Saturday, May 14, 2016

Daredevil on Netfix

After watching Jessica Jones on Netflix, I decided to give Daredevil a try. It is set in the Avengers universe with a few references to "the incident" that was when New York City was heavily damaged during the first Avengers movie.

While Jessica Jones only has one season out so far, Daredevil has two (although what, exactly is a "season" on a Netflix show?). I have so far watched the first season of Daredevil and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. It's not quite as dark (and gruesome) as Jessica Jones, but there's lots of action and character development. The first season villain doesn't have superpowers, but is just one evil dude named Wilson Fisk played to perfection by Vincent D'Onofrio. And his love interest is one of the more interesting characters, a woman who knows what he is but loves him anyway. She is played by  whom I've never seen in anything before but she is very good.

Some of the episodes drag a bit concentrating on Fisk's business or the relationship between Matt Murdock (mild mannered and blind lawyer by day, Daredevil by night) and his partner Foggy. But you keep watching wondering what Fisk is going to do next and how Murdock will handle it. And the action scenes can be pretty intense. You have to suspend belief that a blind man can beat up a sighted person. But they explain that with the old "toxic waste" trick of comic books. Charlie Cox does a fine job playing Murdock (although I suspect someone else does his fighting and jumping). But I think Fisk steals the show. He's the guy you love to hate.

I'll probably start watching season two right away as I wait for season two of Jessica Jones.

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