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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Daredevil: Daredevil


I've spoken before about this being an amazing time to be a geek, especially a comic book reading one who loves his TV and films.

And it's shows like Daredevil that make that truth all the more sweeter.

I'm nearly 50 years old, but I couldn't contain my inner child - whose been reading comics seriously since he was a teenager - from nearly exploding when Matt got to suit up in his red costume, complete with collapsible billy club, for his final boss fight of the season.

From the moment he took down one of Fisk's goons with a ricochet shot with the club, I knew this was going to be something special.

And 14-year-old me was sitting right beside 48-year-old me on the sofa jumping up and down and cheering Daredevil on.


With Gao - and her drugs - gone, Fisk's empire was crumbling, accelerated by the discovery that Leland had been stealing from him as well.

However, Owlsley thought he had protection - a trump card that would keep Fisk from going after him. He was wrong.

When Matt learned of Leland's 'security measure' - a corrupt cop who could name names - he made sure he got him to the FBI before Fisk's men can put a bullet in him.

However, just when it looked as though Fisk was going down, he still had a trick up his sleeve.

When the show began I wasn't sure about Vincent D'Onofrio's take on Wilson Fisk, he felt a bit hesitant, but as the show progressed I came to appreciate that this show isn't just the origin story of Daredevil, but also the Kingpin.

Daredevil was the grand finale we'd been looking forward to, wrapping up the overarching story we'd been following for these 13 episodes, but leaving enough character threads and hooks that can be tackled in the other Hell's Kitchen serials coming from Marvel/Netflix or left for this show's well-deserved second season.

This show was both quintessentially Marvel (especially in its stylistic homages to Frank Miller's legendary remaking of the character) and totally unique, standing apart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe we already know with its grittier, more brutal tone, and yet still most certainly part of it.

Television doesn't get much better than this for comic book superhero fans. Everything worked for Daredevil, from the high caliber of the writing, the plot flow, the shifts in episode make-up to tell the story from different angles, and the slick but visceral fight scenes to the costume, the Easter Eggs (I see Melvin was sketching out parts of his Gladiator costume) and the steady, confident direction.

My optimism for the AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist shows, and The Defenders mini-series, has now gone through the roof thanks to the incredible work put into this first show in Marvel's new venture into television.

I don't want to use Daredevil to knock Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I'm still very fond of), , because the latter show has to work on network teleivision.

But perhaps tighter storytelling in the first season, condensing everything down to 13 episodes (as with Daredevil), might have made it more appealing to the general viewing public... as well as us very overexcited geeks!

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