Marvel’s Defenders is the new hotness over on Netflix. Their latest bingeable masterpiece tailor-made to get people to keep renewing those Netflix subscriptions.
As a huge geek it’s the sort of show that should be catnip for me, but I’m just not feeling it. Y’know what I am feeling?
There’s just so much new stuff coming out and I have to wonder when it’s going to get to the point that the superhero trend starts to fizzle out. No pop culture fascination can last forever even if it does have the power of the mouse behind it running it into the ground.
Netflix is the perfect microcosm of this. I watched Jessica Jones and really liked it. The only problem? When I went back to watch it again I wasn’t as interested, and I realized that the only thing that kept me coming back to that show was David Tennant who provided the first truly menacing villain any on-screen Marvel property has seen since the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe became a thing.
I tried Daredevil. Everyone was raving about it, but it felt like more of the same. I forced myself to watch a few episodes, but then it got to the point where I got distracted by something else and I never came back to it.
Iron Fist? I didn’t even bother with it when it hit Netflix. I did catch parts of a few episodes because my brother in law is obsessed with the Netflix Marvel stuff and I happened to be over at his house for something on the day he was binging it.
The snapshots I saw of the show convinced me it wasn’t something that I needed to sit down and explore in its entirety.
Maybe it’s just that I’m getting too old to really appreciate the new pop culture hotness in a way I would’ve when I was younger and had more time on my hands. There was a time when I got on the hype train for things like this, but I guess I was burned enough times that I’m willing to let the hype train leave the station without me and I’ll wait to see if it’s going anywhere worthwhile before I give something a try.
I keep seeing people saying wonderful things about the Netflix Marvel stuff, and I just don’t get it. I guess it’s not for me and that’s fine. Difference is what makes the world go ’round, after all.
Mostly it makes me feel old though. I’m at the point where I have to carefully ration the time that I do spend on pop culture stuff. Between running my own author business and two kids, including a newborn that I’m taking care of during the day now because fuck paying $1400 a month for someone else to watch a newborn sleep all day at daycare, I find myself spending less and less time on stuff that doesn’t capture my attention and imagination right away.
Maybe that’s getting older. Maybe I’ve just lost patience for stuff that isn’t immediately gratifying. Either way, I think I’ll be giving Defenders a pass.