Deconstructing Defenders: Daredevil: Season 1: Episode 13

Alright! We’ve made it through season 1! Here’s a thing I learned: Not great on a week to week basis. Not as great I should say. It’s still better than Arrow. But this season has fewer ninjas. We’ll see in season 2 if I still feel that way. (Spoiler Alert: Probably. Arrow doesn’t have The Punisher. It does have Diggle though.)

Anyway, let’s talk about the episode.

daredevil

Episode 13: “Daredevil”

Opening at Ben’s funeral is a gut punch but the scene between his wife and Karen is lovely. Although absolving Karen’s guilt kind of annoys me because, I’m really convinced that Karen might be a monster? Like, I know it’s not her fault that culture has programmed writers to force female characters to behave like manipulative crazy people in order to get anything done, but UGH, she’s just the worst.

Claire is the best.

Claire is not in this episode.

Anywho, Nelson and Murdock get back together to track down the detective who has all of the information on Fisk and they eventually take down his whole opperation, everyone is happy about it, except Vanessa, obviously, because your husband getting arrested while his criminal empire crumbles around you is not a good look.

Anyway, then we get to the last twenty minutes of the show which are the best part anyway. While he’s in custody, Fisk makes this amazing speech about the good samaritan. (Daredevil, Catholic to the last!) and says the amazing line, “I am the ill intent,” and breaks out. Luckily Daredevil shows up in a his awesome new suit and they have the greatest fight in the history of fights.

Not quite, but it’s a good one. And I really, really love that suit man. I think it looks cool as a first drafts of superhero suits go. I like that you can tell it’s a first draft. Anyway, I also like the difference between their fighting styles and how Matt winds up on top this time. Fisk is all brute force and Matt is all nuance and ninja flips and a about landing the right punches. The contrast really does make the whole thing magnificent.

Overall Analysis of This Season

Even pacing it out and thus noticing more of it’s problems, and realizing that it’s leading lady is just a horrible monster person, I still think this is a really good hour of television. The Hallway fight is still incredible, and Vincent D’Onofrio is still the anchor that keeps this whole thing from spinning insanely out of control. (As we shall see, in season 2.)

I do love the ending, but the middle is kind of tough and wheel spinny, still cool and masterfully performed.

Next we’re on to Jessica Jones, which is widely considered the best of this series, and I’m not convinces their wrong. (But Luke Cage is really fucking good you guys.)

 

Game Of Thrones Winner: Emmys!

So, this timing worked out almost perfectly! I didn’t know exactly what I was going to slot in here yet with there not being any more Game of Thrones to deal with.

But luckily, “Battle of The Bastards” quite rightly cleaned up, winning for best writing, best direction and then the show getting best drama. Honestly, this past season earned it. And while I still hate that Sophie Turner wasn’t nominated, and it was a bummer that Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke didn’t win, nor did Peter Dinklage of Kit Harrington.

But overall, it was a good win, and seeing David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hearfeltly thank the people that made “Battle Of The Bastards,” the truly amazing bit of television that it was.

So congratulations to my favorite show and here’s hoping I figure something out to put into this slot soon! (And something in One Tree Hill’s slot, as I’m rounding third base on that project too!)

Valar Doharis.

Game Of Throne Winner: “Mhysa”

OK, so it’s the finale, and I’m giving an unconventional win! This week, I’m giving the win over to Gendry.

gendry-still-rowing-game-of-thrones

After learning that Melisandre and Stannis intend to burn him, Davos sticks the kid in a rowboat and sends him off. So, because he gets to live and it starts everyone’s favorite GOT meme, Gendry gets the win!

Runner up is Roose Bolton, I guess. Whatever.

Missandei And Grey Worm Watch

They’re behind Dany in her “Mhysa” moment, so there’s that. In other shipping news, Gilly names her baby Sam, and Jon and Ygritte have the most awkward breakup in the history of time. But he does say that he really loves her, so there’s that.

Sansa’s Agency Watch

Sansa is still not being raped by Tyrion! She’s also making adorable revenge schemes for people that are mean to them. Also, Shay tells Varys that she’d do anything for Sansa, but it’s still, like, not a great set up for her. (Very true)

Arya Badass Watch

Arya and The Hound kill some guys who were bragging about their part in the Red Wedding. It’s ridonkulously badass.

Bran Stark’s Excellent Adventure

Bran meets up with Sam and Gilly and they all talk about the White Walkers.

Tywin Schools Joffrey

“You just sent the most powerful man in Westeros to bed without supper” Seriously, this rewatch has made me really miss Tywin’s witty, terrifying presence on the show.

OK, you guys, that’s it. I’ve now declared winners for EVERY EPISODE THAT EXISTS. And we’re not getting anything new until June. It’s going to be a long wait, and I might do something with the books in the meantime, but I’m not sure what that’s going to be yet!

Valar Morghulis everyone.

 

Game Of Thrones Winner: “The Rains Of Castamere”

Do you know how long I put off watching this episode again? A whole week of knowing I had to watch it and just not being about to do it. Also a year. I friggin waited a year to watch this season to avoid the Red Wedding.

Anyway, I have to pick a winner.

It’s Dany, I guess, because Daario, Jorah and Grey Worm take Yunkai for her. Good for you Dany.

Game-of-Thrones-Season-3-trailer-has-finally-arrived

Runner up goes to Roose Bolton, because he gets the best line, “The Lannisters send their regards.” And he’s married to Fat Walda, and we’re years away from her getting eaten by dogs, so there’s that.

This part of the show really is just no fun for anyone though.

Grey Worm and Missandei Watch

Grey Worm storms Yunkai with Jorah and Daario. Missandei is around but doesn’t do much.

Sansa’s Agency Watch

Sansa’s not in this episode, but she’s in King’s Landing, all, not being raped by Tyrion. So she’s in an OK space for the moment.

Arya Badass Watch

This is a tough episode for Arya. It’s not as bad as her chapter in the book, where I was sure that she was dead too. But still tough. She weathers it though. Hitting a dude in the face with a wagon wheel, and watching those Stark Men and then Grey Wind get killed. She’s a badass, end of story.

Robb Is A King And Kind Of Bad At It

Ah, so ends, Robb’s reign as the worst king ever. He has a plan to invade Casterly Rock, but him being a dumb butt and marrying Talisa all comes home to roost because his being a bad king gets everyone murdered at The Red Wedding.

Except Edmure who gets to marry the one hot Frey girl that Robb would have married if he weren’t such a colossal bone head.

Bran Starks Excellent Adventure

Bran learns how to Warg! He wargs into Hodor and then into Summer. He saves Jon from the Wildlings who are trying to kill him. He also sends Rickon to the Umbers. DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!

Cosplay Corner: Sansa’s Done! ALSO Sailor Moon!

Hey everyone! This week I got my cosplay stuff together and, most importantly, I got my Sansa costume for New York Comic Con done! I still might tweak it, but if I don’t get to that, I’ll be perfectly happy to walk the floor in it.


And then came the big project of the week. Lora, (check out her instagram), recruited some fun peeps into doing closet cosplays of various Sailor Scouts. I got Moon (Mars was taken, so I volunteered for Moon or Venus, Lora gave me Moon.) My mind came to life trying to figure out what to do.

I wanted not just to recreate the Sailor Fucqu, but to put together an outfit that recalls Sailor Moon’s looks, while also being something that Usagi would wear in civilian mode. I put a lot of thought into this.

So, I’m wearing my blue shirtwaist dress, and white cardigan and pink flats. I went with a red belt. And then of course the hair. I put it up into little buns, a style that I perfected doing quick and dirty during a production of Godspell. I kind of wish I still had my long hair, because then I could have done the pigtails, but I think the buns get the idea across.

Game Of Thrones Winner: “Second Sons”

I had this whole thing sewn up and then we got to the end of the episode and I realized that this was a different episode than I thought it was, and that’s why this week’s winner is Sam.

Samwell_Tarly

Sam killed a White Walker that was coming to steal Little Sam, who is not yet named Little Sam. But still, killed a White Walker, and he’s pretty much the only character to have done that at this point.

Runner up goes to Daario Naharis though, because he meets his new girlfriend. And this is the old, hotter Daario. But you know, whatever, either way, he’s totally up on the win list for that.

Missandei And Grey Worm Watch

Missandei gets threatened with rape a bunch in this episode where we meet the Second Sons, and Grey Worm offers to cut out the Titan’s Bastard’s tongue. I mean, he does this for Dany, but I think he also does it a little bit for Missandei, because I mean, he loves her right?

Sansa’s Agency Watch

Sansa marries Tyrion. He also gives her a little bit of agency back, by you know, not raping her on her wedding night. I also noted a change from the books that I’d forgotten about. In the books, Sansa refuses to kneel at her wedding so Tyrion can put the cloak on her, and Joffrey winds up having Ser Dontos make himself into a footstool for Tyrion, but here, Sansa kneels. It’s an interesting change, that I think speaks to one of the big differences between book and show Sansa. Show Sansa is a lot softer.

Arya Badass Watch

Arya almost hits the Hound on the head with a rock. She changes her mind.

Robb Is A King And Kind Of Bad At It

No Robb this week. After next week, no Robb ever again. *SOB*

Game Of Thrones Winner: “Kissed By Fire”

I was all set to give this episode to Jon and Ygritte, because you know, sex in a hot spring cave, but alas no. Because I forgot how goddamn awesome Jaime Mother Fucking (Sister Fucking really…) Lannister is in this episode

jaimie

Jaime tells the story of why he killed Aerys Targaryen to Brienne and it’s, beautiful and heartbreaking and lovely. This is all after he’s a huge douche to Quyburn, but we’ll get to that later.

Jon and Ygritte get runner up though, because you know, sex in a hot spring cave.

Missandei and Grey Worm Watch

GREY WORM! He’s here, he’s pretty, he’s explaining that his name is lucky because it’s the name that he had the day he was freed. It’s so beautiful and special and awesome and I love it so much. OMG OMG OMG!

Sansa’s Agency Watch

Sansa tells Little Finger that she doesn’t want to leave with him. She should have stuck with that.

Arya Bad Ass Watch

She lunges at the hound when he kills Beric, but of course, Beric comes back, and resurection by the Lord of Light gets explained. This is important. Also, Gendry decides to stay with the Brotherhood, and he tells Arya that she could be his Lady and guys, I ship it SO HARD.

Who Was Jaime A Dick To?

This may be the last installment, unless he starts being a dick again in season 7, anyway, Jaime is a dick to Maester Quyburn which is like, totally warranted. He’s also king of dick to Brienne, but then he turns that one around.

Robb Is A King And Kind of Bad At It

So Greatjon Karstark killed Not-Tommen and the other one and Robb killed him for it. This lost him half the north. So he has to go suck up to the Freys. At least now he realizes that he’s really bad at being a king. That’s nice.