Daredevil blindingly awesome


Jessica Ritchie, Staff Reporter

Netflix took a stab at bringing superheroes to instant streaming with the addition of Daredevil. Marvel has been pushing out shows all over public cable stations; it seems logical that Netflix should be part of the craze.

Daredevil Matt Murdock was blinded at a young age by a mysterious chemical, which in turn heightened his other senses. Murdock uses his heightened senses to save Hell’s Kitchen, a section of New York City overrun with organized crime.

The previous Daredevil, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, was a flop when Ben Affleck tried to bring the blind hero to screens in 2003, but now Charlie Cox is bringing Daredevil back. Compared to the old version, the series starts earlier in Murdock’s career, making avid fans much happier.

The thing that I did like about the Affleck version was that they took the time to show how Murdock’s scenes are heightened. But in the show, the producers only display Murdock’s perspective once all season. Murdock perceives the world like it is on fire, with everything in red. It is refreshing to be able to see him not as just a blind guy with amazing hearing, but as a man who can see differently than everyone else.

While there are a lot of fight scenes in the show, what else does a person expect from anything made by Marvel? However, the long scenes do have a quality that deviates from Marvel’s mainstream theme. In episode two, Murdock tries to save a child from human traffickers, and the camera remains stationary at the end of a hallway, so the fighters duck into different rooms, taking them out of the camera frame. This is a welcome change from the shakiness of a handheld camera that normally comes with fight scenes.

Daredevil does not have the ‘villain of the week’ that other shows, like Arrow. It is invigorating to have episode one kick off the main plot. Normally on regular shows, it takes about half a season to get a continuous plot, but Daredevil just jumps into the fight for Hell’s Kitchen.

If you like fight scenes and well developed plots, Daredevil is a great way to spend 13 hours. It took 12 years for Daredevil fans to get a decent adaptation of the comic book, and Marvel fans could not be happier with Cox’s rendition. To keep your mind at ease, there will be a second season coming in 2016.