How Daring…

Posted: July 9, 2015 by Andi Pants in Reviews
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This is going to be a sad testament to what I’ve done with my entire vacation from work. But I’ve got another Netflix show to review… I know! I made my personal case of wanting to dislike Netflix doing shows… But it seems that they are quickly becoming my favorite source for television shows; especially the part where they’re at my finger tips and I don’t have to deal with commercials, that’s wonderful.

Once upon a time, Marvel released a movie… Well two technically… And they bombed horribly. The one we’re talking about came out on Valentine’s Day of 2003 (I was an itty bitty freshman in high school). It featured Ben Affleck as the blind lawyer of Hell’s Kitchen. I would be lying if I said that when I first heard that they were doing a Daredevil movie, that I wasn’t excited… Though, most of my excitement was for Elektra to be in it… Which she was… If only ya’ll could hear the audible sigh that just happened right now… Such disappointment. I think I was still obsessed with Collin Farrell at the time too, sassy Irishman. At any rate, the movie (Movie’s if we’re counting Elektra) didn’t do too well.

ddFast forward twelve years (that’s just painful…) and Marvel decided to give Daredevil a fresh start. Directly off the bat, before even reviewing anything on it. I would like to point out that the Daredevil movie only ranked a 5/10 on IMDB; and that Daredevil the television show is a 9/10. That’s saying something isn’t it? That’s not to say that Ben Affleck and Michael Clarke Duncan did a bad job… But this version of Daredevil is much more detailed, and quite a bit darker than the movie had been.

The show starts with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll… Allow me to fan girl for a moment) waking up next to a dead body. This goes on to be the first case that Matt Murdock and his partner Foggy Nelson take on. Karen’s plotline also carry’s throughout the first season. They introduce the characters in very typical ways, Karen needed defending, in steps our knights in shining armor. The introduction of Fisk, or Kingpin, was a bit washy for me. Upon first seeing him in the show I wondered if they didn’t turn him into a bumbling idiot only survived by his man servant/best friend/assistant like character Wesley. It wasn’t until the real Kingpin shows his face through an act of rage brought on by a botched date that I was like ‘alright, here we go’.

Along the way Matt stumbles and falls, quite literally into an ER nurse played by Rosario Dawson. She doesn’t have the largest role in the show, but for what she’s there for it is worth it. Much to my own surprise, they do introduce Stick in the first season. Stick is the man who trained Matt how to handle his heightened senses and essentially trained him to be a warrior. Oh, I’d like to add that the fighting style that Matt uses when he’s dishing out justice as ‘the man in the black mask’ is fantastic to watch. Stick is also the man who trained Elektra for a year after she left college when her father was killed; ultimately he sent her away because her rage was too strong and in a way blocked her from learning what he was teaching.

Let me get back on track here. I wholeheartedly agree with IMDB giving the show a 9/10. It’s a great show, and I can’t wait for season two. Which has already been confirmed… And introduces Elektra (Can ya’ll tell I’m excited for that?) I can say that the only thing that I have a mild, tiny, little hang up on is the fact that Matt does everything so flawlessly as a blind man. Yes, I am well aware that his senses are heightened and that he can see in his own way, described as ‘a world on fire’. But let’s not forget that he is blind nonetheless. The writers and creators of the show may be making him a bit too badass… Although, still awesome to watch.

If you’ve watched Daredevil, or have considered watching it. Leave me your thoughts in a comment!


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