It’s been a while since I’ve looked into anything Marvel as of late, especially in television. I know Agents of Shield is running its 2nd season, with it on a better pace and tone than last season and Agent Carter aired its miniseries and it was just OK to say the least but now, we’re going into another different territory. One Marvel character that actually needed a reboot but not in the form of a full-length feature film, but as a 13-episode television series.
Yes, you remember that bad 2003 movie with Ben Affleck, right? If you do, I’m so sorry (well, not really).
But wait, it’s not going to be on ABC though as Marvel and Netflix did inked out a deal to make TV projects on their service when SHIELD was getting early success on network. Hopefully with that deal, they’ll have more creative freedom without any restrictions or censors breathing down their back.
Anyway, the basic overall synopsis for the show is lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock uses his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as Daredevil. During the course of the show, it explores the origins of Daredevil from his beginnings of the incident, how he became to be and of course, the main antagonist of the season is Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin).
Now, with that said, I went going in this show at the medium of expectations and for those that wanted Daredevil translated on-screen right and a great Marvel TV series….CONGRATULATIONS!! You get both those wishes although we can already tell it was going to be superior to that movie anyway based on those teasers and trailers, so there’s no contest on that but as for being another Marvel TV series….
The first thing that worked was its darker tone that felt appropriate and convenient for the show as the show progresses one episode after another, making you want to know more about what’s going to happen in the next episode and lucky for them as people started to think that Marvel is all about being jokey, bright and colorful (even though Winter Soldier did that already but that’s for their films). The pace was as reliving as the episode 1 can get you hooked faster than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D did in its first season as their elements (crime drama, superhero, courtroom drama) doesn’t overshadow each other or alienate one factor over the other. You get both the interacting character drama with interesting character origin stories that makes you empathize with them and some bad-ass action scenes at that (and man, those scenes are killer to watch!)
Another good thing about this is it doesn’t completely rely on anything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it’s not tied to any of the movies or other series. It might make a few references here and there but hey, it’s MARVEL and that’s expected of them to do.
Oh, and you have to mention the characters and the way they were portrayed in here. I thought all the performances were stellar throughout, starting with Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. That guy….he’s definitely believable as Murdock and his overall performance was great from the get-go. Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson was portrayed good as well and their chemistry on-screen was kinetic. But I think the MVP of the show is Vincent D’Onofrio as Fisk as he perfectly portrays him not only as a villain, but a villain who is also still human and isn’t evil just for the sake of being evil but you don’t forget that he is a monster but a child inside.
FINAL VERDICT: If you Marvel stepped their game up on movies, they definitely did it with TV and Daredevil proves it by being completely different in tone and scope with equal parts drama and action. And come to think of it, they’re better off doing content exclusively for Netflix as compare to the ABC shows, they were not holding back on some things. Easily one of the best shows of the year.
Did the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen get the bull’s-eye for me?
9/10 – FIRST CLASS
And on that note, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing criminals and naysayers to JUSTICE!
MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL – courtesy of MARVEL TELEVISION / ABC STUDIOS / NETFLIX