Grumpy Bird Reviews: The Defenders s01e02 Mean Right Hook

Well, at least the heroes are starting to meet.

 

tumblr_ouhlgmiIYE1r8iw09o1_1280The Defenders s01e02 Mean Right Hook

writers: Lauren Scmidt Hissrich & Marco Ramirez

director: S. J. Clarkson

Netflix

Quick Review:

I don’t know. I really don’t. This show is already feeling like taffy. Stretched out. Things happened in this episode. I know they did. I saw them. But after 45 minutes I find myself asking, but what actually changed? It isn’t a good sign when your main motivator to start the next episode is the hope that there will be something going on.

Spoilers Lurk Below

Analysis:

How long have the Hand been a part of this world? At least since the middle of Daredevil season 1, so almost from the beginning. They’ve also been a feature of most of the shows.  But here we are, at the beginning of the culmination series still chasing the Hand and having no real idea what they are up to. I guess I could say they are up to Evil, but that feels weak. Or maybe I mean too broad.

Basically we have new mystery villain who communicates with old mystery villain (who I think originally was separate from the Hand) trying to do something that has to do with the magic city that we never actually got to know. And our heroes care because they are third-hand connected to hired underlings. Is that about right?

I can’t help but think that most of the success of the Marvel movies comes from the unabashed embracing of comic book silliness. Bright colors, silliness. Costumes. They just embrace it and treat it with love. This show almost seems to be embarrassed that it is about superheroes.

Wrap Up:

Again, not a bad show just a very bland one. Man, do I want something interesting to happen soon.

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