Four of Marvel’s biggest heroes are each working individually but have one common goal in mind — to save New York City. Burdened with their own personal challenges, Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) realize that they likely won’t be able to accomplish their goals working solo. That realization leads them to team up and form The Defenders, a supergroup that is more equipped to save the Big Apple than the heroes would be if they continued to work on their own.
Title: The Defenders – The H Word
Rating: three stars
I don’t know why I picked the meme with the leopard holding its tail but it spoke to me. Anyway, I know that Marvel, when it comes to its TV shows, likes to move a little slow. And I didn’t expect them all to team up in the first episode because that would just feel too unrealistic.
However, something still needs to happen in the first episode to rope viewers in. The only thing of interest was the earthquake at the end, but by that time I was disinterested.
Mathew (Daredevil) Murdock: Dude, I just want to start off by saying you are a badass. Daredevil’s show was one of the two shows that were good in this series. We don’t see much of the characters in the first episode but we still get somewhat of a sense of what is going on with them. Mathew isn’t dressing up as Daredevil anymore and he says he doesn’t miss it when Karen asks, but then he confesses to his priest that he does miss it. At the end of the episode when the earthquake is happening, the last shot of Mathew is him listening to everything that’s happening around him. All of the people scared and in need of help. I don’t think it’s going to take much to get him back in that suit.
Jessica (you drink too much) Jones: After everything that happened with Kilgrave, I’m not surprised that Jessica doesn’t want to take on any more cases and that she just wants to be left alone. That being said, she’s also very stubborn and doesn’t like being told what to do (understandable), so when someone calls her telling her not to take a case, she finds the guy to yell at him. Unfortunately, the only thing in his apartment is a bunch of explosive materials. We don’t get a hint of how Jessica will handle the whole situation with the Hand, whether she’ll want to fight them or not.
Luke (two dimensional) Cage: There was one major reason I didn’t like his show: we didn’t know anything about him. Sure we were told of his past and everything, but we don’t know anything about him personally. He appears to be the cardboard cut out of a superhero. He has powers but doesn’t want to use them, then someone he loves dies and he goes after the person who killed them. Plain and simple, now he’s acting like being a hero was all he ever wanted all along. I just don’t know anything about the guy and can’t relate to him.
Danny (Iron Fist) Rand: This guy’s show wasn’t too great either. The first few episodes didn’t even have anything to do with him being the Iron Fist and felt more like a normal universe where a guy who was presumed dead comes back home. I might’ve been more impressed if Arrow didn’t already do this in a much better way. Anyway, I already know this guy is going to be committed to stopping the Hand, the only question is how he’s going to react to the other heroes.
Alright, so we have our heroes and our villain, the only question is where will the show take us. My guess is nowhere good. Because of the quality of the last two shows, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, my hopes for the Defenders aren’t very high. But I guess that’s good. If it sucks, I won’t be let down and if it’s amazing then woohoo!
I basically only have one complaint, it was slow paced. Then again, I’m a very fast paced person so maybe it was normal paced and I missed it. Either way, it’s only the first episode and it wasn’t that bad. I will continue watching with an open mind and get back to you later.
Recommendation… I guess if you really like superheroes? I feel like I need more information about this one.