What a phenomenal show! Being a Marvel production, I fully expected something of quality, but my expectations were blown entirely out of the water. Daredevil has easily taken its place among my favorite shows currently on air and far surpasses the current lineup of comic book-based television properties (including Marvel's own Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
The cast is great. Charlie Cox brings emotional weight to Matt Murdock and an intimidating presence to his vigilante alter ego. Supporting players Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Rosario Dawson, all make their respective roles feel critical, never distracting or annoying. But it's Vincent D'Onofrio that really steals the spotlight as Wilson Fisk, bringing to life a villain who is not only vicious and truly terrifying, but also heartbreakingly pitiful.
Daredevil's writing separates it from the current crop of superhero television. The progression of the plot is well organized and dialog rarely (if ever) crosses that line into comic book corniness. You really get the sense that the show runners had a clear vision for where they wanted this freshman season to go, while still laying groundwork for future seasons. Never does it feel like you're just being strung along for bigger and better things to come next season. And the show doesn't constantly try to remind you of the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe, as any references to it are (usually) subtle.
But perhaps Daredevil's greatest strength is its cinematography. Fight sequences are expertly choreographed and coherent (not to mention brutally gritty), even rivaling those of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The production value is top notch, probably thanks to the refreshingly limited reliance on CGI. But what impressed me the most was the brave willingness to let the camera linger or even meander occasionally. Ending episode 2 with a minutes-long single take fight sequence had me speechless, and is a testament to the level of quality brought to the show.
Daredevil is a strong addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think Marvel's partnership with Netflix could prove to be one of their best decisions regarding their television properties and I look forward to future shows like A.K.A. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
I was hyped for this show massively, and now that it has arrived I cannot say I am disappointed.
The small touches of Matt showing that he is blind are great, fumbling for his keys throughout the scenes. Although they are not big key moments it shows that they paid attention when producing this series.
The actors play the characters well, and they really shine in their roles. They work well together as a cast and the way in which they collide.
The fight scenes are some of my favourites I have seen throughout a TV series and are done really well, they take into consideration that he is blind, but really engage with the user.
Overall I'm happy with this series and wish to see more. It's not over the top, it is pinned together well. 9/10 on my part.
Again Marvel and again Great series
can't wait to see pilot
A great series to sleep.
I loved this show casting since first episode, and in the first season Vincent D'Onofrio was an epic choice delivering the best Kingpin that I could have ever imagined from comics to TV. And damn they did it again casting John Bernthal as Frank Castle!
Season 1 started a bit slow and I was not sure in what way it would develop. With all the superhero movies and series going on, I was a bit sceptic if yet another series would be worth my time. Then I watched the linked series Jessica Jones and Daredevil more or less side by side. Not bad; I enjoyed it. Jessica Jones was a bit too much drama and too much psycho stuff for my taste, but my g.f. enjoyed it a lot with the strong woman in the lead and heck, overall I can say that it didn't bore me :)
Now season 2 has come and I just finished watching the last episode. It's been feeling a bit repetitive in the last few episodes and also extremely predictable. I wont give any spoilers, but the ending I could really see coming a mile away, even the side story about Frank and how everything comes together again at the end. Not extremely bad, considering it's a series and not a movie, but it could have been a tad little bit less totally obvious what would be happening. Some unexpected plot turns is what keeps things interesting... this season did not have any.
Also one additional point of criticism is that season 2 has become way too graphic. Cutting off hands, ripping throats, pulling out eyes, cutting into prisoners legs, very grapich torture on just about every single episode, putting Sai's into bad guys eyes... etc. Too much guys! Not needed to try to gross people out completely. Turn it down a notch please, ok?
However, I'm still looking forward to season 3 and the -sooner or later to be expected- formation of the Defenders. But I guess that wont be until at least 2017 as we're still lacking the introduction of Iron Fist, as far as I know. I dont believe this to be a spoiler, as most fans know about it and else a quick look around Google will tell you the (Netflix) Defenders being Daredevil, Jessico Jones, Lucas Cage(from Jessica Jones), Ironfist.