Missing the point: Defenders

I just saw the trailer for this new Netflix show combining Jessica Jones, Nick Cage and Iron fist, and it looks terribly tiring and boring.

People punching each other and things exploding is the realm of the mass produced super hero blockbusters we’re all so sick of. The Netflix super hero shows, for the most part anyway, have been thoughtful, interesting and character driven. Whatever this is, it doesn’t look like that, and it seems to have completely missed the point of why these other shows were so popular.

Did anyone really watch Jessica Jones to see her punch and kick people? Or was it the interesting aspects of her character and her struggle with her past? Her development from being a cold loner to being able to trust people? Did people watch Nick Cage to see him punch and kick people? Or was it the intrigue of the character and the message the story contained about crime and the prison system?

Maybe I’m in the minority. Maybe people really do want another ‘team of super heroes punch people and blow stuff up to defeat the super bad-guy that threatens the whole city’ story. There are about a dozen of them per year these days, after all. People must really enjoy them.

I hope I’m wrong and this show is interesting. But I’m expecting wisecrack overload, cool guys walking away from explosions, and twenty minutes of consequence free fight scenes every episode.

Prove me wrong Netflix!

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