So I’m not even going to mention how long it’s been since I’ve been here (Actually I am just by typing that). But like…. I’ve been dealing with these things called A-Levels and growing up and emotional trauma and A-Levels. Yeah it’s been stressful.
But a lot has happened in that time, a lot of good things, like me getting a Netflix account and of course one of the first things I watched was Marvel’s Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as the titular blind vigilante.
Daredevil is one of the few shows I’ve watched in the last few months that has properly absorbed me and gotten great emotion out of me. Emotion to the point wherein I visibly and audibly reacted to what I was watching and spent my time when not watching the show thinking about it and talking about it.
Why is the show so good? A plethora of reasons, first and foremost of which being the fight-scenes. If RWBY Volume 1 has taught me anything it’s that kick ass fight scenes can carry a show with otherwise poor writing, and the writing in Daredevil is far from poor. Yeah yeah its the story of a dude who has some bad shit happen to him and decides to put a mask on and beat people up. OK, not exactly original. However, the show does one thing in particular that is different from the likes of Green Arrow or Spiderman or Batman.
While some may argue that the whole ‘masked vigilante with a tragic backstory plot’ is tired and overdone you wanna know what everyone knows is overdone? The ‘masked vigilante with a tragic backstory who refuses to kill for arbitrary reasons and suffers for it plot’. Those three examples I used all handle this idea in different ways: recent episodes of Arrow have actually explored this idea quite well, bringing up just how many people Oliver Queen has killed and forcing the hero to confront (In a highly dramatic and also very shirtless scene) the fact that he is a fucked up human being who enjoys killing people. Spider-Man’s reason for not killing people is always a steadfast “There’s always another way” with little more explanation or justification beyond “I’m the good guy and good guys don’t kill hurr hurr hurr”. Batman handles this a bit more interestingly in my opinion; in the great animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood Batman explains to a resurrected Jason Todd that he refuses to kill the Joker because crossing the line would be “too damn easy”. He’s scared of what he’ll become and what he’ll do once he puts killing on the table, which is right because Batman is a scary dude with the skills, equipment and strategies to take on and kill basically anyone. Daredevil handles this differently in the sense that Matt Murdock refuses to take life because he’s a Catholic and he doesn’t want to go to Hell. Matt’s Catholicism and how it influences his life and choices both as a lawyer and a vigilante dressed like Satan are key themes of the show. The advertisements for season 2 all parallel works of religious art and the dialogue in the show can be both overt and subtle in its religious nature. The most overt example is when Matt in season 1 states “Fisk doesn’t decide who lives or dies that’s up to god.” Alright, so Matt refuses to kill because he adheres to the rule of “Thou shall not kill.” One can make the argument that this is bullshit because he adheres to that commandment but he lies constantly throughout the show and he also does kill people! Actually no he just kills the one guy… three times. It’s weird. And you know what, you’re right it is bullshit, but no show is perfect and the writing even in massive budget shows is rarely bulletproof. Ultimately though I found Daredevil’s first two seasons highly enjoyable and compelling, although with the exception of the Punisher I enjoyed season 1 a hell of a lot more.
Basically the main thing I want from Season 3 can be summed up as: Vengeance for Wesley and more on Karen. Allow me to explain, in season 1 Karen Paige kills Wesley, Wilson Fisk (The main villain of season 1)’s super sassy personal assistant. This event does not come up overtly in season 2, although it does subtlety in Karen’s staunch defense of the Punisher and insistence that killing does not make him a monster. She cannot accept him to be a monster because that makes her a monster. During season 2 we see Wilson Fisk in prison for his many crimes, he bribes the guards and manipulates the Punisher into killing the ‘biggest guy in the yard’ after which point Fisk is free to wait out his sentence, seeking not to escape early and remain a fugitive. Basically what I want to happen in season 3 is for the Kingpin, while still in prison, to hire Bullseye (Daredevil’s comic arch nemesis who has yet to appear in the show)to do something or other. Daredevil spends the season fighting Bullseye and along the way somehow Karen’s shady past which was heavily hinted at in season 1 is revealed and her involvement in Wesley’s death, the Kingpin finds out and has Bullseye kill her, just as he does in the comics. In retaliation and in keeping with the comics Daredevil shatters Bullseye’s spine. I would like the season to conclude with a powerful and dark scene of Daredevil breaking into prison, beating everyone who gets in his way half to death and ultimately fighting the Kingpin, brutally beating him. I want him to stand over a bloody and broken Wilson Fisk and be taunted with his seeming inability to kill, with Wilson saying something to effect of: “If you don’t kill me I’ll get out eventually and then I’ll take more people from you. You’re just like your father, bla bla bla.” And ultimately after a great deal of emotional struggle Daredevil….. Personally I’m torn about how I want this scenario to end. I’d like Daredevil to kill Fisk because him coping with that would be an interesting plot device in season 4, however Fisk is a great villain with a lot of potential and losing him would be a blow to the show. Personally I felt his mostly being absent in season 2 made the show worse, but that might just be me.
Yeah so this was sloppy and didn’t have any images but I just wanted to see if I was physically capable of blogging again. Looks like I am.