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A Review of Marvel's The Defenders

Ariel Barbera

(WARNING: Spoilers and topics from Daredevil Season 2 will be discussed in this article!)


Netflix launched their highly anticipated mini series, The Defenders, on August 18, with fans bustling around to find time to binge through the 8-episode season to catch up with their favorite Marvel heroes.

Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all meet up with each other to fight against the Hand and their evil schemes. All characters are given their individual motives and stories that will lead them in the path to working together in order to each achieve their individual goals, making the series a pleasant watch for character development and bits of action in between the deep dialogue.

The first couple of episodes start off slow, basically introducing the characters and what they have been up to recently. Iron Fist has been working with Colleen Wing to wipe out members of the Hand, Luke Cage has recently been released from prison and is setting up life in Harlem again with Claire Temple, Jessica Jones finds herself working on a difficult case with a missing man involved, and Matt Murdock is still attempting to recover from losing Elektra Natchios and has lost his motivation to continue his role as the “Devil of Hell's Kitchen” because of the events that happened in the Daredevil season 2 finale.

While the main characters are rebuilding their lives, one of the top leaders of the Hand, Alexandra (played by Sigourney Weaver) makes plans to recover a substance that will keep her and the other leaders of the Hand immortal. At the same time, she is using a resurrected and amnesiac Elektra as her assassin, calling her the Black Sky, also known as the Hand's ultimate weapon.

The cast and performances for the series were all satisfying and interesting to watch. Sigourney Weaver's performance as Alexandra was spectacular, proving that Weaver can make just about any character she plays deep and interesting. While the rest of the cast played great roles, Elodie Yung did an amazing job as the resurrected Elektra Natchios and will leave the audience emotional and begging for more of the character in future series.

Overall The Defenders first season was a satisfying show and gave what the audience was waiting for. The show may have had some flaws, mostly around pacing and a few aspects of writing, but it was overall a great experience to watch over the weekend.

So far, The Defenders has received a mix of reviews from the fans and currently has a 78% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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