Murdock, She Wrote
Kingpin Of Crime
To me, someone who does get lost in the shuffle a little is Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple. Sure, she gets her time patching up Matt and getting to know him quite personally, but come the final hour, she essentially works as a talking health potion. After a good few episodes getting to know her and how she will come to be an ally to the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, it is kind of disappointing that the focus is just as quickly taken away from her. I have a feeling that this has something to do with her on-going role in the MCU in the comings years, so luckily this will not be her last hurrah.
That being said, I did find it hard to care about Wai Ching Ho’s Madame Gao. As much as the villains surrounding Fisk were all pretty scared of Gao’s influence, I found it really difficult to stay invested in her as a villain when her one trait was ‘say something in Chinese that sounds ominous, then fuck off somewhere whilst the other characters do the cool stuff’. To a certain extent, Nobu, played by Peter Shinkoda suffers the same fate, but does at least get to face off quite satisfyingly with Daredevil.
Baptism Of Blood
Anyway, last chance before Spoilers.
Still here? Alright. I'm hoping you've marathoned your way through all 13 hours of goodness, cause from here on out, it’s a discussion of specific moments from the series.
Daredevil is not cagey about its bloodshed. It’s actually quite shocking to see the extents that the series goes to in order to highlight its body count and gore. The end of episode 3 (“Rabbit In A Snowstorm”) was the first nail in the coffin, with Fisk’s goon opting to force his own head onto a rusty fence post than face the wrath of the Kingpin. Then of course, episode 4 (“In The Blood”) shows us just what the Kingpin is capable of as he decapitates Anatoly with the door of his car in an equal parts blood-curdling and exhilarating display of power. In fact, Fisk getting his hands dirty is the theme for probably one of the best episodes in the series in episodes 8 and 9 (“Shadows In The Glass” and “Speak Of The Devil”). Watching how the macabre follows Fisk throughout his life and serves to stack a tower of cards that come tumbling down in the final episode (“Daredevil”) was immensely satisfying.
Plan Without Fear
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, you can expect someone to say “There’s a guy down in Hell’s Kitchen dressing as a devil who’s kick ass and taking names” or words to that effect. Given the global scale of AoU, I reckon it’s a good shout that someone will talk about New York’s Blind Guardian even just in passing.
- Claire Temple will more than likely end up playing a part in both AKA Jessica Jones and the Luke Cage series, given her ties to Cage. Gotta love that her mysterious ex ‘Mike’ is the first name of the guy playing Luke Cage. Nice one, Marvel.
- Stick may or may not return, but The Hand is a presence that it well and truly set up in episode 7 (“Stick”). Expect them to be impacting Matt Murdock’s life in series 2 of Daredevil, when a lady who goes by the name Elektra will undoubtedly make her appearance.
- Did you see how Madame Gao managed to floor matt in one hit before she magically fucked of out the story? I’m guessing this has something to do with chi and with K’un L’un, which of course you might associate with the final piece of our Defender’s puzzle, Iron Fist.
- Matt didn’t go public at the end of the series, not even dubbing himself Daredevil and leaving the speculation in the hands of the residents of Hell’s Kitchen. Given that, I think it’s safe to say that he may side with Captain America in the events of Civil War and even get to share a little time with a certain Peter Parker as a result.
Marvel's Daredevil is one of the best re-telling’s of Matt Murdock’s story to date. The MCU has finally been expanded in a way that delivers a feedback effect of the world around it with a satisfying, bone-crunching punch, and I can’t wait to see more.
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