A friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook post. She had just watched Jessica Jones and wanted to know if she should watch Defenders next or any of the other of the Netflix Marvel shows. I had to hide in the bathroom at work to type a summary of my thoughts on it. After several replies from others and her, I responded. “Bottom line: I know you are like, ‘I NEED MORE JESSICA!!!!’ but I don’t think I would enjoy Defenders w/o watching at min. Jessica, Luke Cage, and one season of Daredevil.” She laughed, I pointed out exactly what she was feeling.
I am sharing my thoughts on Marvel’s Netflix franchises up to and including Defenders. (Sorry Punisher, your time will come.) Overal impressions, what ones are must watch and what ones are skippable. Targeted toward those who may not have seen any or all of the seasons. I welcome any debate on what I say.
I am not a comic reader. there is no requirement to be so in my opinion. There are minor spoilers but enough time has passed and I will not spoil the conclusion of any plotline.
If you watch any of these, watch Jessica Jones. It is great, period. Jessica is a broken, drunk private eye out of great noir fiction. A flawed character trying to solve other peoples problems. The past catches up to her in the form of the old, manipulated boyfriend. She must deal with what she has been avoiding or it will destroy any sanity she has left.
It is more timely now, in the mist of the “Me too” movement. Jessica is dealing with the trauma of being forced to be with her arch’s enemy. This is superhero fiction so that enemy is Killgrave, a man who everyone must obey whatever he says. He can tell you to do anything from a smile to jumping off a building. Jessica’s power is super strength. She doesn’t know how she got it but it also doesn’t do any good against mind control.
Seriously, Watch this. If you have a girlfriend, watch it with her. I don’t care if you like comics or not, this is the most must-watch season of television in the past 5 years. If, after watching Jessica Jones, you want more, go to Daredevil or Luke Cage who wins by a nose.
Luke is introduced in Jessica Jones series. He is the same character here. The reluctant hero with high morals and bulletproof skin.
While Jessica’s world is intimate, a small cast of imports and a few others that contribute, Luke Cage is a Harlem story. Its setting and history is another character in this story of many. The biggest surprise of this series is the time spent on the villains’ story. Yes, there is time spent on Luke’s background but the many villains are well developed.
Luke Cage is not presented as a deep character but a good one. The music is great. The world is vibrant. It is definitely worth a watch.
The show that started it all. Daredevil lost his sight young. His other senses compensated/were developed so now he can “see.” That and the ability to take a punch and heal fast he got from his father is what makes up this underrated superhero.
Daredevil is a poor man’s Batman. While Gotham is New York City, Murdock is the devil of Hells Kitchen the worst part of New York. They struggle with the same moral code, but while Batman has money and a manservant, Daredevil is a poor defense attorney with a college friend as a partner.
This is dark and powerful. The fight scenes are some of the best in a TV show. The best part of the show is when his best friend finds out he’s Daredevil. It’s is THE standard that all others will be compared to for all time. It is confronted head-on and lingers between the two through both seasons into the Defenders. The first season is worth it for this alone.
Daredevil punches up against impossible odds and influential villains. Something Batman can’t pull off. He is the heart and soul of this arch.
… I wish this was more. If Daredevil is a poor man’s Batman, Iron Fist is Batman without his moral code and replace it with broodiness with a spiritual mission and a superiority complex. He lives in the Manhatten of now while the rest of the defenders are in the New York of the crime-ridden past. It just doesn’t fit on the world Netflix has created.
That being said, there are redeeming elements to this. Mostly the women. If you watched the rest it is worth watching.
I got mixed feelings. Expectations were high, they throw in Sigourney Weaver as the villain. The interplay between these characters is great. The fighting is hit and miss. Overall I feel I should have liked it more than I did.
I think what I don’t like about this one is that it has just a touch of the Marvel Movie franchise in it. Trying to broaden the base audience too far. It’s still good but doesn’t have the impact that the individual ones have.
These are all good. Jessica Jones’s second season comes out on Thursday. The Punisher is out and as violent as you’s expect from the Punisher. I am just a fan of it all. I could attempt to conclude with some gritty overarching point but there is no need. The is what Defenders was supposed to be.