It has been a busy couple of months for Marvel Studios. Age of Ultron was just released, the Fantastic Four reboot is just a few months away, and the first season of Daredevil, Marvel’s new collaboration with Netflix, is now available for your binge-watching pleasure.
But if you’re like me, you may have been a bit skeptical about the show. There are plenty of other superhero TV shows to fill your time, many of them even on Netflix. Agents of SHIELD has hit its stride, and the first season of Agent Carter just wrapped up. Those two shows alone could likely satisfy your superhero withdrawals, but there is even more content to sink your teeth into. Outside of the Marvel universe, DC has been cranking out Arrow episodes for a few years, and, most recently, Gotham and The Flash.
With so many epic comic book shows so readily available, is Daredevil relevant, or even worth it? Not to show my hand right off the bat, but the answer to both those questions is definitely affirmative. Not only is it pretty damn good, but it also kicks the crap out of all other competing superhero shows – metaphorically, and also likely literally. As always, I’ll do my best to avoid major spoilers, but if you haven’t watched the show yet, tread lightly.
If you aren't familiar with Daredevil’s story (meaning you missed the 2003 film that we all wished we had missed), it centers around Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who moonlights as a masked vigilante. Although he can’t technically see, he uses his enhanced senses of hearing, smell, and touch, to “see” the world around him and run through the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York nearly as nimbly as Spider-Man, stopping crime and seeking to improve the lives of the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen. When he uncovers a brutal organized crime unit operating within the city, he seeks to put an end to their actions by taking out their leader and cutting of the head of the proverbial snake, Wilson Fisk, also known as the Kingpin (though he is never referred to by that name in the show). The story in itself is nothing spectacular, and is pretty similar to a lot of other solo-act heroes. But even though the plot isn't amazing, and is often quite predictable, Daredevil shines in so many other ways, and the weak plot is pretty forgivable.