Before we get into reviewing The Defenders, I’m going to ask probably the number one question that people have been asking: do you need to watch all the other series before watching this one? The answer is that no, you don’t. If you’ve watched both seasons of Daredevil, then you’re pretty much good to go on the plot. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are unrelated to the overall plot. They’re probably the two best since Daredevil gets a little weird in season 2 but not essential for knowing what’s going on if you know who the characters are already.
I’m not prepared to go all doom and gloom like some people and say it’s all over for Netflix, but unless they take corrective action now, they’re likely to lose a great deal of significance in the coming years. Disney announced yesterday on its earnings call that company is accelerating its purchase plan of BAMTech, and launching a paid streaming service for the Mouse and for ESPN. ESPN’s service will launch in 2018 and Disney’s streaming will launch in 2019. Disney will then remove its content from Netflix, and I have to assume ESPN will want to reduce access or completely remove WatchESPN access to cable subscribers.