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Friday, 10 April 2015

Daredevil: Cut Man


Battered and stabbed, Matt - in his black proto-Daredevil outfit and mask - is found in a dumpster by nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson).

She helps Matt back to her apartment, so she can stitch him up and later we learn that she has been hearing rumours of a masked vigilante looking out for people in Hells Kitchen.

Daredevil is on the trail of the young boy kidnapped by Russian gangsters at the end of the last episode, but it turned out to be trap which is how he ended up, left for dead, in the back alley dumpster.

A gangster, disguised as a police detective, comes looking for Daredevil, but Matt and Claire capture him and - after a surprisingly graphic bit of interrogation - learn the whereabouts of the kidnapped boy.

This culminates in a brutal slugfest that reminded me, in part, of the bloody climax of Taxi Driver and I'm sure this was intentional as Daredevil  is aiming to tap into that dirty, '70s New York vibe.

We're also treated to further insights into the extent of Matt's "superhuman" abilities, both in the main story and the flashbacks to his early life (both before and after the chemical spill that robbed him of his sight and gave him his heightened senses).

Continuing the boxing theme of the previous episode, Cut Man (the boxing term for the person who deals with a boxer's injuries) was interspersed with flashbacks to young Matt Murdock's life with his proud, but flawed, dad, Battlin' Jack Murdock (John Patrick Hayden).

From here, we followed the events leading up to his fatal, final fight with Carl 'Crusher' Creel (who we know from Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., even though we don't see him here).

Jack was supposed to take a fall, but decided to the turn the tables on his mob backers, placing a hefty bet on himself to win and then beating Creel. His bosses weren't best pleased!

The episode's third plot strand dealt with Karen, now working for Matt and Foggy as their secretary, not wanting to go home at the end of the day because she can't get the blood out of the carpet where her ex-colleague was murdered in the pilot episode, and so Foggy took her on a bar crawl through Hells Kitchen.

This was great character material but didn't really go anywhere (yet), although I wouldn't be surprised if some morsel dropped along the way here wasn't picked up in a future episode.

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