I don’t know if its because I recently read the TPB Daredevil: Born Again or if its because I was so pissed off with the Iron Fist TV series, but I’ve started to re-watch Daredevil on Netflix. This will be my 3rd-go-round with Season 1 and, once done, I will dive back into Season 2 for the first time since I initially saw it a year ago.
I remember being totally enamored with Season 1. Admittedly, I know that some of the source material of Season 1 was pulled from The Man Without Fear storyline written by Frank Miller and drawn by John Romita Jr., but I never read the books so I went in to the show with virgin eyes.
I was blown away by a lot of what the show was able to do or, more aptly, get away with. I had no clue that Marvel would have allowed the show-runners to take that property and make is so…well, violent. I honestly assumed that Marvel would want to protect its identity as family-friendly given that their movies were between PG-and-PG13. But the Netflix show holds nothing back and it plays out exactly how it should. I mean, that hallway fight in episode 2 is out of this world.
I remember getting antsy towards the end as I wanted to see how they were going to do the suit, and while its not a giant red unitard….hey, at least its not a giant red unitard!
Overall I was really happy with the show and I felt that it was a great accompaniment to the movies in the MCU. I don’t believe that Daredevil would work as a movie (hello, Ben Affleck) as well as it did as a TV series. It was grounded in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. Some of the best TV series are at street level (The Wire and those first 10 seasons of Law & Order), eschewing the fantastical. Daredevil brings you down to its level so much, you can almost feel the pain of every punch thrown.
Season 2 came out in March 2016 and just like Season 1, I ate it all up in a weekend. How do you expand on the rawness of the first season? Well, you can introduce The Punisher, that’s how. I remember when Marvel & Netflix announced that The Punisher would be part of Season 2, the geek collective’s brains exploded. Yes, we have two (Ok, fine…three) Punisher movies to watch but this version of Frank Castle was the best of the three.
And remember that hallway scene in episode 2 of the first season? Yeah, and remember how I said I was shocked that Marvel would let the show-runners get away with the violence in the show? Ok, so lets ratchet that up 100 times greater and you’ve got episode 9. I am telling you, this may be the most bloodiest thing that has been filmed for TV and I loved every splattery moment of it.
Finally, to round it out, they introduce Electra to the series and I couldn’t be happier (sorry, Jennifer Garner). Listen, the reality is if you’re reading this blog, you likely are a fan of comics or comic book movies/TV shows and have probably watched both seasons of Daredevil. There is nothing that I am going to say that you don’t already know.
But what I appreciate most about what these shows have done is, you don’t have to be a comic book fan to appreciate and love the shows. I am not a big fantasy book reader, or really, at all, but I can’t get enough of Game of Thrones! A good TV show will take its sourced-from genre and make it compelling to those who are unfamiliar and also make it appealing to those who are.
Daredevil, both seasons, nails it. Hard.
And again, I will never tire of saying this – we are getting to see our comic book heroes come to life! This is a crazy time for comic book fans, wherein our wildest dreams are being realized. But also, its just damn fine TV.