13 Thoughts About Daredevil
|April 29, 2015||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television|
1. I think I like Daredevil now, and I’m really mad about it. I have never had any interest in Daredevil – grim, angsty hero with a lot of fridged ladies in his life? NO THANK YOU – but something about Matt’s tremendous ability to be really good at things (fighting, lawyering, flirting) while also somehow really bad at them has won my heart. I think it works because he’s aware of what a failure he is and doesn’t get all Batmanlier-than-thou on his supporting cast, at least not very much (and when he does, they call him on it). Plus I have had a weakness for at least two decades for guys who are outclassed and beaten and just. Keep. Getting. Up. That’s Matt “Literally Everyone Can Get a Punch In, I Have No Defensive Moves at All” Murdock to a T.
Also, hey there Charlie Cox’s mouth. Hey. There.
2. I do genuinely think all the violence is fairly gratuitous. Like, yes, it’s a dark show and bad things happen and that’s fine (well, not fine, but you know what I mean), but the degree to which the show revels in blood splatters and eye gougings and letting their sound guy hit all his “bone crunch” and “squooshy intestines” noises seems a) completely unnecessary and b) kind of juvenile. Subtlety can have an impact too, guys.
3. ENOUGH WITH THE DADDY ISSUES. Oh my sweet lord am I tired of male heroes moping about their dads. I’ve gotten it with Tony Stark, I’ve gotten it with Thor, I’ve gotten it with Oliver Queen and Barry Allen and Peter Parker and at least three different Clark Kents. I’M TIRED OF IT. Daughters exist! Mothers exist! Women watch media and want to see the relationships we could feasibly be part of depicted! And I say that as a girl who often loves dude characters with daddy issues (Kendall Knight, Jake Peralta…I dunno, maybe I have a higher tolerance for it in comedy), but superhero media is so oversaturated with it and this show seems so completely unaware that mothers are a thing that I just couldn’t. We spent like three episodes wallowing in it, and then came back to it with Stick, and then again with Fisk and his dad, and like, enough, okay? ENOUGH.
4. Oh my God I love Foggy so much. I don’t know why I’m surprised when I wind up loving the hero’s sweet-hearted, comic relief civilian best friend, because it happens every time. (See also: Tommy Merlyn, Cisco Ramon, every Jimmy Olsen ever, Snapper Carr, there are definitely like a dozen others I’m not thinking of…) Foggy is an A+ example of the type. I love how he gripes endlessly about how he could’ve sold his soul and made a fortune, but mostly just to make noise, because he rejects every actual opportunity to sell out without hesitation. I love how he tries to make Karen feel safe and, like, actually listens to her and can tell when she’s upset even without superpowers, Matthew. I love that he respects Matt’s autonomy and independence but also worries because come on, dude keeps showing up with bruises all over his face and saying that he fell, and I love how casually he accommodates Matt exactly as much as Matt (is pretending he) needs and no more, and I love that he tries to get out of a hospital bed to find Matt because he’s Matt’s only family and he knows it. I love that he cries easily for other people. I loved every single second of “Nelson v. Murdock” because a) boys, oh you stupid boys, and b) YES, THANK YOU, call him on his shit, Nelson! And I love that he is clearly at least 67% in love with Matt because, I mean, come on. No one blames you, Franklin! We’ve all seen that mouth!
5. KAREN. <3 <3 <3 Do you know what I love? It’s girls who refuse to stop believing they can make a difference. Karen is such a powerless character as she’s introduced and she spends the whole season sort of on a knife’s blade, and not just because they managed to cast the most gossamer-delicate-looking woman in the world. But like. She doesn’t have ninja skills. She doesn’t have a law degree. She doesn’t have a long history of journalistic crusading. Her protector is Foggy, of all people. And yet she never stops fighting because she doesn’t want what happened to her – or Daniel – to happen to anyone else. (And, you get the sense, because it’s the only way she can feel even a little bit safe. Like Matt, she has no defensive moves at all – she’s all offense.) I love how fierce she is and how much she cares, and I can’t wait to see her grow in Season 2. (You better not go the comics route with her, Netflix. YOU BETTER NOT.)
6. Ben! I really loved Ben and I’m so mad that they killed him off. Aside from the fact that they killed off the show’s most central POC, which is a very big aside (more on Claire in a bit, and also I hope The Only Good Cop In New York gets more to do next season because I like him), it’s strange to me that they would kill off such an established character to the mythos, especially now that they can use Spider-Man in this universe. It seems shortsighted. BEN. 🙁
7. What if Claire had gotten to be a full person? Like, that would have been cool. Or, rather – Rosario Dawson plays her as a full person, but what if we’d gotten to see what she wanted beyond “not to have a guy die in her dumpster or living room?” Also, they clearly kept forgetting she existed??? Like, how is she not in the finale. How does she show up between episodes 9 and 10 to stitch Matt up even though they’re not talking but we don’t get to see her. To be clear, I loved her competence and her complete unwillingness to engage with any of Matt’s bullshit – she does not need to be coddled and she will not make out with you if she knows it’s a bad idea – but I wanted to know who she was besides Matt’s sentient Band-Aid. Hoping for more from Season 2.
8. Someone should tell the show’s writers that Hell’s Kitchen is a relatively small neighborhood and not a city unto itself.
9. Speaking of women who aren’t full people, what the hell is Vanessa’s deal? I was deeply disappointed in her character. She could have been fascinating – what kind of woman would love a man like Wilson Fisk? – but instead they just sort of…took it for granted that she did without showing us why? We don’t know what she wants. We don’t know what she likes or hopes or fears. She appears to be alarmed by the shadiness indicated by Anatoly’s intrusion on her first date with Fisk, alarmed enough to bring a gun to the second date, but then when Fisk is like “P.S. I just murdered a bunch of people” she’s like “Cool, I’m into that, I guess,” and that’s…that’s just it. I kept expecting her to turn out to be EVEN EVILLER THAN HIM, or maybe a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in deep cover or something, but no. She’s not a person. She’s just a very sophisticated void for Fisk to feel ways about.
10. On the other hand, I loved the crap out of Marci. She’s a much more minor character, and yet she gets way more complexity per minute of screentime than, say, Vanessa. I love her complete unwillingness to get suckered into feelings talk and her frankness about sex, and her little smile in the “everyone gets arrested” montage. I want her to go toe-to-toe with Nick Fury. Or maybe she and Claire can form the “Not Putting Up with Nelson & Murdock’s Bullshit” Brigade. #ladiesnotputtingupwithbullshitforever
11. You guys, Leland might be my actual favorite. I know absolutely nothing about the Owl, but everything Leland said made me laugh, up to and including him stupidly signing his own death warrant by telling Fisk he tried to kill Vanessa. He’s like every great-uncle I’ve ever had, except evil. R.I.P. Uncle Leland, you were a terrible person.
12. It would be cool if 97% of the show didn’t take place in IMPENETRABLE DARKNESS. At least enough for me to actually see the final costume.
13. April 2016 is way too far away.