Marvel’s The Defenders Episode 1 review: It begins

Marvel’s The Defenders has finally premiered!

Unfortunately, the first episode doesn’t have them together yet. Instead, the first episode provides some insight on where our characters currently stood since the last time we saw them on their individual series.

Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) is trying to find members of The Hand around the world until he is told to return to New York City, where the real war is happening. He is still haunted by the horrors from the Hand and the deaths at K’un-Lun. He must deal with the guilt, which drives him throughout the episode to stop the Hand. Danny and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) return to New York.

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is still drinking heavily and doing her PI work. She takes a case to find a missing family man, John Raymond, who may be involved in some shady dealings. She follows clues to an empty apartment belonging to the missing man, where she discovers explosives.

Luke Cage (Mike Colter) just got out of prison and begins a relationship with Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Wanting to settle down in Harlem, Luke is pulled back into the crime-fighting game by Misty Knight (Simone Missick) or at least by helping one kid, Cole, who lost both his siblings to the streets. After being rebuffed by Cole, Luke leaves but is determined to help.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) gave up his Daredevil ways and is still practicing law. After a run in with Karen Page (Debra Ann Knoll), Murdock seems content with his new civilian ways until he confesses to the priest that he misses the life. He reminisces about Elektra (Elodie Yung) but is given advice from the priest to move on.

We are also introduced to the villain (or the antagonist) of the series, Alexandria (Sigourney Weaver). After being given a dire prognosis, Alexandria wants to move the plans faster. Working with Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho), Alexandria is shown to be the leader of The Hand and begins her takeover by causing an earthquake in New York City and we finally see Elektra has returned, but how? We’ll have to wait and see.

The pacing is a bit slow, like how Marvel series usually start. There wasn’t much fighting in the episode, other than the first scene, but it was quickly crushed after Danny used his iron fist to take down the villain, which was obviously Elektra. So, we really didn’t get to see anyone kicking ass, but that’s fine. The first episode is all about context and with the introduction of our heroes and villain, we now know who and what we’re dealing with. At least, the start of it.

The color sequences in the episode were mind-blowing. Each character has their own color scheme when their story was being told – Luke was yellow, Matt was red, Danny was green, and Jessica had blue. I loved seeing the symbolism and the mix of the colors after the earthquake, which foreshadowed our heroes meeting up soon. Even though it’s obvious, it left us anticipating it.

Marvel’s The Defenders is available now on Netflix.

For an overall review of Marvel’s The Defenders, click here.

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