I am a comic book fan.. Grew up reading comics. However, I will not refer to myself as a geek. I didn’t follow every single hero and I don’t know every single storyline of every single hero. My all time favorite is Hulk. Back in the day I actually read/bought Hulk comics but I also followed The Defenders because Hulk was part of the group. Yes, I opted for the Defenders rather than the Avengers.
I just finished watching the Defenders on Netflix. Somewhat disappointed. This series seems to have continued the trend started with the individual hero series. The four series; Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist… I rank them in the order they were released. Daredevil as the best of the bunch followed by Jessica, Cage and then lastly Iron Fist. With Iron Fist I am trying to be respectful. It actually shouldn’t even by ranked! I will say that Defenders should be sandwiched between Cage and Iron Fist.
Although I liked the dynamic of the four and how they interacted, the storyline was somewhat weak. It was great to see that they weren’t all buddy buddy from the get go and that there was conflict between them. That’s about the only good thing that came out of this. I mean I was so upset at myself that I didn’t see the Elektra angle coming. You know. The obvious. Having said that, that whole Elektra storyline; dear God. From zombie, to self proclaimed leader to let’s make out after a punishing battle. I want to say too freaking clichés but more stupid if anything. And can someone explain to me how stick severs his hand and then goes about everything like it was nothing. I am no doctor but shouldn’t he have bled to death? And lastly, for the love of Jesus… how many times was ‘the hand’ referenced in this series? Holy smokes almost as worse as the number of times Danny reminds everyone he is the immortal Iron Fist!! Had I played a drinking game for every time ‘the hand’ was referenced I would have been sloshed after the 2nd episode! Lol.
Anyway – Netflix shows the Defenders at 5 stars. Someone I think is sloshed. I can’t give it more than 3 stars. I am being generous.
I won’t spend too much time on this ‘review’. I sort of binge watched season one of Iron Fist and it was disappointing. I grew up on comic books. I knew of Iron Fist but did not read or follow his character like I did Hulk, for example. Anyway, my thoughts.
The story line was all too familiar. Maybe a mix of Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne. The story/dialogue in general was weak. I found myself rolling my eyes plenty of times throughout this first season. Of course I understand that fight scenes are choreographed but my god it was soooo blatant!!! So mechanical especially in the early episodes. The one fight sequence that had any semblance of ‘realism’ was when Danny fought that drunk guy… but S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y what the F was that! Was that supposed to be the comedy relief of season one? It didn’t work. Atleast not for me. It was actually so annoying! And speaking of annoying… I lost count how many times Danny exclaimed ‘I am the Iron Fist!’ ok, ok, we get it. You are the whiny Iron Fist. Give it a rest! As has been the case with each Marvel netflix series there is always a character that stands out and in Iron Fist it was Harold… aka Frank Stein (great alias).
Fact is I had to watch it through because it’s the lead up to ‘Defenders’ but it was a tough watch. Interestingly enough I rank the four series in the order they actually were released. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and finally Iron Fist. Hopefully, Defenders will be good!!