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TV Series Review

The big city can be a dark place. Crime hides in shadows, blood pools in dim corners. Black-hearted thugs stalk the streets, snuffing out whatever light and life they find.

Matt Murdock sees through this darkness as well as anyone, but it holds little fear for him even as he hears the fatal footfalls and smells the stench of evil deeds. He's blind. He's been so since he was 9. And when night falls across the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt pulls on a cowl and dives into the darkness.

Finding Light in Darkness

Marvel's Daredevil is a strange superhero. He has no real superpowers to speak of and, unlike Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark, doesn't have the cash to buy them. The thing that enables him is the very thing most people would call a disability.

"I'd give anything to see the sky one more time," he admits. But in losing his eyesight, Murdock's other senses grew far more acute: He's eerily adept at deciphering sound as it bounces off a concrete wall or feeling the vibrations in the asphalt. His reflexes are lightning quick, and he has wicked anticipatory skills.

Daredevil shares little DNA with the colorful big-screen Marvel romps we've grown accustomed to over the last several years. While movies based on Marvel's many Avengers have been violent, the mayhem is rarely accompanied by unseemly levels of gore. Heroes and villains alike are Technicolored wonders, cracking wise when they're not bouncing off buildings. Those movies are made to be fun—adrenaline-charged popcorn munchers.

Not so Daredevil. Even as a character, Daredevil shares little in common with sincere Thor or do-gooder Captain America. This daytime lawyer, nighttime vigilante is a brooder—a blind Batman without even as much empathy as the Dark Knight displays.

Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight recalled for Rolling Stone a moment in a 1982 issue of the Daredevil comic when the hero tangles with a notorious bad' un named Bullseye—dangling the villain by the hand far above the city. "And then he decides to let him go," DeKnight said. "Daredevil drops him to his death—or what he thinks is his death—because he doesn't ever want this guy to kill again. ... When we started working on our show, that scene from the comics kept coming up. We all thought, this is a hero who is one bad day away from permanently crossing a line."

Finding Darkness in Light

Daredevil's personal darkness comes out in the very first episode, as he sits in a confessional and tells the priest about how his father, a boxer, would sometimes "let the devil out" on his opponents—the same devil that Matt knows he has inside him. "I'm not seeking penance for what I've done, father," he says. "I'm asking forgiveness ... for what I'm about to do."

The show's spiritual underpinnings have only grown with time. The conflicted vigilante is more conflicted than ever in Season Three, questioning the faith he felt redeemed his dark deeds. Daredevil is more devil than ever, at least for a time. But the show suggests that perhaps there's some light in there yet—that Daredevil's God lingers still.

But if Daredevil is a light in the darkness of Hell's Kitchen, he's a dim light in a dark, dark space. It's reflected in the show itself—all deep shadows illuminated only by furtively flashing signs and flickering streetlights. It's never quite dark enough to hide the copious amounts of blood that are shed. People kill and die on a regular basis—not as they would in a PG-13 Marvel romp, but as on any number of other TV-MA-rated cable dramas. Language is an issue as well, with the s-word usually serving as the interjection of choice.

Consequences, though, are on display here in a way they're not in those Marvel movies. And as mentioned above, Daredevil seems determined to deal with some pretty interesting spiritual elements.

Interesting doesn't always equate to spiritually or morally beneficial, of course. And artistically satisfying doesn't mean a marvelous walk in the park.

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Episode Reviews

Oct. 19, 2018: "Resurrection"
Daredevil: Mar. 18, 2016 "Bang"



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Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil; Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page; Elden Henson as Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson; Toby Leonard Moore as James Wesley; Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich; Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley; Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna; Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple; Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk; Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher; Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios; Peter McRobbie as Father Lantom; Jay Ali as Rahul 'Ray' Nadeem; Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie






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Paul Asay

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