Last episode’s surprising ending, with Bushmaster sucker-punching Luke and knocking him flat, gets repeated in the next one, “I Get Physical.”
After the shocking ending of “Straighten It Out,” thing are looking bad for Luke in his third episode, “Wig Out.” Which is exactly what he did. Luke leans on the wall and flexes his fingers as Claire arrives and checks out Cockroach after the beating Luke gave him. Luke half-heartedly tries to justify…
After the first episode, which was largely set up, Luke Cage and company continue their adventures in “Straighten It Out.”
Luke Cage is back for his second season, and the “Hero of Harlem” has problems coming for him. “Soul Brother #1” is the first episode of the season, and it starts the set up after a helpful recap of first season.
The Defenders wrap up their first season with a lot of things going on. There’s no announcement as yet about a second season, but it was months before they confirmed season two of Iron Fist, so that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. The basis for some friendships are formed, among both the heroes and at least some of the supporting cast. And at least one character takes a major step towards their comic book incarnation.
The episodes for the Defenders have mostly had titles that made sense. Episode seven, “Fish In A Jailhouse,” I’m not sure does. When I first saw that, I was wondering if Bobby Fish, one of Luke Cage’s many supporting characters who hasn’t been seen yet, might finally turn up. But he didn’t, and the best explanation I have is the title is a variation on the old saying about shooting fish in a barrel, and the fact that so much of the episode takes place in the police precinct where Misty works, which I guess could be considered a “jailhouse.” That or the writers got clever about something that I just didn’t catch at all.
The Defenders start hurtling towards their finale in “Ashes, Ashes,” episode six out of eight. The fight with the Hand is looking ugly, and that’s not the only ugly thing this time around. The pieces are falling into place for a big confrontation, and there are a lot of changes coming. It’ll be very interesting to see how this all spins out.
“Royal Dragon” had a lot of talking in it. It seems like they’re trying to make up for that in “Take Shelter.” The Hand is on the move and has a lot of good organization behind them. Our heroes have barely met and aren’t getting along as well as you’d hope for the good guys. Talk about going in with a handicap.
Finally brought together in “Worst Behavior,” the four heroes spend most of “Royal Dragon” together. The title refers to a Chinese restaurant they hide out in, despite the workers’ various protests. The four of them storming in ignoring the poor workers is a good bit of the beginning of the episode, and makes for some good comic relief.
The Defenders finally work on actually getting together in episode 3, “Worst Behavior.” Unlike last episode, I don’t see a direct tie in for the title, aside from the fact that many of them are not exactly doing everything they should be. But there were some great scenes that made a comic book geek’s heart…