I have been non-stop gushing about the Drew Goddard-helmd Daredevil on Netflix on every single social media platform for the past 72 hours because – well – it is the best damn show I have been watching on television as of late. It almost erases that movie malarkey we were subject to in 2003. I say “almost” because every time it starts to fade away, I remember that Coolio was in it and that damn playground fight scene. Both are forever engrained in my brain forever.
The show is amazing on all accounts. I’m diggin’ the writing, pace, art direction, emotion, characters, actors – oh the actors! Charlie Cox is the perfect Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) and Vincent D’onofrio as William Fisk (a.k.a. Kingpin) is possibly the best portrayal of a Marvel villain in the MCU. The show also fuels my obsession with Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson is the snarky buddy of all snarky buddies.
The best thing about the show is that it gets grimy and gritty while telling the story of gaining, controlling, and regulating power in Hell’s Kitchen. It, like all good hero stories as of late, plays with the notion of what’s good and bad. It feels like the down and dirty comic book that Daredevil is supposed to be. Lots of “shits,” “dicks,” and “assholes” are voiced loudly and proudly and we see lots of blood, violence, breaking bones that raise the stakes higher and higher. The hero actually fails once in a while and we get to see the shit get beaten out of him, which in a weird way is satisfying and grounds the show more.
But the fight scenes are a masterpiece of TV action sequences. Each brawling punch, bash, and kick makes my palms sweaty, makes my fists clench and makes me wince with pain. Particularly this one-shot Oldboy-ish fight scene of brilliance:
The second season can’t come any sooner. Part of me hopes that Daredevil or someone from Hell’s Kitchen will pop up in Age of Ultron.
And let’s not forget that Matt Murdock was a straight A student! Let’s hope we can see this flashback in the next season: