TV Show Review: Daredevil (2015) Season One

Details: Airs on Netflix.

Daredevil is one of my favorite TV shows this year and easily wipes out the bad taste by Ben Afleck’s movie all those years ago.

To be clear, this is stuff we’ve seen before; Batman mixed with a little law and order. Daredevil is essentially Batman, except he’s blind, not a billionaire, went to Columbia law school, and gained a radar sense through an accident involving mysterious chemicals. But the tone is undoubtedly Batman and this works in the shows favor.

Everyone loves Batman, especially Nolan’s Batman Begins and Miller’s Batman: Year One. Daredevil takes heavy inspiration from both, bordering on copying. Some scenes are extremely similar to Batman Begins as is the main characters gruffy, Bale-like voice when he threatens people. However, the heavy copying helps the series and for people who did not see Nolan’s Batman or read Miller’s Batman: Year One, they are none the wiser.

Unlike prior Batman movies, the fight scenes here are detailed, filmed without a shaky camera, and amazing. There are around five big fight scenes in the twelve-episode season. All of them are fast, well choreographed, and follow an exciting progression/escalation. Worth mentioning is the fight scene in the hallway that was filmed in one take and the fight scene between Murdoch and Stick. Daredevil can proudly boast some of the best action on television, bordering on movie-level quality action.

The casting in Daredevil is also worth mentioning. In the lead is Charlie Cox, a fantastic choice as lead who really fits the role. Based on his imdb page, he seems to be an English trained actor which I guess adds to his credibility as an actor. Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson is a hilarious pleasure. The most noteworthy actors are Vincent D’Onofrio and Ayelet Zurer. You may remember D’Onofrio from Law and Order or from his amazing performance as Gomer Pyle in Full Metal Jacket. His performance as Wilson Fisk is nuanced and helps portray the kind of villain you can sympathize in and fear at the same time. Zurer’s performance is worth mentioning because she does an amazing job convincing you that she is a person who truly loves Wilson Fisk, this monster of a man. In many ways, Zurer’s character is just as dangerous and frightening as D’Onofrio’s Fisk.

Score: 8.5/10 I read somewhere that Marvel plans on combining Daredevil with their in-development “Defenders” series. I sincerely hope that isn’t true. Daredevil is the best new thing out of Marvel. It stands above or close to Robert Downey’s Iron Man in my opinion. I do not want them to combine it with other things because it is more than capable of standing on its own. In my opinion, its perfect just the way it is. Can’t wait for the second season!

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