Should you tune in for the Netflix original series?
I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam. I was invited to a sneak preview to facilitate my review. Please note, there may be some spoilers ahead.
So this is what I knew going into Marvel’s Daredevil:
1. Matt Murdock is blind, having lost his vision as child in an accident.
2. Due to this accident, his other senses have been heightened
3. He is a lawyer by day, vigilante by night (and sometimes day).
I was able to watch the first three episodes of Daredevil and here’s my take.
Episode 1 establishes our hero without, thankfully, the whole episode being an origin story. I don’t dislike the origin story but I loved the way the series is in the present with elements of the origin story peppered in to show the creation of the vigilante Matt becomes. This superhero is dark and violent but possesses a sense of justice that he has defined. By day he is a criminal defense lawyer, fighting a traditional version of justice. By night, he dons a mask and rights wrongs with a justice system he created.
This was my least favorite of the three episodes I watched. The pacing was a bit slow for me as the characters were introduced. We meet some of the villains and we learn how Nelson (Matt’s partner in law) and Murdock gets it start. The episode centers around a conspiracy which brings Karen Page to the Nelson and Murdock’s pratice. I really hope this conspiracy does not last the whole season and and come to a resolution quickly. Having chatted with Effin Guy1, I get the feeling that I am not going to like Karen.
The second episode shows us that Daredevil is not invulnerable. Despite the fact that he has superpower abilities, he is…human. We learn more about the conspiracy (yawn) and meet a few more characters, including the always awesome Rosario Dawson. There is more of Daredevil’s backstory; flashbacks of his relationship with his dad and more about his accident.
Daredevil is not the technicolor superhero I’m familiar with. He is someone who works in the dark, literally and figuratively. In this episode he expresses his pleasure in doling out violence and while jarring, it jives with his sense of justice.
By the third episode I was hooked and wanted to keep the binge going. Once again we see Matt’s brand of justice when his criminal case seems to be compromised. Vondie Curtis Hall appears as investigative journalist Ben Urich who wants to uncover the conspiracy introduced in previous episodes. We also meet Vincent D’Onofrio character, Wilson Fisk.
I am excited about the series and look forward to getting to know Matt Murdock’s Hell Kitchen. Marvel’s Daredevil is the first of four planned live-action origin series featuring Marvel’s street level heroes—including Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s Luke Cage—that will lead up to the unprecedented teaming up of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders.
When you watch, get ready for mini binges. The show is about an hour long and is a combination of law, order and disorder.
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Tell me…will you watch?
1:Effin Guy owns a comic shop.