THE DE­FEND­ERS

The best of Netflix’s Marvel team-up

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW -

1 HALL & OATS

The Netflix/marvel shows have long had stand­out fight se­quences set in hall­ways, and the first time all four De­fend­ers (Char­lie Cox, Krys­ten Rit­ter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones) come to­gether to take on a res­ur­rected Elek­tra (Elodie Yung) more than holds its own. It took three episodes to get them here, but it’s worth the wait.

2 ELEK­TRA GLIDE IN BLUE

Episode five is, for the most part, one long fight se­quence as the De­fend­ers, erm, de­fend them­selves in a Chi­nese restau­rant. But it ends poignantly with Elek­tra re­turn­ing to Matt Mur­dock’s apart­ment in search of her lost mem­o­ries, and curl­ing up in a ball on his bed.

3 IRON FISTING

Be­fore The De­fend­ers pre­miered, there was much angst about the prom­i­nent role of Finn Jones’ Danny Rand/iron Fist, fol­low­ing the luke­warm re­cep­tion to his solo show. Episode six, in which the other De­fend­ers and Scott Glenn’s Stick beat Danny up, was shot be­fore the furore, but feels like a nod to his crit­ics.

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