I have finally gotten caught up and watched the entire first season of Daredevil on
Netflix. I was expecting this to be the darkest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry to date, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this dark.
Cast and Crew Information
Charlie Cox as Matthew Michael Murdock / Daredevil
Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
Elden Henson as Franklin P. “Foggy” Nelson
Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk / Kingpin
Toby Leonard Moore as James Wesley
Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich
Bon Gunton as Leland Owlsley
Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna
Royce Johnson as Sgt. Brett Mahoney
Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
Peter McRobbie as Father Lantom
Rob Morgan as Turk Barrett
Daryl Edwards as Detective Hoffman
Peter Shinkoda as Noby
Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao
Geoffrey Cantor as Ellison
Susan Varon as Josie
Adriane Lenox as Doris Urich
Skylar Gaertner as Young Matt Murdock
Matt Gerald as Melvin Potter
John Patrick Hayden as Jack Murdock
Scott Glen as Tick
Jasson Finney as Stone
Cole Jensen as Young Wilson Fisk
Written by Drew Goddard, Steven S. DeKnight, Douglas Petrie, Luke Kalteux, Joe Pokaski, Marco
Ramirez, Ruth Fletcher and Christos N. Gage
Directed by Phil Abraham, Farren Blackburn, Steven S. DeKnight, Guy Ferland, Ken Girotti, Nick
Gomez, Adam Kane, Euros Lyn, Nelson McCormick, Stephen Surjik and Brad Turner
The first season is currently available on Netflix around the
Blinded by a chemical spill as a child, Matt Murdock has unique senses. He uses a combination of that, intelligence and training to tear through the criminal underworld and save his beloved home, Hell’s Kitchen. Wilson Fisk, another child of Hell’s Kitchen, also plans to save the neighbourhood, but by razing it to the ground and by building a new one in its place.
I don’t know where the casting ends and the writing and direction begin, but every member of this cast based on a comic book character inhabits that character in totality.
One specific deviation from the comic book version of these characters is disappointing to me, as a big fan of that member of Matt’s supporting cast.
This feels like an original entry in the MCU. The tone is entirely different from anything that has come before, and the structure is entirely different from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the only other truly serialized entry in Marvel’s productions. It also remains true to the spirit of the source material while deviating from the 2003 film and certain details of the comics. I give it 5 out of 6.
The effects are well done. Daredevil’s powers don’t need to be represented as visually as they were in the film, and they take advantage of that fact here. They did most of them in camera with physical effects, and they are entirely convincing. I give it 6 out of 6.
The story is exceptionally well done. This is structured in an unusual way. Each episode has a clear beginning, middle, and end, yet this feels more like a 12 hour movie than a 13 episode season of television. The origins of these characters are here, and they take the time to develop them very well. I give it 6 out of 6.
The acting, as you know if you read the intro, is consistently exceptional. Rosario Dawson’s character doesn’t seem as well developed, though that’s not because of her performance. She is the one who doesn’t exist in the comics, although there is a character who fills in a similar role. Even there, Dawson’s performance is strong, and only appears weak because it surrounded by the rest of an exceptional cast. I give it 6 out of 6.
The production is excellent. This production team are spending every penny well. Location shooting always makes things difficult for production staff, since camera placements, equipment, power supplies and so forth are always limited and troublesome, but you’d never know that here. I give it 6 out of 6.
The emotional response is strong, and often visceral, but always natural. I give it 6 out of 6.
Overall, this is the kind of show that is worth subscribing to Netflix just to watch. I give it 6 out of 6.
In total, Daredevil: Season One receives 41 out of 42.