I did not, as intended, binge watch The Defenders when it was released. I was in the middle of an “internet fast” when it premiered. D’oh! I’d been looking forward to this show since it was first rumored to be happening and holding a mental countdown in my head once the date was announced because I’m a huge fan of (almost) all the original series.
Let’s get the “almost” bit out of the way.
I know it’s an unpopular viewpoint, but I liked Iron Fist. Danny’s adorable and generally clueless and sometimes that’s fun in a superhero. (Plus, Colleen is awesome and we wouldn’t have gotten her without the show.) I had no problem with the character as written or acted. If someone grows up the way he did, the social cues of western society will be completely missed when they get dropped into the middle of it. My only issue with the writing of Danny as a character is the occasional self-righteous outburst that makes me cringe. I didn’t read any of the Iron Fist comics growing up, so I don’t know how they compare on that (or any) front. All of that being said, Iron Fist wasn’t my favorite of the original Netflix Marvel series but I certainly don’t hate it the way everyone else seems to do.
The Defenders as a series in its own right was excellent. Once I got over the eye-rolling that it was All About Danny, I settled in to enjoy some great writing, acting, and direction. (I did have to mute a Danny scene, he was just too self-righteous to stand at the time, but just the once. You’ll know it when you get there.) There aren’t any big surprises in this one, which was a bit disappointing, but the story was perfect for all the characters involved and used everyone to the fullest, even supportive ones like Misty, Colleen, and Claire. I was glad to see all three of them given more screen time, especially Misty.
Sigourney Weaver was perfect, as always. She makes the best bad guy.
A side note about the writing, since that is my focus. I really enjoyed how they not only had the story arcs within the individual scenes, but also the season itself. It was super smart writing, with the action and tension continually building, but enough humor to offset it in just the right places. And here I will say, Jessica got the best lines! I was seriously dying with laughter a couple of times.
If you haven’t been paying attention, this series is not for the kiddies under 14. It’s not nearly as dark as Jessica Jones, but it is chock full o’violence and drinking and bad language and a singular sex scene.
If you haven’t seen it yet, see it ASAP! I’m not worried about getting a season two, Netflix usually does at least that, but I am worried about after that. I haven’t really heard anything one way or the other about how the series did in comparison to the other Marvel series.
(And in case you’re interested, Luke Cage was my favorite of the series. Yeah. Surprised me, too, since I’ve been a Daredevil fan from forever.)