An Insightful Look at Life and the Universe – Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Yes, I do like to watch documentaries. Ha ha.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 13-part documentary series created by Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, and chronicles the history and future of astronomy, life and the general study of the universe as we know it. It is a remade version of the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, hosted by Carl Sagan, of which there are books as well.

Before I say anything about the series, it should be noted that Alan Silvestri’s original composition for the title theme and music for the series is unbelievably beautiful.

Cosmos works on three fronts: Real, animated, and metaphorical. The latter is achieved through the way the show voyages through its course, in the ‘ship of the imagination’, which transcends all limitations of humankind to allow us to see, up close, things like the inside of a black hole and surfaces of the Earth (from the past) and other celestial bodies. What the biggest take away from all this is, of course, is the sheer extent to which you are forced to hold your breath at all the incredible visual representations of everything in the universe. You might need to thank modern computer image generation, but everyone on the visual effects team truly created something exceptional, for which ‘a treat for the eyes’ is a laughable understatement.

The animated sections of the show largely exist to tell history of scientific discovery, which in this show, often follows people who have made famous discoveries and also animates their personal lives (for example, Isaac Newton). Quite a lot of the show is dedicated to historical human scientific discovery, and this is a plus point. Unlike anything you learn in school, Cosmos enables you to care for a scientist as you see their struggles and everything they did to achieve what they did. It enables a mass audience to develop true appreciation of those who came before us.

Through Cosmos’ journey, which takes you all the way across time, there is a layer of sentimentality across the whole show; sentimentality of being human, of being alive, of existing at a random star, at a random point of a random galaxy. It is as much a spiritual series as it is an informative one. Of course, the nature of the subject is as such, but it’s wonderful to see how much the series embraces this.

I’ve come so far and have said nothing about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s presentation, because I’ve saved the best for last. Perhaps the world’s best known living astrophysicist, for his presence on the internet and general popular culture, Tyson brings something to this show that nobody else could have. There is, at his core, a burning love for science, and this oozes out of him with every single word he says on the show. Nobody would be as much in awe of any of the history, any of the visuals, or have any appreciation of existing, without Tyson’s voice covering it all. He has you gripped from start to finish, and this series truly wouldn’t have been nearly as good had anybody else hosted it.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is more than just an educational documentary series. It’s something that can provide brilliant scientific insight to an entire generation and beyond.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: MIHIR

 

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Which Episode of Rick and Morty Season 3 is the Most Schwifty?

Now that the third season of Rick and Morty has drawn to a close, the time has come to debate about which episode was the best, and which was the worst (or in other terms, which is the most Schwifty and the least Schwifty). Fear not, because I’m ranking all ten episodes from worst to best, and if you would like to read full reviews, click on the headers.

This is entirely subjective, and nobody’s opinion has to be the same as mine.

So with that out of the way, show us what you got!

10: The Rickchurian Mortydate (Episode 10)

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It is quite sad that the season finale is the worst episode of the season, but I suppose that’s just how it is. The Rickchurian Mortydate has a promising start but a rather disappointing ending, that really falls flat on its face. Hopefully, season four comes around soon, so that we don’t have to call this the latest episode of the show for too long.

9: Morty’s Mind Blowers (Episode 8)

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Filling in as this season’s Interdimensional Cable, Morty’s Mindblower’s is an entertaining episode which looks at Morty’s memories that Rick has made him forget, and that’s it. It’s almost a filler episode, which, despite its entertainment value, has to be this low on the list.

8: The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy (Episode 5)

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Let me say that The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy is one of the most entertaining episodes of the season, but the reason it ranks so low is because my first criteria for this list is how I rated each episode when I reviewed them, and this got a 4/5 because I felt the writing was a little lazy here and there.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy is brilliant. It highlights how much everyone overlooks Jerry as a character, and really progresses the relationship between Rick and Jerry.

7: Rickmancing the Stone (Episode 2)

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Rickmancing the Stone, or as I like to call it, the episode that everyone hates, is a great episode. The focus on Morty and Summer trying to deal with their parents’ divorce in their own twisted ways is exactly what the episode needed, and that’s exactly what it delivered.

The episode ends with both of them having found some sort of closure, and it really is good to see that.

6: Pickle Rick (Episode 3)

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Pickle Rick is the most mainstream, most memed and most action-filled episode of the season, and it is excellent. Even though the episode is slightly bogged down by the shrink’s numerous monologues, everything with Pickle Rick (and Jaguar) more than makes up for it. This meme will not die just yet.

5: The ABCs of Beth (Episode 9)

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An episode I like the call ‘that other one that everyone hates’, The ABCs of Beth really emphasises the fact that this season was more about character progression than anything else, and we see Beth at her best, even if her best is borderline psychopath.

The episode even ends with the ultimate cliffhanger of the season, which is still unresolved in the season finale.

4: Rest and Ricklaxation (Episode 6)

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Perhaps on another day, Rest and Ricklaxation would top a ‘best of’ list, but sadly on this occasion it cannot because the top three are just that good.

Rest and Ricklaxation is the most reflective episode of the season, highlighting exactly what makes Rick and Morty Rick and Morty, and truly expressing how important the ugliest parts of them are. Perhaps there will never be an episode like it again.

3: Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender (Episode 4)

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I love this episode more than most people, and I’m not ashamed about it.

Vindicators 3 is an episode about superheroes, the relationship between Rick and Morty, Noob-Noob, loyalty when push comes to shove, how important Morty is to Rick and Noob-Noob. And all of it is perfect. Need I say more?

2: The Rickshank Rickdemption (Episode 1)

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When The Rickshank Rickdemption dropped without warning or announcement on April Fools’ Day (well played, Roiland and Harmon), everyone lost their minds, and the episode that caused the insanity was the best episode of all time (until a few months later).

The Rickshank Rickdemption picks up where season two left off, and it shows how far the show has come and where it will go from here in the best way, with possible hints at Rick’s past and Morty’s and Summer’s loyalties to their grandpa. It is just sensational, and does justice to its Shawshank-inspired title.

1: The Ricklantis Mixup (Episode 7)

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All you can say is wow.

The Ricklantis Mixup (or as I confused it, Tales From the Citadel), is the best episode of Rick and Morty ever. Following multiple Ricks and Mortys across the Citadel of Ricks (not including our own Rick and Morty), The Ricklantis Mixup shows us the life that our Rick chooses not to live, and in twenty-two minutes is able to help us understand the entire way of life in the Citadel of Ricks, and perhaps have the most important reveal of the show.

Of course, while this isn’t touched upon later in the season, it’s sure to come back in later seasons. Evil Morty schemes his way to be president of the Council of Ricks, and who knows where things will go from here?

Not only is The Ricklantis Mixup wildly entertaining, it is also clever, insightful and full of development for the future of the show.

Season four can’t come soon enough. And don’t expect any future episode to be as good as this one. It’s a bar almost impossible to match.

 

 

The Rickchurian Mortydate (Episode 10): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

With the strongest season of a show preceding the finale, one would expect that the final episode of the season would be one for the ages. One would be wrong, at least in the case of the third season of Rick and Morty.

The Rickchurian Mortydate starts off looking like the best episode of the season, and finishes as anything but. Rick and Morty are summoned by the president of the United States to take care of a problem in the White House, and when both of them are too bored by it, chaos ensues when Rick takes on the president head to head. Meanwhile, Beth begins to wonder if she is a clone (an element carried forward from the previous episode) and embarks on a journey of self-realisation.

Finales aren’t the strongest aspects of Rick and Morty, or at least, they don’t feel like finales most of the time. While last season’s The Wedding Squanchers was a brilliant ending to season two, season one’s finale featured a huge party that Rick throws, and this one involves a number of elements that are ultimately inconsequential, overall. Perhaps there could be more to the ending than is let on, especially with the way the camera focuses on Rick, but that doesn’t change the fact that it ends very abruptly. Hopefully, what I theorise about the ending is true, so that as time goes on, this finale becomes a lot better than it is now.

The first two thirds of this episode, despite everything I’ve said, are brilliant. The quality is right up there with the best of the season. The final third is where things get a little messy, as if the creators weren’t too sure how to end the season.

Random observations about this season:

  • Morty has significantly changed. He is smarter, calmer and generally a better character.
  • The relationship between Rick and Morty, especially indicated by the last episode, is now more of a relationship between equals than one between a superior and inferior.
  • As I’ve mentioned multiple times, this season has had more weight than the previous two, and is my favourite season so far.
  • The ending of episode seven could have infinite implications for the future of the show.
  • Jerry’s regular absences indicate how often he is overlooked as a character.

Rick and Morty season three has drawn to a close, and no matter what I think about the finale, the season overall has been the show at its best. Hopefully, the wait for season four won’t be as long as the wait for season three was.

There’s only one thing left to do, although I will have an article ranking all ten episodes coming up soon.

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The Rickchurian Mortydate: MIHIR

The ABCs of Beth (Episode 9): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

Beth Smith. She is pretty much nobody’s favourite character on Rick and Morty. And she gets less spotlight than every other main character. Regardless of anyone’s opinion about Beth, there is no denying that she has had an episode focused on her for a while now.

After last week’s slight slump in quality, the third season of Rick and Morty returns to form with The ABCs of Beth, in which Rick and Beth go to a fantasy land Rick created for Beth when she was a child to look for Tommy, Beth’s best friend as a child who has been stuck there ever since Beth abandoned him. Meanwhile, Morty and Summer spend the day with Jerry, who is dating an alien.

What a wonderful episode. There is something special associated with an episode in which all five main characters are present. In this particular episode, Beth and Jerry are the most important, and seeing them have arcs through the episode is great.

Beth and Rick have a relationship that apparently has significant importance in the overall series, but rarely is explored like it is in this episode. It is certainly not an orthodox father-daughter relationship, and no matter what you think about Beth, she is the best she ever has been in this episode. We see a more fatherly side of Rick than we have before, which we got hints of in Pickle Rick, and the advice he gives Beth can only come from him.

Jerry is Jerry, but I always love to see Jerry. Morty and Summer don’t have huge roles in this episode, but the way they play off their dad is great.

The complexity of this season only continues to grow, and one can only wonder how next week’s finale will be. It is upsetting that we’re almost through with this season, but the excitement cannot be hindered.

This episode ends with something extremely speculative, and I wonder if we will ever get an answer the question it leaves behind.

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Morty’s Mind Blowers (Episode 8): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

There is a point in every season of television in which the quality takes its largest dip. In the case of the third season of Rick and Morty, episode eight appears to be this point. 

Filling in as this season’s Inter-dimensional Cable (explicitly stated), Morty’s Mindblowers is an anthology episode in which Rick shows Morty a number of memories that Morty had previously asked Rick to erase from his memory. Obviously, things get a little out of hand, but I don’t want to spoil anything. 

It really says something about a show when its weakest episode of the season is still greatly entertaining. Last week we saw the lives of other Ricks and Mortys, and this week we got to see snippets of adventures we wouldn’t previously have known about. In this regard, this episode is great. 

Perhaps it doesn’t help that 

  1. The Inter-dimensional Cable episodes are my least favourite of the show and
  2. Following up on last week’s masterpiece of an episode is virtually impossible. 

Ultimately, though, this episode is largely inconsequential, and to add on, my expectation of some sort of big reveal (an episode in which Rick shows Morty some deleted memories, you expect something big) only weakened the episode a little.

However, the post-credits scene is beautiful, not only for its execution, but also for what it is referencing.

Morty’s Mindblowers will probably be the least re-watched episode of this season. It is still a delight to watch, but in comparison to all the magnificence of season three so far, it can’t hold its own. 

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Morty’s Mindblowers: MIHIR

Tales From the Citadel (Episode 7): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

A two week break from Rick and Morty is, quite frankly, evil. However, in the context of this episode, that might have been intentional.

Tales From the Citadel is the strangest episode of Rick and Morty we’ve ever seen. It follows not the Rick and Morty we all know (C-137), but various Ricks and Mortys, and their lives, in the Citadel of Ricks.

At this point, I’m going to attach a spoiler warning, because even though I try as hard as possible to not have spoilers in any of my articles, I simply cannot resist in this.

When the title of this episode was revealed a while back, there was tremendous speculation regarding what it might mean. The majority suspected it would be linked to the season one episode Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind, in which the most prominent development is the character of Evil (Eye patch) Morty. He has been unheard of since.

The biggest plus of this episode is its ability to showcase the fact that even though this is a society compromising entirely of Ricks and Mortys, issues that exist in the real world are just as prominent in the Citadel. We follow a group of school Mortys, a factory worker Rick who’s sick of working under another Rick, a Rick and Morty police duo and a Morty who is running for president despite being considered a joke candidate in a world dominated by Ricks.

Even though the Rick we know has always been vocal about his opinion of the Council of Ricks, we have never truly seen what life is like in the Citadel, until now. And it is exquisite.

The most important story of all four of those is the last. After the presidential candidate Morty’s campaign manager loses faith in him and is fired, he comes across some information about the Morty running for president and tries to assassinate him. While the viewers are fooled into thinking he’s doing this out of jealousy, it is later revealed (quite brilliantly), that we have been fooled.

In the final scene of the episode, the Morty who is now president orders the killing of any Rick who does not take him seriously, which is a drastic change in character considering he was the perfect candidate for president. Then the same music from the episode with Evil Morty starts playing, and everything makes sense. Evil Morty is now president of the Citadel of Ricks. And as if the music wasn’t confirmation enough, this is the last shot of the episode.

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This is magnificent storytelling. With three episodes to go this season, anything can happen. Or anything can’t, and this will be explored further in another season. Who knows? This concept was only revisited a whole two seasons after it was first introduced.

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Where were the regular Rick and Morty in all of this? They were in Atlantis, having fun with mermaids. They have no idea about what’s happened.

I will finish with this shot of an extensive number of Ricks and Mortys. It’s incredible.

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Narcos (season 3) Doesn’t Need Pablo Escobar After All

When Netflix announced that it had renewed Narcos for a third and fourth season after the end of season two, I thought they were beating on a (quite literally) dead horse. Perhaps that’s why they have made it clear in their marketing for the third season that the show is called ‘Narcos’ and not ‘Pablo’ or ‘Escobar’.

In doing this, however, I’ve come to think that they’ve marketed this season all wrong and too on-the-nose. All they needed to do was cut out a two minute clip from anywhere in the whole season and call it a trailer. Everyone would be lining up left and right to watch the show.

Following the death of Pablo Escobar at the culmination of season two, season three shifts the entire focus of the show to the Cali drug cartel, who were introduced in the middle of the second season and are based in a different part of Colombia, Cali. There are significant changes to this season, including Boyd Holbrook not returning as Steve Murphy, and Pedro Pascal stepping up to fill the shoes of the main protagonist single-handedly. This is a welcome change, because Pascal’s performance (not taking anything away from Holbrook) and character have always been more intriguing. His character this season is no different, and he is definitely able to step up and carry his own.

The antagonist dynamic also changes drastically. While Pablo Escobar was the sole head of the Medellin cartel, the Cali cartel was run by four leaders: Gilberto Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriguez, Helmer “Pacho” Herrera and Jose “Chepe” Santacruz.

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What this results in is a more compact and complex Narcos. This show does a good job of understanding all its characters, and doesn’t shy away from internal conflict or anything as such.

Another character in the show, who probably gets the most screen time, is Jorge Salcedo, who is the Cali cartel’s head of security. The importance and depth given to his character is the strongest selling point of season three, as it highlights the effects of working for a drug cartel and trying to keep your family safe at the same time. The directions his character goes is truly gripping (this is praise despite it being historical fact), and you care about him so much that (no spoilers) in episode nine, you are biting your nails and on the very edge of a heart attack. Matias Varela delivers a performance that stands out.

As much as I think this season is better than the previous two overall, there is one particular aspect in which it is noticeably weaker, and this is to do with the four leaders of the Cali cartel. There is substantially more importance given to some than others, and even for the more important ones, there is simply an inability to care for them like one did for the portrayal of Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons. This is not to say that they are bad – they are in fact excellent – and it is possible that the point of humanizing these characters less is to paint them as simply bad people, but for a show that was able to make you feel bad in the season two finale to see the most famous drug lord of all time die, it is a bit of a letdown that as a viewer, one wouldn’t really feel so bad when anything negative happens to a leader of the Cali cartel.

On that note, however, it should be noted that the way this series is written is spectacular. Suspense is the key and there is not a single filler episode in all ten. The progression of the story is smart and always has a viewer on the edge of their seat.

Season three of Narcos is the best season of the show so far, even if only marginally. It manages to stand on its own two feet, even with the missing Pablo Escobar, whose absence isn’t even noticeable. It is as addictive as it is excellent.

At the end of season two, I was skeptical for season three. At the end of season three, I can’t wait for season four.

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Narcos (season 3): MIHIR

Rest and Ricklaxation (Episode 6): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

There is a hint of sorrow associated with the knowledge that we are now into the second half of the third season of Rick and Morty, especially considering it’s been such an incredible season so far.

While every episode this season has had a mixed bag of characters, mostly Beth and Summer, once Jerry and once a bunch of intergalactic superheroes (most importantly Noob-Noob), this episode is just Rick and Morty. And that actually means more than it implies.

Rest and Ricklaxation begins with Rick and Morty going on an adventure that tires them out so much that they need to go to a spa, where they step into a machine that ‘removes their toxins’. Their toxins turn out to be the worst parts of themselves, and what is in store is an episode of self-reflection for both titular characters.

Toxic Rick and Toxic Morty (literally sentient beings that have been removed from Morty and Rick) represent the worst parts of Rick and Morty, and in reality, Rick has lost his rudeness, profanity and narcissism while Morty is more confident and quickly becomes the most popular kid in school. However, when Toxic Rick is able to escape into the real world, things go very wrong.

What we see in this episode is our characters without flaws and yet, having flaws. It’s a paradox, and this becomes especially clear with Morty. It’s a commentary, really, about how both Rick and Morty are very far from perfect, but they need every part of themselves. This is more evident with Rick than Morty, and at the same time it’s highlighted that Morty’s flaws bring him down more than Rick’s flaws do to him.

Morty’s crush Jessica is back in the spotlight in this episode, and there is some considerable development on that front. This is more of a Morty episode than a Rick episode, but in quite a few ways it showcases how far both characters have come since the first season.

Rest and Ricklaxation takes season 3 of the show along smoothly in its complex motifs, and could possibly be the best episode of the season so far. Knowing this show, though, it could still be topped in the remaining four episodes.

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Rest and Ricklaxation: MIHIR

The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy (Episode 5): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

Season three of Rick and Morty appears to have come full circle midway through the season.

Having the first episode focus on Rick, the second on Summer, the third on Beth and the fourth on Morty, The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy is a Jerry-centric Rick and Jerry adventure, in which Jerry gets involved in a bit of a mess, and Summer turns into a giant version of herself with Beth refusing to call Rick for help.

Having Jerry back in such an important role is refreshing and nice to see, as he’s been largely absent this season. Having the focus of the season be the impact of Jerry and Beth’s divorce is a smart move on the part of the creators, because it’s the cause of some wonderful story-telling. On this occasion, we see Jerry and Rick go to heads with each other about Beth and Jerry’s marriage, Beth trying to cope by trying to accomplish something big without Rick, Summer going to extreme lengths to try and deal with a teenage girl problem and Morty simply trying to hold everyone together.

I do, however, feel that this is the weakest episode of the season so far, because there are a couple of lazy areas when it comes to the writing, once in the middle (what really sets off the dispute between Rick and Jerry) and towards the end (the culmination of the giant Summer story).

Having said that, it should be known that this is an episode in which the characters really open up about themselves, and that is truly something great to see. There are two conversations in particular that stand out, and those are between Morty and Beth, and Jerry and Rick. It also feels like an old episode of the show, in which the five main characters are divided into two equally important stories. That hasn’t really existed this season.

Ultimately, this is an episode about Jerry Smith and the growth of his character, which is displayed quite well. Jerry says things and learns things through this episode that do change him a little bit, but in the end he is still Jerry. And that’s not a bad thing. It really highlights how much heart is in this show, hidden under the strange humour, dark humour, crazy stories and every other insane thing that goes into the Rick and Morty formula.

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I hoped I would go through the whole season giving every episode a full rating, and this episode really does deserve it, but I can’t ignore the plot conveniences I mentioned.

Anyone Who Doesn’t Love The Defenders Will Have a Hard Time Defending Their Case

Is that a Defenders and Daredevil pun? In the same sentence? With my Hand over my heart, I will admit that it is.

Now that this review is off to a wonderful start and I’ve probably lost every reader by now, let’s get into it.

Marvel’s The Defenders is the show to watch on Netflix. Bringing together the heroes of the four Marvel Netflix shows thus far, The Defenders is a culmination of the stories introduced in Daredevil and Iron Fist, and is a brilliant culmination at that.

The first interesting feature of this show is that it is only eight episodes long, rather than the staple thirteen that every previous Marvel series has had. While this does leave you painfully longing for more, it is good for the show, because it’s a compact, no-nonsense punch from start to finish.

The Defenders is a show that has been anticipated for a little too long, and usually this does bring with it disappointment. I never tend to put anything I’m excited for on a pedestal, so I am thoroughly satisfied with this show. Anybody who expected an eight-episode team-up, though, will be disappointed, because this show takes its time to bring the four heroes in question together, and this is really a plus point for the show. All four are given equal importance at the start, of course, but they are all pursuing their own stories, which come together by coincidence. It isn’t like all four of them just decide, at the start, to get together to deal with something. This is a smart, rather mature way of writing this story.

In doing so, it also establishes that all of these characters are faithful to themselves and none of them have to be written out of hand to suit the story. Luke Cage is still just out to help. Danny Rand is still not-quite-so-mature and is only out for The Hand. Matt Murdock is trying to deal with the loss of Elektra and understand how to live his life after the events of Daredevil season two. Jessica Jones is still stuck up and trying to stay away from as much complication as possible. Everything about the way these four characters are written is so truthful to themselves, it’s wonderful.

Throughout all of this, everyone – including Finn Jones, although I really never understood why anyone would think his performance in Iron Fist wasn’t good – delivers powerful performances. This includes the great supporting cast as well, in which Claire Temple, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing and Stick are the most important. While the focus of the show really isn’t on them, the way they are used is smart.

Another excellent performance comes from Sigourney Weaver, who plays The Hand leader Alexandra. Her character is also something the Marvel Netflix shows have been consistently boasting with their villains: compelling.

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In general, The Hand is an aspect of this show that I thought was handled (I can’t stop with these puns. I’m sorry) surprisingly well. The organisation is not one in which they have a dimly lit villainous round table conference room where everyone laughs hysterically as their leader spills out evil information. They are humans (well… The way they work together, at least). The greatest antagonists are those that are vulnerable, and The Hand is no different. Alexandra goes in a direction that many may not like, but having seen the whole show and having observed it overall, I think everything that happens is for the best.

What’s even more surprising is the role that Elektra (previously seen dead at the end of Daredevil season 2) has in this series. The character receives a lot more justice in this than in Daredevil, at least, in terms of being interesting.

On that note, I do feel the need to feel happy in saying that Iron Fist is probably the most important Defender in this series (bar maybe Daredevil). This isn’t something that can’t really be avoided. This is The Hand. He is the immortal Iron Fist. Ultimately, this is his fight above everybody else. But having everyone else does help. It helps his character itself in a few ways. Iron Fist himself is really great in this show. I think it’s a good thing that he is so immature. You can see the character grow over his own show and this. Of course, every character is really good in their own way. This isn’t a team-up series. This is a series about four incredibly written individual characters that are then incredibly written together.

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The relationships and arcs between the four heroes can be called cliche, but I would call it necessary. Knowing all four characters, there was nothing else that could have been done. But it was done very well.

Finally, on a technical note, the action is generally well choreographed, as usual, but also, the score is masterful. All shows leading up to this have had decent scores (Daredevil the best, Iron Fist the worst), but with this show, listening to it makes the series so much more epic, and it’s exactly what it needed. Marvel scores aren’t always the best, but this one sure is.

The Defenders is as perfect as it could possibly be. It is written particularly well, and in its eight episodes it has a story that is so cohesive and gripping, only intricate planning and effort by everyone involved could have made it as great as it is.

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Marvel’s The Defenders: MIHIR

I am truly upset that I finished it, but the last episode has a post-credits teaser for The Punisher that is just mouth-watering. Damn it Marvel, how do you keep doing it?

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