At last, Marvel and Netflix have delivered The Defenders, the eight-part miniseries that brings Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together for the first time. Unfortunately, despite (or maybe because of) all the hype, the end result is frustratingly mixed.
Under Daredevil showrunner Marco Ramirez, our heroes remain perfectly in character even when jostling for space with each other - Iron Fist actually showed some improvement over his debut appearance - and all four of them have their own arcs across the season.
Unfortunately, while it was unequivocally exciting to have these four heroes share a screen, the actual storyline that brought them together could have been stronger. The pace was more pedestrian than we had hoped from the trim runtime, the Hand mythology seemed to hardly make any sense and, worst of all, it committed the cardinal sin of wasting Sigourney Weaver.
With the series fluctuating from good to disappointing on a dime, it is difficult to rank the episodes against each other as each have positives and negatives. Even so, there are some clear favourites that fans will want to watch over and over again - and others that they will likely skip on the rewatch.