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by Lucy
May 2, 2016 8:37AM EDT
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(Season 1 review) I could spend all day discussing the comic book to tv adaptation issues, cultural and time period differences and inaccuracies. But I’m gonna focus on reasons why this series was COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE VIEWING and where it might go next below… There have been a lot of superhero origin stores/ tv shows focusing on their characters in normal life settings of late (agent carter, arrow and agents of shield to name a few more successful ones) but Daredevil really excels as an origin story in that it delves deep into it’s main characters and these are portrayed spectacularly throughout the show. Matt Murdock is really explored as a child, lawyer and conflicted vigilante throughout the season. His background in law and obvious high intellect are key attributes to his character in present day. I loved how in the first two episodes we got a lot of flashbacks to ground us into Matt’s inner mindset and so that we could understand his constant inner turmoil, allowing him to be very relatable from early on. Ignoring the fact that these flashbacks were very loose with their inconsistent time era details. Also Matt’s ‘grey’ morals (abiding by law as a lawyer in the day, and taking the law into his own hands by night) and linking this to his upbringing in the Catholic faith were explored in fascinating detail, giving us a real grounding into the WHY behind Daredevil’s actions. The vulnerability of the character, including being shown with scratches and bruises for more than one episode and being too tired at realistic points in fighting definitely gave the show a more realistic, gritty feel to it and certainly made me root for Murdock even more! The great bromance of Foggy and Matt is pivotal to the shows charm. Lots of laugh out loud one liners from the two of them and Foggy’s upbeat attitude is a great balance for Matt’s cynicism. Foggy is basically a GIANT TEDDY BEAR and I really just want to hug him lots. But I feel he really has more to show as well, he always felt secondary to Matt and was only allowed to show flashes of his true brilliance and lawyer ability. Karen rounds off the trio at Nelson and Murdock and yes she’s plucky, but a wee bit headstrong and naive for me to truly adore her. Hopefully she’ll become more grounded next season. Along with other minor cast members, Ben the journalist and Claire Temple (who seems to be taking the role of Night Nurse), the “Nelson and Murdock” team seems nicely rounded team until Ben was murdered. I’d rather Claire was a doctor than a nurse, to give the ladies of Daredevil a bit more power in the workplace but she certainly held her own in her scenes with Matt. Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk was the main ‘villain’ and definitely was the rash headed, temper tantrum corporate businessman villain you’d expect in a comic book adaptation. but he was also given narrative flashbacks, even an episode dedicated to his side of the story, so we could see things from his perspective - there were times I felt for sympathy for him! (And then he’d kill someone by crushing their head in a car door and I’d totally be team avocados at law again). Interestingly, Wilson has the ‘love story’ of the show, focusing on his ongoing relationship with art curator Vanessa The other ‘villain gang’ members were a wee bit clichéd/stereotyped (Chinese drug dealers, Japanese ninjas, Russian dealers/distributors…) but they all spent a long time in the shadows and proved (often violently) how powerful and scary they were - definitely worthy of ‘villain’ status. However, there were times when some of these characters were a tad one dimensional, though the Chinese lady Gao seems to have a dark past and I hope she returns for season 2 so it can be explored fully! A great strength of the show were the fight scenes and badass stunts. Beautifully shot (the infamous hallway scene was flawless!) and proper martial arts techniques shown and used by Matt and all characters made a nice change to some bad punching. The brilliantly choreographed stunt scenes and fighting were definitely a big draw to the show and Matt being outnumbered, out gunned and often against all odds yet still coming out on top with his fighting skills (but heavily injured) was thrilling to watch. Overall, the slight mixed directions of the plot, with some plot points dragging (Mrs Cardanez housing issues, Matt and Foggy arguing….) and others being left half finished (Karen/Foggy anyone?) but on the whole the first series of Daredevil certainly shows a hell of a lot of promise with a realistic origin story, good action adventure, not as strong in the police procedural element/law enforcement drama - but 2nd season will surely sort this and give the series a fuller, more well rounded feel. But honestly, I’m just looking forward to the ultimate cinnamon roll Matt Murdock kicking ass in more fight scenes :D
(Season 1 review) I could spend all day discussing the comic book to tv adaptation issues, cultural and time period differences and inaccuracies. But I’m gonna focus on reasons why this series was COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE VIEWING and where it might go next below… There have been a lot of superhero origin stores/ tv shows focusing on their characters in normal life settings of late (agent carter, arrow and agents of shield to name a few more successful ones) but Daredevil really excels as an origin story in that it delves deep into it’s main characters and these are portrayed spectacularly throughout the show. Matt Murdock is really explored as a child, lawyer and conflicted vigilante throughout the season. His background in law and obvious high intellect are key attributes to his character in present day. I loved how in the first two episodes we got a lot of flashbacks to ground us into Matt’s inner mindset and so that we could understand his constant inner turmoil, allowing him to be very relatable from early on. Ignoring the fact that these flashbacks were very loose with their inconsistent time era details. Also Matt’s ‘grey’ morals (abiding by law as a lawyer in the day, and taking the law into his own hands by night) and linking this to his upbringing in the Catholic faith were explored in fascinating detail, giving us a real grounding into the WHY behind Daredevil’s actions. The vulnerability of the character, including being shown with scratches and bruises for more than one episode and being too tired at realistic points in fighting definitely gave the show a more realistic, gritty feel to it and certainly made me root for Murdock even more! The great bromance of Foggy and Matt is pivotal to the shows charm. Lots of laugh out loud one liners from the two of them and Foggy’s upbeat attitude is a great balance for Matt’s cynicism. Foggy is basically a GIANT TEDDY BEAR and I really just want to hug him lots. But I feel he really has more to show as well, he always felt secondary to Matt and was only allowed to show flashes of his true brilliance and lawyer ability. Karen rounds off the trio at Nelson and Murdock and yes she’s plucky, but a wee bit headstrong and naive for me to truly adore her. Hopefully she’ll become more grounded next season. Along with other minor cast members, Ben the journalist and Claire Temple (who seems to be taking the role of Night Nurse), the “Nelson and Murdock” team seems nicely rounded team until Ben was murdered. I’d rather Claire was a doctor than a nurse, to give the ladies of Daredevil a bit more power in the workplace but she certainly held her own in her scenes with Matt. Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk was the main ‘villain’ and definitely was the rash headed, temper tantrum corporate businessman villain you’d expect in a comic book adaptation. but he was also given narrative flashbacks, even an episode dedicated to his side of the story, so we could see things from his perspective - there were times I felt for sympathy for him! (And then he’d kill someone by crushing their head in a car door and I’d totally be team avocados at law again). Interestingly, Wilson has the ‘love story’ of the show, focusing on his ongoing relationship with art curator Vanessa The other ‘villain gang’ members were a wee bit clichéd/stereotyped (Chinese drug dealers, Japanese ninjas, Russian dealers/distributors…) but they all spent a long time in the shadows and proved (often violently) how powerful and scary they were - definitely worthy of ‘villain’ status. However, there were times when some of these characters were a tad one dimensional, though the Chinese lady Gao seems to have a dark past and I hope she returns for season 2 so it can be explored fully! A great strength of the show were the fight scenes and badass stunts. Beautifully shot (the infamous hallway scene was flawless!) and proper martial arts techniques shown and used by Matt and all characters made a nice change to some bad punching. The brilliantly choreographed stunt scenes and fighting were definitely a big draw to the show and Matt being outnumbered, out gunned and often against all odds yet still coming out on top with his fighting skills (but heavily injured) was thrilling to watch. Overall, the slight mixed directions of the plot, with some plot points dragging (Mrs Cardanez housing issues, Matt and Foggy arguing….) and others being left half finished (Karen/Foggy anyone?) but on the whole the first series of Daredevil certainly shows a hell of a lot of promise with a realistic origin story, good action adventure, not as strong in the police procedural element/law enforcement drama - but 2nd season will surely sort this and give the series a fuller, more well rounded feel. But honestly, I’m just looking forward to the ultimate cinnamon roll Matt Murdock kicking ass in more fight scenes :D

Rating Stats

49 ratings

AVG: 4.38
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