A little over a year ago, Sean and I decided to “cut the cord” and sever ties with cable companies. We purchased a Roku, which allows us to watch shows through subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon on our television. One of the (many) best decisions we made!
I appreciate Amazon and Netflix creating original shows. One of the original shows Sean and I watch is Netflix’s Daredevil. It’s based on the comic book character and is part of the Marvel universe.
I readily admit it was Sean’s idea to watch it. But, since I’m an avid fan of all the Avenger and X-Men characters, I agreed. At first, I had misgivings about this show (I’ll explain later in this post). By the end of the season, I sat at the edge of my seat, raptly watching each episode.
I don’t plan to give a synopsis or any spoilers; I’m simply going to list what I liked and what I didn’t.
What I Liked:
Matt Murdock/Daredevil: Yes, he’s the title character, so you’re supposed to like him. But, he makes it easy. He’s a blind (literally), tortured soul seeking justice in an extremely corrupt city. He realizes there’s a fine line between him and the villains (creeps) he fights; and if he crosses that line, he becomes what he despises. Good grief, does he take beatings! Every. Single. Episode.
The Connections: All the storylines connect by the end of the season. At times, it doesn’t seem like they will. But they do.
Wilson Fiske: He’s the creepy villain, and I despise him. But, he is a sympathetic villain once you learn his backstory. He’s still a creep, though. A merciless creep at that. But, he loves his mother.
Foggy: The sidekick and the comic relief. This show desperately needs him.
What I Didn’t Like:
The one thing I didn’t like is the reason for my misgivings. This is an extremely violent show. As a Marvel fan, I’m used to the tame theatrical versions. Be ye warned: this is not Avengers. This is brutal and bloody, and sometimes, the violence pops up when you least expect it. Sean and I began watching this while we ate. That certainly stopped after a character used a car door to decapitate another character.
Granted, I watch Game of Thrones; I should be used to violence. But here’s the deal: I look away during the violent segments. In Game of Thrones, I know exactly where those parts are because there are cues that warn a viewer it’s coming. Not so in Daredevil. It can go from tame to graphic violence in a heartbeat. I didn’t like the not knowing when to expect the violence, and that’s why I almost gave up watching this show. But, the storyline and the characters were so intriguing, I kept watching. And I’m glad I did.
Should you watch Netflix’s Daredevil? Yes, if you: like Marvel superheroes, interesting storylines, endearing characters, and you are old enough to pay your own bills. The rating says Mature for a reason.
I’m glad Sean suggested we watch this show. Now, I’m ready for the next season!