Written by: Mike Frans
Acclaimed for gritty realism and it’s choreography.
Acclaimed for it’s bold and complex storytelling.
Acclaimed for it’s authenticity and style.
They all come together for an Avengers-lite adventure, and they all bring their strengths (and weaknesses) with them.
Before I continue I’ll admit that I didn’t dislike IRON FIST as much as, well, everyone else did. I recognized the poor writing, poor action scenes, poor storytelling and in some cases poor acting – but I still had a bit of fun, “shrug”.
The Defenders remind me a lot of The Avengers in the sense that the hero-ebsemble is where it shines. Their first encounters, or in one case a reunion, are the highlight of the show to me. Even Iron Fist kind of “works” better in the sense that it’s acknowledged by all that he’s a bit of a doofus who packs a punch (sometimes).
Where it doesn’t shine, much like The Avengers movies, is the villains. None of the Hand villains ever really steal the show. They also seem way less intimidating/capable compared to what they’re built up to be. And none of the actors pull a Kingpin/Kilgrave/Cottonmouth where they force the viewer to pay attention to them. Electra’s cool but other than one big plot-twist she doesn’t really do THAT much. Neither do any of the Hand leadership.
It’s a fun show to watch, but not a great one. Due to the vague threat and lack of well written/menacing villains The Defenders never really get a chance to shine, instead it’s best parts are simply the banter and relationships between the heroes. Which is enough to make it a worthwhile watch, but perhaps not the greatest priority – if you haven’t seen the other shows, please do (Iron Fist you can speed through).
My rating of the MNU (Marvel Netflix Universe):
Jessica Jones 9/10
Luke Cage 8/10 (needed more Cottonmouth)
Daredevil 2 7.5/10
Iron Fist 5/10