Daredevil 1×01: Into the Ring

When did I first fall in love with the world of superheroes?  Was it when I first saw Iron Man suit up? Was it when I first watched Captain America throw his shield, or saw Chris Hemsworth shirtless?  Or was it when I first watched a hooded vigilante shooting arrows at the men ruining his city?  I may never know the answer to that question, but I do know that the love of these worlds is what made me so eager to watch Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil.  I had read multiple reviews about this show before I started watching this show, because my dad made me wait until school was over to start it, so I knew it would be good.  It was even better than I expected. Daredevil possesses a dark and gritty tone that one wouldn’t expect from a Marvel show, but that is what makes it so amazing and different.  Yes, other shows based on comic books can be dark, but Daredevil takes it to a whole new level.  Before the opening title sequence even began, I was hooked.  Daredevil is violent, which might be part of the reason I enjoy it (is that wrong?), and the fight scenes are graphic and intense, but they are epic.  The fights in this first episode were amazingly choreographed and executed. The writing for the pilot episode had to be exceptional in order for people to stay interested in the show.  How many pilot episodes have you watched that didn’t make you excited because of poor writing and plot?  Probably at least one.  This episode was written by Drew Goddard (World War Z, Cabin in the Woods), and he did a phenomenal job drawing people into the world of Hell’s Kitchen.  The episode might be a little slow in some spots, but it is worth it. Some superhero shows, and movies (*cough, cough* Daredevil (the movie) *cough, cough*) don’t have the best acting.  I’m a huge fan of Arrow, it is one of my favorite shows on television, and even I’ll admit the acting isn’t amazing.  That isn’t the case with Daredevil.  Charlie Cox (Stardust, Theory of Everything) does an incredible job as Matt Murdock, a blind defense attorney by day who runs around in a black mask at night.  It isn’t easy to portray a blind character, yet Cox does it with remarkable skill.  Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Ruby Sparks) does an outstanding job as Karen Page, a suspect in a homicide of her co-worker, alongside Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect, Deja Vu) as Foggy Nelson, Murdock’s business partner. Murdock may be blind, but he has super hearing as a side effect to the radioactive chemicals that blinded him as a young boy, and Daredevil does an exceptional job portraying it.  Weather it be the sound of a heartbeat, or a chain hitting a railing, you never doubt that he can actually hear it (unless you completely reject the super hearing thing because you think it is too unrealistic, in which case, what did you expect from a superhero show?). What I really enjoyed about Murdock is that, unlike most vigilantes in comic books, like Batman or the Arrow (or Green Arrow if you want to be picky), he isn’t a billionaire.  He is a lawyer who hardly has any money, but still wants to clean up his city.  He also uses his bare hands, and not any special weapons. This next section has spoilers from the episode when you see the line of “SPOILERS!” again, it is safe to continue. SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! Now for the spoiler-y section of the review.  In a way, the episode starting with Murdock’s accident set the tone for the series.  A child is in pain and injured. To me that says dark.  Then we get to see Murdock at confession, and telling the priest his father’s story. How his dad was a boxer and his grandmother always said that he had “the devil inside” of him.  It foreshadows what is to come for Murdock later on in the episode, and gives us a little background on him as well.  This along with the flashback later on in the episode, give viewers a sense of what Matt’s homelife might have been like growing up. The plot of this episode was a nice way to introduce the characters.  We are introduced to many characters, and learn how they can all play a part in the grand scheme of things.  Kingpin, however, was not introduced, leaving an element of mystery, I guess, for those who didn’t know who the big bad would be. SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! The fact that they kept this in the canon of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), just adds to the greatness of the show.  There are multiple mentions of “The Incident” refering the events of the first Avenger’s movies.  I would expect many more Easter eggs throughout the season. Overall I would give “Into the Ring” a 9/10 stars, just because of some slow spots, and the fact that I think the best is yet to come.

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