Finished watching Marvel's The Defenders. It's flawed and didn't really blow me away but I did enjoy it quite a lot! Which was a relief after the mess that was Iron Fist. My faith in old Buffyverse favorite show-runner Doug Petrie paid off, the outcome is definitely positive since they managed to deliver an entertaining action-packed crossover between the heroes from the four previously established shows in a very stylish spectacle. Establishing individual color palettes for each hero, for each world, was brilliant and it becomes visually stunning when the worlds start to collide.
But as usual, my favorite thing about the show is their characters. The four heroes gelled together nicely, their chemistry is off the charts and they play off each other perfectly. Krysten Ritter and Charlie Cox are probably the standout performances. I actually liked Jessica Jones better here than in her own show, she's a delightfully sardonic, eye-rolling, day-drinking protagonist. Daredevil, by far my favorite hero out of the bunch, is slightly less brooding and gloomy here, and the heart of the team. Every time the screen is predominant red, I knew I was in for a good time.
But the biggest relief was the fact the thing I was most concerned about turned out to be actually great... the legendary duo Luke Cage and Iron Fist. They worked really well together and delivered some of the show's best sequences. Danny Rand is hands down THE character who has improved the most since their original show. Thankfully he's a lot lighter and fun here, and seems to have grown as a character especially after getting his privilege rubbed on his face by Cage.
The supporting cast is exceptionally good, especially the female cast, and it's a lot of fun to see them interacting. Karen Page, who I absolutely adore, didn't get as much screen time as I hoped, but was a highlight for me, especially since she is, along with Foggy, my favorite character from this corner of the MCU. I'm looking forward to see more of her stunning self on the Punisher. (Continues in the comments)