“The Defenders” is not a great show.
To be honest, Marvel TV has dropped the ball on pretty much all of the recent Netflix stuff. While the studio started strong with the first seasons of “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”, everything since has been part of an ongoing slide into mediocrity.
That’s not even taking into account how utterly atrocious “Iron Fist” turned out to be.
With nothing particularly exciting on the Marvel Netflix lineup, one would assume that someone involved might be trying to fast-track a second season of “The Defenders”, bringing everyone together again for a big crossover event.
Turns out, nope. According to Jeff Loeb, the head of Marvel TV, another season of “The Defenders” is “not in the plans right now, but you never know”.
This doesn’t sound good.
Honestly I’m not entirely certain Marvel TV even has a plan, considering the twelfth-hour renewal of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, but that’s beside the point.
Apparently, this doesn’t mean an end to crossovers in the Netflix shows. For example, Colleen Wing will be showing up in the next season of “Luke Cage”.
Here’s hoping she’ll have something meaningful to do this time.
But here’s the thing. Considering how bad these Netflix shows are getting, do we really need another attempt at “The Defenders”?
Second Time’s the Charm?
The studio didn’t exactly nail things the first time. The show’s first season drew far too heavily from the parts of the wider canon that are the most annoying.
Placing Danny Rand at the center of everything was a bad idea, as was the nonsense with the dragon bones.
Maybe Marvel would be better off putting some distance between these various shows. It’s hard to argue that their best work was achieved when the interconnected universe was smaller.
Let Luke Cage go off on an adventure by himself. Give Jessica Jones a small case to work rather than a character-defining arc that involves family drama.
This is part of the reason why the Punisher’s TV show is still clinging onto respectability. He’s not burdened by so much extraneous baggage from other characters.
Get Danny Rand out of New York. Put him on a mountain somewhere in China and let him prove that he actually knows some decent martial arts against equally competent kung fu experts.
Or, just kill him off. That would certainly get people’s attentions.
At this point, I feel like Marvel TV has lost its way somewhat. The studio isn’t really on good terms with its movie-making older brother, and everything needs to be shaken up a bit.
Trying to do “The Defenders” season two right now probably wouldn’t end well. Instead, the shows should go back to basis in an effort to find what actually worked in the first place.