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.

“Defenders” trailer!!!

What the fuck is this, trailer day? *Checks to see if Comic Con is going on* Nope, no comic con… there’s jsut a bunch of trailer being released today… sweet.

So we have our first real trailer for “The Defenders”, the next Marvel/Netflix show. We’ve had two teasers before this, but none of them showing any actual footage. But here we have a good look at what’s to come. So what’s this all about then? Well, it’s about Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) teaming up to fight some bad dudes. And it seems like the main bad guys will be Elektra (Elodie Yung) and a mysterious woman named Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). All set to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. So what do I think about this? Holy shit, I am fucking excited! This looks like so much fun. Seeing these characters team up to kick some ass… YEAH! Also, it’s quite refreshing to get a fun/good trailer like this after that disappointingly bad “Dark Tower” trailer. So yeah, I am really excited about this show. All 8 episodes of “The Defenders” is set to be released on August 18th, only on Netflix.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited about “The Defenders”? And what’s your favorite of the four Marvel/Netflix shows that came before it? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“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.