Last week the Mad Hatters had the pleasure of going to the red-carpet premiere for Netflix’s The Defenders. During the premiere, we had a chance to meet the cast, crew and caught the first two episodes of the upcoming show. This review will be mostly spoiler free. Exactly how Marvel Studios was building up to the Avengers, Netflix has also built up to its own team The Defenders. After two years, we at long last get to see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist on the small screen together. I am here to say it’s worth the wait.
The first episode begins with Iron Fist, getting into a conflict with a mysterious figure and learning about an imminent doom that will destroy New York City. Which sets forth a chain of events that little by little brings our local super heroes together. You visualize how I said little by little, the show doesn’t start with them being a team. Even with the episodes I am reviewing will still don’t see them become The Defenders. My guess is by the third or fourth episode we will see them become a team. Now don’t believe just because it takes time for them to form a team, that the show is boring, it’s not at all. I like the thought of spending time with our heroes and seeing what they have been up to since we last saw them.
Which gives us four different storylines and each has its own distinct expression. For instance, Luke Cage scenes have a yellow style to it while Jessica Jones is purple. Some other interesting aspect is how all the supporting characters play an integral part of bringing our heroes together. Besides, it’s cool to see Foggy Nelson meet Luke Cage or Misty Knight and Jessica Jones get into a battle of wits. All in all, it’s nifty to see that the writers really thought out how to get everyone together without it feeling forced.
If you’ve watched the previous shows. You will already know what to expect. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones do a terrific job of humanizing these heroes. While the supporting cast also performs a fine job and are given their moments to shine. But the scene stealer has to be Sigourney Weaver. She plays Alexandra the mysterious new villain. What establishes the character interesting is she really isn’t your regular type of antagonist. Sigourney’s performance reminds me a bit of Michael Keaton performance in Spiderman Homecoming.
Netflix and Marvel have done an awesome job of making The Defenders look more like a big blockbuster film. Not articulating the other shows didn’t. You could merely tell that they are more confident this time around. Everything from the cinematography to action choreography have been stepped up a notch. My sole complaint was I couldn’t watch the rest of the episodes. I suppose I’m going to have to wait like everyone else.
4 out of 4 Hats