Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What I’m Watching: Daredevil

Daredevil: Season 1, Episode 5 “World on Fire” (B-)

I’m waiting for this show to pick up steam and it’s not really getting there yet, so I’m considering the notion of giving up on it since I’m not sure I want to commit to thirteen whole episodes. What I did like about this episode was the way it intensified two of its primary potentially romantic relationships. Matt has been opening up to Claire gradually for a while now, and she’s also the only person in whom he has confided his yet-to-be-finessed secret identity. That their relationship would turn into something more intimate was inevitable, but it’s only a matter of time before she both feels permanently in danger thanks to recent events and that becomes too much to bear for a connection with someone who will never really let her in to his life. The more unexpected development that is headed in an interesting direction is the budding romance between Foggy and Karen. It wasn’t initially established that they would have that kind of bond, but thanks in part to the woman who Foggy selflessly wanted to help, they were pushed to go on a date and to explore what it might like to be more than just boss and secretary, which could of course lead to complications of its own down the road. But while Matt is the hero who is actually going out and saving lives on a daily basis, Foggy is a pretty great guy too, running headfirst into danger to save innocents. Wilson seems to be more of a cartoonish villain than anything, and I’m most intrigued by the fact that his lady obsession seems more than a bit comfortable with the lifestyle they’ve started living together.

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