Warning: Spoilers for Daredevil Season One Ahead!
If you’ve been listening to The Pundit Podcast for the last month or so, you’ll know Mike is a huge fan of the new Netflix series Daredevil. To be honest, it’s the only reason I stuck with it all the way to the end of the season.
The season didn’t start too badly, only taking a few episodes to setup Matt Murdock, Foggy and Karen in their tiny law practice. At the same time, we were introduced to Wilson Fisk and his league of criminal masterminds.
The trouble began to creep in about halfway through the season. As Murdock begins to take down the various criminal masterminds, Fisk keeps doing his job for him. Quite often, Murdock is just lucky or Fisk is just stupid. How Fisk rose to his position when he reacts like a two-year-old having a tantrum every episode is beyond me.
Murdock is continually battered and bruised throughout the show, in ways that would permanently damage a normal human. Apparently he’s not a normal human, though, since he keeps going back out there. I know, I know, he’s a superhero, but the rest of the world is meant to be somewhat realistic.
As the season progresses, characters behaved less and less consistently and the quality of the writing fell. Having just watched the final episode, I can say that a lot of it made no sense whatsoever. For instance, Karen and Foggy were meant to be growing close romantically. But that got flushed because Matt and Karen are apparently meant to hook up in the second season. None of the characters even mention the fact they were making moves towards each other earlier in the season.
Subtext also disappeared by the final episode. Instead of speaking like normal human beings, the characters began saying the equivalent of, “I am sad now” or “I will get you”. Everything was on the nose with no subtlety whatsoever.
Gao was using blind people to deliver her drugs, because no one notices blind people. I’m sorry, what? That’s ridiculous. If you were buying your drugs off a blind person, or noticed a blind person dealing drugs, it wouldn’t stick out? What are you talking about?
And, speaking of the blind people, at one part in one of the final episodes, they grab Murdock. Dozens of people have him in their clutches… and then he’s not because… reasons. They’re even back at work, so he didn’t even fight them.
And the costume is ludicrous. Murdock kept reminding me of the Princess Bride in his old outfit, but the costume he gets at the end is just silly. He might as well be wearing a joke shop rental.
This show was infuriatingly nonsensical. Not least because everyone has been raving about it since it came out. I was expecting some quality drama, and instead got reality show level logic. I expect Mike and I will be discussing Daredevil in greater detail on Thursday’s Pundit Podcast, but I definitely won’t be watching season two of this show. I can’t understand how it’s so popular or highly rated, as for me it was just poor.
Overall, I give Daredevil 1.5 out of 5 stars, with the half a star given for the start of the season. Sometimes I hope shows are going to get better and they just fall to pieces.
Disagree with me? Let me know in the comments below. I expect there are a lot of you 🙂
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