The Defenders Episode 4 ” Royal Dragon” Review

  After an exciting last episode it seemed fitting to slow the show down a little bit. Not only to better pace the show but to show us how this team will gel together. While they were sitting in the restaurant they were many great moments. One thing that was very evident was that the group itself has very good chemistry playing off each other. From the whole group listening and mocking the ridiculous things Danny says to the chemistry between Luke and Jessica every moment of the scene just felt right.

  The episode gives us a better idea on why Matt finally decided to quit being Daredevil. Apparently he blames his self for the death of Electra and everything that came with it.  I also appreciate the fact that they explained why Matt didn’t immediately detect her. It also makes sense why Matt didn’t tell the team about her and for now it’s Stick’s and his secret.

  

  On the other side of things Danny is all is the key to this story. While it’s evident that he is far from the most popular member of the show it makes sense that they use the show to build on his character. Also while it made sense for Alexandra to try to talk Danny over to the dark side there was no chance at it was gonna happen and it left more silly than interesting. Overall a solid episode while it a light on action I’m sure the next episode will make up for that.

Score: 8.0 out of 10

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The Defenders “Mean Right Hook” Review

 

    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

The Defenders “The H Word” Review 

   

  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.