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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Daredevil: Speak Of The Devil


In Shadows In The Glass, Wesley asked Fisk what Nobu and the Japanese brought to their criminal enterprise and Fisk replied they were a "necessary evil".

And Speak Of The Devil builds on this by throwing Matt into the knockdown, drag-out fight of his life against Nobu - who is revealed as a Hand ninja.

Nobu also tells Daredevil that the training he received from Stick was their training.

However, although the episode opened with this fight, events began to unfold earlier, with Fisk coming out into the shadows, giving him the upper hand, and the support of the public, in the fight for control of Hell's Kitchen.

Matt's Catholicism comes to the fore again in this episode as he has a number of great conversations with his priest, Father Lantom (Peter McRobbie) about the existence of the devil and confronting evil.

He also goes to visit Vanessa at her art gallery, pretending to be interested in buying some art for his flat after visitors have complained that it is a Spartan. However, while there he is introduced to Wilson Fisk!

In the courts, Matt and his team are standing up to Fisk's attempts to persuade tenement residents to move out and make way for his redevelopment of the area.

Elena Cardenas (Judith Delgado), who has been the spokesman for the residents and become a good friend of Foggy, Karen and Matt, comes to them to say that Fisk has doubled the financial incentive to move out, and that some other residents are now thinking of taking him up on this deal.

However, Foggy convinces her to stay and fight - which unfortunately results in her being attacked by a junkie in her block and murdered!

Daredevil beats his way through the druggie underworld of Hell's Kitchen until he finds the junkie, who directs him to a warehouse where he claims he was taken and told to kill Mrs Cardenas.

Once there, Daredevil realises it has been been a set-up all along where he is ambushed by Nobu.

From the moment Nobu appeared on screen I suspected he was a Hand ninja (because they are such an integral part of the comic book mythology of Daredevil), so was delighted when Speak Of The Devil opened with him in full Hand attire.

However, I wasn't expecting him to give Matt quite such a beating. The fights in Daredevil have been very visceral, but this one took matters to a whole new level - especially when you consider that even when this fight is over, Matt is drawn straight into another of almost equal brutality.

But outside of the physical conflicts and Fisk's continuing machinations, the heart of the episode was Matt's conversations with his priest, which really spoke to the character of Matt Murdock, explaining - in part - the forces that drive him.

2 comments:

  1. Favorite lines this episode:
    What about Nobu? Let him burn.

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    1. The writing on the whole show has been spot on.

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