Hey gang! Sorry for leaving you hanging, but I had quite a bit of traveling for work this week. And, in case I you think I forgot (which I did, actually), I should be able to get a review of of last week’s Daredevil in the next few days. With the second season of the Netflix show coming in less then two weeks, it’s easy to forget that the character does have a monthly comic as well.
For this brief look back at the last season, I must admit that I only needed to watch the show once before coming to the conclusion that there is a whole lot of drinking going on. This is hardly news to anyone, and I’m not the first one to point it out. (For one of the funnier spins on this, see the excellent video at the bottom of the post, which I’m sure most of you are familiar with.)
What I find interesting about the creators’ decision to steep virtually everyone in beer and hard liquor is that it’s not perfectly compatible with the comic book version of Matt Murdock, though Foggy and Karen may be a different matter. The Karen we got to know in Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Born Again is hooked on considerably heavier substances than alcohol, and even Foggy has been known to turn to alcohol during difficult periods. Matt, on the other hand, has never been much of a drinker. Yes, he does take a beer with the “devil” in Nocenti’s run, and I would never suggest he’s a teetotaler, but I think there’s always been this sense among Daredevil fans that drinking too much, maybe even just a little bit, takes Matt’s “edge” off. Even in the Netflix show, Matt suggests as much to Foggy in the college flashback scene where he almost lets his secret slip. Not only does he get the “spins” as much as a sighted guy would, his remaining senses are more “delicate.”
I really have no moral objections to the amount of drinking that happens in Daredevil, despite the large amounts of it, but it does surprise me a little bit that Matt would drink just before going out as Daredevil, as he does in episode nine when Nobu ends up almost killing him. I will be interested to see if this trend continues in season two. By all indications, things are not about to be any easier than last season for any of our key players, and perhaps this is the time when Karen’s past catches up with her and drags up references to a former addiction.
What are your thoughts?