Sunday, April 12, 2015

Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix) Season 1 Review.

Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix) Season 1 Review.

A blind lawyer with his other senses superhumanly enhanced fights crime as a costumed superhero.

Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock uses his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City's Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as Daredevil.

Mack Thoughts

This just in….The man without fear is back and he continues to prove that sight is not a prerequisite for kicking a** and taking names. This web series provided R rated content that daredevils and marvel fans deserve. I don’t think I able to count on one hand how many times the “ sugar honey ice tea” word was used but it was refreshing that Marvel left its Disney audience at home and catered to superheroe fans and geeks alike. It was like watching an R rated version of Kick A** during the fight scenes. Although Daredevil has “abilities” he still reminds me of the caped crusader but without the vast fortune to accommodate a headquarters and cool equipment. Nope just an old fashioned butt whopping by a blind man without fear and heightened senses. Daredevil is definitely connected to MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as they makes references to the “incident” instead of fully discussing or addressing the events that transpired in The Avengers when the aliens invaded. Don’t get your hopes up just yet Dare Devil and The Avengers will not be providing support to each other anytime soon. As the Creators stated while they both may exist in the same universe; Dare Devil is in the dark corner of that Universe. Translation Dare Devil is fighting for 1. Hell’s Kitchen and for 2. the impoverished “little guy” that the law fails to protect against criminals that are not important enough for tech geniuses, thunder gods and super spies. Daredevil is fighting against pedophiles, rapist, drug dealers, thugs, criminal organizations such as the Russians, Triads & Yakooza and The King Pin.

We get to learn about what events allowed Matt Murdock to become DareDevil like that accident that claimed his sight, the relationship with his dad, lack of his mother, the conflict with his behavior and his faith and being trained by his mentor; Stick.

We learned just as much about the Wilson Fisk. His equally impoverished and violent upbringing. His conflict with duplicitous nature and his early beginnings running a crime syndicate and meeting the woman behind the criminal mastermind.

Overall this series is awesome. Marvel and Netflix got it right from the origin stories, to the action packed fight scenes with bloody violence, sick graphics and the plot with engagingly realistic storylines. (Ben Affleck better not flub the Batman/Supermn Dawn of Justice Movie as he did the DareDevil movie in2003 or it may too need to be aired out and redone by Netflix) Netflix has just created a new niche for fans and providing all 13 episodes at once for binge watching….


Let’s first learn about the faction for Good in the series.
*DareDevil aka Matt Murdock, The Lawyer by day and Bad A** Can of Whoop A** supplier by night with the constant need to repent as he is catholic.

*Karen Page a young woman on a quest to take down those who have wrong her. (Yes she was his girlfriend in the comics / addict who sold Daredevil’s identify for a quick fix before getting killed)

*Franklin “Froggy” Nelson who is Matt’s best friend and business associate who discovers his identity as daredevil and so the dichotomy unfolds.

*Claire Temple is a nurse who gets more than she bargains for when she aids Daredevil with his many bloody injuries

*Ben Urich investigative report in pursuit of the truth despite being unable to recognize newspapers is a dying medium

The faction for Bad in the series

*Wislon Fisk aka The King Pin aka in this series it should be the Teflon Don. Wilson is an elusive and emerging crime boss with a duplicitous nature that unfolds in the public eye and among his criminal syndicate. Almost everybody is in his pocket

*Francis, Wilson’s best friend, middle/wing/right-hand man and head of security

*Vanessa Marianna love interest in the series/ wife in the comics

The Criminal Syndicate

*Leland Owlsley: The money man for all members / aka the supervillain known as The Owl in the comics

*The Russians, two brother who controls a group that pushes drugs for Madame Gao

*Nobu leader of the Yakooza and ninja member of the syndicate

*Madam Gao Heroine supplies who uses blind people of Chinese descent as drug mules and couriers

Wikipedia Season 1 Recap by episode (More Recaps to come)

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"Into the Ring"
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)[a]
Matt Murdock begins his vigilante career and opens a law firm with his friend, Foggy Nelson. Their first client is Karen Page, a secretary for construction company Union Allied who has been framed for the murder of her co-worker after accidentally uncovering a massive pension embezzlement scheme. Murdock prevents Page from being prosecuted and protects her from an assassin hired to retrieve her copy of the file, which is exposed through a local newspaper. Wesley covers up the involvement of his employer Wilson Fisk in the scandal, while the Russian mafia arranges a young boy's kidnapping to lure Murdock into a trap. Page volunteers to work for Murdock and Nelson in gratitude for their help.
"Cut Man"
Phil Abraham
Drew Goddard
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)[a]
After being lured into a trap by the Russians, a severely injured Murdock is found by nurse Claire Temple, who tends to his wounds. One of the Russians locates them, but Murdock is able to overpower and then torture him into revealing the boy's location. He then infiltrates the building, fighting off the rest of the gang, and rescues the boy. Meanwhile, Nelson comforts Page in the wake of her traumatic experience.
"Rabbit in a Snowstorm"
Marco Ramirez
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
Murdock and Nelson are hired by Wesley to represent John Healy, an enforcer who was arrested for the murder of one of Fisk's rivals. Suspicious of Wesley's connection to Union Allied, Murdock convinces the jury to acquit Healy of murder and later forces him to name Fisk as his employer, prompting Healy to commit suicide to avoid punishment. Meanwhile, Page enlists struggling reporter Ben Urich to find evidence connecting Union Allied to Fisher's murder.
"In the Blood"
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
Russian mobsters Anatoly and Vladimir are pressured by Fisk to eliminate the vigilante. Upon learning that Temple is connected to him, they kidnap her to lure Murdock into a trap, but Murdock is able to fight them off and rescue her. Meanwhile, Fisk invites art dealer Vanessa Marianna on a date, which is interrupted by Anatoly, making Marianna suspicious. In a fit of rage, Fisk beats Anatoly to death and frames the vigilante for the murder. Meanwhile, Urich begrudingly accepts Page's help to investigate Union Allied, which has been dismantled, and acquire its old computers in an auction.
"World on Fire"
Luke Kalteux
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
Murdock begins searching for Vladimir, who becomes convinced that the vigilante is on Fisk's payroll. Fisk brokers a deal with drug lord Madame Gao to replace the Russians as her dealer, and later pursues Marianna, claiming that Hell's Kitchen needs to be destroyed before it can be reborn, and they develop a relationship. Murdock locates Vladimir's hideout just as Fisk triggers a series of bombings throughout Hell's Kitchen.
Joe Pokaski & Marco Ramirez
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
Fisk sends corrupt police officers to eliminate Vladimir and the vigilante, but Murdock manages to evade them and carry Vladimir to an abandoned building to tend to his wounds. Vladimir confirms to him that Fisk is trying to take over New York City's criminal underworld and instructs Murdock to locate Fisk's accountant Leland Owlsley to acquire evidence of his crimes. The duo attempts to escape through the underground access tunnels, but Vladimir stays behind to hold off Fisk's men, while the vigilante is blamed for the bombings. Nelson, Page and Temple deal with the fallback from the bombings.
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
Murdock's mentor Stick, who taught him to master his abilities as a child, returns to New York City and enlists Murdock's help to destroy Black Sky, a weapon the Japanese led by Fisk's associate Nobu have brought into the city. Murdock agrees on the condition Stick restrains himself from killing, but Stick breaks his promisse and attempts to kill Black Sky, revealed to a young boy. Murdock stops him and, after a violent fight in Murdock's apartment, Stick agrees to leave the city.
"Shadows in the Glass"
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
"Speak of the Devil"
Christos Gage & Ruth Fletcher Gage
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
"Nelson v. Murdock"
Farren Blackburn
Luke Kalteux
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
"The Path of the Righteous"
Steven S. DeKnight & Douglas Petrie
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
"The Ones We Leave Behind"
Douglas Petrie
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
Steven S. DeKnight
Steven S. DeKnight
April 10, 2015

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- Mack Nichols

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