The Defenders

Sarah Shatz/Netflix When The Defenders premiered, we all hoped that the show’s eight-episode order would lead to tighter storytelling, something even the best Marvel Netflix shows have lacked. All of them usually ran out of story in the second half of the season and had to stall as they waited for the inevitable final boss battle. Unfortunately, The Defenders has fallen into this trap too with “Fish in the Jailhouse,” an episode that’s thin on plot and puts the show in a holding pattern until the big finale. The episode begins with a flashback to Elektra meeting with Stick “some time ago.” From their conversation, we know it’s from around the time when Elektra first approached Matt. She tells Stick that it’ll be impossible to convince Matt to kill, even for the Chaste. This is not what Stick wants to hear, because he truly believes they need Matt. Elektra wonders if there’s a way to win the war without so much death, but Stick says they need to prepare for even more of it. Honestly, this flashback is rather unnecessary. When we pick back up with Elektra in the present day, she tells her Hand-mates that she really doesn’t […]

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