REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders, Season 1, Episode 5: “Take Shelter”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders,  Season 1, Episode 5: “Take Shelter”

The fifth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders tries gamely to recapture the high-energy action after the more restrained previous episode, but unfortunately winds up being an uneven affair that seesaws between solid action moments and lacklustre drama. It’s about time to finally admit that, for the most part, the Marvel/Netflix shows don’t really understand what makes the Hand interesting. They first popped up in the 1980s during Frank Miller’s time as an artist on “Daredevil”…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 4: “Royal Dragon”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 4: “Royal Dragon”

After a stellar and action-packed third episode that delivered our first look at the eponymous team united, this fourth chapter in the first season of Marvel’s The Defenders down-shifts considerably into an exposition-heavy bottle episode. And though it’s a bit of a come down after the thrills of the last episode, “Royal Dragon” has considerable rewards in how it further cements the differences and similarities between the Defenders themselves. This, plus the still witty banter…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 3: “Worst Behavior”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 3: “Worst Behavior”

With its third episode, Marvel’s The Defenders brings all of its heroes together, expands on the schemes and philosophies of its main villain, and delivers all the slam-bang, thrilling action its concept promises. The result is the best episode so far, and one that should thrill and satisfy any fans of these characters or super-heroes in general. The episode opens with a suitably spooky and engrossing (and only slightly silly) flashback which sees Alexandra (Sigourney…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 1: “The H Word”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 1: “The H Word”

Marvel’s The Defenders is the culmination of the ambitious partnership between Marvel Studios and Netflix, functioning in a way like “The Avengers” for the small screen. As we look at the first episode in our series of reviews of the first season, the first question is, will this eight episode miniseries be as successful as it’s aiming to be, or is it a continuation of the slide in quality of the Netflix shows seen in…

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