Marvel’s The Defenders

Heavy spoilers y’all.

The Defenders miniseries premiered on the 18th, just two days ago, and already a lot of fans have strong opinions and questions about the future of the Marvel Netflix universe. It picks up directly from where we left each respective Defender; Danny Rand is hunting down members of The Hand with Colleen Wing, Luke Cage is just finishing his time in prison, Jessica Jones is still dealing with the aftermath of her victory against Kilgrave and Matt Murdock continues to lead his ordinary life as a pro-bono lawyer having retired his days as The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. The cinematography alone deserves an award – with its experimental camera angles and continuous exploration of colours relating to each hero intermingling in the credits as they learn and grow from each other. Daredevil’s red silhouette stands beside Jessica’s bold blue – previously briefly flashing Kilgrave purple before snapping back. Danny’s green outline stands in Luke’s larger gold tones dissolving as more crosses are made between them and ending with their four profiles blazing before the title. There’s a slow but satisfying build to the eight-episode arc, pulling in characters organically and playing off the chemistry of the actors more so than the plot – which has been heavily criticised – so I’d like to discuss the interactions between certain paired characters.

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The CW’s “Riverdale” – Season 1 Review (SPOILERS + LONG)

The incest was more surprising than the murder.

Despite so much potential, Riverdale is yet to become the grand teen mystery show that it could be. With so many great shows ending, Riverdale has big boots to fill. But, unfortunately, the incest was more surprising than the murder. Deciding to cement the tone through the dark monologues of Jughead, depicting the show in quite frankly an off-kilter misrepresentation, is probably where I take my biggest issue. While never having read the Archie Comics, it’s my understanding that they’re vast to say the least, from superheroes to horror to romance reprints. It makes sense to want to roll off the back of previous successes, like Pretty Little Liars, but more often than not Riverdale doesn’t ground itself in the murder mystery of Jason Blossom. It’s much more layered than a simple whodunit, which works. There’s heart and chemistry on-screen and well-thought out plotlines – not to mention the cinematography is outstanding. And to keep it fresh and innovating, I understand the necessity of the murder storyline. What I don’t understand is why Riverdale believes itself to be this grandiose noir narrative.

Let’s break it down character by character.

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