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TV Review: Marvel's Daredevil - Season 1 Episode 13 "Daredevil"

04.28.2015

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EPISODE 13: "Daredevil"

SYNOPSIS: In the season finale, a boxed-in Fisk and a desperate Murdock, Foggy and Karen are forced to play their end games.

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

With everything building up to a showdown between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, my expectations were to get something very different that the face-off between Ben Affleck and Michael Clarke Duncan in the 2003 movie. This entire season has been about the origins of both Murdock and Fisk, so to neatly tie up their storylines and leave no room for further seasons would have been foolish. What showrunner Steven DeKnight was able to do here (he also wrote and directed this episode) was to bring these two face to face for the first time on equal footing. The results are satisfying if not a little anti-climactic.

The hour starts with the funeral for Ben Urich where Karen admits to his wife that she feels responsible for Ben's death. She, of course, tells her it is not her fault and how much Ben liked her. Karen is not at ease with her conscience, but it renews her desire to team with Matt to bring down Wilson Fisk. Fisk, reunited with Vanessa, discovers discrepancies in his accounts which leads him to confront Leland Owlsley. Owlsley admits he has been stealing from Fisk but has the back-up of Detective Hoffman in his possession to prevent Fisk from killing him. Naturally, it doesn't work. I have not been completely sold on the impulsive nature of Fisk as it has resulted in his entire network of villains leaving him or dying at his hand, opening him up to being caught.

It becomes a race against time as both Fisk's crooked cops and Matt descend on the safe house where Hoffman is being kept. Matt takes care of all the thugs and threatens Hoffman if he doesn't deliver a statement implicating Fisk. After he does, we get a nice montage of all those associated with Fisk being taken down. Senators, judges, cops, and even Ben Urich's coworker are taken down. At his penthouse, Fisk gives Vanessa instructions to leave New York without him and gives her an engagement ring as the FBI hauls him away. Nelson and Murdock have triumphed...and we are only halfway through the episode!

Of course Fisk is going to escape. Even Karen Page says it seemed too easy to celebrate. Fisk's hired guns take down his armored transport to help him escape to a waiting Vanessa where they can leave the country together. But, Matt Murdock is not going to let that happen, not now that he has gotten his custom suit from Melvin Potter. After Fisk delivers a stirring speech about a Bible story, he tells his guards that while he thought he was a good samaritan he now knows he is the ill intent that causes men to do bad things. This is the first indication that he is becoming the true Kingpin. But, now Matt is the true Daredevil. He takes down Fisk's truck and the two showdown.

There have been a handful of fights on this series that are memorable. Aside from the amazing hallway fight sequence, there have been few of equal caliber, but this match with Fisk is pretty damn brutal and a perfect way to conclude the season. Fisk, like a pedantic child, screams at Matt as the reason for all of his failures to fix Hell's Kitchen and threatens to kill him. We see Fisk's strength as he delivers blow after blow to the now armored Matt. Matt still bleeds, giving Daredevil a good deal of humanity missing from other stories about indestructible superheroes. They go back and forth before Matt finally gets the finishing blow on his nemesis and saving the day. But, as Fisk warns, this victory will not be lasting and there will be more fights to come.

By the end of the episode, Fisk is in prison, Vanessa is safe and plotting ways to save her love, Foggy and Matt are reunited and prepared to be avocadoes at law, and the city is safe. But, while Foggy goes off to see Marcie, we are left with Matt and Karen. Claire Temple is gone and Foggy and Karen's relationship seems to be a non-starter, so will these two end up together? Matt still senses a pain in Karen but the two make a connection as they enter the firm together, potentially teasing more than a working relationship next season. The season ends as it should, with Matt atop a roof in his new Daredevil suit, jumping down to save the weak and helpless in his city.

Overall, I liked Daredevil quite a bit. It got a lot more things right than it did wrong and I hope the second season can avoid those same issues. For one, Rosario Dawson was woefully underused and her entrances and exits from the season felt abrupt. Her relationship with Matt was one of the more interesting aspects of the season and yet it was dropped to seemingly prepare for the Matt and Karen relationship teased at the end of the hour. The supporting players were great, especially Elden Henson as Foggy, who deserved the screen time he got and could have stood to get more. I think there needs to be a greater balance between Nelson and Murdock's legal career and Matt's activities as Daredevil as this season seemed unable to strike one. Taking down Fisk, the goal of the whole season, ended up being a little too easy in the end, but I can excuse that as an aspect of the world-building the writers needed to do.

Overall, Daredevil easily ranks as one of the better offerings from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and definitely has provided one of the best villains to date. Vincent D'Onofrio's portrayal of Fisk has been polarizing because of how different he is from the Kingpin, but I have a feeling that as the show progresses, he will take on more characteristics of the classic adversary. Charlie Cox was very solid and there is still a lot to tell about his path to becoming Daredevil and now we have the template to explore a lot more next season. My only request is that the writers watch that hole they fell into from episode eight through eleven when things came to a halt. If they can make a season as strong as the first five and final two episodes, next season is going to be something special.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: None

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NEXT ON DAREDEVIL: See you next season!

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12:47AM on 04/29/2015
It was a great show. I just hope the suit is a work in progress. After all Iron man has several different armored suits, they have also tweaked Captain America's, Hawkeye's, Widow's looks as well. I want them to lose all of the black and go solid red Kevlar. And he needs the double D's on his chest. What can I say, I am a sucker for double D's!
It was a great show. I just hope the suit is a work in progress. After all Iron man has several different armored suits, they have also tweaked Captain America's, Hawkeye's, Widow's looks as well. I want them to lose all of the black and go solid red Kevlar. And he needs the double D's on his chest. What can I say, I am a sucker for double D's!
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10:06PM on 04/28/2015
*EDIT* Netflix is possibly working on an unannounced Punisher series (or introduction in Phase 2). After the way this Daredevil series turned out I can't fucking wait. This series was hands down the best comic book series that has ever existed thus far. It easily tops AOS, Gotham, Smallville, Arrow, though the Flash is close despite the tonal difference. Netflix should be commended for this but so too should Marvel. Lets face it Marvel took a gamble with this series. It's tone and subject
*EDIT* Netflix is possibly working on an unannounced Punisher series (or introduction in Phase 2). After the way this Daredevil series turned out I can't fucking wait. This series was hands down the best comic book series that has ever existed thus far. It easily tops AOS, Gotham, Smallville, Arrow, though the Flash is close despite the tonal difference. Netflix should be commended for this but so too should Marvel. Lets face it Marvel took a gamble with this series. It's tone and subject matter are far more dark and adult than any other Marvel fare. So it was a risk to allow this, but given how well this turned out, the risk payed off in spades. Bring on the rest of the Defenders and the dark side of Marvel. They should also be commended because there was enough humor within this series that I can see DD seamlessly fit into the rest of the MCU when needed. The MCU giant gets a lot of praise for the miracle they have put on display for us. That being able to seamlessly intertwine multiple characters, across multiple mediums (tv movies), across multiple networks, with multiple storylines all with different tones yet converging into one larger overarching story. Nothing has ever been done like that before, and as DCCU is showing, I'm not sure anyone will have the patience it would take to spend the almost 10 years Marvel took to build all of this. Bravo Marvel and bravo to Daredevil as this was a treat to watch.
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10:43PM on 04/28/2015
I wish you had a source so I could actually believe you. Netflix hasn't actually announced this anywhere I can find.
I wish you had a source so I could actually believe you. Netflix hasn't actually announced this anywhere I can find.
11:01PM on 04/28/2015
I haven't scoured the net or anything I've seen several people talking about it on Facebook and twitter feeds. But here is what came across my facebook feed. [link] Now maybe its full of shit maybe it isn't. But it would certainly make sense. My post might have been somewhat off, they haven't announced it yet so I'll edit my post.
I haven't scoured the net or anything I've seen several people talking about it on Facebook and twitter feeds. But here is what came across my facebook feed. [link] Now maybe its full of shit maybe it isn't. But it would certainly make sense. My post might have been somewhat off, they haven't announced it yet so I'll edit my post.
8:05PM on 04/28/2015
I love the show! It;s just awesome from start to finish, but one thing I have a problem with is his mask. I was waiting for him to put on the suit and then we see that mask, I think it just doesn't look right. It just looks weird to me. Maybe it's the eye holes. I think the mask in the movie with Ben Affleck was MUCH better looking. It looked sleeker or something. I hope this is just a starter mask and not the finished product.
I love the show! It;s just awesome from start to finish, but one thing I have a problem with is his mask. I was waiting for him to put on the suit and then we see that mask, I think it just doesn't look right. It just looks weird to me. Maybe it's the eye holes. I think the mask in the movie with Ben Affleck was MUCH better looking. It looked sleeker or something. I hope this is just a starter mask and not the finished product.
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7:49PM on 04/28/2015
I know people feel the fall of the kingpin was too quick and easy but I think it's because he's not the kingpin yet. I don't recall if he was ever called kingpin in the show only Wilson Fisk. He's building his power and now he's stewing in jail making connections and plotting his revenge. There's so many places this show can go in its second season leading up to the big Defenders series.
I know people feel the fall of the kingpin was too quick and easy but I think it's because he's not the kingpin yet. I don't recall if he was ever called kingpin in the show only Wilson Fisk. He's building his power and now he's stewing in jail making connections and plotting his revenge. There's so many places this show can go in its second season leading up to the big Defenders series.
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5:22PM on 04/28/2015

wow !

one hell of a series, it's now in my top 5 with x-files, fringe, true detective and WD ! dude, fisk is a crazy mofo, V.D. do an awesome job with the character !!!
one hell of a series, it's now in my top 5 with x-files, fringe, true detective and WD ! dude, fisk is a crazy mofo, V.D. do an awesome job with the character !!!
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3:55PM on 04/28/2015
At this moment in time, definitely the best comic book TV series I've ever seen - loved every episode though I did think the final episode felt far too rushed. The fall of Kingpin just went down too quickly in my opinion - even when he got his second wind and escaped FBI custody. Still, I mentioned it in an earlier post about how this series was as much about Fisk finding himself as it was about Matt becoming Daredevil and that little story telling in the prison van confirms that if Fisk
At this moment in time, definitely the best comic book TV series I've ever seen - loved every episode though I did think the final episode felt far too rushed. The fall of Kingpin just went down too quickly in my opinion - even when he got his second wind and escaped FBI custody. Still, I mentioned it in an earlier post about how this series was as much about Fisk finding himself as it was about Matt becoming Daredevil and that little story telling in the prison van confirms that if Fisk returns, he'll be the Kingpin...the one from the comics. Which is just as well, coz by final episode's end, I was getting a little put off by his hissy fits and dishing out beatings like an uncontrolled over emotional baby.
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2:51PM on 04/28/2015
Are there rules about Netflix episode length or is it all self-imposed? Because I felt that the final episode was way too short. The whole second half with Fisk, while awesome, was rushed as hell. It felt like it was missing a lot. But that's one thing that's was weak this season- for as good as it was, the pacing was a mess. Hopefully they improve that in season two.
Are there rules about Netflix episode length or is it all self-imposed? Because I felt that the final episode was way too short. The whole second half with Fisk, while awesome, was rushed as hell. It felt like it was missing a lot. But that's one thing that's was weak this season- for as good as it was, the pacing was a mess. Hopefully they improve that in season two.
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2:48PM on 04/28/2015
Season 1 deserves higher than an 8... Especially if you just gave last nights episode of Gotham a 7.
Season 1 deserves higher than an 8... Especially if you just gave last nights episode of Gotham a 7.
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1:58PM on 04/28/2015

Great show, but...

I just do not get the casting of Elden Hensen as Foggy. I hate to be disparaging, but dude is just shy of terrible. On a show with otherwise pretty solid acting, he stands out like a sore thumb.

Maybe by season 2, his acting and the red suit will both have ample time to improve. Cause otherwise, I freakin loved this show.
I just do not get the casting of Elden Hensen as Foggy. I hate to be disparaging, but dude is just shy of terrible. On a show with otherwise pretty solid acting, he stands out like a sore thumb.

Maybe by season 2, his acting and the red suit will both have ample time to improve. Cause otherwise, I freakin loved this show.
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1:51PM on 04/28/2015

Spoilers...

I love the costume and think it works much better in motion than in pictures. Sort of a combo of his Ultimate suit and his Fall From Grace armor. Killing Urich was the only thing I didn't like. Really wanted to see Vonde Curtis Hall show up in Spider-Man and other projects. The final fight was epic. And yeah, Marcie is fuckin hot.
I love the costume and think it works much better in motion than in pictures. Sort of a combo of his Ultimate suit and his Fall From Grace armor. Killing Urich was the only thing I didn't like. Really wanted to see Vonde Curtis Hall show up in Spider-Man and other projects. The final fight was epic. And yeah, Marcie is fuckin hot.
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1:21PM on 04/28/2015
Al Capone killed people around him. Hitler killed people around him. It;s how people maintain control. Of course, it was also what led to his downfall: by killing too many loyal followers for their mistakes, you have fewer people working for you and those that are left are more likely to turn tail and run away if not go to the cops.
Al Capone killed people around him. Hitler killed people around him. It;s how people maintain control. Of course, it was also what led to his downfall: by killing too many loyal followers for their mistakes, you have fewer people working for you and those that are left are more likely to turn tail and run away if not go to the cops.
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12:46PM on 04/28/2015
This Daredevil new series just exceeded my expectation. It's really that awesome so bring on season 2!
This Daredevil new series just exceeded my expectation. It's really that awesome so bring on season 2!
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12:40PM on 04/28/2015

Loved the whole season!

The only episode I really thought killed the momentum was 'Foggy vs Murdock.' Daredevil had just been beaten half to death by a ninja and then we got treated to a bickering match with Foggy. It all worked out and maybe it was a necessary evil but it sure halted a massive rush of action.
The only episode I really thought killed the momentum was 'Foggy vs Murdock.' Daredevil had just been beaten half to death by a ninja and then we got treated to a bickering match with Foggy. It all worked out and maybe it was a necessary evil but it sure halted a massive rush of action.
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12:20PM on 04/28/2015

I liked it except for...

The suit. I thought the suit looked awful, it just looked stupid and like it didn't fit him well. It made him look short and like a stocky daredevil.
The suit. I thought the suit looked awful, it just looked stupid and like it didn't fit him well. It made him look short and like a stocky daredevil.
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12:40PM on 04/28/2015
I actually like his original suit better than the final Daredevil suit.
I actually like his original suit better than the final Daredevil suit.
8:11PM on 04/28/2015
you know that's funny JackNapier, cause I thought the same thing too.
you know that's funny JackNapier, cause I thought the same thing too.
11:23AM on 04/28/2015
I'm sorry, but Foggy is not pulling Marcie with a two foot dick.
I'm sorry, but Foggy is not pulling Marcie with a two foot dick.
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12:37PM on 04/28/2015
In this world, Foggy reluctantly pulls Marcie while Karen seems interested too. It's a crazy world.
In this world, Foggy reluctantly pulls Marcie while Karen seems interested too. It's a crazy world.
2:54PM on 04/28/2015
That's Foggy's super power :P
That's Foggy's super power :P
11:14AM on 04/28/2015
By far the best comic book series being made today. The whole season was fun as hell to watch and was really terrrific to see Marvel expand on their universe in a darker, much grittier way. Here's hoping the rest of their others series on Netflix hold up the same in terms of quality and storytelling.
By far the best comic book series being made today. The whole season was fun as hell to watch and was really terrrific to see Marvel expand on their universe in a darker, much grittier way. Here's hoping the rest of their others series on Netflix hold up the same in terms of quality and storytelling.
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11:08AM on 04/28/2015
Anti-climatic? Why?
Anti-climatic? Why?
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2:57PM on 04/28/2015
Because the most important part of the episode was squeezed into the last ten minutes, instead of the whole episode being about Fisk's escape and confrontation with Daredevil.
Because the most important part of the episode was squeezed into the last ten minutes, instead of the whole episode being about Fisk's escape and confrontation with Daredevil.
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