Good morning Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
So I finished Daredevil last night. Well, let’s be honest, it was night, but it was also this morning.
I don’t sleep much.
So yesterday’s “review in progress” certainly didn’t last very long, and now I can give you my complete review of the show.
First things first—
(I’m the realest—HAHAHAno one likes that joke any more)
—Charlie Cox is freaking awesome. He is SO great in this role. Every mannerism, every moment, every word—every choice he makes as an actor is just superb.
One thing I noticed very early on in the show is exactly how soft-spoken Matt Murdock was. He just speaks so quietly—but forcefully.
And then I was like, “OF COURSE he’s soft-spoken. Everything is SUPER loud to him. So his default natural speaking voice would be very soft, like he has a hangover he can never get rid of, and everyone’s voices are SO LOUD but he can’t do anything about it so he just tries to be as quiet as possible.
That’s the sort of thing you can’t really hear in the comics, but it makes so much sense in the show.
Then we’ve got Vincent D’Onofrio playing the Kingpin. Holy crap.
The Kingpin’s always been a good villain in Marvel, but see, I’ve mostly seen him from the perspective of Spider-Man.
Like I said in yesterday’s video, I never read the Daredevil stand-alone comics, and I know Kingpin plays a MUCH bigger role in Daredevil’s life, and possibly in those books he’s a more fleshed out and fully defined character.
But I have never read Kingpin with as much depth and pathos and humanity—and at the same time as much TERRIFYING psychosis—as he was portrayed in this show.
D’Onofrio was beautiful as the Kingpin, creating an amazing character that’s perfect for Daredevil’s biggest nemesis.
Okay, now we’re going to get into slight spoiler territory, so if you haven’t finished the series, you’ll want to turn away now. Sorry you’ll miss the second half, but you know, go read a book or something, if there’s any authors out there that you like.
The hints built throughout the show at Daredevil’s other big storylines, like the Hand, a closeted reference to Elektra, and Stick with the Chaste, were really good.
I felt like they were in there for us nerds to freak out over, but not overpowering to someone who didn’t know.
The most exciting thing has got to be Elektra. They didn’t even name her, but Nobu did talk about her, and of course she’s one of the most important figures in Daredevil’s life, so hopefully we get her in Season Two.
Now, though, we gotta talk about some things I was less excited about in this show. And I don’t necessarily DISlike either of these things—I’m just not sure how I feel about them.
First off, Ben Urich. Ben. Ben, Ben, Ben.
HOW YOU GONNA KILL BEN URICH, MARVEL?
If you’re not SUPER into the comics you might not even know Ben Urich but he’s, like, all up in Daredevil’s history and Spider-Man’s as well.
Ben is like the uncle that Spider-Man never had, except oh wait Peter Parker DID have an uncle and hiS NAME WAS ALSO BEN SO BEN URICH WAS LIKE A FATHER TO SPIDER-MAN AND YOU KILLED HIM, MARVEL! COME ON!
I’m not sure if this is a bold, daring move I should approve of or if I’m just pissed off that they killed a character I loved so much.
I mean, respect either way, but damn.
Now we gotta talk about the costume. The red one. At the end.
I…didn’t react like I thought I should react when I saw that costume.
I thought I should be excited, like “Hell yeah, it’s official! Daredevil’s here!”
But after an entire season of seeing Matt Murdock kick ass as the man in the mask—even though, let’s be honest, he looked like the Dread Pirate Roberts—the red costume left me…a little bit wanting.
One thing is the aesthetic of it. Now, no one wants to go back to Affleck’s leather pants days LESS than I do, but the show costume just didn’t FEEL like the comic costume.
Maybe that’s a perception thing I’ll get used to, I don’t know, but I felt like it was something Captain America would wear—not Daredevil.
What do YOU guys think? Ben Urich, bad or just sad? Red costume—meh or hell yes? And what future Daredevil storyline are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.
As always, thank you for watching, Rebels, and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.