The Devil’s in the Details
by Cara Boyle
Having just recently discovered the awesomeness that is the free month of Netflix, I was determined to find new shows to watch.
If you, like me, only know about Daredevil from the questionable 2003 film with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and a bald Colin Farrell with a bullseye dented onto his forehead, then you’ll immediately understand my apprehension and why I skimmed past this show. Honestly, I was expecting a campy mess, with horribly choreographed fight scenes and cringy dialogue, even with the fairly epic character posters.
However, after Googling the show (don’t laugh, we Google everything these days…) I saw the rave reviews and thought “Hey, let’s give this a shot. It doesn’t look too bad”. Let me just say, that was a serious understatement.
While I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen it yet, the pilot starts out with a fairly interesting plot; a young Matt Murdock is blinded in an accident while saving a strangers’ life, and is left to deal with his blindness alongside his father. It’s nice to see a show build on a father-son relationship with these flashbacks throughout the pilot, and by watching these flashbacks you can see just how much his father influenced his life.
I think that the focus on religion is very important for this character, as from what I know of the Marvel universe (not very much!), Daredevil is one of the few genuinely religious characters, so it’s nice to see Netflix is staying true to the original and immediately addressing Daredevil’s morality and his regret for his actions in confession.
Daredevil/Matt Murdock, is played by the practically unknown Charlie Cox (Stardust or Boardwalk Empire fans anyone?). His American accent was surprisingly good and I completely forgot halfway through the pilot that he wasn’t American. While I knew he wasn’t blind in real life, he did an incredible job playing a blind character, and he was actually awarded the Helen Keller Achievement Award for his role by the American Foundation for the Blind, so if you’re sceptical for that reason, I can assure you he has the seal of approval, and deservedly so
The first fight scene really emphasises how human Daredevil is, and even though he has super senses and can fight like nobody’s business, he isn’t invincible. The rawness here is one of my favourite elements to the show, and you can agree with me when I say that the choreography was amazing, I’m definitely looking forward to what else they have in store in terms of action. It’s also nice to see that he doesn’t have the Daredevil suit yet, just in a black outfit and a mask (think Zorro without the cape…), this makes his vigilante efforts much more realistic and we can watch him evolve as the show progresses.
Matt is a budding lawyer by day alongside his best friend Foggy Nelson, played by Elden Henson (Fulton from The Mighty Ducks?!?), who I can already say is my firm favourite character. Not only is the banter between them funny, it’s clear they have a very brotherly relationship and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing them expand Foggy’s role.
The plot is definitely dark and complex, but not too confusing (I can’t deal with overcomplicated plots), so the explosive introduction of Deborah Ann Woll playing Karen Page was well welcomed on my part. I haven’t seen True Blood so I didn’t know much about her, but judging by her performance in the pilot I was genuinely impressed and I can’t wait to see more from her character. The introduction of the villains was enough to keep the plot going, but we still don’t know a lot about our main villain who we have yet to meet, but hopefully soon we can dig deeper into their motives and their history.
I cannot emphasise enough how well this show was done, and if you’re interested in great action, an actually interesting plot and funny one-liners, this is definitely a show you are going to enjoy.
Daredevil Season 1 is currently on Netflix with Season 2 premiering in 2016.