Monday, April 27, 2015

Take Three: Daredevil

Daredevil: Season 1, Episode 3 “Rabbit in a Snow Storm” (B)

This episode is starting to really bring things together, as we get a sense of how Matt functions as a lawyer and as Daredevil, taking cases that he knows involve defending corrupt people for corrupt organizations and then confronting the man he has just freed to interrogate him about who both of them are truly working for. This show definitely has a stylized nature to it, with John strolling in to the bowling alley to kill a mob boss, being assured earlier that the gun will work, and then manually disposing of the mob boss before surrendering himself to the cop. Foggy had no clue how to process his casual consideration of what argument sounded best, and his legal vocabulary truly was impressive. This show features a very old-fashioned sense of the law, with prepared speeches and pleas to morality included, and I think that works well. There’s also a violent undercurrent, most notable in the beating of the mob boss and in John’s self-impalement once he gave up the name of his employer. A bald Vincent D’Onofrio staring at a blank painting certainly is intimidating, and I’m eager to see more of Wilson Fisk’s temperament going forward. Karen pushing to get the truth out and teaming up with Ben is going to cause trouble for both of them, but I suspect that a very perceptive Matt may be able to intervene to keep them both alive for the time being, even if their persistence does inevitably put them in harm’s way.

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