TV Review: Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 *Spoilers Alert*

The Man Without Fear gets a TV reboot!

All of us will agree that Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil is a game-changer for TV shows based on comic books. The hero of Hell’s Kitchen deserved a proper treatment especially after the failure of Ben Affleck’s version several years ago. A major caveat was that his Daredevil was okay but his Matt Murdock was unconvincing. But Charlie Cox nailed both parts well. However, it was Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk that really stole the show for me. I read somewhere that he is open to reprising his role in Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot. I’m open to a street-level webcrawler for a change. Anyway, I’ve always disliked the Kingpin of crime but this version really made me understand where he’s coming from. The way he won Vanessa’s heart and his weird ‘friendship’ with his associate, James Wesley, had some cool dynamics to them. I’m curious to see what he can accomplish from prison. I read some of the Marvel Civil War comics and Mr. Fisk was also incarcerated during the course of the story. He still controls the world of organized crime, though, which will be interesting to see on the small screen.

The women were big players in this series as well especially Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple. The Night Nurse is a beloved character in the comics who treats heroes like Daredevil, Spider-man, and Luke Cage because they can’t just go to any hospital. In the TV series, she stumbles upon an injured man in the black mask and gives him first aid. Several episodes later, they’re in a complicated situation wherein Claire is kidnapped to lure Daredevil out from the shadows. The plan succeeds and Matt rescues her from her captors but that’s when he draws the line. Of course, heroes have people they want to protect and the devil of Hell’s Kitchen is no different. Their pairing will probably suffer due to the introduction of Elektra Natchios but don’t count it out just yet.

Now, how about Karen Page? She was a victim in the beginning of the season but has since made it her personal mission to bring the Kingpin to justice. Teaming up with Ben Urich, she devised a plan that would expose Wilson Fisk to the public. But everything went up in ashes as the man who didn’t want his name mentioned revealed himself. Because of his plans to improve the city, its citizens saw him as a savior which discredited what Ben and Karen were working on. That didn’t stop them, though, and they eventually uncovered Mr. Fisk’s dark past through a meeting with his mother. Wesley got wind of what they did and abducted Karen to force her to stop the story from being published. In the encounter, he underestimated her which led to his death. Ms. Page escapes but Ben is killed by Wesley’s boss shortly after. Why did I talk a lot about her character? Because we won’t be talking about her in the next season. I can’t imagine her stealing the spotlight from Elektra. I could be wrong and Marvel plans to do a backstory of her life as a prostitute which is what happened in the comic books but I seriously doubt that’s going to happen.

What I really love about Daredevil is the short arc featuring Matt’s dad, Jack Murdock. He was a boxer who made a living out of fixing fights. Thinking his son would have a better future with the cash he earns, Jack later realized that Matt suffered seeing his father get beaten up every time. In his last match, he went against the wishes of the men who hired him and won the fight. As a result, he was killed and the young Murdock was orphaned. This all happened in the first two episodes and I felt a punch in the gut when the closing credits of the second episode started to roll. It was akin to what I felt watching Peter Parker lose Uncle Ben. There was so much emotion in this series and I can hardly wait for it to return.

Season 2 will come out on March 18, 2016 and I can’t wait to get my free trial of Netflix by then. Since, my review is several months late, let me also give you five things I’m excited about the upcoming season:

  1. Elektra
    I guess the reason why Marvel’s Daredevil did not ship Matt Murdock and Karen Page’s love angle is due to the fact that the Greek assassin will be The Man Without Fear’s primary love interest. I love Jennifer Garner’s version of the character but the movies didn’t really give her justice. Rumours are flying that she will start off as a villainess of sorts before teaming up with our hero.
  2. Punisher
    You might say that I’m simply name-dropping but Frank Castle is probably what a lot of comic book fans are highly anticipating from the TV series. Both Punisher and Daredevil are vigilantes but while the latter does not kill, the other has no qualms about executing criminals by his own hands. This conflict of styles will see them butt heads with each other. By the way, Jon Bernthal’s performance wowed Netflix so much that they want to make a Punisher TV series, too. Doesn’t that just make you more curious?
  3. The Hand
    The repercussions of Nobu’s death will definitely be felt in the next 13 episodes. The Hand is such a huge player in the Marvel universe and it will be interesting how they play their hand (pun intended). Matt Murdock might be in for some serious hurt even more than what he experienced in the pilot season.
  4. Stick and The Chaste
    Not much was shown about The Hand’s rival organization but it seems that the studio will want to go that route sometime and Daredevil will certainly be caught in the middle of their ongoing war. I wish there was more of Stick in the first season but I understand why they only gave us as much. I think he deserved more screen time than Foggy Nelson, though.
  5. Defenders
    Honestly, I thought the Defenders mini-series would follow after the four series came out. That’s still true but I was surprised that Daredevil is getting a second outing even before Luke Cage and Iron Fist get their first’s. I’m not complaining, though, because it seems that this franchise will establish most of what we can expect from the upcoming mini-series. DC struck first when it comes to team-ups with Legends of Tomorrow but I keep hearing bad reports. But because Daredevil and Jessica Jones were such big hits, I’m optimistic that this group of heroes will blow the competition away. It’s a good time to be a Marvel fan!

What are you most excited about Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!


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