Had I seen it before: No.
What IMDb says: Matt Murdock, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a blind lawyer by day, and vigilante by night.
Why I picked it: So for like two years now I’ve had a lot of people tell me stuff like:
“OMG, Daredevil is so good!”
“you might like Daredevil, it’s not like the other superhero stuff you don’t like.”
“So have you watched Daredevil yet?”
and every time I’m like “yeah, I’ve heard that. I’ve been meaning to watch it.”
It’s been TWO. YEARS.
Plus I get very similar comments about Jessica Jones. So I thought maybe this project could provide me with the kick in the ass I needed to actually watch it.
As I mentioned yesterday with Arrow, I’m also intrigued by the idea of multiple shows set in the same universe. This little Netflix universe unites Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist into The Defenders, which debuts today. As the first one, Daredevil has a lot of groundwork to lay, but then it’s also possible that the pilot just focuses on this show and not the larger universe, which is what we saw with Arrow. Keep in mind this one is 20 minutes longer though.
What I liked: Matt Murdock is definitely a likable and interesting protagonist. I thought the show did a good job of exploring the challenges of him being blind without being too heavy-handed about it. Blindness comes up in conversation in a believable way: when a realtor absentmindedly mentions the great view an office space has and Matt Murdock says it doesn’t really matter, or when he talks about not minding the huge billboard outside his apartment that lights up his living room. We learn Matt’s perspective on his own blindness but we also learn enough other things about his character that the blindness isn’t the only thing defining him.
I also like the dynamic between Matt and his partner Foggy. We can see how their views on justice are different enough that it’ll be interesting to watch them run a law firm together, but we also see some similarities. Murdock only wants to defend the innocent while Foggy is worried about the financial stability of such a plan. We also see how both are Machiavellian but in different ways. One of the first things Foggy does is bribe a cop with some cigars. Matt frowns upon this plan, but yet has no problem with dressing up like a ninja and beating up the bad guys. I’m excited to watch these two work together.
What I didn’t like: I feel like they were trying so hard to make sure this didn’t feel like a superhero show that they just made it feel like another legal procedural. Yes, we know that Matt is a blind vigilante and that’s cool and all, but for the most part we’re just watching two lawyers talking to each other about their case. Sometimes, they talk to their client about their case. I still feel like I’ve seen a few too many projects just like this one, even if those other projects aren’t superhero shows.
Do I want to watch Ep. 2: I mean, I guess I might let it autoplay if I had time. But it’s not like I’m dying to keep watching when Sept. 1 hits.