Review: Marvel’s The Defenders

Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders brings together the protagonists from each of its four previous shows (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Daredevil) to form one team of super-powered heroes to defend New York City. They do this to a fairly good degree, but I find them lacking in a few areas. The show takes its time getting its main characters in the same room, but even though it takes three episodes or so, the pay-off isn’t bad. The actors have great chemistry on-screen and are at their best when they’re interacting with one another, in pairs or in the group. Every actor in the entire show does an admirable job with their character, including Sigourney Weaver as the mysterious Alexandra. However, despite the well-done […]

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Review: Luke Cage

Marvel’s Luke Cage is the latest show in Netflix’s ongoing production deal with the comic book giant. Set in Harlem, New York, Luke Cage returns to its titular protagonist (Mike Colter) who we find working as a dishwasher after the fallout of the events of one of Marvel’s other Netflix shows, Jessica Jones. He’s no ordinary man, as these stories so often go, and it’s quickly revealed that Cage has both super strength and unbreakable skin. Cage quickly runs into trouble when a weapons deal goes wrong and tensions escalate between the New York police and local gangs. At the centre of the conflict is Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), a crime boss seeking to fill the shoes left empty […]

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TV review: Jessica Jones

Working in the pits of New York City as a private investigator, Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, gets through life by working on cases of scumbag cheaters and liars who come through her door. Quitting the superhero business after a traumatic experience with a supervillain, Jessica has a million skeletons in her closet. She deals with post-traumatic stress disorder through booze, sarcasm, and a mountain of self-loathing. Everything changes for her when one of those skeletons—a charismatic psychopath with mind control powers named Kilgrave (David Tennant)—crashes back into her life, forcing Jessica to face her darkest traumas in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Released by Netflix on Nov. 21, Jessica Jones is one series in the Marvel […]

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