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Review: “Daredevil” – Episode 13 of Marvel’s Daredevil

So yeah, busy week! I honestly don’t know where the days went. And, while I was gone, the news came out that Jon Bernthal has been cast to play Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil. I think it’s a great casting choice, but what I like even more about this announcement is that it confirms that Castle is set to appear.

While I’m not the biggest Punisher fan out there, I think the stories in which both The Punisher and Daredevil appear have tended to be very interesting, and it also – hopefully – means that season two will remain pretty grounded. What are your thoughts? Feel free to use this post for any and all comments you might have about the casting or anything else going into next season. It seems apt as we’re getting ready to round this up.

Recap

It’s Ben Urich’s funeral (I guess he was a Catholic too?) and his casket is being carried to the grave site. Present are Matt, Karen, Father Lantom and, of course, Ben’s wife Doris, along with Ben’s editor Ellison and a female employee from the paper. After the intro plays, we cut straight to after services have ended. Karen goes to talk to Ben’s wife, and the two do some bonding. Karen is feeling guilty, but Doris tells her how Ben felt about her and that he wasn’t the type to ever get pushed into something he didn’t want to do. Meanwhile, Matt and Father Lantom trade a few words before Karen comes by to pick him up. In his conversation with the priest, Matt is hard on himself for not stopping what happened to Ben.

Matt and Karen at Ben's funeral, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

When Matt and Karen get back to the office, Karen tells him that Ellison was among the attendees at the funeral. She seems conviced that he was taking bribes from Fisk, though Matt points out that there is no evidence to that effect. The conversation turns to Foggy, and Karen is very disappointed that he didn’t come. Matt tries to defend him, adding that what’s going on between the two of them is his fault. Karen is also worried that Fisk will find out that she was with Ben at the nursing home. Matt vows to keep her safe, and promises that everyone who’s in bed with Fisk will get what they deserve.

Vanessa is back with Wilson, still recovering. Fisk is reviewing some transactions that aren’t adding up, and he tells Vanessa he’ll have Leland take a look at them. Later that day, the two meet and Leland goes over the status quo and the necessity of finding something to replace the off the books revenue from the Gao’s heroin trade that went up in smoke. When Fisk asks about what happened to Gao, Owlsley tells him she’s gone, adding that she might not have been the ally they thought she was.

At this point, Fisk shows Owlsley the irregularities. When the latter tries to explain them away, Fisk notices that Owlsley’s hands are shaking, and that he’s sweating. Owlsley is forced to admit to something that is not the whole truth, and Fisk confronts him about Wesley and the poisoning and the benefit. When Fisk now learns that Vanessa was the target, he kills Owlsley by pushing him down a shaft, this despite Owlsley at first trying to use his leverage: He has Hoffman stashed away, as part of a scheme that depends on Owlsley checking in every twenty-four hours. When it’s all over, Fisk instructs his men to sweep the city and put a bullet in Hoffman’s head.

A very dead Leland Owlsley, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Matt is seen working out at Fogwell’s gym, punching the heavy bag, when Foggy enters. Matt briefly stops what he’s doing and the two talk about what Matt’s been up to, namely paying a (failed) visit to Ben’s editor. Matt then confronts Foggy about missing Ben’s funeral. Foggy says he was on the way way but got a call from Marci, who has been helping him copy files from Landman and Zack. This frustrates Matt who thinks it’s too dangerous; he is the one who needs to stop stop Fisk and doesn’t want anyone else getting hurt.

When Matt heads for the door, Foggy reminds him about the state he was in after the last time he went after Fisk, and that he might end up dead. When Matt doesn’t know what else to do, Foggy reminds him that they should be using the law, like Matt himself had told Foggy and Karen. When Foggy talks about a “we,” Matt says that he thought Nelson and Murdock were over. At this point, it’s clear that while Foggy was the one who came to Matt, he’s not sure they can move past what happened, and he says as much. Matt suggest that maybe, even if things are not as they were, they can find a way to move forward.

Said and done, the two go to talk to Brett Mahoney, bringing a new batch of cigars for his mother. Brett talks about how things are bad around the precinct and when Matt asks him to explain, Brett talks about his meeting with the man in the mask a few days ago and that what he said had got him thinking. Matt and Foggy tell him that they, and the man in the mask (obviously), were working with Ben Urich, and the three of them discuss the connection to Wilson Fisk. Foggy mentions Ben’s discovery about Fisks mom, and that that might have been what got Ben killed. When another couple of cops walk by, Matt overhears them talking about going to find Hoffman. When Brett walks off, Matt tells Foggy what he heard. They realize what this means. If they can get to him before Fisk, he could blow the whole thing wide open and expose Fisk.

Matt and Foggy talk to Sgt. Brett Mahoney, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Matt, Foggy and Karen are back at the office, just like in the good old days, looking into where Owlsley might be holding Hoffman by going over the documents Marci was able to get out of Landman and Zack. Karen is happy that they’re all together again, and Foggy comments that it’s “a start.” When Karen wonders about how Matt and Foggy found out about Owlsley holding Hoffman, they improvise a story about meeting with the man in the mask whom they met somewhere in some alley.

Next, Karen finds what the missing piece of the puzzle they’ve been looking for, a property that was removed from the records from one day to the next with no change in balance, an attempt to hide that it was taken off the list of prpoerty holdings. When Matt gets the address, he takes off under the pretense of wanting to bring the information to Brett Mahoney in person. Before he goes, Foggy stops him, realizing what he’s about to do. Matt says that this is where the law meets reality. If he doesn’t find Hoffman, Fisk wins.

Fisk gets a call about Hoffman’s whereabout and instructs the caller to send in a team. He smiles looking out his car window, safe in the knowledge that things will be taken care of. Next, we go to where Hoffman is being held. While his keepers are getting their takeout dinners, Fisk’s crooked cops arrive on the scene. Hoffman shuts his eyes in anticipation of the bullet that will surely pierce his skull at any second, but instead he can hear shots being fired in some other direction and the sound of fists pounding. He opens his eyes to find the man in the mask taking out each of the men who were coming to kill him. After it’s all over, Matt sits down and has a little chat with Hoffman. He instructs him to turn himself over to Brett Mahoney, and makes a very persuasive argument for why he should do exactly as he’s told (because having Matt stalking you is a very bad thing).

Matt finds Hoffman, from episode thrirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Hoffman is next seen walking into his old police station, saying that he needs to make a statement. This takes us to the scene where he’s giving his statement to people from what I presume is the U.S. Attorney’s office (or some similar agency). At his side are Nelson and Murdock representing him, with Karen cheering silently from the sidelines.

While Pavarotti sings in the background, a montage of different scenes play where people connected to Fisk finally get what’s coming to them. Turk is being chased by police, the dirty cops are weeded out, the woman at the paper (a certain M. Caldwell) is taken from her desk and arrested. Marci sees her boss being arrested in the parking garage at Landman and Zack, and finally, Randolph Cherryh is lead out of a building.

Vanessa watches everything unfold on TV. Fisk realizes that there’s nothing to prevent his arrest, but he’s got a plan and he needs Vanessa to do something for him. Before the police arrive, he’s got one last thing to show her: An engagement ring. Fisk is dragged away, arrested for racketeering. Outside, the press is waiting and Fisk is put in the back of a police van.
Matt, Foggy and Karen are having drinks at the office and celebrating. They make a toast to the ones they’ve lost, to Elena and Ben.

Fisk in an FBI van, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

In the van, Fisk tells the story from the Bible, about the good Samaritan. He ends with the realization that he is not the Samaritan, or even the priest or the levite, but the one of “ill intent.” By the time Fisk finishes the story, there are other cars joining them and his van comes to a stop. It’s a rescue mission orchestrated by Fisk himself.

We go back to the office where out three friends at the law firm are receiving the news. Karen feels foolish for the way they believed that Fisk would go away that easily. They rush outside and as Karen is in a cab, she is reluctant to leave Matt behind. Foggy promises to get him a cab and runs after Matt, sending Karen on her way. Matt asks Foggy to trust that he knows what he’s doing and takes off in another cab.

One of the guards in Fisk’s van is in on the heist. The other isn’t and is shot when he tries to intervene and play hero. Finally free, Fisk steps out of the van and walks over to another truck and gives the men on the ground his orders.

Meanwhile, Matt has put on his black costume and goes to Melvin Potter’s shop to pick up his new and improved outfit. Next, Matt is up on a rooftop, in his new costume, listening for clues to Fisk’s whereabouts, and hearing something over the radio (either from the source, or from the receiving end; it’s a little unclear what’s going on here).

Matt, ad Daredevil, catches up with Wilson Fisk. As seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Fisk’s van is seen pulling into some kind of garage where he gets out and is transferred to another van. Next, Matt hears the broadcast coming from Fisk’s van and takes off. Fisk instructs Vanessa to leave without him if he’s not there in twenty minutes. It doesn’t take long before the transport is interrupted by Daredevil – yes, we can call him that now – who throws his billly club through the car window, causing it to swerve and topple over. Fisk emerges and Daredevil makes himself known. He’s shot at, but evades the bullets easily, and adds some billy club action to the mix. Finally, he and Fisk are alone. Fisk, cornered, gives a little speech about what he wanted to do for his city.

What follows next is a scene of hand to hand combat that sees both of them getting some very violent punches in until Fisk seems to be getting the better of Matt, furiously beating him over and over with a metal bar. In standard Murdock fashion, Matt gets back up and finishes the fight just in time for Brett Mahoney to show up. Matt lets Mahoney know that he’s the man in the mask whom he met before, and hands Fisk over to the law. Vanessa is still waiting when Frances announces that they have to go. Vanessa takes out the ring in her pocket and puts it on her finger before boarding the helicopter without her beloved Wilson.

Next day,outside their office, with Matt and Foggy at her side, Karen reads about “Daredevil” in the papers, and the three joke about it. Foggy finishes putting up the new sign outside their building and Matt runs his hand over it, joking about them being “avocados at law,” in reference to the scene from the law school flash back in episode ten. Foggy then says he’s about to go see Marci, whom he may or may not be getting back together with. They talk about Fisk and how it may be a year before he can be sentenced, though Matt assures them he’s where he belongs.

The "Avocados at Law" outside their office, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

When Foggy leaves, and Karen announces that she and Matt should be getting back to work, Matt points out that there’s been something in her voice, and it’s still there despite Fisk being put away. Karens puts it down to the deaths of Ben and Elena, and everything else they’ve been through. Matt talks about them moving forward and offers Karen her hand. At this point, the entire scene screams of Karen realizing something (but I can’t quite figure out what and it drives me nuts!).

Next, we see Fisk in prison, wearing all white and staring up at a wall that looks very much like the one from the painting and his childhood. The scene looks like it’s taken straight from the comics. In the very final scene, we see Matt in his new Daredevil outfit, listening from a rooftop. When he hears a scream, he runs for it, and leaps from the building. And that’s the last we see of these guys until next season!

FIsk in prison, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

My thoughts

This final episode is by no means weak, but the rushed feeling of the last 20 minutes drags it down quite a bit and causes a dip in quality that places it in or near the bottom of the all of the episodes for me. It starts out strong, though, and contains some favorite scenes of mine (notably the “opera arrest montage”), but almost everything that happens after Matt puts on the costume is not as flawlessly executed as what we’ve come to expect from this show.

Turk running from the police, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Right after finishing the season, I was actually a bit concerned that this would spell the end of the grounded Daredevil we had come to love, as things seemed to steer away from crime series with a superhero element into full superhero. Getting Matt into a proper superhero outfit should allow him to move a little differently, but I think the fighting style looks a little too different from what’ we’ve seen previously to work as a seamless transition from “The Man in the Mask.” The dialogue also suffers a bit in comparison to pretty much everything up to this point.

Speaking of the costume though (because I know a lot of you might be itching to talk about that), I’m actually mostly fine with it. It looks nice from most angles, though the mask is maybe a little on the heavy side. I will say this though: Considering that 1) people don’t look nearly as nice in spandex in real life as they do in comic books and 2) that having a more protective outfit makes A LOT of sense in the context of this show, and Matt’s repeated injuries, it is inevitable that the costume designers would have to go for something new. Is it as elegant as the classic red outfit? No, but I can’t really see that happening. It’s funny though how a lot of people who were complaining about the black costume probably grew to really like it by the very end. I know I’m one of them.

Daredevil kneeling over Fisk's unconscious body, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

What I really like about this show, something which becomes clear in this final episode, is how Fisk’s eventual downfall isn’t only a result of Matt’s vigilante activities. Sure, there is a lot of information that he comes by as the Man in the Mask, but that’s far from the only source of intel. Karen and Ben started their digging early on in the show, and Foggy eventually got involved too, not to mention Marci who evidently got them the last piece of the puzzle that they needed to find Hoffman.

It is a sign of great respect for Matt’s professional life, and all the people in it, that both of Daredevil’s ways of operating were crucial parts to achieving the end goal. Certainly, only Daredevil could do what was needed when Fisk decided to escape police custody, but getting him that far took a lot of paper work. The complete Daredevil experience makes use of both sides of Matt’s life, and in that regard, this show definitely delivers.

Senses watch

I’m a little confused about what exactly Matt is hearing, and from where, when it comes to tracking Fisk down at the end. I’ve made my preferences known when it comes to Matt’s superhearing passing the line into something more akin to psychic awareness before so won’t starting beating that horse again, except to just mention that I find it hard to figure out what exactly is going on. Matt may actually be quite close to the source of these sounds.

The only other minor thing that stood out to me, for very different reasons, is when Matt goes to Melvin Potter’s shop to pick up his costume. When Melvin opens the box to show Matt, he makes no attempt to pretend to be looking at it, which I found to be a pretty interesting touch in its simplicity. In the comics, there are references here and there to Matt “faking” sightedness as Daredevil, where he reminds himself to act as if he can see, but here he seems unbothered by the notion that his behavior would strike someone else as unusual. On the other hand, it’s well inline with how he’s been conducting himself in costume througout the season. He doesn’t carry himself like an average blind man, of course, but neither does he appear to be navigating by sight.

(Accessible) gadget watch

Well, Matt is back in the office working which usually entails reading and/or computer work. Nothing new in that regard, except that I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen him use his computer keyboard for anything. But I guess that now that we’re at the end of the season, this would be where I give the handling of this area two big thumbs up. That’s not to say that I don’t want to see Matt do much more office (i.e. legal) work next season, in and out of court, but so far so good. If these guys want to keep the lights on, they should want that too. 😉

Matt, Foggy and Karen working in the conference room, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Easter egg watch

we finally got our Stan Lee cameo, in the form of a picture hanging on the wall behind officer Mahoney when Hoffman comes in to turn himself over to the police. When Fisk switches vans, you can see the brand names Atreus Plastics and Summerville Department Stores printed on the sides of the cars. Both are (obscure) companies in the Marvel Universe. Read more at ComicBookMovie.com.

Stan Lee cameo, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

There’s also this very clear look at the Stilt-Man legs in Melvin Potter’s workshop:

Melvin's workshop, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Quotes

Father Lantom: “How are you holding up?”
Matt: “Like a good Catholic boy.”
Father Fantom: “That bad, huh?”

Foggy: “You go after him in the mask again, he might kill you. Or you might kill him, which would probably have the same effect on someone as Catholic as you are.”

Matt: “We? Thought Nelson and Murdock were over.”
Foggy: “There’s nothing I want more than to find a way back to where we were, but… I don’t know if we can.”
Matt: “No, we can’t. But maybe we can find a way to move forward, Foggy.”

Brett: “The way things are going around here, I’m thinking of taking an early pension. Move my mom somewhere warm.”
Foggy: “Be a shame. The only cop on the force we know for sure is honest.”
Brett: “Never see Serpico? Honest cops are usually the ones get shot in the face.”

Fisk: “It’s funny, isnt’ it, how even the best of men can be deceived by their true nature. It means that I’m not the Samaritan. That I’m not the priest, or the Levite. That I am the ill intent who set upon the traveler on a road that he should not have been on.”

Foggy: “I think the horns are a bit much.”

Star player

There were no obvious candidates in this episode, but I’m going to give the final honors to Foggy, for two reasons. First of all, despite missing Ben’s funeral, he was the bigger person in his and Matt’s relationship and sought out Matt first. Secondly, Foggy did so without any clear indication that he was ready to forgive his friend. This means that he was willing to set that aside for the sake of what was still going on with Fisk. In the comics, Matt and Foggy’s relationship has usually been on Matt’s terms, and I think Foggy is showing some real integrity here. I can’t wait to see where next season will take them, and am glad that this show found a way of letting Foggy in on Matt’s secret relatively early, without handwaving away the magnitude of the effect on their relationship.

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

14 comments

  1. Hi! Yeah I was blown away by the news of the Punisher appearing in season two- from all the talk of Elektra and will/won’t Bullseye make an appearance, the announcement of the Punisher (and Bernthal cast as Frank) was certainly unexpected.
    Although DD has been a mainstay for me and one of my favourites, I must confess the Punisher Max series is both a thrilling and terrifying series to read. Apart from the street level crooks he deals with, the portrayal of the Punisher in the Max series really does round out the character and define him as the brutal killer and anti- hero he is.
    It’s a far cry from the Punisher of the 90’s (I.e how I got introduced to him) and if the writers take the Max series as a foundation, much like they took the Bendis run for DD, then we’re going to be in for one hell of a season! (I’m thinking it will be that sort of tension that we got when DD interrogated that Russian on the rooftop in Season 1 episode 2, that will also be brought onto the screen when we engage with the Punisher). I’d love nothing more than we he viewers to be totally afraid yet intrigued by the Punisher and all that he does…how he interacts with Matt will definitely be interesting.

  2. While I’m totally with you in giving Foggy the MVP, I don’t necessarily feel that he was being the bigger man in going to Matt first. Considering that Matt has said all along that their falling out was his own fault, I think he was trying to give him his space.

    I’m loving the site and having a lot of fun wandering through the archives! Thanks for all of your hard work!

  3. Great review of the finale! I agree with you on everything. The last final 20 minutes of the show seemed very rushed. I thought DD should have donned his costume for at least two or three episodes. To ease the audience into his quicker fluid fighting style perhaps and to get a better look of DD in uniform.

    The mask does look to “heavy.” I hope they tweak it for season two, but I don’t have an issue with body armor. The episode is ok overall. I had higher expectations for a finale then I got I think. The finale should always leave an audience with a jaw dropping sensation.

  4. Overall I really didn’t mind the costume. Like most I think the mask will have to be changed some, but they have already put into dialogue that the outfit was not finished so im sure that there will be some changes for the second season. But I am definitely one of the people that got to like the simple black outfit.

    The final fight with Fisk was pretty good, but the whole ending did seem to go by really fast. The build up to the fight was excellent though, everything from the arrests scene to Fisk’s escape from custody was really dramatic and build tension nicely for the final confrontation that we were all waiting for. It also gave a great example for why both sides of Matt’s identity are necessary. It took working both inside and outside the law to bring Fisk down.

    Although one of the big things that bugged me was it was almost like the final fight was more about showing off the new outfit and the new connectable sticks then it was about an emotional fight between the two men. There were to many close up shots of Matt connecting and separating the sticks and the sparks from the outfit getting hit. It was a little thing but it bothered me. Although the reversal on the “Im going to kill you” and “take your shot” lines of dialogue was a nice touch.

    It was also really surprising how much I missed scenes of Matt, Foggy and Karen all working together at the office. This was a really nice scene that book ended the series nicely and showed despite all the drama and tragedy that happened this season the three are still friends and their bond with each other withstood Fisk and his criminal cabal. I hope there is more cohesion in the trio next season, that they have gone through the crucible of this season and came out stronger for it.

    I do think that Karen’s past will be a big part of next season.

    I am really excited that the Punisher is going to be included next season. The interplay and the differing ideologies between Matt and Frank is always really fun to play with. I hope that they give him enough screen time to give the character justice. Bernthal I think is a good choice, he certainly looks the part. He did a great job on The Walking Dead so he can definitely pull off a dramatic and high energy role like the Punisher. In fact his character on The Walking Dead by the end was fairly close to a Frank Castle. Just hope he has a passion for the part. Even though I am a little bummed that Thomas Jane didn’t come back to the role. He really loved the character and I think could have done great things with Frank if given the right script. If anybody hasn’t seen his Punisher fan film “Dirty Laundry” I highly suggest going over to youtube and giving it a look. Its amazing for an 11 minute short film! But I am still really excited to get DD and Punisher on screen together!! If done right it could be excellent stuff! It might even beat out Superman/Batman 😉 And I just want to leave you with this thought; Bernthal’s Punisher and Scott Glenn’s Stick in the same scene together. Yeah that would be sweet!

  5. Oh and two other quick thoughts.

    1. I thought it was really cool that they used one of Alex Maleev’s covers from his DD run for the newspaper article. Especially when considering how much his art influenced the look of the show.

    2. Im not completely convinced that Owlsley is really dead. And even if he is I think I am a supporter of the theory that his son might show up next season for revenge and be the actual Owl villain.

    Ok I lied, I thought of a third 3. Does anybody think we will actually get a Stiltman at some point?

  6. Great review as always and thanks for beings so dedicated and doing all of them.

    A solid episode overall but easily the weakest of the season. Its like the student who got straight A’s all year long and then right before summer break decided to half-ass it and settle for a B- on the final exam.

    Lots of things to nitpick.
    It was a mistake and probably the biggest error of the series to only have the new suit at the very end of the finale. It came across gimmicky to have the birth/debut/reveal/whatever of Daredevil and Kingpin to happen simultaneously, which is what they were going for. They should have had at least one full episode of him with the suit.

    It doesn’t help that the big finale fight between Matt and Fisk is the weakest fight of the series in every way. The “hallway fight”, Nobu, Healy, Stick, the guy from episode one, hell even Melvin’s fight are all better staged, choreographed, edited, and shot. It was like a toy commercial for the new Daredevil Action Figure. “Look kids at how his new weapon combines. Now in case you missed it, here it is again!”
    Also that final slow motion punch was so embarrassingly awkward and it showed off every problem with the new suit (i.e. it doesn’t fit right and limits his movement way too much).

    Mahoney being the one lone cop to show up on the scene again to have a chitchat with Matt was way too convenient. This show was better than that.

    Wilson proposing as the cops drag him away felt like something out of Days of Our Lives.

    I think all of these problems (except for the suit not fitting right) stem from the whole episode feeling really rushed. Like they had two episodes worth of story but only an hour to tell it. This really stands out to me because as I said previously the last two episodes felt really drawn out. You could have trimmed a good 15-20 minutes each from episodes 11 and 12. It might have meant Ben’s death wouldn’t be the cliffhanger, but I think it would have served the overall narrative better allowing for much of episode 13 story to be moved to and expanded upon in episode 12. The “cliffhanger” of episode 12 should have been Melvin giving him the suit. Then open 13 with Hoffman’s rescue played out similarly, only he opens his eyes to reveal Daredevil in his new suit taking on multiple armored cops. So we actually see him taking them all on. Then they can show off his suit and new weapon gradually and not all at once.

    Still an amazing series and pretty much my favorite show 🙂 but i hope for season 2 they look to the first half of season 1 on how it should be done.

    “How are you holding up?”
    “Like a good Catholic boy.”
    “That bad huh?”
    PERFECT.

  7. Hi Tate, I totally acknowledge your comments and can understand how you felt that way.
    For me, I had a different experience and much of that stems from the format of Netflix and my fanboy-dom.
    Having binge watched the last three episodes back to back lessened the feeling of a ‘rushed’ final episode.
    I also thought the reveal of the costume at the end was exhilarating- the hype about the red costume (and wanting to see it after so long) gave me the right sort of giddiness when it finally did show.
    I agree however that the tone of the show changed drastically once Matt wears the red suit…it no longer seems as grounded as when he wears the more ambiguous black ninja gear.
    I agree with the billy clubs…maybe once is all that’s needed to show its multi-use…but I thought the final fight was great! Not necessarily choreography but in passion- D’Onofrio really gave me chills when he says, “YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!”… Then charges! Agreed not the best episode, but I kept going nab to it and watched it over again and again, just to relive the reveal of the ‘real’ DD suit!:)

  8. I agree about the change in fight style when he got the costume. I thought that was pretty glaring. To me, a little bit of consistency would have gone a long way towards selling the costume. He pulled off plenty of Daredevil-like things before he got the costume, but it was extremely flip and stick heavy with the costume in a way that hadn’t been seen before. I get that they also wanted to show something new, but the costume was plenty new.

  9. I meant to say earlier that as far as aesthetic goes, I absolutely love the design of the suit. They just need to make the mask fit his face better and make the underlying material lighter so it allows more movement of his legs and shoulders. I don’t care if it is a little Batman-esque, it makes so much sense to conceal and protect his nose. Also I really hope they don’t ever try to incorporate the “DD”. It is silly and it makes no sense.

  10. Why is Doris so mentally foggy and distracted every other time we see here but holding it together so well for the funeral? I found this jarring. Dementia gets worse with great emotional stress, not better.

    “After it’s all over, Matt sits down and has a little chat with Hoffman. He instructs him to turn himself over to Brett Mahoney, and makes a very persuasive argument for why he should do exactly as he’s told (because having Matt stalking you is a very bad thing). “

    No, actually Matt is tailing him to protect him, not “stalk” him. He even explicitly tells Hoffman that’s what he’s doing. Matt learned from the junkie that got killed after Matt left the scene, sometimes you have to escort the bad guy to the police yourself.

    I have mixed feelings about the red suit. From the standpoint of protecting Matt it makes a LOT more sense. I doubt it provides much more protection against blunt force trauma like Fisk beating the heck out of him with a metal bar or piece of wood, but it does help against bullets and knives up to a point. The head portion isn’t a hood, it’s a helmet, and that makes a lot more sense, especially given how many knocks on the head Matt seems to acquire. As portrayed, it makes a lot more sense than red spandex. I’m not in love with the look. Maybe I just need to get used to it. Should I expect a blind man to have great fashion sense anyway? Maybe Potter can tweak it before season 2.

    I, too, liked how they integrated both the lawyer and the vigilante side of Matt’s life. For a long time the comics virtually ignored the lawyer side but I think the story lines are stronger when both are involved. Matt isn’t unusual just for being blind, he’s unusual for being a lawyer as well and indeed has been the lawyer of several superheroes in the Marvel universe, probably most frequently for Bruce Banner/Hulk (I wouldn’t mind this DD making the occasional cameo in the Marvel Cinematic/TV Universe, I think him and SHIELD Agent/Director Coulson could really kick some butt).

    Definitely like that Matt and Foggy have reconciled. Of course their relationship has changed. Foggy has always had respect for Matt, but he also always considered him handicapped. Well, yes, Matt is still blind but Foggy has been confronted with the fact that Matt isn’t simply just as capable as a sighted man at doing things, but actually better at some things (while still being genuinely blind). Matt doesn’t really need to be led around or physically protected from a mugger, if anything, Matt will be doing that for Foggy.

    Others have addressed the pacing and fight scene weaknesses in this episode. Outside of the rest of the show it’s a good episode but it suffers in comparison with the rest.

    I am not a fan of the Punisher. It’s not that the storytelling is poor, I just don’t like Frank Castle as a human being. I consider him just as loathsome as Kingpin and, as far as Daredevil goes, a frenemy at best. Sort of like how we allied with Stalin during WWII – a repulsive person, but one we could work with towards a common goal. That said, for this sort of show and storytelling he’s a very good choice. I’m looking forward to season 2.

  11. I’m still wondering if Owlsley is dead. Will he come back as The Owl? Otherwise it’s kind of a waste of the name. If he does come back, I always imagined The Owl to be bigger and burlier.

    I thought it was a shame to kill of Ulrich as well. He’s kind of a part of the furniture as regards the DD mythos. I don’t expect he’ll ever be killed off in the comics.

    I am wondering why the ‘New York Bulletin’? Do you think perhaps they don’t have the rights to use The Daily Bugle?

    As for the suit; well, the suit itself is OK – it’s the mask. It still doesn’t look right. Even Ben Affleck’s mask in the Daredevil movie looked better. I think it’s the expression that doesn’t look quite right. The mouth is what it is – you can’t change that. But there needs to be some work on the expression around the eyes and eyebrows. In the comics, of course, the expression may change, but that can’t be done with a real mask. They have to find a compromise that fits almost every circumstance.

    Will you be reviewing the latest crop of comics soon? I have to say here and now that I HATE what they’ve done by putting Matt in that suit with waistcoat and ditching the mask. It looks simply AWFUL.
    Superheroes wear spandex. It’s a RULE.

  12. ps, the rumor mill online is talking about Jason Statham possibly playing the role of Bullseye in the second series. I’m not sure if that would be a good role for him or not?

  13. @Broomstick: “No, actually Matt is tailing him to protect him, not “stalk” him. He even explicitly tells Hoffman that’s what he’s doing. Matt learned from the junkie that got killed after Matt left the scene, sometimes you have to escort the bad guy to the police yourself.”

    Well, the I wrote the “stalking” bit partially in jest, but aside from making sure that none of Fisk’s men take Hoffman out before he gets to the police station, Matt is pretty clear on what Hoffman must do, leaving the latter little choice in the matter:

    “Try to run, try to do anything other than what I’ve just told you, [and] you’ll wish I never saved you from that bullet.”

    @Henry_Francis: I’m pretty sure Leland is dead (I think even one of the creators said something to that effect in some interview), but I like the idea a lot of people have been tossing around that his son – by the same name – is the actual Owl (if they even decide to use the character going forward). Regarding Jason Statham as Bullseye, Marvel went out and denied that rumor pretty quickly.

    I’m not sure when – or if – I’ll review the lastest issues. I thought the lastest issue was pretty okay, it certainly had its moments, but I’m thinking of maybe writing just one long post about the entire arc when it’s all over. This has been, and will always be, one of my favorite runs of all time (possibly my #1 favorite), but this last arc is just not my cup of tea. Reviewing issues I really didn’t enjoy sort of feels like homework and I don’t want this blog to feel that way. But I may very well return to these issues in some way in the future.

  14. I’ve just finished rewatching series one in preparation for series 3, and I think I’ve figured out Karen’s realisation at the end of the episode. She does it when Matt holds out his hand to her, and I wonder if she’s linking it to when The Man in Black held out his hand to her containing the USB containing the Union Allied pension file. I’m not sure whether she completely realises that it means Matt is Daredevil but there’s a definite link in her mind.

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