Daredevil (Season 1) – Review

 

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Over the last couple of years Netflix has been working extremely hard to establish its self as a big player in the turbulent world of TV – producing a series of groundbreaking TV shows that have redefined how we watch small-screen productions.

Now the online streaming giant has taken the next step in its goal for world domination by teaming up with studio giant Marvel to explore the origins of one of its most interesting characters…Matt Murdoch, also known as Daredevil.

For those of you comic-book fans out there, you may remember 20th Century Fox releasing a big-screen version of the dark story starring Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil that, despite a stellar cast, bombed spectacularly at the box office during its release back in 2003 – and ever since, movie studios have stayed clear of the character, instead opting to launch more popular characters instead.

Well, 12 years on and Netflix are determined to showcase their ever growing power, re-launching the franchise as an online TV series starring British actor Charlie Cox, who recently featured alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the Oscar-winning, The Theory of Everything.

Up until now, Marvel have ruled the global box-office but at the same time have struggled to out do their rival DC Comics in the world of television, who have seen phenomenal success for a number of years with such franchises as Smallville (2001-2011), Arrow (2012-Present) and The Flash (2014-Present).

Don’t get me wrong, Marvel have by no means shied away from TV, launching shows such as Bladeand Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., though none have ever seemed a worthy competitor to DC Comics champions…that is until now.

What’s it about?

Daredevil tells the story of New York City attorney Matt Murdock, who after an accident saving a man’s life, loses the majority of his sight and is left with only the vision of a blurred ‘world on fire’. With one of his senses forever gone, Murdock begins to develop his other senses including hearing, smell, and touch to such an astounding level that he becomes stronger and more in-tune with world than he could have ever imagined.

But not all is perfect is Matt’s world – after the murder of his father, and with his mother M.I.A., the young future hero finds himself an orphan at the age of 12.

Fast-forward 15 years and Murdock (Charlie Cox) has become a successful, yet be it client-less, lawyer living in the notorious New York City borough known as Hell’s Kitchen. Along with his best friend Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Matt starts up his own law firm right in the center of this crime-ridden city in a bid to clean up the streets and return the place he calls home to its former glory.

This of course will not be that easy – deep within the city lies a crime boss known as Mr Fisk (fans of Daredevil will no him as Kingpin), a man so powerful, so corrupt with evil that he owns everything and everyone in the city.

So how can Murdock bring down someone who lives above the law, distilling fear in everyone who dares a pose him? By creating a symbol of justice, immune to fear. Those of Hell’s Kitchen no him as the ‘Man in the Mask’…but we no him as Daredevil.

Daredevil explores the origins of Matt Murdock as he transitions from inexperienced amateur vigilante to an unbreakable symbol of justice and hope in a city polluted by evil.

This of course will not be that easy – deep within the city lies a crime boss known as Mr Fisk (fans of Daredevil will no him as Kingpin), a man so powerful, so corrupt with evil that he owns everything and everyone in the city.

So how can Murdock bring down someone who lives above the law, distilling fear in everyone who dares a pose him? By creating a symbol of justice, immune to fear. Those of Hell’s Kitchen no him as the ‘Man in the Mask’…but we no him as Daredevil.

Daredevil explores the origins of Matt Murdock as he transitions from inexperienced amateur vigilante to an unbreakable symbol of justice and hope in a city polluted by evil.