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TV Review: Marvel's Daredevil - Season 1 Episode 10 "Nelson v. Murdock"

04.23.2015

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EPISODE 10: "Nelson v. Murdock"

SYNOPSIS:  Murdock and Foggy's relationship is put to the ultimate test while a new enemy against Fisk emerges.

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

It may seem like a non-issue thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but superhero secret identities matter. The reason a lot of comic book heroes have alter egos is to protect those close to them. But, with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, and The Hulk all having their real names out there in the open, we have taken for granted the purpose of secret identities. Matt Murdock's identity being unknown is vital for this series to function so when his best friend discovers he is actually Daredevil, we see how much it matters.

At the conclusion to the previous episode, Foggy stumbled onto Matt lying bleeding and unconscious in his apartment after his brutal fight with Nobu and Wilson Fisk. Still taking the time to dress his best friend's wounds, the next hour is spent both reflecting on how these friends met as well as how their friendship has gotten to the brink of collapse. Matt has been lying to Foggy since they met in college, bonding over girls and a shared childhood in Hell's Kitchen. Foggy cannot fathom who his friend truly is and is aghast at the powers he displays. Elden Henson feels incredibly genuine in these back and forths with Matt and you feel that this has created a true rift between them. He even states how Matt's abilities go against everything he stands for as a lawyer and what the legal system represents.

But, this still comes across as the weakest episode of the season. Aside from Foggy and Matt sporting different hairstyles in their college flashback scenes, the episode is stagnant. Outside of these moments, we also have Ben getting some sensitive moments with his ill wife. The insurance extension he has been waiting for is denied and he will have to put her in hospice care, something he doesn't want to do. With the Fisk story dead and an offer to become an editor at the newspaper, Urich instead decides to take a sabbatical to see his wife through her final days. That is when Karen comes up with the heartfelt idea to take Ben to a retirement community upstate to...reveal she found Wilson Fisk's mother?

The motivation behind Karen's actions are so selfish and, frankly, f*cked up that the knowledge that Fisk murdered his own father feels like a buried lead. Ben has a newfound desire to investigate Fisk, but it comes at the price of being with his wife. I understand this scene was needed to forward the narrative, but it really dropped Karen Page to be an unlikeable character. Plus, what will the knowledge of Fisk mudering his father do? Wouldn't the statute of limitations be up since it was over thirty yeara ago? This doesn't seem to matter but will likely be addressed in the next episodes.

In Wilson Fisk's scenes, the Kingpin is preparing for a gala being thrown in honor of his efforts to revitalize Hell's Kitchen. But, both his associates Madame Gao and Leland Owlsley are losing confidence in him, citing his focus on Vanessa. Gao is more direct in her threats to Fisk and tells him to pick one of his two paths and to let the other go or she will do it for him. Owlsley concurs albeit less dramatically. Fisk seems undeterred and attends his gala with Vanessa on his arm. It is during his time shaking hands with donors and polticial contacts that people begin to collapse violently. It appears someone has poisoned the champagne and before Fisk can escape, Vanessa collapses in his arms, bubbles foaming out of her mouth.

Who poisoned the guests is not revealed in this episode but it is treated more like a cliffhanger or a stinger to the episode and feels a bit out of place. The real kicker here is that despite all of his explanations to Foggy about why he does what he does, Matt is unable to convince his friend. We see Matt convince Foggy to leave Landman/Zack to open their own firm and you get the sense he would follow his friend into the depths of Hell, but this episode shows Foggy throw the plaque that reads Nelson & Murdock into the garbage and closing the door behind him.

Overall, this could be a lone weak episode in an otherwise stellar season, but I felt the momentum the series was building comes crashing to a halt. Charlie Cox and Elden Henson killed their scenes and Vincent D'Onofrio was solid, but the rest of the episode just felt too slow and disjointed, something I have forgiven the show for thus far. Hopefully the next hour recovers.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: The gala thrown for Wilson Fisk was paid for by Cornelius Van Lunt. In Marvel Comics, Van Lunt is an enemy of the West Coast Avengers and Nick Fury under the name Taurus. Roxxon Oil is also mentioned which was featured on Agent Carter as well as in other Marvel Comics.

NEXT ON DAREDEVIL: Episode 11 "The Path of the Righteous" - Fisk and Murdock wrestle with the consequences of their chosen paths, while Ben and Karen get closer to Fisk's true past.

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7:03PM on 04/23/2015
I disagree with this review being so "low", granted 7 isn't exactly low. I found this to be an engrossing episode. It was a character study of two friends and what would happen if a secret of this magnitude came to light. When you add in Foggy's already formed point of view of the "Devil Of Hells Kitchen" if makes you further realize why he is even more hurt. I found their interaction a well needed "calm" moment for the series int hat it gave you time to get to know them further without big
I disagree with this review being so "low", granted 7 isn't exactly low. I found this to be an engrossing episode. It was a character study of two friends and what would happen if a secret of this magnitude came to light. When you add in Foggy's already formed point of view of the "Devil Of Hells Kitchen" if makes you further realize why he is even more hurt. I found their interaction a well needed "calm" moment for the series int hat it gave you time to get to know them further without big fight sequences. Not every episode can be episode 2's fighting. We need some story, especially on two characters that have spent so much time on screen together.

Karen is driven, maybe a little too much so, but driven to bring the people she knows are responsible to justice. I don't see that as a problem, yes she might not have thought of all the consequences of her actions, but I don't see what she did as completely selfish. I like Karen's character, not what he actions ultimately bring about, but I agree with what she is doing. She is doing some serious investigation, and honestly her sleuthing skills rival Urich's, and sometimes even surpass his.
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6:57PM on 04/23/2015

Disagree also

There may have not been much action in this episode, but the acting & chemistry between Cox & Henson was terrific. I could have watched them only, it really showed the friendship between Matt & Foggy. You totally understand why Foggy would react once he found out Matt was the Man in the black mask, great episode.
There may have not been much action in this episode, but the acting & chemistry between Cox & Henson was terrific. I could have watched them only, it really showed the friendship between Matt & Foggy. You totally understand why Foggy would react once he found out Matt was the Man in the black mask, great episode.
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6:44PM on 04/23/2015
Karen acts selfishly, from a point of fear and trauma, throughout the show. Her entire relationship with Ben is based on her own desire to be a vigilante, and bring down Fisk publicly. The fact that Wilson Fisk already claimed his mother was dead would, in itself, be a serious blow to his public image.

There is not statute of limitation for murder. But given his age at the time he probably wouldn't do much time. The fact that people are loving Fisk in the wake of the Hell's Kitchen bombings
Karen acts selfishly, from a point of fear and trauma, throughout the show. Her entire relationship with Ben is based on her own desire to be a vigilante, and bring down Fisk publicly. The fact that Wilson Fisk already claimed his mother was dead would, in itself, be a serious blow to his public image.

There is not statute of limitation for murder. But given his age at the time he probably wouldn't do much time. The fact that people are loving Fisk in the wake of the Hell's Kitchen bombings means any shred of bad publicity would be valuable.
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3:39PM on 04/23/2015
Loved this episode. Couldn't disagree more.

The show works much better as a binge watch anyway. You need to build momentum and decrease it at varying levels in any movie to keep it interesting... Same goes with a 13 episode series.

I'm sure every person reading these reviews has finished watching the show by now, so it's kinda funny reading these, waiting for you to catch up to the holy **** moments to come.
Loved this episode. Couldn't disagree more.

The show works much better as a binge watch anyway. You need to build momentum and decrease it at varying levels in any movie to keep it interesting... Same goes with a 13 episode series.

I'm sure every person reading these reviews has finished watching the show by now, so it's kinda funny reading these, waiting for you to catch up to the holy **** moments to come.
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11:44AM on 04/23/2015
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Loved this episode. This was the first time you truly see what effects a superhero's identity being revealed would bring. It's not the goofy girlfriend throwing a hissy fit and kissing the hero the next day, or anything along those lines.

Murdock never even realized the kind of ramifications his loved ones would receive if anyone else found out, let alone his enemies. Foggy would no doubt, at the very least, would be brought up on charges of conspiracy if Daredevil was
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Loved this episode. This was the first time you truly see what effects a superhero's identity being revealed would bring. It's not the goofy girlfriend throwing a hissy fit and kissing the hero the next day, or anything along those lines.

Murdock never even realized the kind of ramifications his loved ones would receive if anyone else found out, let alone his enemies. Foggy would no doubt, at the very least, would be brought up on charges of conspiracy if Daredevil was arrested and tried. No one would believe he didn't know, not a single person. Same with Karen. Foggy has a legit reason to be pissed. They've have been more at risk with Matt running around at night fighting crime then anything else they could ever do as lawyers, and they never had any idea because of Matt's lying.

It's a sharply written episode, and I felt it stood out among the rest for it's own interesting reasons.
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11:43AM on 04/23/2015
I agree with some points in this review, but the writer clearly missed the point of a lot of what happened in this episode.
1) While I agree that Karen's actions are not the best, I think the point of lying to Ben is to get him to come see for himself that Karen has uncovered a huge secret of Fisk. At that point Ben was over the story and wanted to move on so he could be with his wife. While it was selfish of Karen to take Ben away, I think that was why she had to him instead of telling him
I agree with some points in this review, but the writer clearly missed the point of a lot of what happened in this episode.
1) While I agree that Karen's actions are not the best, I think the point of lying to Ben is to get him to come see for himself that Karen has uncovered a huge secret of Fisk. At that point Ben was over the story and wanted to move on so he could be with his wife. While it was selfish of Karen to take Ben away, I think that was why she had to him instead of telling him directly. After writing that, I realize that Karen probably could have just told him she found Fisk's mother upstate.

2) Uncovering that Fisk murdered his father is a huge development in their plan to bring him down. If they can prove it and get it out in the media, then it ruins Fisk's public image and throws him at the mercy of public opinion.

3) I'm pretty sure there isn't a statute of limitation on murder. So if they are able to prove it, Fisk can still be tried and convicted of murdering his father. That being said, the situation was self defense so I doubt even 30 years later he would be found guilty.

4) Perhaps I'm reading it wrong, but I don't know why there is confusion over why Foggy left Nelson & Murdock. The episode shows that Foggy would follow Matt anywhere only to find out that not only did he give up a great job at a great law firm to work for pennies with Matt, but his whole life he's been following Matt out of friendship and that friendship is based on a lie.
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9:47AM on 04/23/2015
Great storytelling, I was really pulled in to the story of these two friends with a wedge driven between them. Also, the easter egg of "that Greek girl" - yay!
Great storytelling, I was really pulled in to the story of these two friends with a wedge driven between them. Also, the easter egg of "that Greek girl" - yay!
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8:44AM on 04/23/2015
I enjoyed this episode, it was a different tone than what things had been before and it establishes a different dynamic to Matt and Foggy's friendship. Sure it is a little slow but I think it worked especially considering how fast pace the last 3 episodes are.
I enjoyed this episode, it was a different tone than what things had been before and it establishes a different dynamic to Matt and Foggy's friendship. Sure it is a little slow but I think it worked especially considering how fast pace the last 3 episodes are.
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5:26AM on 04/23/2015
Probably goes without saying now and it's fair to say that I might not be totally objective about this :o) ...but I enjoyed the episode - yes, Karen's selfish actions and the implications of what she found are properly addressed in the next episode - kinda unfair to be so harsh on that as it comes right at the end with no time to explore the ramifications - if you're still not happy come the next episode about what she did, fair enough but I think it gets treated the right way. Foggy's hissy
Probably goes without saying now and it's fair to say that I might not be totally objective about this :o) ...but I enjoyed the episode - yes, Karen's selfish actions and the implications of what she found are properly addressed in the next episode - kinda unfair to be so harsh on that as it comes right at the end with no time to explore the ramifications - if you're still not happy come the next episode about what she did, fair enough but I think it gets treated the right way. Foggy's hissy fit is justified and well delivered - throwing out the kind of questions we all wonder why never get bought up in a show where someone can deceive those closest to them about who they really are - and this series doesn't treat us like idiots - how often is Matt going to show up in an office with bruises the morning after a night where he never answers his phone when Foggy's been calling him? Foggy has said at least once to Karen that Matt can zip around the city pretty quickly - does he really think Matt is clumsy? A series where Matt had nearly died twice from what he does - it was only matter of time before one of his closest allies would find out. Incidentally, the 'world on fire' speech that was delivered with such finesse in an earlier episode - I found Foggy's reaction to it quite funny.
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4:11AM on 04/23/2015
This episode was terrible. Nelson needs a tampon. Worst of the series.
This episode was terrible. Nelson needs a tampon. Worst of the series.
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