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The Defenders 

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Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Charlie Cox ...  Matt Murdock / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Krysten Ritter ...  Jessica Jones 8 episodes, 2017
Mike Colter ...  Luke Cage 8 episodes, 2017
Finn Jones ...  Danny Rand 8 episodes, 2017
Elodie Yung ...  Elektra Natchios 8 episodes, 2017
Jessica Henwick ...  Colleen Wing 6 episodes, 2017
Scott Glenn ...  Stick 6 episodes, 2017
Sigourney Weaver ...  Alexandra Reid 6 episodes, 2017
Rosario Dawson ...  Claire Temple 6 episodes, 2017
Wai Ching Ho ...  Madame Gao 6 episodes, 2017
Elden Henson ...  Foggy Nelson 5 episodes, 2017
Simone Missick ...  Misty Knight 5 episodes, 2017
Yutaka Takeuchi ...  Murakami 5 episodes, 2017
Eka Darville ...  Malcolm Ducasse 4 episodes, 2017
Ramon Rodriguez ...  Bakuto 4 episodes, 2017
Rachael Taylor ...  Trish Walker 4 episodes, 2017
Deborah Ann Woll ...  Karen Page 4 episodes, 2017
Babs Olusanmokun ...  Sowande 4 episodes, 2017
Michelle Federer ...  Michelle Raymond 3 episodes, 2017
Chloë Levine ...  Lexi Raymond 3 episodes, 2017
J. Mallory McCree ...  Cole 3 episodes, 2017
Ron Simons ...  Strieber 3 episodes, 2017
Debbi Morgan ...  Delores / ... 2 episodes, 2017
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"Marvel's The Defenders" follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

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Trivia

This crossover mini-series was pitched to Netflix at the same time as the series that lead up to it, Daredevil (2015), Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016), and Iron Fist (2017). See more »

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Jessica Jones: You look like an asshole.
Matt Murdock: It's your scarf.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a sequence of cityscapes of New York, with colored silhouettes of the Defenders (Daredevil in red, Jessica Jones in blue/purple, Luke Cage in yellow/orange and Iron Fist in green), following themes from previous shows. See more »

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Spun-off from Daredevil (2015) See more »

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Cheap and badly produced
18 August 2017 | by cherik_mcfassySee all my reviews

First of all, the cinematography is extremely bad. Throughout the season, it looks like there is zero effort to the make visual appealing, as if characters and camera are placed randomly, with no regard to the composition of a scene. Episode 8, the culmination of the whole show is terribly lit, oftentimes with just one or two lights THAT ARE VISIBLE ON SCREEN. As a result, the whole show looks lazy. It's hard to believe that Netflix was able to make Daredevil look simple yet elegant and screw up so badly for Defenders.

It doesn't help that the production value is extremely low. There is no attention to detail and sets are badly designed. Or is there any thought process in set designs at all. Jessica was googling on ADOBE FLASH. Simple but unforgivable mistakes like this really marks down the quality of the show. Interior design for major fight scenes are crude and uninteresting.

Camera work and editing looks interesting for episode 1. It's all downhill from there. There is way too much spinning around characters, and shooting at extremely low angles up at characters, making them look powerful. But the technique is cheesy af, extremely so when it's used a hundred times per episode.

Technically, Defenders doesn't have the most basic production quality. In terms of story telling, it's not the best either.

It's hard to imagine how an 8 episode show with 4 protagonists can possibly drag, but the writers managed to do so. There are too many standing-talking scenes that yield little progress or character development. Plot wise, it is simple, straight forward, and predictable.

What I loved about Daredevil and Jessica Jones is the depth of character. The scene in Daredevil where Matt holds a balloon alone in his empty apartment is one of my favorite scenes in TV. It effectively shows the loneliness and conflict Matt feels. Karen, Foggy, Trish, Jessica are developed to be extremely complicated persons in their own shows. But in Defenders, there are not one scene that has sufficient emotional depth. That's why the characters feel like shells of themselves. We see what they do and accept it because that's what they would do, as they continue to be what they were in their own shows. But within Defenders, they have no arc or innate incentive .

Defenders is disappointing and only a shadow of what Jessica Jones and Daredevil is. It has no depth and low production quality just makes it unwatchable at times. What a wasted opportunity!


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18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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