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Friday, April 17, 2015

T.V. Series Review: Daredevil

First episode date: April 10, 2015
Genres: Action, Science Fiction
Cast: Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Toby Leonard Moore (James Wesley) 
The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, "Daredevil" follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night. Blinded in an accident as a child, Murdock uses his heightened senses as Daredevil, fighting crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. His efforts are not welcomed by powerful businessman Wilson Fisk -- aka Kingpin -- and others whose interests collide with those of Daredevil. Though Murdock's day job portrays a man who believes in the criminal justice system, his alter ego suggests otherwise, as he takes the law into his own hands to protect his Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities.

Daredevil is a T.V. series created by Drew Goddard and 
produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and shown on Nextfilx. All thirteen episodes went up at one time, practically begging to be binge watched. The show picks up sometime after the big alien invasion we saw in The Avengers. Hell's Kitchen in NY city is trying to rebuild. Lots of bad guys (Russian mob, Japanese drug lord, crooked politicians) have moved in looking to claim the area.
I haven't read the Marvel comic version of Daredevil so I went in without any expectations...well, if it has Marvel on it, I'm expecting entertainment. The show starts with Murdoch and his best friend Foggy buying an office for their law practice. Then it is off to the races as Murdoch and his scooby gang take on Mr. Fisk (villain) leaving behind a high body count. The hero/villain dynamic is well done. They both think they are doing what is best for their city. They find happiness along the way only to have it stripped from them as they make sacrifices to achieve their endgame.
Mr. Fisk
One word I can use to describe the show is dark. Dark in tone and dark as in "I can't see what's going on!" I knew the show was going to be a violent drama, but I didn't realize how far they were going with it. This would earn an R rating. There are body parts chopped off, brutal beatings, lots of blood...and no lights...seriously. Hell's Kitchen must not allow overhead lighting. I can understand the dark outside where Daredevil goes after the bad guys, but every house and office only has one desk lamp with maybe a 25 watt bulb in it. I also understand Murdoch's apartment wouldn't have lights...he's blind. But the rest of the characters aren't. I don't know of any female that would walk through an office in the dark and only turn on the desk lamp. Just saying... The trailer below is pretty much how all the episodes look. Probably 80% was filmed in low lighting.

Darkness aside, I liked the show. I didn't feel compelled to watch all the episodes in a row, but I did want to watch it. And let's be honest...Daredevil looks good. I didn't mind just seeing his jaw and mouth when he wore the black mask. That is a fine looking mouth. This brings up another thing. Why didn't any of the bad guys wonder why his mask had no eye holes? I also liked Mr. Fisk's right hand man Wesley.
Acting, writing, settings, were all good, but honestly I couldn't see most of the settings so I can't really comment on that aspect. Definitely worth watching if you like the darker side of superheroes.

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  1. Sounds like a bloodbath of moral ambiguity. Oh well guess I don't need netflix!

  2. That sounds interesting and since I just signed up for Netflix now I know what to watch first.