After the critical flop that was the 2003 interpretation, Marvel teams up with Netflix to do the character of Daredevil some justice. But how does it stack up against the flood of live action super-hero shows we've been getting over the past couple of years? And how does it stand as a show in its own right? I assume that many people reading this article already know to some extent Daredevil's back story, but nonetheless, some explanation of the character is probably in order. Due to a horrible childhood accident involving a truck and a copious amount of toxin filled barrels, Matt Murdock finds himself blinded. However, sight isn't the only way to see. Not in the comic book world, and especially not when radioactive chemicals are involved. Matt discovers that the very thing that took his eyesight also boosted the rest of his senses, allowing him to perceive the world even better than those with sight. After honing these senses and his own body, with some help from his mysterious mentor Stick, he's now ready to become the hero of the night, Daredevil... Okay, technically he doesn't take that name till the end of the season, but still. As far as acting goes, it was really well done. Charlie Cox absolutely kills it as Matt Murdock. He's not only got the wit and the charm of a mild mannered lawyer by day, but the intensity and grit of the bad-ass bad guy smasher by night. Speaking of bad guys, I feel as if Vincent D'Onofrio was all but born to play Kingpin. Not only has he got the massive physicality of the character in the comics, he slides easily between sweet-talking politician like romantic, to emotionally unstable psycho so quick, it will take your head off.... possibly with a car door.
But a character, and actor, that really surprised me was Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Matt's best friend and partner at their new law firm Nelson and Murdock. The dialog between them feels real, and I really love how Foggy treats him as just another person, not some blind delicate flower. However, Foggy isn't pure comic relief by no means. He's got some real moments, some that are almost heartbreaking. Not to mention at times, he's kind of a badass. The other actors all do a really good job in their roles, but, I just mentioned the three that I thought were some of the greatest. Daredevil seemed to be a fair departure from the Marvels usual outings. I mean, sure, things like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man were a bit darker then usual, but then you have Guardians of the Galaxy which had a climactic fight including a dance off, so I'd say its fair to claim that Daredevil is a bit darker then usual. This dark and gritty tone works well with the series, and allows for some cool, boundary pushing stuff, such as Matt straight up Kevin Ware-ing a dude
Sometimes I found the fight scenes to be a bit hard to see, which may have been the only time the darkness really worked against the show (but also may be a result of my poor eyesight), but there were plenty of phenomenal fight scenes to make up for it. A specific one I'd like to point out happened at the end of episode two, in what I can only describe as "Old Boy-esque." However, fight scenes alone do not an amazing television series make. The story of Daredevil is a deep one. Matt's a devout Catholic, so he struggles with the fact that what he's doing is wrong. His conversations with his priest are especially poignant, and raise questions of sin, redemption, and the Devil himself. These questions give the show a complexity that many others can't, with Matt struggling with the fact that he may actually have to kill someone. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Daredevil. It had fantastic acting, a darkness to it unlike anything Marvel's ever really done before (which at times worked against it), and deep questions of religion that still have me wondering whether or not the Devil walks amongst us. If you're looking for a good show that you can quickly blow through, Daredevil is only thirteen episodes long, and they're all on Netflix, so take a look, and let me know what you think in the comments below.