Overall, I give the show a 6.5/10
Part of what works for Daredevil is the fact that it is on Netflix. Being on Netflix allows for the violence, blood, and gore that a street level show like this deserves.
The show is well written and the dialogue is believable. Certain parts of the law are not factual, but a show does not always need to be factual, in order to be believable.
The show does a good job of quickly building an emotional connection between the audience and its characters.
The direction and cinematography are great. There are great shots and sequences throughout season one.
The production is top notch. Everything looks, feels, and sounds real.
The tone of the show is dark and gritty. The lighting that is used gives everything an aura of pain that feels real to Hell’s Kitchen.
The acting for season one was really solid. The cast is full of much better actors than anyone on the CW, ABC, and NBC superhero/comic book shows.
While Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) lacks Stephen Amell’s (Arrow/Oliver Queen) physicality, he is somehow able to pull off more believable fight scenes. The show does not use a shaky camera or quick jump cuts. It relies on gold ole fashioned stunts. Charlie Cox is great as both Matt Murdock and Daredevil.
Vincent D'Onofrio gives a great portrayal of Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. You see him evolve over the course of season one. He is equal parts scary, captivating, and vulnerable. He is not just bad for the sake of being bad. He has purpose in his actions.
Scott Glenn (Stick) was awesome. He reminded me of David Carradine from Kill Bill.
The music is very Marvel-esque. It does a good job of making you feel connected to their universe.
It is a better drama show than it is a comic book/superhero show. It feels more like a Hell’s Kitchen show than a Daredevil show at times.
Daredevil does not fight any villains that casual fans would be familiar with. It is all mob related enemies. It is similar to most of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in that regard.
The pacing was a little off at times. Sometimes, everything was dialogue and story driven, while other times, there was a lot of action. That occasionally leads to some dragging and episodes feeling long.
The show gives no real indication of time. It is hard to place together how many days pass in season one.
While I love the tone and setting of the show, the actual darkness of the scenes can be frustrating. Some things are difficult to view, because of the lack of lighting.
For lawyers with no real clients, the characters never seem to worry about money and bills.
The character of Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) can be a bit annoying at times. I get that he is around to bring levity to the show and that he is the comic relief in an otherwise serious series, but he comes off as too goofy/silly sometimes.
We never learn how Wilson Fisk/Kingpin rose to power. We just learn that he had a bad childhood.
There are shades of Arrow throughout season one. That includes Arrow-like flashbacks. That is not a negative, but it is a dislike. I would like a little more originality.
The show borrows from other properties (American Psycho staircase scene, Oldboy hallway scene, Arrow undertaking angle, “Thing about the color red is that no one can see you bleed”)
The red outfit that has been seen online is only in the final episode for a couple of scenes.
Other than a couple of small mentions, there is no connection to the MCU.