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TV Review: Marvel's Daredevil - Season 1 Ep 11 "The Path of the Righteous"

04.24.2015

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EPISODE 11: "The Path of the Righteous"

SYNOPSIS:  Fisk and Murdock wrestle with the consequences of their chosen paths, while Ben and Karen get closer to Fisk's true past.

BREAKDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode).  

It took almost the entire season, but I found an episode of Daredevil that has fallen short. After ten great hours, "The Path of the Righteous" falls with a resounding thud. Maybe it was the lack of fight scenes or the lack of Daredevil but something in this hour felt just lacking. Everything about this episode felt cobbled together to make sure the first season of this series hit thirteen episodes and could have been excised without missing any of it.

Every character in this episode spends the 59 minute running time complaining about everything that has been going wrong to them recently. Foggy and Matt are not on speaking terms, Matt gets a chance to say a proper goodbye to Claire, Foggy bangs Marcie before drowning his sorrows in alcohol, and Wilson Fisk hopes that the new love of his life, Vanessa, survives the poisoned champagne from the gala event attended in the previous episode. But, almost none of this needs to happen as the average viewer was able to infer all of this from the last minutes of the previous hour and the first few of this hour.

By far, the biggest issue I had with this episode was Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page. After opening the series and seeming like a character that would be integral to the plot of this season, Karen has instead devolved into a plot device to propel the various characters investigating Wilson Fisk. Last hour, Karen did the shittiest thing and tricked Ben Urich into accompanying her to a rest home under the pretense that it was to look at it for his dying wife. Instead, it was to find Fisk's mother who reveals that Fisk murdered his father. She apologizes to Ben but doesn't seem to really undestand what she did was wrong. In that moment, Karen went from sympathetic to non. Throughout the hour, Karen goes from Matt to Ben to Foggy and complains about why they aren't doing anything about Fisk, which was essentially the problem with this hour.

Karen's vengeance for what she has been through this episode comes in the form of the death of a character. Leaving the side of Wilson Fisk, his friend and assistant Wesley takes it upon himself to find Karen Page and...offer her a job? In the poorest setup of anything I have seen in a Marvel series, Wesley places a loaded gun between himself and Karen while he explains why he does what he does for Wilson Fisk. Waxing philosophical, Wesley lauds his employer and when Karen takes the gun, he claims it isn't loaded. When Fisk calls, Karen unloads the clip, killing him and likely sending Fisk into a rage spiral worse than the one he is already in thanks to Vanessa's brush with death. Who poisoned her, we still do not know, but now Fisk has more motivation than ever to kill everyone in his way.

This episode also served one other purpose: creating the Daredevil costume. After learning that Fisk has an armored suit, Matt takes the advice of Karen and Claire who plead with him to be careful and do things the right way. Matt hunts down Melvin Potter, the creator of the suits. After a seemingly unnecessary fight, we realize that Melvin is not all there. He almost seems child-like and says he only made the suits for Fisk because the Kingpin threatened his friend Betsy. Matt manipulates Melvin into designing an armored suit for him and promises that Fisk will never hurt Betsy again. When Melvin asks what kind of a suit, Matt says he wants it to be a symbol.

With only two episodes left, I expected Daredevil to be ramping up and not hitting a speedbump. Between this hour and the previous episode, I have been very dissapointed with where the series has headed. There is a lot to wrap up in just two hours and, while I don't expect every storyline to be resolved neatly, I feel like this was a missed opportunity to move the narrative forward rather than stall it for a full hour. Here's hoping the next episode is more tightly crafted.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: Melvin Potter is known to comic fans as Gladiator. He was a villain turned colleague of Daredevil. Betsy was his wife/therapist.

NEXT ON DAREDEVIL: Episode 12 "The One We Leave Behind" - Fisk seeks revenge while Karen is haunted by recent events. Daredevil makes a startling discovery about Fisk's financing.

Source: JoBlo.com

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10:12AM on 04/24/2015
I can't shake the scene with Karen and Wesley. True, it may have been poorly staged in a way, but it really hit home that Karen has a real victim complex. I felt it was really Wesley's episode to shine. So far being mainly a bookish henchman. The camera lingered on him a lot in all his scenes. I knew it meant something, I just didn't know what. His death was bittersweet, as I'd grown to like him quite a bit. Karen's last lines to him perplexed me though. Having not read the comics, was she just
I can't shake the scene with Karen and Wesley. True, it may have been poorly staged in a way, but it really hit home that Karen has a real victim complex. I felt it was really Wesley's episode to shine. So far being mainly a bookish henchman. The camera lingered on him a lot in all his scenes. I knew it meant something, I just didn't know what. His death was bittersweet, as I'd grown to like him quite a bit. Karen's last lines to him perplexed me though. Having not read the comics, was she just calling his bluff, or was there more to the story?
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5:50PM on 04/28/2015
I found the scene with Karen and Wesley one of the best in the whole series of episodes. My jaw dropped... I was caught totally by surprise. Wesley's measured delivery reminded me of Agent Smith from the Matrix. I thought she had it. The turn around was sweet and bitter for me as well. Wesley's loyalty to Fisk had grown on me. It was dramatic buildup at it's finest. One of the reasons I love this show.
I found the scene with Karen and Wesley one of the best in the whole series of episodes. My jaw dropped... I was caught totally by surprise. Wesley's measured delivery reminded me of Agent Smith from the Matrix. I thought she had it. The turn around was sweet and bitter for me as well. Wesley's loyalty to Fisk had grown on me. It was dramatic buildup at it's finest. One of the reasons I love this show.
10:10AM on 04/24/2015
I'm about in agreement. The end of this episode was the only place I actualy wanted to stop watching. The fight no matter how good it was just felt unecessary and as I such I didn't really enjoy despite how well coreographed it was. It does pick up after this though.
I'm about in agreement. The end of this episode was the only place I actualy wanted to stop watching. The fight no matter how good it was just felt unecessary and as I such I didn't really enjoy despite how well coreographed it was. It does pick up after this though.
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9:52AM on 04/24/2015
6/10 really? Guess it would have gotten a 9 or 10 if the Fantastic Four were in it.
6/10 really? Guess it would have gotten a 9 or 10 if the Fantastic Four were in it.
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5:31AM on 04/24/2015
Whilst I get where this review is coming from I would like to point out that she was framed for the murder of someone who she was solely responsible for bringing into this whole conspiracy, a guy who had a wife and a child and then survived two attempts on her life. With that in mind, is it any wonder her pursuit of Fisk has got revenge written all over it rather than justice and lead her to do what she did in the last episode when her closest ally was about to ditch her? I'm not saying it
Whilst I get where this review is coming from I would like to point out that she was framed for the murder of someone who she was solely responsible for bringing into this whole conspiracy, a guy who had a wife and a child and then survived two attempts on her life. With that in mind, is it any wonder her pursuit of Fisk has got revenge written all over it rather than justice and lead her to do what she did in the last episode when her closest ally was about to ditch her? I'm not saying it was right, but you can see why she did it. As for the ramifications that will follow, it begins with Ben making his feelings about being deceived quite clear but ultimately Ben is an investigative journalist, it's in his blood and it's enough of a lead to motivate him again and get over what Karen did. On the other weak points of this episode, true, the Wesley death seemed full on amateurish given how clever he's supposed to be but hey, this isn't the first series that has had an episode drop the ball. The fight with Potter had me recalling how every vampire in Buffy always came out of the grave with a knowledge of martial arts (I know he didn't use any martial arts but it feels like almost every 'bad' guy on this show knows how to fight).
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2:49AM on 04/24/2015

Better Than a 6!!!!

While this episode wasn't great, it was better than a 6. I'd probably say more like an 8. I agree though that the final scene with Karen Page taking out Wesley was a little strange. I actually quite liked Wesley's character too so it was disappointing to see him go with such a ridiculous mistake. It also didn't seem to quite fit that Karen would have no issues or remorse for killing someone even though they drop hints that she's killed before.
While this episode wasn't great, it was better than a 6. I'd probably say more like an 8. I agree though that the final scene with Karen Page taking out Wesley was a little strange. I actually quite liked Wesley's character too so it was disappointing to see him go with such a ridiculous mistake. It also didn't seem to quite fit that Karen would have no issues or remorse for killing someone even though they drop hints that she's killed before.
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3:20PM on 04/24/2015
The killing happened at the very end of the episode, so there wasn't really time to show Karen's reaction to what she did. Watch episode 12 before you say she didn't have any issues or remorse with killing Wesley.
The killing happened at the very end of the episode, so there wasn't really time to show Karen's reaction to what she did. Watch episode 12 before you say she didn't have any issues or remorse with killing Wesley.
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