Published On: Fri, Aug 18th, 2017

Marvel's The Defenders Episode 6: Ashes, Ashes Review

Warning: Contains spoilers for the episode. Do not read unless you’ve seen it or don’t mind.

Ashes, Ashes is overall another good episode, but it also has some odd clunky moments in their too. At its best, we get to spend more time establishing and exploring the emerging relationships between our characters. The episode also has some of the most dramatic scenes in the show so far. But on the reverse, there are some weird character reversals and clunky contrivances to drive forward the plot.

So let’s start with the good. The opening clash between Iron Fist and Daredevil is fantastic. The tension between the two comes to a head resulting in one of the most intense fight sequences in the show so far. It’s reminiscent of some of the best Daredevil scenes. The action is furious but legible. Luke and Jessica tag in when called upon, but this is definitely Danny and Matt’s fight, with the latter seemingly dominating (reinforcing Stick’s suggestion it should be Matt leading the charge and the team). And while I love this fight sequence – you really feel like they’re both highly-skilled fighters – I’m less sure in the motivations that lead to it occurring. In the Royal Dragon, he referred to their meeting like it was an act of fate. But now, no more than a day later, he’s at their throats. It’s such an annoying regression for a character that was seemingly maturing in the early episodes of the show into a more confident hero. But within the opening fifteen minutes of Ashes, Ashes, the petulant Iron Fist is back.

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