Things are starting to ramp up in this show in a great way. Not only do we get a full return of Stick ( last episode was just a tease) but we get a well done story on how Electra is brought back to life. The escape of Stick was awesome as he realized that mentality that is not the same Electra that he once knew. Going as far as losing one of his hands in the process of escaping. And the moment when he appeared at Colleen Wing’s dojo.
The interplay in this episode was also great between Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock. Matt talking about Kilgrave and reading her file. Jessica following him and finding out there is more to him than it seems. The show is really doing a good job of empathizing that above all Jessica is a detective, and a good one at that. She is getting closer and closer to the truth of what’s going on.
Another great part of this episode is the way Luke and Danny was brought together. It made perfect sense that as soon as Claire heard about Danny she immediately setup a meeting to hash everything out because there after the same goals. Claire is the glue connecting all of them together so it seems like only a matter of time until she says have I know the others. It’s pretty funny that Luke kinda sees how ridiculous the notion of Danny Rand is. Also it’s interesting how the show kind of touched on Danny’s white privilege. Because he didn’t grow up in this land he doesn’t fully understand that sometimes there is a gray area that you sometimes have to work in. Also Danny pointed out that you have to think bigger than your neighborhood.
All of these moments in this episode lead to the big moment we waited for. The Defenders!!! Seeing them all together was short but sweet with the combination of Luke Cage and Iron Fist stealing the show. Say what you want about Finn Jones but he and Mike Colter work well together. I will even go as far to say instead of making a season two of Iron Fist just make Heroes for Hire. As great as the teamup was it’s a little puzzling that Matt did not realize that he was fighting Electra as soon as the fight started. But that is a small nicpick for an otherwise great episode.
Score 8.5 out of 10
This episode picks right up after the aftermath of the “earthquake “. What this episode has done a much better job of setting up the main characters better. We see the that Matt is very conflicted with the fact that he is not Daredevil anymore. Essentially choosing to salvage his life by mending fences with Foggy and Karen doesn’t seem enough. It was good to see Matt and Foggy back together again. There friendship always felt real and genuine. It’s good that Foggy is trying to help as Matt feels compelled to go back to the life of hanging out on rooftops and busting heads.
Jessica Jones story is progressing as well as she is getting deep into her case. Very interesting that the police force seems to know so much about her and her doings. It was also very amusing to see the brief interactions, between her and Misty as the latter is clearly not taken any crap from Jessica. Great seeing Jeri Hogarth is back on the show to warn Jessica about getting in to deep while covering her own ass. Covering so much in fact that she has got Foggy watching out for her to see if she gets in any trouble and boy did she get in trouble! Having a brief encounter with Electra and ending up getting arrested my Misty and of course Matt Murdock is now her lawyer.
The Luke Cage part of the episode feels very fun. It’s cool that each area of the show has a different feel to it. Harlem and Hell’s Kitchen feels like two different places. Not only that but Harlem has changed as well as there seems to be a new threat on the streets manipulating kids and killing them off when finish. It didn’t take long for Luke Cage to be back on the streets busting heads. Finding out that the bad guy behind this is “Whitehead”. The highlight of the episode is the first meeting between Luke Cage and Iron Fist. While it’s not a match made in heaven it was a solid fight scene between the two which will obviously end up leading to a team up.
Overall a solid second episode that is a better step in the right direction. Giving the characters more to do while slowly bring everyone’s story together. The a villain so far does not seem compelling but hopefully this will impress the series goes on.
Score 7.5 out of 10
A little over 2 years in the making we are finally getting our chance to see the culmination of the Netflix cinamatic universe with The Defenders. There has been some ups (Daredevil,Jessica Jones and Luke Cage) and there has certainly been some downs ( All of Iron Fist) but we are finally at the point that everyone was waiting for. So the big question is was the wait worth it?
Unfortunately we will not get an answer to that question in the first episode. The first episode of The Defenders feels more like a prologue to all the previous seasons of the Netflix. Giving you glimpses into everyone’s life a little after everything that happened to them. This would be a good thing but the problem with telling these shorter stories is that some of them aren’t compelling. Do we really care what Danny Rand was doing before Defenders? And apparently Matt Murdock was doing nothing because he has given up on being Dardevil.
Don’t get me wrong there is a lot to be excited for in this episode. There is a sense of coolness in not only seeing characters you love reunited ( Matt and Karen ) but seeing characters from the other shows interact with each other is a welcome treat too. While it didn’t happen too much in this episode the times that it did were worth it. Overall a solid first episode that’s really lite on the action but seems to be building to something bigger.