Season 2 of Daredevil arrived burdened with rather high expectations. The first season was a watershed moment for television superheroes, demonstrating a new level of sophistication and maturity which had previously been limited to their Silver Screen counterparts. Netflix’s second collaboration with Marvel, Jessica Jones, not only proved that Daredevil was not a fluke but raised the bar even higher. Thus, by the time trailers started dropping for Daredevil Season 2, fans were ready for another thrilling ride. Given these circumstances it was possibly inevitable that Season 2 might take a moment to find its feet. The first two episodes were engaging yet lacked the emotional pulse of Season 1. Perhaps, the creators placed their hero too rapidly in the Punisher’s crosshairs without giving the character dynamics time to simmer. As exciting as the fight scenes for Season 1 were, it was the character work which truly made it shine. For every hallway tussle there were two more quiet moments which really drove home the emotions. It is a tricky balance and luckily the show found it in Episode 3’s rooftop exchange between Daredevil and the Punisher. From there on out, everything fell into place and Season 2 sprung to full-bodied life.
Continue reading Review: Daredevil Season 2, Episodes #4-6
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Mostly Punisher focused this time around, though there is a tease for more later in the month. Either way, the full second series starts streaming on Netflix Match 18th.
Daredevil started with a bang. Full tilt, head down, sprinting out of the gate. The first three episodes (1-3) were fantastic. It then hit it’s stride and stayed consistent for three (4-6) more episodes. Then, episodes 7,8 and 9 slow down a bit. It is the meat of the season, setting up for the big finish. Just by chance I drew episodes 10 and 11 to review and I sure am glad I did. It is hard to top those first few episodes but 10 and 11 have ramped the energy back up.
Two things before I start. First, there will be spoilers ahead so be weary. Second, I would never let Rosario Dawson walk out my door. I guess that’s why I’m not a hero.
Continue reading Review of Daredevil, Episodes 10-11
I had my doubts about this series. I thought the material was too dark for Marvel/Disney to tackle, that the creative dropout during production was an omen, and that I could sit through yet another spin on Frank Miller’s Daredevil. I’m pleased to say I was wrong on all three accounts.
After the first episode, I was intrigued. After the second, ready for more. Once I completed the third episode, I was convinced that Netflix was totally the right avenue for distribution and that this was the best live action superhero show yet. Easily. Other shows cram in easter eggs to cover bad writing, fail to create a unique vision, or let the quality of the show dip because they’re chasing more money.
Continue reading Review of Daredevil, episodes 7-9
Marvel/Netflix officially announced Charlie Cox–of Boardwalk Empire/Stardust fame–is the new Daredevil/Matt Murdock. What say you NBC! faithful? Continue reading Matt Murdock/Daredevil has been cast for Netflix original series