- Devin Gackle
5 Things About Daredevil that are Undeniably Awesome
This show itself is undeniably awesome, but I'm getting ahead of myself. These are some of the things that were going through my head while watching Netflix's Daredevil back in April that made me think DANG THIS SHOW IS UNDENIABLY AWESOME.
1. Charlie Cox. This is a given. I mean, look at that face. And let me take a moment here to appreciate both his English and American accents, both of which are completely capable of making women swoon (he is particularly adorable as Tristan Thorn in Stardust...)- even men must admit he is perfect! If you think that he sounds different as Matt Murdoch, my theory is that his American accent causes his voice to be deeper. *Swoon* Ahem. I mean, BOOM. I AM SO RIGHT. RIGHT?!
2. The choreography. No, I am not referring to a dance number. If you have seen this show, you know how completely impossible a dance number would be to imagine... (Excuse me, I must now stare into the sun to rid my brain of the image of the cast in matching leotards). I am talking about the fight choreography. It's more than epic; it's just downright clever. And it's only made more interesting by the fact that Matt Murdoch can't even see. (And I'll admit he gets a good break with picking out a mask- since he doesn't need eye-holes he can cover up his whole face). Then, it's made more interesting again by the way in which they're shot. Take the Hallway Fight Scene from episode 2, for example. This whole sequence is one continuous shot. And it's not just our hero going at the bad guys. There's a lot of stop and go- Murdoch takes beatings in this show, he has to pause before fighting again, as do the bad guys. Personally, I think that makes it more realistic. And something I like about this scene in particular is that the whole thing is tinted in green. It might seem like an odd choice- why not red for blood?, or just dimness?- but I think somehow the green is more sinister. And green, symbolizing nature, does end up making things feel more natural (for me anyway). It could also be symbolic of renewed energy, since Murdoch has to take down all those dudes himself and carry the kid out. Basically, it's just executed perfectly all around. If you happen to laugh at some point during this scene, or randomly exclaim "what that what?!", know you are not alone.
3. The questions of morality. This show is deep, man. If it doesn't make you think about the way human beings treat other human beings, I might go so far as to say you are not a human being. Many characters struggle with their sense of right and wrong, including Murdoch, and in many cases we would perceive their views as skewed. The lines are often blurred- for instance, Murdoch doesn't kill, but he will beat the crap out the bad guys. This, I think, plays into the idea that "justice is blind." Those who know of his alter ego debate with him about it, so I won't spoil that for you, but that's not what troubles our hero. He struggles between his Catholic faith and the belief that he may go to Hell for killing someone, and the conviction that the only way to stop Wilson Fisk from destroying Hell's Kitchen is to kill him. Luckily he has an awesome priest to talk to about the big stuff. In fact, Murdoch's reliance on his faith isn't often seen in a superhero/vigilante theme (although The Boondock Saints immediately comes to mind), and Daredevil does a great job of integrating it into Murdoch's character and the show. The hero/villain dynamic is another important thing to address. A particular moment that stuck out to me was when Murdoch and one of the Russians are trapped in an abandoned building. The Russian is dying, and Murdoch repeatedly manages to bring him back to life a couple times. At first the Russian is unwilling to talk, but they eventually end up having a kind of philosophical conversation. The Russian even asks Murdock what he will do when it comes down to him and Fisk- is it really possible and realistic not to kill him? As they make their escape, Fisk cleverly sets up Murdoch; by the end of the episode, the Russian makes a final stand with a gun so that Murdoch can escape, knowing he will not survive. It is an incredible show of humanity for someone considered to be a villain. Indeed, he was a violent man, but he still had his own morals, a code of honor. 4. The character development. Plus witty one-liners that work well with the dark stuff...something tells me this list should be longer. Anyway, this show delves into the corners of its characters' psyches. In a way it's kind of another way to examine morality. But what I like is that each main character has some kind of internal struggle, and that the interacting relationships between characters develop more naturally and realistically. This includes the villains, which I think is rather unique. For instance, again, the Russian had unstinting loyalty and love for his brother; since they ran a criminal organization it might seem hard to imagine them as people with feelings. But feelings motivate. This is most evident in the archenemy Wilson Fisk. Like all villains, he's given a background, and his is accordingly tragic and rather dark. And disturbing. At a young age he killed his father, a bully and abuser. So we might automatically think that because of his tragic past, he is a dark person (and it turns out, a very violent one). But it's more than that. Fisk has a deep love for Hell's Kitchen, he believes it is his city, and he wants to rebuild it. To him, the only way to save it is to destroy most of it- he doesn't see it as evil, he isn't doing it for pleasure. He sincerely thinks he is doing the right thing; it is a very interesting angle to explore, especially when he finds love with a woman named Vanessa. Each main character displays a large amount of growth by the end of the season, for better or worse. Major props to all the actors, who all do an incredible job. Like, mind-blowing. Wow, that was a lot of words. Maybe the list should be shorter instead...I'll keep this next one brief.
5. The opening theme score. The whole score in general. I never get tired of listening to this. Not only are the graphics way freaking cool, I just can't get over the score music. It's so perfect. It just sucks you in. Even as a musician, there aren't words, really. Just enjoy. P.S. The score is by John Paesano.
Bonus: I wasn't kidding about the awesome witty remarks and pithy lines. The use of sarcasm in particular is a nice touch. Seriously, though. If you haven't seen this show, watch it. Just do it. Go now. I mean it. Go. Prepare to binge-watch.