So I sacrificed doing actual productive work to finish season one of Daredevil, and I’m glad I did, because as of right now, Daredevil is my favourite Marvel TV show. The thirteen episodes gave us a great hero/villain dynamic, well fleshed out supporting characters, well paced out tension and incredible fight sequences. So let’s discuss Daredevil season one!
Wilson Fisk is how you do a good Marvel villain. One of the biggest complaints about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the lack of well developed villains with complicated motivations. One of the biggest praises about season one of Daredevil was the main bad guy, Wilson Fisk. The recurring imagery of the rough white surface, from the artwork in his bedroom, to his cell wall was a great way to really showcase the complexity of his character.
Wilson Fisk is presented as one of the most fearful men, however he is also one of the most emotionally vulnerable men as well. He’s intense and murderous, yet wants to be capable of love. He wishes to help create a better city, but in his own perverted way.
And what also made Fisk such a great villain was the parallels he drew with Matt Murdoch himself. Matt also has the plan to help create a better city. Hell’s Kitchen was made even worse after all those bloody aliens came down from the sky, so like Fisk, Murdoch wishes to help create a better city, in his own perverted way.
Murdoch may be a religious man, but he brutally attacks and tortures his way through the episodes, to help his city. Both Murdoch and Fisk have moments of questioning their morality, but in the end accept that they are doing what has to be done.
The great thing about Daredevil was that it wasn’t afraid to get a little brutal. Hell’s Kitchen is a pretty dark and brutal place (if you couldn’t guess by the name), so it’s fitting for the show to fully dive into the dark and brutal stuff that goes on. The fight sequences are some of the best on television right now, I can never get enough of them Daredevil flips.
As for the supporting characters, they too were well developed. There wasn’t one character that pissed me off, when they weren’t supposed to. And I gotta give praise to the showrunners for how they handled Karen Page.
Because you know what I like seeing, no love triangles! I’m sick of Barry/Iris/Eddie love triangle crap on The Flash and Oliver/Felicity/Ray love triangle crap on Arrow. It would have been so easy for Daredevil to just made Karen Page this character that causes all the tension and love triangles. And there may have been romantic hints, but it wasn’t over the top, soap opera annoyance, which was great. Karen Page was no damsel in distress, she was strong, compassionate and smart.
The great thing about Daredevil being only 13 episodes long, was it meant the season was focused without the frills. There weren’t really any filler episodes or anything like that, it had it’s direction and focus and rolled through it throughout the entire season. There was a great build up to the final confrontation between Fisk and Murdoch.
The season finale of Daredevil really hit the climax, showing us that even though Fisk thinks he’s one step ahead of everyone, Daredevil is never too far behind. The reveal of the red suit was really well done. The suit might look a little awkward now, but I’m sure as we see more of Daredevil, it will improve.
And now that Daredevil has wrapped up, I have high hopes for A.K.A Jessica Jones, which will be the next Marvel Netflix show premiering later this year, and all the other shows that follow.
Overall I was really impressed by Daredevil season one, and am glad Marvel aren’t afraid to go outside their normal tone. The incredibly well developed and focused season will nicely pave the way for the future Marvel shows, that will accumulate to the Defenders mini-series woo!
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