Daredevil Season 1 Review

WARNING: Spoilers ahead.

I have to admit, when I first started watching Daredevil on Netflix, I had no idea who he was. I’ve never been very familiar with comics, only recently have I started paying attention to the Green Arrow, Birds of Prey and The Flash ones, because of the CW. Amidst all of the buzz that has been generated over this recently released Marvel series, which has already been renewed for season two, I decided to give it a shot, and I was not disappointed.

Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock: lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Oh yeah, and he’s also blind from an accident when he was a kid. Before the show was released, I had my doubts about how well the acting would be in the show, because from my experience, usually actors aren’t very good at portraying blind characters. But Charlie Cox’s skills are nothing but incredible, and heartbreaking. He captures the essence of Matt Murdock so well; the incredible flux in his abilities from happy Matt, to almost-dead Matt, to struggling-with-his-morality Matt, is something to watch.

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Throughout the 13 episodes, Matt Murdock struggles with his inner dark side, his quest to save the city, and almost dying about 45 times, while starting a new law practice with his best friend and college roommate, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and their, after the first episode, receptionist and total badass Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). They struggle to get clients, in fact most of the season they don’t have any clients, it’s just them trying to take down the big baddie, Wilson Fisk.

Wilson Fisk is a troubled man, who is, likewise to Matt, on a quest to “save Hell’s Kitchen”. Only Fisk is killing people to do it, and working with drugs, and murderers, and money launderers, and paying the cops off. Fisk is Daredevil’s main focus of vigilante-ness this season, and he has one of the best villain backstories that has ever been written. While the writers give plenty of reason to why Fisk turned out the way he did, like murdering his father to save his mother’s life, they never falter from the stance that he is a villain and needs to be stopped, where other television series seem to lose that separation.

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Our main three cast members, Charlie, Elden and Deborah, all shine in their roles and offer up an important and provoking interpretation to a story that so many people are familiar with, especially if they’ve read the comics. But with Marvel branching out like this even more, it is creating a new generation of comic book fans (like myself) that will soon, if not already, be more than acquainted with Daredevil and his pals.

Do I want season two? YES. Do I want it now? ALSO YES! I’m very excited to watch more of Daredevil’s adventures, especially with the suit being created in the season finale, and possibly seeing much more of Matt, Karen and Foggy’s backstories. Maybe they’ll even get a client, or two. Season two is set to come out some time in 2016!

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