I’ve been both looking forward to and dreading this series. Netflix’ Marvel series have been a mixed bag so far. The first season of Daredevil was amazing, the second a little less so. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were problematic at best. Iron Fist, while most disagree, I thought it was passable. So getting these four characters together could have been really great or really awful and I had no idea what we’d get. So keep going and I’ll reveal what I thought of this 8-episode “mini-series” event.You know something? It wasn’t all that bad. Now it wasn’t up to first season Daredevil standards, but if I had to pick where in the scheme of things I placed it, it would be right around Daredevil season 2 and maybe a little better than Iron Fist. So it was average as the Netflix offerings go, but certainly a lot better than it could have been.
It wasn’t perfect by any means and there were a couple of places that I cringed, specifically having to do with the first interaction between Luke Cage and Danny Rand and, let’s be honest, most of Danny Rand’s performances. But let’s deal with Luke Cage first. One of the things that I really, really hated about his series is how racist and regressive it was. It just made black people look really bad. So I was worried if that might continue, but for the most part it didn’t, except for that one scene. Luke Cage started complaining about Danny’s “privilege” and all that crap and honestly, I see enough of that online from the regressive left, I don’t need it in my TV. Luckily, after that, he toned down and I don’t really remember having any issues thereafter.
Danny Rand, however, is another case. See, back in his own series, I sort of defended him as a kid, having the skills of the Iron Fist, but not really the maturity to go along with it. That was absurdly the case here, where he spent a lot of time flying off the handle, rushing into harm’s way, making really stupid mistakes, etc. It was the result of really lazy scripting, especially the fight between him and Elektra, where my wife and I both called that he was going to do something stupid and she was going to use his stupidity to open the magical gate. Right on cue, he did. I hate when they have to write characters stupidly because they don’t know how to get things done otherwise. It’s a common TV trope and I detest it everywhere it’s used.
It’s kind of a shame though, I thought it would have been perfect when they were having the moral discussion over blowing up the building, I figured they should have gotten on the phone to Punisher, Frank Castle would have no problem whatsoever setting those charges. A bit of a missed opportunity if you ask me, just for a cameo.
And yes, I do want a Misty Knight series, especially now that she’s lost her arm. Call in Tony Stark, get Robert Downey Jr. to do a quick cameo, and give her a show of her own. Simone Missick once again knocked it so far out of the park that you couldn’t see it with a telescope. New series. Now!
This is really the first Netflix Marvel show since the first season of Daredevil that I burned through in a couple of days. The rest, I took my time on, and for some like Luke Cage, I purposely put off as long as I could, watching episodes only when I had absolutely nothing else to do. But here, we did it in 3 days, it would have been 2 but we started late on the second night and had to leave the last episode for the third. As I said, it wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough that we wanted to keep going and that’s saying a lot for far too many shows these days.
If you liked the previous Netflix shows, you’re not going to go wrong with The Defenders. If you didn’t, then you probably won’t want to sit through this. It had some strong moments and some bad writing problems, but overall, I think it was worth the time. Let me know if you agree.