REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8

And so, Marvel’s The Defenders reaches its climax. We’re going to look at the final two episodes via a single review, being as they are basically one big episode that serves to tie up the loose ends of the miniseries. Or, rather, they should do that. Unfortunately, while there are some pleasures to the finale of The Defenders, ultimately this culmination of the first era of Marvel‘s Netflix shows is too uneven, and at its…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders, Season 1, Episode 6: “Ashes Ashes”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders,  Season 1, Episode 6: “Ashes Ashes”

The sixth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders bounces back from its lacklustre previous episode by retuning its focus squarely on the dynamics of the titular team of loners and misfits at the center of the story. Splitting its attentions into a series of partnerships (Luke/Danny, Jessica/Matt, Alexandra/Elektra) “Ashes Ashes” fleshes out the interpersonal stories of the characters but never forgets to advance the plot into darker and more dangerous territories. The result is a satisfying…

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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 2: “Mean Right Hook”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 2: “Mean Right Hook”

The second episode of Marvel’s The Defenders makes a strong argument for the benefits of having a shorter, eight episode season. Its brisk pace and tighter construction means the main plot is continuing to move at a brisk pace, but “Mean Right Hook” manages to move the  story forward but still retain enough of a sense of mystery so that things remain intriguing. The first episode concluded with Manhattan suffering a freak earthquake caused by…

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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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Disney Breaks With Netflix: Potential Industry Consequences

Disney Breaks With Netflix: Potential Industry Consequences

As of the company’s recent earnings report, Disney has announced plans to launch a streaming service in 2019. In concert with this, the company will be pulling its Disney and Disney/Pixar branded content off of Netflix. CEO Bob Iger commented to CNBC that “This represents a big strategic shift for the company.” Disney feels that a direct-to-consumer branded service will “give [them] control of their destiny.” That said, as of right now, there are no…

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Netflix Acquires Mark Millar’s Millarworld

Netflix Acquires Mark Millar’s Millarworld

Netflix has made its first full company acquisition, Mark Millar‘s Millarworld. In a move announced early Monday morning, the streaming giant acquired the independent comic book imprint and its associated intellectual property. Millar said in a statement that talks between himself and Netflix had been in the works since Christmas, culminating in today’s announcement. The purchase entitles Netflix to pursue development of nearly all of the Millarworld properties which have not yet made their way…

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Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel Studios and Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries Marvel’s The Defenders, which sees the sees the stars of each of their separate series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, team to form a street-level super -team. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones reprise their leading roles from their respective series, and are joined by fellow Netflix/Marvel luminaries as Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Simone Missick,…

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