*~OBVIOUSLY THERE’S SPOILERS!!!~*
This is so 2000 and late, but I honestly don’t care. I’m kinda a nerd for Marvel. This past year, I have binge watched Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage (sorry Iron Fist). Last Halloween, my boyfriend and I were Daredevil and Elektra.
I love all the Netflix Marvel shows for different reasons, but one reason is that they all intertwine. Now they finally did a show together. Another big factor for me is that they keep the aesthetic of each show; Daredevil being the crimson red, Jessica Jones being the dark purple, Luke Cage with the vibrant orange, and lastly, the dark green for Iron Fist. The Defenders starts off a couple months after each show first season (Daredevil’s second season). The first episode was a great intro to what has been happening in Hell’s Kitchen. To be honest, the way the scenes change to each aesthetics keep changing made me think about the intro to Last Airbender (“… between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked.”). All jokes aside, it’s actually like that. It gave it a very Quentin Tarantino vibe. The first episode ends with a gigantic earthquake.
In the second episode, we physically see the Defenders interact. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s worlds start to collide again with a missing person case involving explosives. Jessica Jones starts to fight with Elektra after Elektra kills the missing person. Iron Fist (Danny Rahd)’s main villain is the Hand. While trying to find out where the Hand is, Iron Fist interacts/fights with Luke Cage. Since Jessica was witness tampering, she goes under investigation. Daredevil (also known as Matt Murdock) comes into the investigation room and becomes Jessica’s lawyer.
In episode three, we see how Elektra (who died in Daredevil season 2) becomes revived by the Hand to become the Black Sky. My favorite non-superhero character, Claire, shows how she is truly amazing. She gets Luke and Iron Fist together to talk about their powers and their villains. Luke Cage talks about injustice once again. He explains to Iron Fist that before he even had powers, he still was powerful because of his white privilege. I was so extremely happy that Luke did that because injustice is what he is fighting for and that includes injustice of race. They all end up in Midland Circle to find and defeat Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver), the Hand, and The Black Sky. The scene is completely badass with fighting in one single hallway. This episode is where the plot starts moving forward. There’s a lot more to talk about in this episode than the first two since they were just the exposition. Now, we are at the rising action.
The start of episode four begins with the Defenders recapping what just happened and who the Hand are. Though, I’m not a huge fan of Danny/Iron Fist, I loved the fact he decided eating during this discussion (something I would probably do). Stick (Daredevil’s trainer) comes in to tell the Defenders about the big war that will occur. Jessica Jones does what she does best and that’s leaving the situation. Stick explains how the Hand, actually has five “Fingers,” who are the leaders. Alexandra comes to talk to Stick, Daredevil, Luke, and Danny by warning them more than just an earthquake is coming. The Black Sky comes in to fight only to get hit by a car Jessica threw. The episode concludes as the Defenders are officially together to fight the Black Sky. Thanks to this episode, I know a great way to respond:
Episode 5 picks up right where episode 4 ended with a massive fight with Black Sky and members of the Hand. Daredevil confronts Black Sky to see if she remembered him and her previous passing. While fighting, Luke grabs one of the guys from the Hand and captures him. The captured tells the Defenders that the Hand will go after loved ones. The Defenders make sure the ones they care about get shelter. My favorite part of this episode is when all the secondary characters are in the police station wondering why the other needs to me protected. I love all the secondary characters (says a lot because I have a love/hate relationship about Karen). They really give the superheroes dimension. The “Fingers” start to argue and begin separating from Alexandra. The episode ends with The Black Sky breaking into Daredevil’s apartment and lays on his bed tries to remember her past life.
Episode six was emotional. Danny/Fist starts to give up, but Daredevil tries to persuade him not to. Danny then proceeds to fight Daredevil; providing to me he’s just a whiny white boy (sorry not sorry). Thank god for Jessica Jones punching the lights out of Danny to stop the fight. Fist and Luke have a heart to heart while Fist is being handcuffed to a chair. Stick decides to take matters in his own hand and try to kill Fist. Before he can do it, the Black Sky appears. The Black Sky and Stick fight and she kills Stick; that moment made me sad. It made it extremely sad when she recognized Daredevil, but still had to fight him. The Black Sky ends up knocking all of the Defenders out and takes Danny to Alexandra. The Black Sky turns back into Elektra and kills Alexandra to become the new leader of the Hand. I would say this episode is definitely the start of the climax.
The seventh episode opens up with a flashback of Stick and Elektra talking about the Chaste (the good guys versing the Hand). All the Defenders ended up in the Harlem NYPD investigation rooms. The Defenders escape to try to get to the special underground part of Midland Circle. The best scene is Luke, Daredevil, and Jessica on the subway and Jessica steal a beer and chugging it (#573 why I relate to Jessica). Jessica, Luke, and Daredevil arrive at Midland Circle to fight the last remaining “Fingers” of the Hand. TWO EPIC FIGHT SCENES (Marvel does a great job with them). Colleen joins in for the fight. Fist accidentally hits the ancient wall and the power goes off city wide. The episode ends with Fist being deep underground.
Here we are folks, the final episode. The Defenders are on their way to save Fist while Colleen and Claire try to get the explosive ready to blow up the building. THERES JUST SO MUCH FIGHTING AND A CRAZY PANORAMA SHOT!! In the process of fighting Colleen’s sensei, Misty comes and tries to fight him. Misty ends up losing an arm and Colleen kills the sensei. Luke, Jessica and Fist go in the elevator to try to make it out before the building collapses. Daredevil discusses/fights with Elektra as the building crumples. Everyone in the Harlem NYPD building is getting reunited with their beloved superheroes except for Karen and Foggy. Everyone tries to go back to their normal routines, but can’t shake off that Daredevil is gone. The last scene is Daredevil starts to wake up in a covenant (aka SEASON THREE OF DAREDEVIL WHERE ARE YOU I NEED YOU NOW).
I really enjoyed Sigourney Weaver’s performance. The way she made the character stoic, gave it more of an eerie vibe. Since we, as humans, associate someone slowly passing away from cancer as kind, Alexandra is certainly not.
My expectations were high, but for the right reasons. The show didn’t disappoint at all. With the show being eight episodes instead of the normal thirteen each individual superhero gets, the pacing was much faster. I, personally, liked it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the thirteen episodes, but it can be a slow start for me understanding and liking the season/series. One thing I was confused on is I thought Punisher was part of the Defenders and wasn’t in it at all. I’m assuming it’s because he has his own show coming sometime in November. (I’ll probably talk about the badassery that is Punisher/Frank once the show comes).
The Defenders Drinking Game: A fun way to watch the series!
TAKE A SHOT
-Every time Danny/Iron Fist says he is the immortal Iron Fist (bonus shot if any of the other Defenders make fun of his name or his fist)
-Every time a secondary character from a superhero’s series is on (Foggy or Karen for Daredevil, Trish or Malcolm for Jessica, Misty Knight for Luke Cage, and Colleen for Iron Fist)
-Every time someone says Black Sky
-Every time Stick is on
-Every time Claire is on (bonus shot if she mentions a superhero that isn’t Luke)
-Every time the Hand is mention (just kidding! You would get alcohol poisoning and I don’t want that)
-CHUG when Jessica is drink (so she isn’t alone)