Netflix Kicks Off With New Original Series "Daredevil"
By Shakilur Rahman, '16
Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, is a new Marvel superhero TV show on Netflix that is filled with great fight scenes and excellent writing.
This show was intentionally put on Netflix, which is so that the viewers can binge watch it all in one sitting. Netflix shows have a unique policy where they release a whole season at once. This is a very smart play by both Netflix and Marvel. Marvel knows the sheer number of people that own Netflix, and Netflix knows how widely recognized the Marvel Universe is thanks to the billion dollar franchises such as Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider-Man. Marvel has created a show that will have to not only stand on it’s own, but also tie into their movie-universe. This move is risky but worth the payout, as Daredevil has surpassed many viewers’ expectations, and most importantly, mine.
The story based on a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock, is about Matt seeking to help make his city a better place. Although he had been blinded by chemicals while trying to save an old man, he had developed heightened senses that almost allows him to see without actually physically “seeing.”
Throughout the first episode, you immediately learn how dark and gritty this show is, in comparison to the previous Marvel shows such as Agents of Shield or Agent Carter. Unlike most superhero adaptations however, Daredevil is a more realistic approach to what a human superhero would really look and act like. In this adaptation, there are no deus ex machina to every character, and not everyone will always be able to make it out. It plays on the fact that superheroes are always perfect and can avoid the temptation of killing/executing the criminals. Matt instead, struggles to constantly keep his soul intact and hopefully avoid any temptations of killing. He does this through some both humorous and philosophical church scenes, with a catholic priest named Father Lantom.
Matt continues on his path to stop Kingpin from destroying the city. This at first seems nearly impossible, as Kingpin owns the police, media, and various businesses all at once. However, Kingpin is no cookie-cutter villain. Surprisingly enough, Kingpin is a bit antisocial, and a bit awkward at times. This makes his character actually quite 3-dimensional. It feels as if no matter how brutally he murders a man, you still feel for him and understand that deep down he is still just a person with feelings and emotions. His origin story which had been introduced to us in the episode “Shadows in the Glass,” is a dark and brutal tale that shows how Kingpin had been led to this path of destruction. Although there hadn’t been many interactions between Kingpin and Daredevil, instead the story focuses on friendship dynamics, which was done with superb chemistry by the actors. Every scene with Matt’s friends Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, was very fun to watch, especially with Foggy and Karen’s flirtatious banter. Even the scenes with Kingpin and his right-hand man Wesley, were great, and sometimes even tear-jerking.
Luckily it wasn’t just the story that was fantastic. The fight scenes in Daredevil are also phenomenal. The hallway fight scene with Matt trying to take down the criminals was a very intense and heated battle. You can actually for the first time see what it is like when you fight multiple people at the same time. Instead of the criminals standing there, they actually come at him in numbers, which I’m glad a show finally has done. It shows what a real fight would look like, and how just having some abilities doesn’t just give you unlimited stamina. Matt’s abilities don’t feel fictional either. It really feels like he just simply mastered his senses, although, there is still just enough advantages to allow the audience to feel entertained within the superhero aspects. Daredevil can smell perfume coming from a man 2-stories above him, or hear people’s conversations a mile away. All of this is great fun, especially on the fact that no one else knows about his abilities, and assume he is just a blind lawyer just starting out a new firm.
There are too many great things to mention about Daredevil. I would highly recommend this Netflix series. It is dark and edgy, with just the right amount of superhero fun. Daredevil is an excellent work of art created by Marvel, and it is definitely worthwhile checking out. It’s intriguing story alone, is enough to carry on the show by itself, but with the addition of spectacular and jaw dropping fight scenes, Daredevil is definitely the place to be at when you need a little jump start in your TV schedule. Even if you’re not free, Daredevil is a must-watch masterpiece. This show is spectacular, and I have no doubt that greater things are to come in the coming seasons as well.
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