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.

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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.)

 

Deconstructing Defenders: Daredevil: Season 1: Episodes 9 & 10

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Episode 9: “Speak Of The Devil”

“There is a gulf between inaction and murder, Matthew.”

Matt’s relationship with his priest is one of my favorite elements of this show and one of the only times I’ve seen that brand of relationship presented with any level of realism. And the fact that it’s in a super hero show about a ninja lawyer is, not great. Anyway, the story that he tells when Matt asks him about the devil is one of my favorite speeches in this show, which does in fact, have many great speeches.

The episode is framed though, with the big fight between Matt and Nobu who are pitted against one another by Fisk, in a hope to take them both out. That’s all well and good and the fight is epic, ending with Matt setting Nobu on fire, but the real reason that this whole thing resonates, is that Fisk killed Mrs. Cardenas to get to Matt. It’s so feelsy and awful.

This leads to a confrontation between Fisk and Matt and it’s as brutal a fight as any we’ve seen so far.

This all leads to the emotional core of the episode where, Karen and Foggy get super drunk and Foggy banging on Matt’s door in a drunken haze and finding him all beat up and leading to the episode that I am not emotionally ready to watch..but I will. For the sake of blogging!

Episode 10: “Nelson V. Murdock”

There is no relationship in the entire MCU that I love the way that I love Foggy and Matt’s. Not Steve and Bucky, not Pepper and Tony, not even Trish and Jessica, who are the only ones who come even close to this one. Every moment between Charlie Cox and Elden Hensen is electric. Their friendship feels so real and lived in and perfect and this episode, with Foggy interrogating Matt about being Daredevil, and flashes back to the early days of their friendship, all of it matters in such a deep way to this story. Foggy’s inability to understand why Matt does what he does, and Matt’s inability to explain it are intrinsically linked. And the performances are insanely good.

The final scene between the two is so heartbreaking and so real and so well, perfect, that I can’t really describe it and it eclipses the rest of the episode for me. Seriously, until this rewatch I forgot that this is also the episode where Owlsley poisons Vanessa, and Karen and Ben find Fisk’s mother. (I hate Karen SO MUCH in that scene. Like so much. She’s basically psychologically torturing that poor woman and Ben.) But those small things really don’t mean as much in the grand scheme of things, as that scene where young Matt and Foggy sit on the steps at Columbia, talking about their upcoming graduation and their future.

And it’s absolutely nothing compared to Matt’s revelation that the first bad guy he chased down was a father sexually abusing his daughter, who’s screams he could no longer ignore. It’s such a brutal, horrifying revelation, it’s what finally breaks Foggy. I know these two make up, but their relationship never recovers from this conversation, not fully, and it’s just, such good writing and really amazing.

Other Stuff:

  • Matt’s super smoothie skills get a work out when he goes to Vanessa’s gallery to get a better feel for who Fisk is. I love the flirting. He’s sooo good at it.
  • “Speak Of The Devil” is probably the second most Catholic hour of secularly made television I’ve ever watched. The most Catholic is “Take This Sabbath Day,” the West Wing episode where Bartlett calls his priest to discuss whether he should commute a death sentence. It is also very good, and you should watch it.
  • I really feel the need to reiterate how much I hate hate HATE Karen’s behavior in “Nelson V. Murdock.” It’s really horrifying and boundary crossing and awful. I mean, I get that she wants the truth, but why keep Ben in the dark? Why go about it in such a horribly manipulative manner? It’s just awful. 
  • In one of the flashbacks, Foggy mentions “That Greek Girl” to Matt. I started giggling, because it’s Elektra, and she’s amazing.

Deconstructing Defenders: Daredevil: Season 1 Episodes 7 & 8

Seriously, when I talk about how Daredevil season 1 might be my favorite season of any TV show ever, it’s these two episodes that I point to most.

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Episode 7: “Stick”

In this episode we learn more about Matt’s training as a blind ninja at the hands of Stick, a mysterious blind ninja who wants to enlist him into a war that he gives no description of. Stick came to Matt at the behest of the nun’s who were raising him, and immediately began to train him in the ways of The Blind Ninja when he was little.

Unfortunately after an incident with a craft project, Stick realized that Matt wasn’t going to be a good soldier because of his emotions, or something and abandoned him. Now it’s 20 years later and Matt’s pissed as hell when Stick shows up again. Stick is hunting down a black sky, which in this case is a little kid that Nobu is bringing in. Nobu also gets hinted at in his “immortal ninja-ness.”

Anyway, Matt agrees to help Stick as long as no one gets killed, which of course, Stick agrees to, except for you know the whole killing a child thing, which Matt then severs ties with him for. Black Sky and Stick’s war are going to come back big in season 2, and I assume in Iron Fist and The Defenders, but you know, I’ve been wrong plenty of times before.

The Karen and Foggy half of the episode focuses on them finding the guys who broke up Mrs. Cardenas apartment and Foggy joining up with Ben and Karen’s quest to find out the truth about Union Allied. While Matt’s quest to expose Fisk, and this story eventually do dovetail quite nicely, and I actually love all of Stick stuff, I do see that this starts the problem with season 2. Daredevil wants to be a serious crime drama, and in many ways, succeeds at that, the problem is that a serious crime drama can’t coexist with a show about a mystical war between good ninjas and evil ninjas. Both shows are great! But it causes tonal whiplash, and makes the whole thing feel a good deal sloppier than it needs to.

Episode 8: “Shadows In the Glass”

This episode is so good that it gives me chills to even think about it. Wilson Fisk’s back story is crazy well executed. The first thing we see is Fisk waking up to the view of “Rabbit In A Snowstorm” and he begins his day, with clock like precision he eats, gets dressed and looks in the mirror, to see rather than the large behemoth of a man that we see, he sees a young boy covered in blood. It’s so shocking and so good.

The flashbacks hinge on Fisk’s father, who was monstrously abusive to his son and wife. Wilson snaps one day while his father beats his mother and beats his father’s brains in with a hammer. This moment of ultra violence is shot not as a triumph or a horror, but as a simple fact. Vanessa comforts Wilson about this actions, he was child, and she decides to stand by him, as he goes public with his crusade to “save” Hell’s Kitchen.

Meanwhile, Matt learns about Foggy and Karen and Ben’s plan. He yells at them about how dangerous it is, but they don’t back down. He puts on the mask and talks to Ben about Fisk, and Ben agrees to write about him, but it’s too late, Fisk has managed to beat them to the punch so to speak.

Other Stuff

  • I don’t have much here, but I am glad these two episodes lined up with each other. Both expose the pasts and critical moments for Matt and Fisk, which helps the two sides of a coin narrative and the cycle of violence theme. If Stick had stuck with Matt, he’d have become a soldier of The Chaste rather than a rogue agent of chaos, curb a bit of the violence that he feeds into, but a lot of people would suffer for that loss. Fisk has also chosen to control his violence in a system, but that violence cannot be contained, it explodes.

Deconstructing Defenders: Daredevil Season 1: Episodes 3 & 4

Who’s ready for week two of Daredevil and I am no less enthused about this television show than I was before. It’s just really, really good.

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Episode 3: “Rabbit In A Snowstorm”

The final scene of this episode, where Wilson and Vanessa meet, is probably my favorite scene in all of The MCU. Truly. I remember being completely blown away by from the moment I saw it at NYCC in 2014, but watching it again, knowing how everything plays out, it’s still absurdly powerful and Vincent D’Onofrio is so good.

Anyway, there are other things that happen in this episode. Turk sells a gun to one of Fisk’s henchmen, and it backfires. (Oh, Turk, so inept.) The guy then winds up beating his mark to death with a bowling ball and Matt and Foggy wind up defending him, they’re recruited by Wesley.

Before that, Matt has another conversation with his priest, who is trying to build a rapport with him. Matt is hesitant. This is tough but I love this relationship so much. Also, confidentiality is a big theme of this episode, but so is the way the world works and is changing.

Which brings us to the wonderful Ben Carson! I was overjoyed to see him. We get his whole deal, he’s an old school reporter, who’s editor, Ellison won’t let do his thing. Also, he’s dying of cancer and Karen meets him in a diner to talk about her problem.

Karen’s problem at the moment is that she’s been offered a deal to never talk about what happened to her again. It’s a lot of money, but she’s not sure that she wants to do it. She goes to see Danny’s widow and she tells her to take the money. She does but she’s still heading to meet up with Ben.

Foggy and Matt defend the murderer and get him off. Then Matt beats the snot out of him and gets Fisk’s name and that begins a whole new chapter of awesome.

Episode 4: “In the Blood”

That flashback to Anatoly and Sergei in prison is terrifying, particularly the bone shiv, but OMG, it’s just so brutal and it’s not even the most violent moment in this episode.

My favorite moment in this episode? Well, it’s not a moment, it’s more like a whole scene of shirtless Matt getting patched up by Claire and them flirting. The chemistry between these two is crazy crazy palpable. Like, insane. I love it so much. And they care so much about each other. He explains that he can tell when people are lying. And of course, when she’s nabbed by the Russians he goes after her. Which leads to another favorite moment (I have a lot of favorites this time around.) When Matt is rescuing Claire from the russians and she just starts laughing maniacally. Like, it’s so good, just amazing.

Foggy is barely in this episode, but he’s annoyed that they have no money or office equipment. Luckily, KAREN TO THE RESCUE.

Karen and Ben are meeting and he explains that everyone else who knows about Union Allied is now dead. Karen decides to track down the paper trail on the physical elements of the company, which leads her to an auction of office equipment, which she buys for Nelson & Murdock. Foggy is pleased and it is adorable. Also, Ben decides to help Karen tell her story, even though she’s not supposed to talk about what happened at all. But you know it’s Karen.

That brings me to my absolute favorite plot line in this episode. Wilson and Vanessa’s first date. I love this relationship. I love these scenes, I love Vanessa as a character, I love the way he is with her. I especially love that he smashes Anatoly’s head in a car door for embarrassing him in front of her.

Other Things

  • When Ben mentions Karen’s past I wrote in big capital letters PORN. I am glad they’ve decided to just drop that detail of Karen’s life in favor of “investigator girl”
  • Matt’s got no new powers this week, but he explains the lie detector to Claire, and while he and Foggy are in court, he hears Wesley’s watch and ID’s him.
  • Joker and Harley wish that they were Wilson and Vanessa. I’m just saying.
  • I love Claire. I love her so much. I want a show that’s just her being the best. Can we get that?
  • OK, I’m definitely giving “the cycle of violence” the win for theme. At least for season 1. Season 2 is definitely still “ninja fights” until I can officially revisit it.

It’s A Relationship

Schedule Shift! (Mostly For Sleep Reasons)

Jurassic-World-The-Game

I was seven years old when Jurassic Park came out, which is a little on the young side, but it’s stayed with me as a tried and true favorite for all of those 20 long years.

I made a conscious choice to not watch Jurassic Park before heading to Jurassic World, because I knew, no matter how much good, scary, actiony fun contained there in, it would suffer in comparison to Jurassic Park.

It does.

But, there’s still plenty of good scary actiony fun. Plus Chris Pratt (who sadly, remains fully clothes the whole time.) and Bryce Dallas Howard, who are also the right age to remember that Jurassic Park once ruled everyone’s collective world and seem to be having a real ball.

Jurassic World takes place on Isla Nublar (Which, thank god, I thought we might be subjected to a third location, after the previously unknown “second facicility” popped up in Jurassic Park III) 20 years since “the incident” of the first film. Now a fully functioning resort and theme park, it’s hard not to giggle at the corporate pandering in Jurassic World. Claire (Howard) runs the park with peak efficiency, and is treating her young nephews to a weekend away from home as their parents prepare to begin divorce proceedings. She’s also getting ready to reveal a new genetically engineered super dino known as Idominus Rex

Meanwhile, Owen Grady, a former naval officer has shown a talent for training and wrangling Jurassic World’s velociraptors.

Things go wrong. This is a Jurassic movie, there are certain beats that need to get met.

But let’s talk about the raptors. There’s a lot of internet talk about “90’s kids,” but I’d like to see a buzzfeed article that covers the nightmare factory that is the Jurassic Park raptors. And that 20 years and four movies later I’m surprised and terrified when one of those mofos pops out of the tall grass or opens a door or dodges a bullet speaks volumes.

T-Rex saves the day in the end and it’s a pretty great reveal when Claire realizes it’s the only way out. The techs are played by Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus and they’re great. The “corporate greedy guy” is Vincent D’Onofrio, and BD Wong is back as the main Jurassic Doctor! (Remember that time that Star Lord let a raptor eat The King Pin?)

It’s a fun, dumb, movie

Rankings!

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Tomorrowland
  3. Jurassic World
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  5. Pitch Perfect: 2

Trailers!

The Martian looks impossibly good.

Mockingjay Part 2 did NOT make me weepy, unlike the trailers for it’s predecessor. To be fair, this is the more actiony, revengy part of the story.

The Walk looks great, I will not be able to see it the theaters, or maybe I’ll just hold my breath and do it. Because it looks wonderful.

And hey! The six minute preview finally got me psyched for Ant-Man, having a sense of what the story is going to look like helped a whole lot.

Daredevil Episode by Episode

So I, like every good comics geek this weekend, binge watched Daredevil on Netflix. Below is my spoilerful episode by episode breakdown.

Episode 1:

Little Matt is super cute. And the first time we see adult Matt, he’s in confession. This means the world to me. Matt Murdock’s Catholicism is kind of my pop culture safe haven. He’s one of the few characters for whom my faith isn’t a punchline or incidental detail. That Matt is a Catholic is a big part of who he is. I could go off on that, but it wasn’t even my favorite part.

My favorite part was Foggy’s ties. And just Foggy. But my fangirl joy at Elden Henson is going nowhere my friends. I even went back and reread some of my Fulton centric Mighty Ducks fanfic, due to my sheer joy at seeing him.

Even in the first episode, my thought was “wow, really violent.” I was expecting it, but it’s intense. My breaks are going to be more frequent than I thought, I think. Oh, also, Karen Page didn’t kill that guy.

The scene closing montage, set to Matt beating the crap out of a heavy bag was also great. I’d seen the big Daredevil fight scene at Comic Con, but it was still really good.

Episode 2

I would like to go out drinking with Karen and Foggy. That’s what I took from this episode. Also I love Foggy. But I love Foggy in the comics and I love Elden, so…I should disclose that I am so on board with this cast. I have been since I saw their panel at NYCC. That panel didn’t blow me away, but they were all great. Deborah Ann Woll is also phenomenal.

Also, Rosario Dawson is the best, and while Night Nurse is a cool choice for obscurity reasons, I still wish that she was Elektra, for you know, bad ass reasons. But when she tells Matt exactly where to stab that dirty cop, that was also badass. And then Daredevil saved a little  kid and it was great.

Matt just threw a guy off a roof, which was great. And also, I applaud Charlie Cox for not adopting a gravelling Batman-esque voice, it would have been the easier choice, and it’s way better that he didn’t. (Especially given his predecessor in the role’s future.)

Little Matt is the single most adorable child ever. And John Patrick Hayden’s work as Jack Murdoch is exceptional. This is a very good episode.

Episode 3

Matt and Foggy are not great at being lawyers. Bad for business to Ninja kill your clients. But that’s mostly Matt.

Karen is very brave and is standing up to her old corrupt employers even though they offered her a lot of money. Also that guy she didn’t kill, she talked to his wife, who did take the hush money. Which is a bummer.

Matt and Foggy’s client, who Matt killed? He’s the first person to say the name, “Wilson Fiske,” which gave me goosebumps. We also met Ben Urich, who, I’m guessing is going to be the Coulson of the Defenders crowd. Or he should be. And we saw the scene of Fiske looking at art that really caught me at NYCC. Seriously, I’ve been obsessed with this scene for months.

Episode 4

I ship Matt and Claire so hard my heart hurts. When he patches her up for once, and then she places his hand on her heart, and he tells her his name? Forget it, I’m done. Move aside Karen. This is OTP. This is OTP FOR LIFE! (Or until they cast Elektra) Also, even beaten bloody and tied up, Rosario Dawson is the hottest human being to ever live.

Wilson and Vanessa are cute, even if he is a homicidal maniac gangster who doesn’t understand how to talk to people. I predicted that Vincent D’Onfrio would be the best thing about this show. I have not been wrong.

Karen and Ben are going to take down the people that are trying to kill her. Hooray! Also, she bought Foggy a fax machine and I think I might ship Foggy/Karen. Except I like them as friends also. I just think he’s adorable.

And not just because I’ve written many many scenes that involve pretty blond girls taking Elden’s shirt off and whispering that they love him. (Fulton/Tammy & Fulton/Julie have happened…) Anyway, his mom wanted him to be a butcher. Adorable.

It’s also nice to remember that the MCU is vast. I like to think that as Kingpin beat that Russian dude to death, Skye was causing an earth quake with a temper tantrum, and Loki was doing all kinds of things to disgrace Odin’s name, now that he’s pretending to be Odin, and Steve was doing some push ups, and Tony and Pepper were having dinner and she was exasperated at him.

Episode 5

It’s the shipping episode! Claire and Matt kiss! Foggy and Karen fix up an old Guatemalan lady’s apartment and then eat dinner and almost touch each other’s faces! Wilson and Vanessa go on a second date! (Supervillains need love too you guys.) Matt tells her how he sees the world and we see his firey “daredevil” vision, and the hell imagery that should be defining this show a lot more makes it’s first appearance.

Also Claire says she’s falling in love Matt, and he tells her not to because self loathing is a hallmark of Daredevil. Ugh, but I want them to be naked together! Also, he punches Vladimir in the face and says, “This is for Claire!” And I love it. I love it so much.

Also, there’s an explosion. And Fisk is you know, “cleaning up the city.” And I don’t know, I was too excited watching Foggy take down his bitchy ex girlfriend at that fancy law firm where he and Matt aren’t working. Totally with Karen on that, it was a big turn on.

Oh, and Matt’s about to be arrested, but I somehow don’t see that actually happening.

Episode 6

Oh what a shock, Matt did not get arrested, he almost did but then he ninja’d the cops while he was handcuffed.

I love Daredevil. He calls Claire to learn how to treat Vladimir so that he can question him about Fisk and Vladimir everntually, after they break out of an abandoned warehouse together, gives up Owlsley, which is going to be a whole lot of fun.

Also Fisk and Matt speak for the first time over walky talky, and it’s about as epic as you would expect.

Foggy is in the hospotal and he’s still flirting with Karen and being generally adorable.

Guys, we’re about halfway through!

Episode 7

We meet Stick! Who taught Matt how to be a blind ninja, if you’re new. I was excited because Stick is an interesting character and also, because, well, it meant we got to see Little Matt again. It had been a few episodes. I really like this kid a lot.

Anyway, Stick tries to drain Matt of emotion, because that’s what you need to be a blind ninja, but Matt is just looking for a father figure. So they part ways. In the present, he recruits Matt to help him on a mission to stop someone called “Black Sky,” which it turns out is a little kid (probably a ninja kid) and that Stick wanted to kill, they fight and it’s awesome.

Also, Karen and Ben have looped Foggy into their investigation and Elena (old lady that Karen and Foggy helped) told Karen that Foggy’s in love with her. Which is complicated since Karen likes Matt, I think? And also she’s fascinated with Daredevil. And Foggy thinks he’s a terrorist. So this’ll be fun.

And we see nuns! And one of them mentions Matt’s mom. Who, I guess we might find out was a nun. We might not.

Episode 8

Best. Episode. So. Far.

We find out more about Fisk’s backstory. How he grew up in an abusive home. How he killed his father while his father was beating his mother. How he fears becoming a monster who is “cruel for the sake of being cruel.” How everymorning, after he makes himself an omelet, and dresses in his impeccable suits, he looks in the mirror and still sees a little boy, covered in blood.

The episode itself would be good, but D’Onofrio elevates it to great. He’s phenomenal, and such an epically perfect match for this part.

Matt is also in with Foggy and Karen and Ben now, and as Daredevil, or “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen,” as they’re calling him now, convinces Ben to write an article dragging Fisk into the public eye. But Fisk, after confessing his past to Vanessa beats him to it.

Things are getting really good.

I miss Claire.

Episode 9

“Do you believe in the devil?” I’ve spent a lot of time with that particular question, and as Matt Murdock wrestles with it, and talks to his priest here it’s hard to not think of the times that I’ve sat and wondered if I actually believed in the physical actual Satan that my faith shows as a reality.

When I was a teenager I used to sleep with a rosary under my pillow. I had nightmares like you wouldn’t believe as a kid, faces coming out of everywhere and manifesting as people that would tear me and the people I loved to shreds, while I tried to scream but no sound came out. So as a “faith focused” teen I was sure that the devil sent those dreams. I still have them sometimes, I think. I don’t remember them, but my mom has said that she’s heard me screaming in my sleep from time to time, and I still wake up sweating and and tangled in blankets. Not often, but a few times a year.

I don’t know. Thinking about the Devil really freaks me out. I try not to do it much.

That wasn’t really what this episode was about but that’s what it made me think of. Plot wise, Elena was murdered, Fisk ordered it to draw “The Devil” out. It worked. Also, Foggy found out that Matt is, well, Daredevil. Which should be excited. It was starting to be weird that Matt Murdock is the only guy in the MCU who has a secret identity.

Episode 10

My heart is broken into a million tiny pieces and Foggy Nelson has broken it. When he unmasked Matt and cross examined him, and then there were flashbacks, and, Oh God! My poor little heart. I can’t take it.

I love this episode. Also, Karen and Ben find Fisk’s mother and Gao and Owlery killed Vanessa probably.

But back to the disolution of the greatest bromance ever. Every flashback of Matt and Foggy made me want to give them all of the hugs. Katherine and I used to talk about how much we loved watching stories of male friendship, and I’m kinding loving that at it’s heart, that’s what Daredevil is becoming.

Also, in one of the flashbacks, Foggy menitioned a “Greek girl,” who it didn’t work out with when Matt dated her. Greek? Really? Guess what’s a Greek name?

Elektra. Elektra is a Greek name.

I’m just saying.

I still miss Claire, they talked about her a lot in this episode.

Episode 11

OMG Karen killed Wesley. And I think Matt is going to be getting his Daredevil costume soon. That will be nice.

But how did we get here? Well, Foggy is drunk and sleeping with his stupid bitchy ex, so I don’t like that at all. Matt talks to Claire and she said she’s leaving, and we probably won’t see her again until Jessica Jones or something, if at all. This show really should have given me a lot more Rosario Dawson for my money.

Anyway, Wesley found out about Karen and Ben going to see Fisk’s mother, which Fisk was sitting at Vanessa’s bed side. Vanessa is not dead. Which is good. I really didn’t want to see her fridged. Although, I guess she got fridged anyway. I’ve never been sure how to properly apply that term.

Matt finds that guy who makes all of Fisk’s suits, which all have body armor to make him something.

Red, I’m guessing. With horns on the mask.

Episode 12

Ben dead. Still no suit. Foggy working with Bitchy ex to get more information on Fisk.

Fisk killed Ben after finding out that he went to see his mother, and Ben was going to start a blog to tell the story. He didn’t tell Fisk that Karen was also there, which is good. But he’ll probably find out, because he’s also going to find out that she killed Wesely I’m guessing.

Gao, the head of the Chinese mob, is probably not actually, human because she punches Matt in the chest and tells Owlery that her homeland is “substantially further away” than China.

I bet she’s Kree.

Episode 13

Suit! Suit is so cool! Suit is totally badass! Suit has cool little horns as does not look like it is made out of leather. Suit is revealed with epic wide shot of Daredevil standing on a car. Suit is great. Suit is everything. Charlie Cox is God Among Men Who Play Superheroes, because he makes awesome suit somehow more awesome! The Chrises should look to Charlie Cox and say, “Damn, how do you make suit look so unreasonable cool?” Charlie Cox should give lessons to predecessor on how to wear suit to avoid predecessor looking dumb as Batman.

Also everyone is friends again. And Fisk is in jail after giving a very cool monologue about The Good Samaritan and breaking out of FBI custody. Foggy is back with bitchy ex (Booooo), and Matt and Karen hold hands.

Overall Thoughts

Daredevil might be the best thing that Marvel’s done so far. I mean, I am prone to hyberbole, but still, it’s staggeringly good. I constantly felt breathless and hurried and on the edge of my seat. I kept thinking that the Flash and Arrow staffs should be taking notes, this is how you properly use flashbacks and darkness and grit.

I had zero doubt about this cast and they absolutely exceeded my expectations. Especially Charlie Cox, who I thought was a good but uninteresting choice for Matt Murdock. The fact that I kept saying “wow,” every time he was on screen is a testament to how good he was.

If the entire Defenders series is this good, and we have no reason to doubt that it will be, we’re in for a treat for the next few years. Even if the movies fall apart, it looks like Marvel has found another way in.

I’m interested in seeing what happens next.