On April 10th at midnight, 13 episodes of a new Marvel show was released on Netflix. As a huge fan of the two TV shows Marvel has/d on TV already, I gave immediate consideration to watching, but after seeing the trailer, I wasn’t sold. It looked like the basic action movies I normally avoid. When the episodes came out, I waited and read some reviews and opinions and made sure I knew what to expect. I heard good things. So then, for the next few nights as a reward for the exam studying I did during the day, I watched the episodes.
Daredevil according to IMBD: “A blind lawyer, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a costumed superhero.” This marks the first lawyer show I’ve ever watched (unless you count the four or so episodes of Boston Legal that I saw when my mom was rewatching that show years a few ago).
Daredevil was odd for me. It took me nine episodes before I really started to care and really got into it, and that’s long for me. This is likely due to the fact that I had basically no prior knowledge of Daredevil or its comic book-established characters going in. And when watching I was like who dis be? because there were some characters that weren’t explained right away or very well. But don’t let that discourage you.
The thing about Daredevil that really stood out to me, and that really separated it from all other Marvel works, was that it was dark. Not in the lighting sense (well, a little of that too), but in the plot and action sense. It was twisted and creepy, and I was shocked. I was warned beforehand, so I knew not to expect the laughs that Guardians Of The Galaxy gave, but it was darker than expected. Darkness is a reason why I don’t watch DC’s Arrow; the four episodes I’ve seen were just not fun enough and I wasn’t interested. I also don’t really like creepy, dark shows/movies because I get scared easily. I don’t watch any, so Daredevil was a first
and maybe a last.
So why did I stay? Why did I make it through all 13 episodes? Well, the bromance between Matt Murdock (the main guy/Daredevil) and Foggy Nelson (his lawyer partner and best friend) was awesome. I love friendships, and this one was great. Foggy, though pretty much the sole comedic element, was my favourite character.
Also, I was curious as to how this blind man learned to become the crazy, talented, butt-kicking guy. Like, I have sight and I can’t do that or anything close to that! So I stayed for the story as well, and unlike normal origin stories, an explanation wasn’t given at the start, though this wasn’t really an origin story per se.
It’s not my favourite show and I’m not going crazy with anxiety as I wait for next season (assuming it gets one) and hopefully I’ll be able to get the creepy face of Fisk (the main villain) out of my head, but overall, the show was decent and better than I expected. I wish it was like Marvel’s other stuff and was lighter, but Netflix was a new medium so a new style is okay. If you like dark shows, then try this one out. And if you don’t like dark shows but still want to watch this (which I suggest Marvel fans do), watch it during the day. Do not watch it before bed or alone in the dark. Trust me on that one.
Marvel has three more Netflix shows in the works, so after enjoying Daredevil, I’ll likely check them out when that time comes.
What are your thoughts on Daredevil?
I dare you to leave a comment telling me