Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with just about every addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Netflix has done similarly with their lineup of original series. Daredevil, which is part of the MCU as well as a Netflix original series, is no exception—the show is good.
For those unfamiliar with the Marvel character, Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who uses his other heightened senses to moonlight as a masked vigilante. Matt has a sort of radar sense that gives him great awareness of his surroundings (e.g., placement and movement of objects, people’s heart rates and body temperatures).
It’s satisfying to watch the titular character flip around and kick countless amounts of asses. Beyond the physical action, there’s plenty of character development and non-combat tension. What I found impressive was the show’s success in developing the antagonists which sometimes left me rooting for the bad guys. As it should be, however, I ultimately wanted Matt Murdock to prevail.
Daredevil benefits from being a Netflix original series in several ways. Obviously, not being an over-the-air broadcast show, the violence can be more brutal and the dialogue doesn’t have to be too Disney-esque (which is ironic, considering who owns Marvel). Most importantly, the plot and pacing is much better than it otherwise might have been if it had to fit within the confines of a regular television season. There are no filler episodes (contrasting with the CW’s Arrow which gets slightly bogged down while stalling for the season finales; though, for the record, I like Arrow). Daredevil keeps moving forward.
Other good things about the show includes the opening theme song, casting, and performances—in particular, Vincent D’Onofrio, Toby Leonard Moore, Charlie Cox, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Deborah Ann Woll (after a few episodes). What I found lacking is humor. I understand the show’s supposed to be somber in tone, but it could have benefited from a few more jokes here and there.
Overall, as I’ve told Netflix’s rating system, “I Really Liked It” (i.e., 4 out of 5 stars).