11 April 2015

TV Series: Daredevil (2015-)

TV Series: Daredevil (technically Netflix series, but, you know)

Netflix's (and Marvel's) "Daredevil" series.
Wow. Wowwowwow I'm only 1/3 way through and loving it.

Set in the same Marvel Universe as the Iron Man/Captain America/Thor/Hulk/Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy/Agents of SHIELD.  If you've really enjoyed those movies/TV this easily falls in the "must see" category.
If you are watching and loving "Arrow" or "The Flash" or "Gotham", even though they are only genre-related  and not Marvel Universe, this series is a must-see.
It's violent. Oh my gosh is it violent. "You'd never see half the violence in this show on TV" violent. Yes, broadcast TV has violence, but they also have limits to how much they can show and durations and stuff per episode. This show doesn't.
Also - as it's a Marvel show, it's also an ABC Television Productions show. Probably lands in the "Disney/ABC is begrudgingly associated with the show only because they own Marvel" category of violence. I'm trying to say it's violent.

Good cast. Heck, great cast. Haven't noticed any actors annoyingly chewing scenery yet.  Not on the level achieved by Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Fish' in "Gotham", who stunk out in contrast with the whole rest of the "Gotham" cast. In fairness to JPS she's toned Fish down considerably since the early episodes and served up Fish well. But I digress.
Production values are noticeably TV-budget level and not cinematic, but that doesn't hinder the show. The fight scenes are well choreographed. The set dressers are paying attention to detail, even going as far as putting clipped-out-newspaper stories on the background walls that refer to the battle in New York that happened in "The Avengers".
Good storytelling. They don't spend the whole first episode bludgeoning you with Daredevil backstory. They've gone the route "Arrow" took - just a bit, fill in a little more each episode. And they take time to fill out backstories with the major supporting characters too. I think Foggy is probably most neglected at this point (1/3 way through), his connection with Murdock has been more subtly introduced in to the story than the others, to the point that clues in background set dressing making their association a little deeper than what has been spoken aloud.

Leaps and bounds better than the 2003 "Daredevil" film, even by the end of the first episode.  Granted the TV serial format gives them more time to play the story lines out, but by the end of the first episode I was ready for more.
I've already had the thought if they were to make a Batman TV series this is how it should be done. But Daredevil did it first. Well, actually Arrow did, and other series have used the same storytelling format, but damn if Daredevil isn't Batman right now in this series.  And without all the existential torture that "Arrow" puts us through. Well, not yet anyhow.

Noticed in common: a certain executive producer of "Spartacus" series is executive producing this project. Who also happens to have worked with Whedon on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."  So, at this point, if it weren't for "Buffy" there's a good chance the Marvel Universe wouldn't be so awesome right now.
If'n ya liked a certain henchman-in-a-box from "Boardwalk Empire", he's Matt Murdock.
If'n ya liked a certain young redheaded vampire-ette from "True Blood", she's in there.
If'n ya like you some Vincent D'Onofrio (W. Fisk/Kingpin) or some Rosario Dawson, they're in there.

You have Netflix? Like the comic-based stuff coming out of Marvel and DC lately? Then you must watch "Daredevil" - it's worth it.

Finished it on Sunday (it came out Friday). Amazing. Hungry for more. I don't binge-watch often, but couldn't help but keep returning to the series and neglecting other stuff I have piling up on the DVR. Now that it's over I suppose I could go back to the DVR stuff. But damn I'm already missing watching Daredevil.