In Review: The Defenders

Elodie Yung as ever is absolutely stunning in the role and the moments where she begins to remember her previous life with Matt Murdock are really well performed. 

Synopsis: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fend off The Hand and their plans for New York City.

Review: This weekend finally saw Netflix release the much anticipated Defenders series, which brings together Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

The series pretty much picks things up from where Iron Fist left off.

It starts off with Iron Fist and Colleen Wing travelling around the world hunting various members of The Hand. But it soon becomes apparent that the criminal organisation has plans for New York City.

It takes up to episode three for all the heroes to come together, but once they do the story really lifts off.

We see early signs of the friendship between Luke Cage and Iron Fist forming, although the two pretty much start off as adversaries due to them both hunting the same member of the Hand. It fast becomes apparent that Daredevil is the leader of the group whereas Luke Cage is the voice of reason. Iron Fist for his part is the insecure man child that basically keeps running into situations and going off half cocked. At least that is how it seemed.  Jessica Jones is the one with the street smarts and investigative nous. She also provides much of the sassy comic relief.

Sigourney Weaver makes a decent fist of her role as Alexandra the dying leader of The Hand. And we see a return for Madame Gao and Bakuto.

We also get to see Scott Glenn reprise his role of Stick, who for me is the most memorable character from Daredevil other than Electra.

Talking of Electra she has a prominent role to play as the Black Sky who is being pretty much pointed at The Defenders by Alexandra. The relationship between Electra and Alexandra is really well acted and makes for a strange mother daughter sort of thing.

Elodie Yung as ever is absolutely stunning in the role and the moments where she begins to remember her previous life with Matt Murdock are really well performed.

The story feels a little uneven and at times the pacing suffers as a result of the writers trying to give various supporting characters their moments.

We also get some answers to various questions that were left hanging from Daredevil season two and Iron Fist. Namely what was the massive hole about in New York city? And was Bakuto really dead?

The series also delves into the mythology of The Hand a lot more, but by the close of the series we at least see two fingers bite the dust.

Overall though its a good solid eight episodes, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

Out of the main performers. Finn Jones comes out as being the weak link in the team. He just seems to be out of his element while trying to hold his own against far more charismatic actors.  Additionally as with the Iron Fist series before. Its very obvious when Finn Jone’s stunt double is on the screen. They really should have gave the Iron Fist a mask to where like he does in the comics. It would have been less obvious then when the stunt performer was working.

The question we’ll likely all be asking is. Will we get a second season of The Defenders?

I certainly would not be against one, but think the shows producers would need a really good premise to make it happen. I’d also like to see some of the characters switched around. A slightly different line up.

The Defenders
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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