Don't worry guys, the wait is almost over! If you're looking to kill time in the wait for the follow-up to one of 2015's greatest shows, then stay with me. As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the second season of Daredevil, let's reflect on the first season's success and what the critics had to say.
Daredevil follows lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock, who uses his heightened senses and abilities from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime on the streets of New York City's Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil. Murdock establishes his law premises with fellow lawyer and friend Foggy Nelson, meeting Karen Page along the way.
The first season of Daredevil premiered on April 10, 2015. Almost immediately, the series was met with critical acclaim, with critics praising the action sequences and performances. Many critics highlighted and praised the darker tone compared to other properties set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first season holds 98% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The series was an instant success.
"Daredevil begins by pulling the best elements from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (a focus on the hero's character, just the right amount of self-awareness, and clear action) and applying them to the TV format really well."
- Kevin Sullivan of Entertainment Weekly
As I mentioned above, the surprise element of Daredevil was the tone. The tone varies from other Marvel series and films, highlighting a more depressing and perhaps realistic tone.
Handsome, meticulously paced and with a break-out performance from Cox, it has the potential to transcend the geek ghetto and become Netflix's biggest hit this side of House of Cards.
- Ed Power of The Daily Telegraph
Another element that impressed the critics and viewers alike, was the fight sequences.
No Daredevil review would be complete without mentioning the fighting. In my opinion it is, without question, the best fight choreography ever put on television. It’s that good. Even if you don’t care about the characters, or you like action films, but not superhero movies, or you just like to try and figure out how stunt teams pull off difficult scenes, I can still recommend the show to you. There is a long hallway fight sequence early on that has gotten lots of deserved attention, but in truth, almost every episode contains a noteworthy and impressive action moment. Most impressive is that everything appears to have been done practically without CG doubles.
- Jack McKinney of Paste Magazine
Daredevil was also commended for its portrayal of the character. Ben Affleck's earlier incarnation of the character was received poorly, and up until the Netflix series, the character hadn't been portrayed successfully. Charlie Cox's interpretation of Daredevil is largely praised.
Self-consciously "dark" television often lurches across the line between high-minded seriousness and adolescent moodiness. In this regard, Daredevil's secret weapon is Cox, a native of Sussex who not only pulls off a pitch perfect American accent but imbues Murdock with a persuasively tortured demeanor.
Ed Power - The Daily Telegraph
The series was so popular that it became the second most illegally downloaded show at the time, only behind juggernaut Game Of Thrones.
So thanks for taking this little trip down memory lane with me, all the way back to last year. As we eagerly await the second season of Daredevil, we can only hope that it is a fraction as good as the first. Many great series suffer from "second season syndrome," so will Daredevil be another True Detective and produce a poor follow-up, or will it be a Happy Valley and provide us with an equally compelling second round? I have high hopes for the Devil of Hells Kitchen!
The second season of Marvel's 'Daredevil' is available on March 18.