The Defenders (2017– )
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The Defenders 

As New York edges closer to disaster, Elektra sees what's beyond the wall, and the Defenders make a last-ditch effort to save the city.

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As New York edges closer to disaster, Elektra sees what's beyond the wall, and the Defenders make a last-ditch effort to save the city.

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The End of the Hand?
19 August 2017 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This review will be as much about this episode as the season as a whole. I liked the season's build up towards a great battle between The Defenders and the Hand. While it did have a battle I don't feel like the season reached the heights that I was hoping for and here's why:

Throughout the season we see the top members, the Fingers, of the Hand discuss their plans and we get to know that their plan has always been to return to K'un Lun. They need this life-substance so they can continue to live their lives until they need to go back to get more, I guess. Not quite sure whether their plan was to stay in K'un Lun or return after they've gone there. The Fingers are continuously being called very dangerous throughout the season and while they may be good at 1-minute fights they don't make an impact that really enforces what's being said about them. Sigourney Weaver's character for instance never does anything remarkable except for a few scenes of dialogue and then she's dead, replaced by Elektra. Feels like her story wasn't done yet and I was hoping to see more from her. It's a bit disappointing that her story ended with her death used just to surprise you. A death that barely had any consequences whatsoever, it just subtracted her from the final episodes. Weaver is a great actress nonetheless. As for the rest of the Fingers, their actors are good too but once again their power is exaggerated. It seems like they've dumbed down the Hand a little bit. They know Luke Cage has unbreakable skin and instead of actually getting weapons that can harm him one of them gets captured trying to fistfight Cage. Murakami brings a baton to try and kill his enemies. I would think a weapon with an actual blade like Elektra's swords would be more useful. Daredevil is using armour, Luke Cage is armour and Jessica Jones has super strength. Why deliberately put yourself at a disadvantage by bringing a baton? This is the guy that Stick said bossed over Nobu. Nobu, the ninja who nearly killed Matt in season 1 of Daredevil and came back to almost kill him again in season 2. How did Nobu not kill Murakami and take his place when Murakami's choice of weapon is a baton? When they explain that these are the Fingers' last lives they start to die off pretty quickly. Suddenly they weren't so hard to defeat. It's more that their minions distract everyone from getting to the Fingers. These minions are not the silent ninjas we see during season 2 of Daredevil, no, these seem to be non-special fighters put in to give a bit of action. It's nothing wrong with action, I love action. I'm only surprised that the Fingers aren't throwing in everything they've got when they're so close to fulfilling their sole mission. They mention they have connections everywhere but now they don't have the ability to call in reinforcements to deal with their enemies? I guess I expected more from the Hand in this series where all of the heroes work together which in turn would make the enemies up their game. I guess not, it seems to have had the opposite effect.

I'm really sad Stick had to go but I guess that was the only option they had to go for after all. I did think Claire was going to die when Luke mentioned no innocent people should get harmed in the explosion. She doesn't get harmed but Misty does, she loses most of her right arm. This seems to be the worst lose of the entire episode. Matthew sacrifices himself, or so you would think, and the group believes he got crushed under the rubble. I myself am a little surprised that he survived this but I'll go with it because I want a third season of Daredevil of course.

In the end it feels like something has been accomplished but still it didn't feel like anything was at stake because you know none of the main characters of four of Netflix's shows are going to die. You know the city of New York is still going to exist the next day because where would they otherwise film the upcoming seasons, not to mention the Spider-Man movies set in the same universe. However, I did enjoy the fight between Elektra and Matt and the scene where Foggy and Karen just stares at the open door as Matt doesn't appear was really well done.

Overall, I enjoyed the season but the ending didn't reach the heights I was hoping for. However, there will come a future season and hopefully they can improve things like the villains living up to their reputation and not being so easily defeated. I'm interested to see what happens in the absence of the Hand and what repercussions it will have. Is the world better off without them or did this just open the door for a potentially worse threat?


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