Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Defenders - Mean Right Hook

The slow inter-connection between Netflix's four Marvel super-hero shows begins here as Misty Knight's (Simone Missick) multiple run-ins with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and the bitchy private eye's proximity to dead bodies, which also allows her to meet a certain Hell's Kitchen lawyer, and the more violent meeting between Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) whose separate investigations lead them to the same warehouse where the Chaste have been slaughtered. The Cage/Iron Fist battle is pretty much run-of-the-mill comic story with two heroes mistaking each other for adversaries and duking it out before discovering they are on the same side. While the Knight/Jones interaction is less explosive, it does help set the stage for the police getting involved in the heroes' battle with the Hand.

Honestly, other than the short fight between Danny and Luke, which is only entertaining because of how ineffectual the Iron Fist is against the man with unbreakable skin, there's not much here. The episode works to foreshadow the threat that the Hand have to the city, and the architect's suicide certainly underlines the point of just how dangerous the group truly is, but it doesn't really offer anything more about the group of strange resurrection ninjas that the audience didn't already know.

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