First Thoughts on Netflix’s Daredevil

The thirteen episodes of Daredevil were released on Netflix last Friday. I’m not a binge TV watcher, but I did watch the first episode last night.

While certainly grittier than anything you’d see on ABC, it’s not as over the top as some non-mainstream TV shows are. There was some violence, a couple of s-bombs, and a suggestive scene on one female character changing her top (it didn’t actually show anything).

The complexity of the plot is much closer to what you’d expect in a movie, than what you’re usually see in a TV series. The story is being told well, and really draws you in.

There are a number of funny little details to the character (even the minor ones), that add a great deal to the universe. And the dialog, although not written by Joss, has a Whedonesque feel to it.

The first episode has a great deal of exposition in it, as pilot’s typically do, but it was done fairly well. There seems to be a bias towards showing rather than telling that I hope holds up for the next twelve episodes.

The fight scenes were very well choreographed and felt realistic. There was no shortage of blood and a couple of bone crunching moments, but is wasn’t too over the top.

So far, Daredevil appears to be a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m looking forward to watching the rest.

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