Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 Reviews

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July 16, 2018
This all-punching, all-high-kicking extravaganza is what those solo shows have been building towards, the intimacy of Luke Cage, the first series of Daredevil, and Jessica Jones shoulder-barged aside to knot this universe in an NYC brawl pretzel.
September 13, 2017
I just wish the show had gotten started faster.
September 1, 2017
The long-awaited Defenders who fight their way onto Netflix next Friday are not your older brother's superheroes.
September 1, 2017
On the evidence of these eight episodes, I'm ready to call it: Netflix should jettison a bunch of these heroes and double down on Jessica Jones and its other female characters.
August 29, 2017
Unfortunately, the Iron Fist gets so many of the show's most important lines that The Defenders buckles under his weight.
August 23, 2017
The Netflix/Marvel house style might skew deliberately dark and gritty, but these repeated melees in office corridors, Chinese restaurants and building sites had the chopsocky exuberance of Xena: Warrior Princess.
August 20, 2017
This is part of the issue with TV built for binge-watching: It sacrifices narrative momentum, knowing it can always defer the drama to the next episode. But it ends up harming series overall.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 20, 2017
The first fight scene, when it eventually comes, is giddy with excitement. It is fast and fun and tightly choreographed and, like the airport fight in Civil War, there is the undeniable thrill of watching kids fling their action figures together.
August 20, 2017
Despite glaring flaws, the new Marvel show on Netflix becomes an enjoyable mashup of disparate heroes trying to save New York.
August 18, 2017
The Defenders themselves might shy away at the term "hero," but they're here at the exact time we need them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 18, 2017
The gonzo special effects are lacking, but not the psychological depth.
August 18, 2017
There's nothing terribly wrong with Marvel's The Defenders, but there may not be enough right about it to make it worth the time of anyone but the completist.
August 18, 2017
The Defenders reminds you of what these Netflix series once seemed to want to be, and might someday become.
August 18, 2017
The gang's all here in a Netflix limited series-and, together, they're a riot.
August 16, 2017
Sufficiency, not excellence, may be the legacy of The Defenders, and that's may be precisely what we need right now.
August 16, 2017
Humor and insider jokes, such as the crew's immediate exasperation with Iron Fist, also help move things along.
August 16, 2017
Though Marvel's The Defenders is and will continue to be arcane, it's also thoroughly engaging, almost entirely thanks to its cast.
August 16, 2017
While it's a kick to watch these heroes trade barbs and sometimes blows, the miniseries leaves you itching for them, especially Jessica and Luke, to return to their own, somehow more expansive sandboxes.
August 16, 2017
With The Defenders, Netflix is making another very bold, very smart move.
August 16, 2017
The product of meticulous planning, Marvel's The Defenders starts slowly but rewards patience, gradually uniting its "street level" heroes against a somewhat amorphous but bigger-than-any-one-can-handle threat.
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