A blind lawyer, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a costumed superhero.
I think I’ve mentioned this at some point but I am notoriously slow when it comes to television shows and movies that come out. I mean, I am too with new releases with books, but it takes forever before I finally get around to movies and show that I’ve been meaning to check out. So yeah, when Netflix dropped season 1 of Daredevil, I was curious (the whole subscription network like Netflix picking up a Marvel show like Daredevil, the fact that Daredevil was adapted to a television show instead of a movie, etc.) but I took a while before finally getting around to watching the series. Contains spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet!
Oh man, what can I say about this show? From the first episode, I was absolutely hooked. The first episode really set up Matt’s story quite nicely: who he is, why he’s donning the mask at night, what can he do, what he’s up against. The first two episodes also does a good job of using flashbacks to show what his childhood was like, the things his father went through, what he learned or got from his father. The pacing is a wee bit leisurely, but I found it wasn’t dragging or boring (well, for the most part; I admit, the Karen & Ben angle investigating into operations that turned out to be Fisk’s was a little…predictable I guess is the word I’m looking for here…but I understand why it played out the way it did); every episode added to the world of Matt Murdock and Hell’s Kitchen and added to the characterisations of everyone and their interactions with one another. I also enjoyed the build-up, the tension and the mystery before finally revealing his nemesis of the series, Wilson Fisk (and man was his introduction creepy!).
This show doesn’t shy away from some of the really nasty consequences of fighting, as episode 3 especially shows. It’s also pretty gritty and darker than the onscreen Marvel movies we’ve seen thus far; I know it’s been said often enough, but it does set the tone of the show. There are great Easter eggs here and there connecting the television show to the cinematic universe without saying it outright, not to mention great nods to the comic series. I’m glad they decided to set Daredevil as a television mini-series as opposed to a movie because it does allow the audience to join the characters in this ride and set up this particular type of storytelling. As I mentioned I didn’t find the pacing too slow or boring, though I do admit the final episode could’ve been divided into a two-parter because it sped to the climax a little too quickly for my liking, especially after being treated to such a pace for almost the entire series.
The cast of characters were great. I haven’t watched much of Charlie Cox’s CV so I was honestly a bit sceptical about his casting at first but watching the show, I was completely blown away by his performance, he was absolutely compelling to watch as Matt Murdock and as Daredevil. The stunt coordination, I should mention, is absolutely amazing as well, there were some pretty awesome fight sequences throughout the show. Vincent D’Onofrio blew me away as Wilson Fisk, he really took on the role quite nicely and his portrayal certainly conveyed a sense of his character I wouldn’t have imagined as. Secondary characters were also interesting, from Foggy (much needed lightness to an otherwise dark and hefty story) to Claire. Even the characters on the bad guys team were pretty interesting to watch as you sort through their motivations (for the most part; I reckon some will carry on to Series 2); Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley, Fisk’s right hand man, was especially interesting, I thought. I honestly missed some of them as, err, Matt started picking them off as he makes his way to face off with Fisk.
My favourite episode from this series has to be episode 10, though I have a few favourite episodes this series.
Overall, I really enjoyed watching Daredevil, it’s the perfect show to binge watch (thank goodness they released the whole season at once!) although now I’m hankering for more of the show and goodness knows when it’ll be airing again. I think the writers did a good job in fleshing out the storyline and introducing these characters in a television format. Themes of corruption, justice, guilt, and the fine line with what Matt’s doing as Daredevil were conveyed in an interesting way. Cinematography and the stunt sequences were phenomenal to watch, and I love the music! (the song they played at the end of the first episode is pretty badass 🙂 ) I’m off to check out some Daredevil comics to stave off the long wait for series 2 (another thing I had been meaning to do and just haven’t gotten around to it) and wait patiently for Marvel’s A.K.A Jessica Jones. If you haven’t checked out this show yet, you should! 😛