Could Have Been
So Much Better
By Tim Henares
After a few years of build-up, the Netflix series “The Defenders” finally came out, putting together the hugely disparate worlds of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and (cringe) Iron Fist. It was a love letter to our street-level version of The Avengers, and overall, was a pretty okay effort, albeit a bit too grimdark for its own good despite being surrounded by Ninja and Kung-Fu and frigging dragons.
Still, with the highs achieved by Daredevil’s first season, Jessica Jones, and most of Luke Cage, we couldn’t help but think it could have been so much better. Here are 8 ways that could have been accomplished…
Less emphasis on Iron Fist
Let’s face it: Iron Fist was the weakest link among all four Defenders, and having him as the focal figure for this show was one of the worst decisions they could make. When contrasted with the brooding Matt Murdock, the snarky Jessica Jones, and the conflicted Luke Cage, a petulant Danny Rand just doesn’t cut the mustard.
I get that The Hand was the easiest way to bring the four of them together, but the less we had to deal with Danny’s petulance, the better.
The action needed more contrast
While it was obvious that Daredevil fights nothing like Luke Cage, it seemed we had only two fighting styles in the entire series: martial arts, and brawling. You would think there’d be a wide gulf between a self-trained, mainly boxer-influenced guy like Daredevil and a Kung-Fu love letter like the Iron Fist, but they pretty much fight the same way.
Misty Knight needed to be less of a pain
Misty Knight’s “by the books” attitude was clearly not cutting it in a world where superheroes exist. Hard to be skeptical about things when you see literal norse gods and spider-men running around New York City, y’know.
More Madame Gao is always welcome
Let’s face it: the most fascinating member of the Hand was always Madame Gao. To have her be so subservient simply did the show no favors, when she could have been the big bad instead.