All episodes for the new Marvel "Daredevil" series have been put up by Netflix and many are spending the weekend with beer, popcorn and other snacks in hand ready to binge watch. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus and other viewing options have changed the face of entertainment and there will be no turning back, meaning, network, cable and satellite TV may well be on the way out. With shows like Amazon's "Alpha House" and "Bosch," or Netflix's Emmy winning entries of "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" these alternate sources of quality entertainment have proven highly effective and lucrative as they are bringing quality programming.
Marvel's "Daredevil" now joins that list of quality shows. Its debut on Friday was nothing short of spectacular. After the very disappointing 2003 feature "Daredevil" film with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner it wouldn't have taken much to surpass that dismal display of how not to make a superhero vigilante project. However, this new series has not only done it better, it has exponentially blasted past it.
There are many things about this "Daredevil" that make it a show to watch. First, it is a solid collaboration between Marvel, ABC Productions and Netflix and that spells continuity.
Secondly, Stan Lee is fully onboard as one of the series' premiere writers, as well as the great talents of Frank Miller, Drew Goddard, Bill Everett, Gene Colan and more. With a writing staff of that caliber there is no way this could fail.
Third, the casting is perfect. Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) was made to play the blind vigilante Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock. He has captured the heart and soul of Stan Lee and Bill Everett's character found in the pages of the comic books. The support cast is superb and includes "True Blood" actress Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1&2) as Murdock's best friend and law partner. After Cox the next piece of genius casting is Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin. When you're looking for the perfect baddie to offset the goodness of a Daredevil you will never do better than D'Onofrio and you can tell he is relishing this role.
The first episode sets up all the characters and begins laying out Matt Murdock's backstory. Flashbacks provide the history behind his blindness, his rise at Columbia Law School and what it was in those formative years that made him the superhero he turned out to be. What is also great about this rendition is the continuity with what is occurring in the rest of the Marvel universe. Reference is made to what has been happening in the Marvel films with Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers, as well as, nods to events occurring on "Marvel's Agents of Shield."
This "Daredevil" has a feel of gritty realism to it. The way it is filmed, the lighting, coloring and mood lends itself well to the darkness surrounding Murdock's life while he pursues those who would take advantage of others. This Daredevil is also not afraid to really put the hurt on those bad guys. It is nothing for him to throw a kidnapper or killer off a roof or slice him up a tad in order to get the information he needs to save a life that criminals have placed in jeopardy. This Daredevil is a good guy willing to play by the bad guy's rules if necessary. He even goes to confession to ask forgiveness - not for what he has done, but for what he is about to do.
"Daredevil" is definitely MUST SEE programming. If you aren't a Netflix subscriber you are really missing out with this one and you might want to reconsider and fork over the few bucks a month to get this and other great shows.