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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 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.

No 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."

In Season 2, some of that darkness has dissipated a bit. The law firm that Murdock runs with best friend Foggy Nelson sometimes seems to run strictly pro bono—its poor clients paying in bananas and pies rather than cold, hard cash. At night, as Daredevil, he plies the streets—looking for innocents to save and bad guys to put down (if only temporarily).

But if he is a light, 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 Murdock's trip to the confessional suggests, Daredevil seems determined to deal with some pretty interesting spiritual elements. As DeKnight told IGN, "Matt Murdock is, I think, one of the most, if not the most, religious characters in the Marvel universe. His Catholicism is so much part of his being and part of his conflict, I think it would be incredibly disingenuous to attempt to do the show where that's not a big part of it." Moreover, there's an additional conflict in the work of this vigilante—a sometime lawyer seeking justice by way of breaking laws.

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

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

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Netflix

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Paul Asay

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