of Thrones”. And now he will lend his talents to Marvel and Netflix in… “Iron Fist”.

Are you excited about this casting? I am more indifferent towards the casting of Jones but I am instead a lot more excited that we finally got Iron Fist cast.
Have a good one.