10 favorite things about Marvel’s Daredevil

Now that I’ve watched all the episodes again, and found a whole new level love for this show, it’s time to pick it apart and look at all the individual components that made it great. Of course, these are just my own opinions, and the list is far from exhaustive, but I hope we’ll get a good debate going. Some of these are characters, some are relationships, and others are themes or individual scenes. I list them here in no particular order, and will follow up with a “part 2” of this post tomorrow. Did you love the same things I’ve listed so far?

Obviously, this post will contain FULL SPOILERS for all thirteen episodes so don’t read further unless you’ve seen the whole season already!

The willingness to do an original story

Marvel’s Daredevil borrows heavily from Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear, Miller’s earlier work – especially as it pertains to the Kingpin – and the Bendis/Maleev run. The show obviously draws inspiration from other runs as well, but the end result is, interestingly, something completely new.

This is exactly what I had hoped for. I wasn’t looking to see Born Again, or any other classic storyline, adapted for this show. I know how those stories end, I want new stories. And with comic book canon being as convoluted as it usually is, creating something original for the Marvel Cinematic Universe provides an opportunity clean up some of the mess. The end result ends up righting some oversights that have bothered me. More on that below.

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil

I know that when Charlie Cox was first cast as Matt Murdock, some of us were perhaps a little skeptical of his brown (not red!) hair, relatively slight build, and boyish good looks. Since then, he didn’t dye his hair (good!), put on just the right amount of muscle, and managed to bring more gravitas to this role than I ever could have hoped for. More importantly, he nailed the character in all those little ways we didn’t even realize to expect.

He’s got the charm, the obsessive drive, the doubts, the demons, and all that heart. It didn’t take long to realize that he was Matt Murdock. I felt good about this casting choice from his very first scene, where he’s talking to a priest about his father and the tears start welling up in his eyes. With all the hurt you know he’s about to dole out, that scene sets up his humanity in a way that helps us root for him, even while worrying about the moral consequences of his decisions.

Charlie Cox also handles the many different physical challenges placed on him really well. This includes his scenes as the would-be Daredevil – though he did, of course, have a stunt double for many of the more advanced moves – as well as when he’s Matt Murdock, blind lawyer. Well done, sir. Well done.

Foggy finding out about Matt

The relationship between Matt and Foggy is genuine and spot-on from the very beginning of this show. However, when you as the viewer – or the reader, as the case may be with the comics – know about Matt’s secret and Foggy doesn’t, that also puts things in a different and rather uncomfortable light.

I felt it was a shame that it took Foggy three decades to learn Matt’s secret in the comics (it finally happened in in Daredevil #347, by J.M. DeMatteis and Ron Wagner, which came out in 1995). Foggy took this quite hard, just as he does in Marvel’s Daredevil. In the comics, it is not until Daredevil #353, the first issue of Karl Kesel’s run, that Matt and Foggy return to practicing law together and even have a conversation about Matt’s heightened senses.

In this show, Foggy learns about Matt’s secret nine episodes in, and as one would imagine, Foggy feels utterly betrayed by his best friend. Letting Foggy in on the secret did wonders for their relationship in the comics, so it’s no wonder that the creators want to move on to that chapter going into what will probably be a second season. As pleased as I am with this hurdle being crossed relatively early – and it’s appropriate that it’s Foggy, not Karen, who is the first of the two to learn the truth – this episode (#10) was one I felt could have been executed better.

Matt mixes in a little too much magic in his explanation of the senses, and says absolutely none of the things that would have been on the top of my list if I were Matt trying to defend myself, such as also make sure to list all the things I couldn’t do, despite the heightened senses, to really emphasize that “blind Matt” is a (necessary) half-truth more than an outright lie. I suppose we have to assume that entered into the conversation while we weren’t listening, because that also strikes me as something Foggy would have needed to hear. Still, that this revelation happened at all was important enough to put it on my list.

The diversity

There may be more languages spoken (or attempted, as in the case of Punjabi) in this series than in most anything I’ve seen on television, ever. It has always bothered me when, say, German is represented by people speaking English with a poor imitation of a German accent. Here, we have a multi-cultural cast of characters who speak their respective languages.

Even more impressively, even the characters with an English-speaking background also speak a second language. As someone who uses two languages daily (English being my second), I love to see this kind of diversity, and to see multilingualism presented almost as the norm, the way it is in most parts of the world.

Matt and Vanessa at the art gallery

My goodness, this was a fun scene with lots of tension. Even though he’s there on very serious business, Matt happily launches into full flirt mode while Vanessa seems to relish the “intimate” opportunity to describe her favorite paintings to a blind man. The painting she suggests is also one that would have been perfect for Matt to buy, which makes it all the more interesting and entertaining. This scene also marks the first meeting between Matt and Wilson Fisk and that also makes it stand out.

The origin story of Wilson Fisk

All of episode eight is outstanding, in my opinion. It’s visually stunning throughout, and very well-paced. What really stood out to me, though, were the scenes from Wilson Fisk’s childhood. My goodness, the actor who portrays young Wilson is amazing, as is the story leading up to his defining moment.

The flashback story also provides a really interesting reference back to the painting Fisk purchased from Vanessa in episode three. This is just one of those little details that make this show spectacular.

Decapitation by car door

This show is extremely violent and I can totally understand if people feel that it goes too far. Personally, I don’t particularly mind, and feel that some of the most violent scenes, while very uncomfortable to watch, fill a purpose in conveying to the viewers just how raw and unrestrained rage and pure evil can be.

In the fourth episode, Wilson Fisk kills a man by cracking his head open with the door to his car. As disgusted as I was by this scene, it was a great character moment for Vincent D’Onofrio’s Fisk. The fact that he’s doing all of it because he’d been embarrased in front of his date just makes the whole thing even more extreme.

Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley

Speaking of the bad guys, Toby Leonard Moore is hands down amazing as Fisk’s right-hand man, from his chilling first scene (in which he threatens a certain Mr Farnum, and thus serving up a perfectly cooked Easter egg for all of us hardcore Daredevil fans), down to his last. He has that perfect balance of charm and chill that you find in any civilized psychopath, and delivers some of the most memorable lines of the whole show.

It’s a shame he won’t be seen in potential future seasons of Daredevil, but his spectacular death is almost worth that loss, and it also gives Deborah Ann Woll one of her best scenes as Karen Page. Moore is one actor whose further career I’ll be interested to follow.

All that Braille

I mentioned in an earlier post leading up to this show that I suspected they would finally do away with Matt’s ability to read print by touch, and I’m delighted that this appears to be the case. While there is one scene in episode nine showing Matt run his fingers over some constructions plans, I’m not going to read too much into that; depending on the printing process, even a perfectly normal person in the real world can determine whether a piece of paper is a written document, a map or a drawing; it doesn’t mean he can actually read the fine print, so to speak (nor do we learn definitively whether he can actually make sense of what he’s touching in this scene).

When Daredevil’s print-reading ability was introduced in the very first first issue of Daredevil, way back in 1964, the most common printing processes were different than today. In the modern days of offset printing, the textural basis for this ability makes less sense. More importantly, the original decision behind making this one of Daredevil’s powers likely also had a great deal to do with an excessive need to make Matt Murdock’s blindness as inconsequential as possible. We were supposed to buy into the fact that he could not only read print, but he could do so faster than any sighted person! And, that he preferred it to braille.

Given that this is now 2015, I’m happy to see that the MCU version of Matt appears to be a braille reader exclusively, and that this is a skill he seems to take some pride in. I really hope that the writers of any potential future seasons will stick with this decision. While it may be inconvenient, that’s just the kind of inconvenience that you’re going to have to deal with when the main character is blind and, despite his extraordinary senses, still has to live with at least some of the consequences of that fact. Given the current braille literacy crisis (google it!), and the positive correlation between good braille reading skills and academic success among the blind, increasing the public awareness of braille is a good thing in itself.

Jack Murdock

The flashback sequences in episodes one and two are perfect, and the decision to kick things off with Matt’s accident works much better than one might have guessed. The way things unfold, Jack (played by John Patrick Hayden) is actually the first person we see, which seems appropriate given his central role in the Daredevil mythos. So what if he died in the very first issue of the comic? Matt’s not altogether uncomplicated relationship with his father is of vital importance to everything from his career choice to his conflicted feelings about his own violent nature.

The depiction of the relationship between father and son was one of the strong points of the Daredevil (2003) movie, and it’s handled even better here. While serving alcohol to your nine-year-old son will not win you any father of the year awards, there is real love and devotion on display in these flashback scenes. And, despite the absolutely harrowing first scene, Jack appears to handle his son’s accident with a healthy no-nonsense dose of encouragement and continued high expectations for his future.

I also appreciate the restoration of Jack’s albeit imperfect nobility in this series, as compared to some of the takes on the character that have portrayed him as an enforcer for the mob. There is no indication of anything like that in Marvel’s Daredevil, and I’m grateful for that. The way Matt weeps at the memory of his father in that early confessional scene just makes me love these scenes even more. This is great stuff.

As mentioned, I will be back shortly with even more of the characters, moments and themes I particularly enjoyed, so stay tuned!

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.

17 comments

  1. Agreed about almost everything.

    My favorite episode was probably Nelson v. Murdock. Loved the flashbacks showing how they came together. And like you, I was very glad that they let Foggy in on the secret in this season. And the acting talent on display in this episode… just give Charlie a damn Emmy right now.

    Your very first point about doing an original story I could not agree with more. For as long as this has been in development I’ve seen fans speculating and wishing for beat for beat adaptations of these great Daredevil stories. Why would anyone want the same story you already know? No one is more tickled than I am that this took its inspiration and story elements from Miller and Bendis, but I absolutely did not want a straight up adaptation of The Man Without Fear or any other story. This is why, as utterly heartbreaking as it was, I was pleased they killed Ben Urich. That was a great way to really show that all bets were off. As they should be.

  2. I KNEW you’d catch the “Farnum” reference…probably the most fun Easter egg for me in the entire season.

    My wife, who’s a DD fan by osmosis, has been fascinated by the show, and was equally fascinated when I explained to her that Karen found out about Matt’s dual identity decades (in “real” time) before Foggy.

    In some ways Wesley was scarier than Fisk, and I too am sorry that we will not be seeing more of him. But Vincent D’Onofrio…wow. I remarked to my wife how his eyes conveyed so much of the lost boy in tandem with the eyes of the ruthless adult protecting his turf.

    I’m confused about losing Ben Urich for later episodes, although he has been gone from the book for quite a while now. I thought Vondie Curtis Hall did a nice job conveyed Ben’s passion and personal dilemma with Doris’ health.

    All in all, this is one of the most satisfying programs I’ve watched in many a year. Now to watch them all again — though not in a 13 hour block!!

  3. “Nelson vs. Murdock” is one of my favorite episodes as well. I agree that his explanation about his weaknesses probably fit in during the parts of their conversation that we missed. Although I would have liked to see them, I think they were implied well enough without repeating information we’d already learned through Matt’s previous conversations with Claire. Thus the “Were you even listening?”… “Yeah, world on fire, whatever” lines. The parts of the conversation we did get to see were great. I especially liked how Matt had tears rolling down his face when Foggy asked him if he’d blown up the buildings and shot the police officers like he was accused of. Despite the lies, Foggy was his best friend and Matt was genuinely hurt that Foggy could think him capable of that.

    As for Matt showing off his skills, I thought they were all plausible. The water (or soap) from his sink could have a different odor than Foggy’s usual shower. The scent of Foggy’s usual soap would have worn off over the previous day. Onions affect your smell as it works its way through your system (and into your sweat). Breathing patterns change. The girl down the street who was in trouble extends his focus to a larger extent, but I didn’t mind that. Now, if she had been a mile away then it would be a different story.

    I also loved the flashbacks in that episode. Those were the only times Charlie Cox was clean shaven in the entire series and the most relaxed and fun we saw his character. The Elektra reference made me laugh.

    Another favorite episode was “World on Fire” when he explains to Claire how he “sees” the world (although the image shown was a bit creepy so I can see why they didn’t repeat it) and what a cracked bone sounds like. Claire was a great character and I appreciated that although they were good together, she had the self-awareness to know what she wanted in a relationship (and what she didn’t) and the strength of will to walk away.

    I also liked both the flashbacks and the modern interactions between Matt and Stick in the episode “Stick”. Matt finding the bracelet at the end where you realize that Stick left to protect himself from his emotions, not because Matt had crossed a line was great. I suspected that was why, but the bracelet confirmed it.

    When it comes to individual scenes, I loved Matt running across the rooftops in his business suit while following the classical music playing in the car. When he spun while diving over a wall, I nearly applauded. It was very much how I picture the character. I also loved the scene later when he comes back to the office and cries on Karen’s shoulder. (Hmn… I seem to love the crying scenes. Don’t know what that says about me, but I thought they were great.) I also really liked the scenes with the priest. Not preachy, just working through how to determine right and wrong. The flashbacks with Matt’s father were also good and fit within my expectations for his character and their relationship; although I was surprised that 9 year old Matt stitched him up.

    I did wonder how you’d take him brushing his hand across the blueprints when I saw it. Guess I’ve been reading your blog long enough to pick up on what your hot buttons are! I did appreciate that they didn’t really clarify whether or not he was reading it or just trying to determine what it was in general.

    Anyway, despite the dark themes and more than my taste in violence (bones showing, people stabbing themselves in the head, fight scenes that went on too long, etc…), I really liked the series mainly due to the character interactions (tears and all).

  4. I was very skeptical about the show, but I’m glad to say I was wrong. I have a few nitpicky issues, but overall it hit all the right cords. I enjoyed the performances and how real the characters came across. Cox was great, d’onofrio was epic, and the supporting cast was great. The actors who played the Russian brothers were particularly good in those roles. For some reason, I was expecting very little superhero action. Although the show isn’t saturated with it, the fights were awesome, and consistent with the character. I’m a ninja fan and really dug the fights with Nobu and Stick.

    I’m also glad it was an original story, but they did a nice job pulling themes from the comic. Melvin Potter and Betsey come to mind.

    If I were to nitpick a couple small fanboy things, Matt’s mask at the end is cut more like a Batman mask. (were it a Batman mask, it would be the best one to date … just move ears to horns) and I like the red lenses, not eyeholes with grease paint underneath.

  5. I love how soft spoken Charlie Cox plays as Matt, because of course he would be. And it creates an audible difference to him as Daredevil.

  6. Wow, I completely missed the Farnum reference. Good catch.

    I noticed three Frank Miller additions to the father-son relationship that were skipped in favor of something close to the original version.
    1. Jack wasn’t an enforcer for the mob.
    2. Jack didn’t work for the Fixer because his son’s life was threatened, he just did it to provide for his son.
    3. Jack didn’t hit Matt.

    While I can go either way with the first one, I’m glad they didn’t do the second. The first added a moral ambiguity to the character about his father having to compromise to help his son. The second, on the other hand, took away that ambiguity in an unhelpful way. I like the idea that Jack, a washed up boxer with no real income and a need to provide for a blind son would make a deal with the devil, so to speak. But he’s ultimately a good man, so I didn’t need him breaking people’s thumbs.

    With the third one, I could have seen it either way too. I think they reached the same points through different ways (mainly Matt’s conversations with the Priest), but the whole idea was to explain Matt’s willingness to follow the law (“the rules” and Frank Miller put it). The whole thing might not have translated well on screen, but Matt sitting on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise would probably have been a cool visual image. It would have undercut their wonderful relationship, though.

  7. First, the casting in this was superb. Lighting effects were enough to at times make Charlie Cox seem to have dark auburn undertone to his hair, so it wasn’t jarring at all not to have him a bright ginger. He also looks quite good in (and out of) that black costume. He really rang my chimes in the style of Alex Maleev’s Matt. Hoo boy. Kudos for him in doing the research to play Matt. He sold that to me in the first few minutes of episode 1.

    Fisk was terrifying in his presence. His back story is fascinating, and the flashbacks interspersed really gave us a reason to care about the guy.

    Wesley was such a fine sociopath. Dressed to the nines, he could bring a shudder when he calmly talked to almost anyone. Sorry to see him go.

    Karen has the right look about her. Waif-like, almost fragile in some regards. A big set up for her to become the drug-addled sell-out down the line if they choose to write her that way.

    Foggy grew on me quickly, although I wasn’t fond of the hairstyle chosen for him. He’s so much more than the comic relief in this series. I like the rapport between him and Matt, especially in the college days.

    Ben Urich looks every inch of the care-worn reporter we have seen in the comics. Was really surprised to see his demise this early, but it shows us that it won’t be “just like the comics” and that’s fantastic.

    Claire is the right choice to be in this series. Was so happy she isn’t the well-stacked fanboy service character she has been in the comics now and then. Giving her the metro ER nurse background is perfect. Look forward to seeing her (hopefully) in the other series of shows. (Yes, I know Luke Cage has unbreakable skin…)

    Loved that Matt uses real tech in these episodes, rather than the magic of reading ink under his fingers. Yeah, blueprint paper has a texture (and smell) all its own, so I buy that he could gather what that document might have been, even if he couldn’t tell what it might be of. Anyone who knows me knows how I am a big fan of braille. Having it shown like this will go a long way to motivating kids to learn. Braille literacy for the win. Thank you, writers, for this bit of inclusion. Even if young Matt was wrong about the right dot being “c”. He was just learning, after all.

    Young Matt and Jack were well cast, too. Just the right amount of pathos there. Liked seeing that the first aid kit Matt brought out to work on Claire appeared to be the same one he used to fetch to patch up Jack. Jack might not win a father of the year award, but he did love his son.

    Owlsley was the right pitch for making the character much more menacing on a street level show. People who control the numbers can be very daunting.

    Also loved that we got subtitles instead of everyone speaking English with heavy accents all the time. Rounded out an international cast that didn’t fail to do a great job of adding to the story.

    Many kudos to the people who did the set designs. Detail down to the use of rubber bands marking the spice and condiment bottles in Matt’s kitchen, sparse as it was. The atmosphere of all the spaces was as much a character as any of the actors.

    Thank you, thank you, Netflix and Marvel, for putting this whole package together for us.

    Now that you have audio description online, you’ve tied it up with a big red ribbon.

  8. Loved the show! The cast was excellent. Hoping this show gets some awards or atleast nominations, just for further exposure if anything. The Stick ep and Nelson v Murdock are my favs upon first viewing. The fight scene at the end of ep 2 was my favorite. The exhaustion displayed throughout the fight is something rarely scene in today’s choreographed action fight scenes. That’s how a fight plays out! The fight scenes in the entire series was well done!

    The DD uniform looked great! I wanted more of it and got a little frustrated when it didn’t appear in the last two episodes. I just kept waiting for Matt to be suited up in the next scene…and it didn’t happen! But the reveal and seeing it in action was awesome! The fight between DD and Fisk could have been one of the more lengthy ones and bloody, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless! Great show, can’t wait for more.

    Even more happy I can share my thoughts on this fan website!

  9. I got into this series solely because I’m blind and was curious about the audio description and how Matt’s blindness would be portrayed–I know nothing about the comics. Love so many things, from the braille and cane representation–braille and cane user and proud!!!–to character interactions. If any of you sighties (sighted people) are interested, I’d highly suggest trying the AD option on any of your favorite scenes; the describer is amazing, but I’m particularly grateful to him for the fight scenes because all I would’ve gotten out of them otherwise was that people were hitting each other.

  10. I know some people were not happy with the “bromance scenes” between Matt and Foggy, especially the ones in “Nelson v Murdock” but I loved them. Matt and Foggy are best friends and the closest thing Matt has to family. I long thought it was unfair Foggy wasn’t in on the secret in the comics. Of course Foggy feels betrayed, but he also, almost immediately, acts to protect Matt’s secret by lying to Karen, another person he cares about. It shows that no matter how angry he is at Matt in that moment he is still Matt’s friend and confident and the relationship isn’t over even if there’s a lot of muck and mire to go through. Yeah, it’s messy, there are tears, anger, all those emotional things rather than fisticuffs and backflips, but character development is needed in a long story and this is a major event for both of these guys.

    I think, for Foggy, it would be more important to know how Matt is “not blind” rather than blind – after all, they lived in the same room through college, he probably does understand that Matt’s eyes don’t work. He’s also long known that sometimes Matt just knows things in an almost spooky manner… except now he has an explanation. After the scene in the gym Foggy and Matt go out to the 15th precinct and Foggy totally accepts that Matt overheard a conversation at some distance, and if you look carefully, at the very end of that scene, Matt is leading Foggy as they walk away. It’s subtle, it’s a very similar position to Foggy leading Matt, but Matt is clearly the one in control. That’s the signal Foggy has accepted Matt again. Also note that Matt is more relaxed in that scene than he has been for several episodes, including walking away at the end guiding Foggy and holding but not using his cane – Matt doesn’t have to hide from Foggy anymore, he can be his own true self. It’s so subtle, but it’s so important. The very next scene is where Karen says “this is the way it should be” and the characters are interacting as friends again.

    I love that Foggy is depicted as a smart guy, on the same level as Matt (he just parties more so his grades aren’t quite as good), that he is capable of acting the hero, too. He’s not the highly trained fighting machine, but after a building is bombed his immediate impulse is to help others, and he ignores his own pain to help others. He’s takes on two goons to defend Karen. He’s a very different personality than Matt, but he, too, is courageous.

    “The scent of Foggy’s usual soap would have worn off over the previous day. “

    Er…. not to put too fine a point on it, Foggy’s body odor would change over time, too. Which has got to be a perpetual problem for Matt when discussing his sense of smell. It’s been long established in the comics that Matt can identify people by scent, even if it’s not usually addressed. There are a lot of sighted people who can do that. Figuring out someone hasn’t showered since the day before isn’t that bizarre. It’s being able to hear Foggy’s heartbeat where things get spooky. As Foggy immediately points out.

  11. Couple more comments:

    I don’t think his cane is entirely a prop, I think he does find it useful. Stick uses a cane, too, in many scenes and I don’t think Stick gives a damn whether he spooks people or not, nor do I think he’d bother if he didn’t get some use of it, too. Matt does quite a bit of groping and touching of walls, doorways, furniture, etc. even when alone or with someone like Claire who is in on his secret. Small items don’t seem to show up on his “radar” very well, he has to feel around for them.

    I love that they show Matt using “blind tech”. I’m hoping they continue to work little things into the story that reminds you that Matt is blind. He’s a lawyer, he’ll need to sign legal documents – which blind people certainly can do, but he’ll need someone to guide his hand to the line to sign on. They covered the problem with video screens, with Claire hunting through a cell phone for him and as someone else pointed out Foggy could wind up doing some of that next season. Matt’s office staff (all one of them at this point) are either going to have to learn some braille (us sighted people usually read it by looking at it) or get some sort of translation software/app. I wouldn’t be surprised if Foggy has picked a little of it up. Matt seems to have a very limited color palette for his clothing, but I could see him winding up with some garish combination of colors and patterns and Foggy giving him grief for it (“Matt, what the hell – did you let a blind guy dress you this morning?”) and yes, Foggy should kid around with him a bit. They’ll have to tread carefully around “disability humor” but the disabled and their close friends and relatives do kid around and make jokes.

    The brushing the blueprints with his hands was ambiguous – can he feel the printing or not? If he can feel it, how much can he discern? Actual blueprints are a photographic process, they leave no raised lines (from the mid-20th Century onwards other methods were used to produce them, some of them did leave a detectable texture) but a large format laser print of “blueprints” might have enough texture for Matt to get something from them. They’re clearly not old-style blueprints, I got the sense he was trying to figure them out.

    I don’t mind that Matt isn’t a redhead here. Marvel seems to care more about the actor and how well he/she can portray the character than details of appearance, we’ve seen that in the other movies and TV series. Red hair is not the most important trait of Matt Murdock. It’s pretty low down on the list.

    Love the multiple languages in use on the show, and the different levels of fluency shown. I know people like Senora Cardenas and her broken English and Spanglish. Not everyone knows English, not everyone is fluent in their second (or third) language.

    I’m not really that enthused by the younger Matt. I don’t think he did a bad job, but his effects are next to better ones and suffers in comparison. In my opinion.

    I did want to listen to the audio description but for some reason I can’t seem to access it on my Netflix. I’d like to know what that is like.

  12. In the “diversity” issue, the actress who plays “Sra, Cardenas” may look the part, but she speaks terrible spanish, with an accent that sounds kind of german. At one point, she even says “suficientos como para hacer la diferencia” which is the equivalent of an english speaking character saying “much enough very to make a difference”

    That´s one thing that all tv series keep getting wrong. Even Breaking Bad had terribly fake latin accents.

  13. I agree with Niki, the descriptive audio is fantastic! I’m not blind or visually impaired, but I do enjoy watching shows with the descriptive audio because sometimes it helps you pick up on things you might have missed. (plus, it’s just fun to hear a scene described as though it’s a scene from a book).

    But yeah, I wish they had done a better job of explaining Matt’s abilities and limitations. Even if Matt was being literal about “seeing” a world on fire, he’s still technically legally blind; nothing he “saw” when “looking” at Claire in that scene had any clarity to it at all. But honestly, I think the whole world on fire thing was just a poetic metaphor meant to impress Claire. She said it herself: no light perception. He literally sees nothing.

  14. I would focus on the fact that Matt is upset when he cries during his argument with foggy after he uncovers Matt’s secret but I couldn’t stop thinking about how his crying face looks like Dawson’s crying face from Dawson’s Creek.

  15. But it’s more serious when he cries on Karen’s shoulder like you can see the vulnerability in him and you end up like Karen you sympathies with him because he’s showing more of his heart if you know what I mean he’s more open to his emotions

  16. But you know Deb A. Woll is really attractive and understanding and emotional as Karen and as herself so this can be reflected in the real world you’re upset or you feel vulnerable or alone in what you’re trying to accomplish and you need someone to talk to and doing that is slightly reassuring and it helps to a degree. BTW what I said about Deb A. Woll being attractive I mean it in a way you can tell what kind of person she is from her looks because you see a person that’s attractive but it doesn’t really show what kind of personality they have like “oh I don’t know I mean she’s really pretty but I can’t if she’s emotional or spiteful or irrational or understanding” but with Woll she physical appearance wise she comes of as funny, understanding and trusting/trustworthy and emotional and that’s what you see Karen page as I mean as Karen page she’s more serious than funny because she has to be because in Hell’s Kitchen danger lurks around every corner but her funny side is there when she’s with foggy or Matt meaning she’s not alone

  17. This site is now my fave site! I have been a comic book fan for years (though mostly X-men and X-Force) so this is my first reference for getting into the DD comics and etc.

    I must have now binge-watched the season 3 times (it also ruined Age of Ultron for me) but it just ticked a lot of boxes in terms of storylines, casting, action, pacing, romance and etc. Its everything I hoped for in a super hero series.

    I agree with all of the points especially Matt and Vanessa at the art gallery. I found myself saying “you charming s.o.b” during that scene because well Charlie is incredibly charming in it (i’d give him my number if he did that lol) also held my breath when Fisk enters the room.

    One thing I absolutely loved is that writers had the balls to give Fisk the happy ending… well sort of.. in the romance department; while Matt’s relationship failed to take off. Though I will say that Matt and Claire’s chemistry is white hot.

    Another is his relationship with Fr. Lantom and how the writers chose to stay away from the typical stereotype and cliche. Being Catholic myself I was incredibly pleased that it was in no way preachy. I think Matt is a bit like me, a relaxed Catholic but still with all that Catholic guilt ingrained. He’s a man of contradictions and that’s what makes him such a compelling character.

    I can’t wait for season 2!

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