Iron Fist season one's laconic pace, it was like a strong belt of whiskey.
The Defenders starts off reintroducing the characters, Daredevil/Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Coulter), and Iron Fist/Danny Rand (Finn Jones). Each one is dealing with that happened at the end of their individual series. Luke Cage is getting out of prison, Matt Murdock is doing pro bono lawyer work, And Jessica Jones is drinking a lot (big surprise). Only Danny Rand and his girlfriend/sidekick Colleen Wing are fighting the Hand, the big bad organization that Daredevil and Iron Fist both fought in their individual series.
But in their own way, each of the four are drawn into the web of deceit and lies of the Hand. I don't want to give anything away, but it was great to watch Luke Cage kick Danny Rand's ass.
The show is exciting, original, and fun to watch. Each of the four main characters stay true to their vision of the world as they reluctantly join to fight the Hand.
Lots of supporting players show up: I've already mentioned Colleen Wing (played by Jessica Henwick). But there's also Clair Temple (Rosario Dawson), Foggy Nelson (Eldon Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and even Jeri Hogarth (Carrie Ann Moss). This gives the show a feeling of continuity from the previous shows. There's a few more but I don't want to give anything away.
The acting is very good (I'm really starting to like Mike Coulter as a actor) and the action sequences are, for the most part, exciting and well done. And there's enough of them to keep you interested. The stakes are high and the interplay between the four main characters is done very well.
It helps to have seen all the previous shows (yes, even Iron Fist) for continuity's sake. But you probably don't have to. Watch The Defenders and enjoy it.