It’s no secret that when it comes to the world of comics and things based on comics, I am primarily a Marvel girl. I love DC TV shows like Arrow and The Flash, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming shows Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. But Marvel time and again wins my heart. And the Netflix original Daredevil was no different.
It was everything I had hoped for and more. It was dark. It was gritty. It had humor and heart. But most importantly, it had characters I cared about. From the beginning of the series, I was involved and nearly in love with Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock, played by Elden Henson and Charlie Cox. It was obvious that these two loved each other and would do anything for each other, even if it meant Foggy had to take cases he didn’t, at first, want to. Enter Karen Page, a woman who was framed for murder with apparently no clue as to why, played by Deborah Ann Woll. Matt knows there’s more than what she’s telling them, and as the first episode closes, it’s clear this duo will soon become a trio.
As the series continues, we meet Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson, a nurse who finds a broken and probably nearly dying Daredevil and heals him. She isn’t a regular in the series but every time she comes into play she ends up being a bit of a bad ass. As is Karen. These two, especially Karen, end up in situations where you’re not sure that Daredevil will come in time or at all, and they prove themselves resilient and pretty incredible.
And then there’s the main antagonist, Wilson Fisk. What the show does with Fisk and Murdock is brilliant. These are two men who want to fix their cities. And they go about it in opposite ways, with Murdock becoming the Devil in Hell’s Kitchen, and Fisk working with several different criminal factions. But what the writers do to the audience in terms of Fisk is amazing. He isn’t introduced right away, but when he is we begin to learn more and more about him.
What’s brilliant about the writing is that they make you care about not just Matt and his friends, but the more you learn about Fisk and his group and friends the more invested you become in what happens to them.
All thirteen episodes are brilliantly written and gorgeously filmed. It’s very dark, literally dark. Sometimes it’s even hard to see what’s happening (which really helps us get on Matt Murdock’s level). But there are so many beautiful shots with the darkness. There’s one scene where a few of the characters are talking in a parking garage and all you see is their silhouettes. It’s a gorgeous shot, and there are so many beautiful shots and impressive fight scenes. It is a very violent show, rated MA, but overall it’s a fantastic cinematic piece.
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