Monday, June 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: Daredevil

Daredevil: Season 1, Episode 12 “The Ones We Leave Behind” (B+)

Wilson Fisk has definitely made an impression on the people on this show, and his omnipotence in this hour, appearing to some characters in nightmares and others in real life. Opening with Karen imagining herself being beaten to death by the angry sociopath and closing with Ben actually experiencing it was intense, and it took me a moment to grasp the fact that Ben had really been killed. This show has shown a certain bravery and commitment to its storyline in its two most recent episodes, first having Wesley get killed by Karen and then Wilson himself murdering Ben. The veteran reporter, who finally changed his life for the better and was ready to write a transformative exposé about Fisk, wasn’t my favorite character but he added a sense of dogged passion and persistence to the show that the younger players don’t quite have. His death is going to crush Karen, and she’s having enough trouble holding down the fort with Matt, who dealt with his own demons in this hour, and Foggy not talking to each other. I like that Matt is being encouraged at every turn to transform himself into a bona fide superhero rather than just a masked man, and the title of the season finale, “Daredevil,” is more than promising. At this point, I am happy that I stuck with the show through the season, and I think I’ll leave with a positive attitude towards this show and its potential for the future in season two and beyond.

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