With the first official post for Defenders being released, I thought I would share what I expect from it.
I’ll start by going over each of the individual shows that led into this, giving each show and character a separate rating.
The flagship show, and still the best one. Daredevil, the show, was an excellently-crafted work. The characters were well-rounded, the plot was strong, and the camerawork was spot-on. That may sound like a strangely specific piece of praise, but this show deserves it. In particular, one of the fight scenes early in the show, which takes place in a long hallway, and consists of one, unbroken shot. While the rest of the show never quite reaches that level, that shot earns it some brownie points. Daredevil, the character, is also a solid 9/10. He’s likable as Matt Murdock, attorney at law, and his backstory and motivations for becoming Daredevil make sense.
Jessica Jones (2/10)
I actually disliked this show. Even David Tennant’s role as Kilgrave, the villain, couldn’t make this enjoyable for me. I’ve been told that it was an accurate representation of Jessica’s backstory in the comics, and that she’s a much better person, post-origin-story, and given the end of the first season, I do hope that will be the case. Jessica Jones, the character, was a 3/10 at best, but there was the glimmer of hope that she’ll improve.
Luke Cage (6/10)
My biggest problem with Luke Cage was that each episode felt about 25% too long. There was good stuff in every episode, but there was a lot of unnecessary filler and fluff that was frankly just boring. Cage himself was a decent character, 7 or 8/10, but he was dragged down somewhat by the clutter of his show.
Iron Fist (8/10)
Before Iron Fist came out, I had doubts about whether I even wanted to see Defenders; Daredevil was the only show that I really wanted to continue watching of the three that existed. Iron Fist, while not quite as good a show as Daredevil, renewed my faith in the Netflix/Marvel franchise and got me quite excited for the union of these four shows. The Iron Fist himself, Danny Rand, is a 9/10 character. He had a surprisingly good arc involving his naivety with how the real world works, and maintains a solid, engaging sense of self throughout the show.
Without spoiling the endings of the existing shows, there are plenty of leads buried in the shows as they stand to pull them all together. Most of these involve Claire Temple, the nurse character who makes appearances in all four shows, and who is a 10/10 character in her own right. Overall, I’m fairly excited for Defenders, and hoping that Matt Murdock and Danny Rand play well together, because those two could carry the show on their own.