By now, Netflix's Daredevil Season 1 has been available for viewing for a little over two weeks. But if you're still on the fence about watching it, here's some reasons why you should definitely check it out.
It's the Best Thing Marvel Has Done So Far
When I say this I don't mean any hyperbole. I've liked the Marvel films (especially the Captain America films), loved Agent Carter, and though I tried with all my might couldn't muster any interest for Agents of SHIELD past episode 5 of Season 1 (though I hear it gets good). However, as far as fleshing out the characters (heroes and villains) and doing something new and fresh, Daredevil leaves all of them behind for a few reasons.
New York, and real New York, not another city standing in for it, serves as the backdrop for the series and it really breathes some life into the series. A slow build up, with ambiance and lots of background noise give this series a feeling that the films are too busy being epic to really give us. While there is music in the series a lot of scenes are done with just the sounds of the city as an accompaniment. Dialogues go on for a long time and allow the characters to really feel like real human beings, and people that you know.
Of course, Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio own their characters (Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk respectively). However, a main cast is only as good as its supporting cast; namely, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Vindie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple. The writing and direction allow the characters to inhabit and define their characters. Plus the chemistry that the actors have together is insanely good.
Now, a lot of Daredevil is character development and legal drama, which is just as interesting as the superhero aspect. That said, the superhero aspect is really well done. The fights are brutal, painful, and beautiful all at once. You've probably heard about the fight scene at the end of episode 2, which is for all intents and purposes, done in one continuous shot and it is as amazing as everyone says. The show also does other creative things with the fights but even when waiting for the fights, it still keeps your interest.
I've mentioned before how the show fleshes out the characters and part of the reason this is, is due to the flashbacks. The show starts with a gutwrenching flashback for Matt Murdock that shows the origin of Daredevil. One of my personal favorite episodes shows how he is trained by a blind man named Stick. It brings to mind the philosophy of real-life Daredevil, Daniel Kish, who actually uses echolocation to see. There's also a flashback episode for Wilson Fisk, which makes him more than just a one dimensional villain. Marvel, which has been criticized for its weak villains, has made one of the strongest villains to date with Wilson Fisk.
All in all, Daredevil proves to be yet another successful addition to superheroes on television. In many ways, it's already the best example of superheroes on the small screen and even gives big screen adaptations a run for their money. If you're still on the fence about checking out Daredevil, don't be. Of course, it's not for everyone. There is a ton of violence, brutality, and sexual content in the show. However, if you like your superheroes with a touch of darkness, you should definitely check it out.