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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Daredevil: New York's Finest


New York's Finest begins with Daredevil chained up on a rooftop, a prisoner of The Punisher, and a large part of the episode is the psychological fencing between the two as they duel over their diametrically-opposed mission statements.

The Punisher's bullet-ridden crusade has been stirring up internecine blood feuds between the city's gangs, which has led to hospitals being overwhelmed by their victims.

Foggy is hunting for Matt, and visits Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) at work, to see if she has any clue as to where their "mutual friend" has got to.

She drops a passing comment about helping another would-be hero in Hell's Kitchen (i.e. Luke Cage), but then they both find themselves drawn into a stand-off between two violent gangbangers in the middle of a hospital ward... and Foggy marvellously defuses the situation.

The action highlight of the episode comes in the final act, when The Punisher provokes the Dogs Of Hell biker gang to storm the building he and Matt are in, resulting in a drawn-out fight that strongly echoes the legendary corridor fight sequence of the first season.

But as epic as this fight was, the real stand-out moments of New York's Finest come in the to-and-fro of the heated debate between Daredevil and The Punisher, as, although Daredevil brands Frank as "insane", you can't help but see both sides of the argument.

5 comments:

  1. This is my next episode!

    (I've only had a chance to watch the first couple so far)

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    1. My attempts to binge watch episodes are continually being stymied, but perhaps that's not a bad thing as really a show like Daredevil deserves to be relished.

      I try to be vague where possible as I'm a total spoilerphobe, so hopefully my critiques won't give away anything before you get to see the episodes.

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  2. The fight with the Dogs of Hell is one of the tensest, and best choreographed, fight scenes I have ever had the pleasure to witness. There are some very long shots, as the camera follows Daredevil down the stairwell, that add to the tension of the scene. Coming, as it does, after the back-and-forth between the Punisher and Daredevil, it is excelled only by the Foggy Nelson hospital scene, in which Foggy is able to end a potential conflict with just his words.

    If this was the only episode of Daredevil ever made, as much as I would be left wanting more, I would be satisfied. An amazing, amazing episode even taken by itself.

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    1. So, I'm guessing you enjoyed this one as much s I did, then? Of course, now I'm wondering if there's anything to come later that might even top this?

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    2. I know! My god, what a strong hit not even halfway into the game, and from there the whole season begins to take a few unexpected turns.....

      Great, great stuff so far!

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