Who: “Marvel’s Daredevil” is a superhero/action/crime drama based upon the Marvel Comics character Daredevil and is a Netflix original series, always available on Netflix.
What: “Marvel’s Daredevil,” developed by Drew Goddard, is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) uses his heightened senses, a side effect of being blinded by a radioactive substance as a young boy, to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as Daredevil.
When: The first season of the series was released in its entirety to the Netflix streaming library on April 10, 2015.
Where: The action is set primarily in the New York City, New York, neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, as depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below – though I will say that all of the panelists are fans of the Netflix original library and/or superhero/comic book based shows in their own right and have found themselves eagerly anticipating new entries in Netflix’s “Defenders” releases, so discussing Daredevil was a no-brainer. Some have already watched the second entry in the series, Jessica Jones, which will also be covered by CPU! in the near future!
How – as in How Was It?
The pilot/premiere rating scale:
***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!
**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.
*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.
** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.
* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.
Marvel’s Daredevil = 4.1, by average of the podcast panel.
Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night. His associates include Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), a plucky whistle-blower with a heart of gold; Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Matt’s law partner and best friend; and Claire (Rosario Dawson), a nurse who discovers Daredevil bloodied and battered and repeatedly helps him heal after his nighttime vigilante activities. Vincent D’Onofrio plays season one’s primary villain, Wilson Fisk, who becomes one of Daredevil’s better known nemeses.
How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS
CPU! is chock full of panelists with a proclivity for comic book and superhero TV shows and films, including your Chief Couch Potato and Main Moderator. One of our frequent panelists, Nick, suggested that the Netflix originals Daredevil and Jessica Jones be candidates for new podcast panels, and several other regular panelists wholeheartedly agreed. Therefore, it was only right that the next “Streaming Original” we tackled would be Daredevil, the first in Netflix’s series of Marvel-centered shows leading up to a special “Defenders” series, which will feature heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones joining together to form a special force of the ilk of the Avengers or of the Justice League in the DC Universe.
Thus, we bring you our first ever Daredevil podcast featuring frequent panelists Nick, Kristen, Hilary, and Kyle, as well as Spencer, introduced in the Gotham podcast. Fair warning: we had some technical difficulties in the recording of this podcast, and fledgling sound designer and mixer that I am, I did my best to cobble together pieces of our conversation that may very well have been lost if not for some computer prowess of my own (if I do say so myself). Hopefully, you will enjoy the discussion in spite of these hiccups, as it is quite meaty and involved. You’ll find that Panelist Kyle brings a special energy and perspective to the group, as the resident lifelong Daredevil super-fan.
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Daredevil is recommended to fans of comic books, particularly from the Marvel universe, but our panel, with the exception of one, feels that any comic book or superhero enthusiast will love it, even if the enthusiast in question is more loyal to DC or other comic book properties. The panelist who is the exception feels that this show might be too dense and slow-paced for the casual comic book fan. The panel generally and universally agrees, however, that Daredevil is well-directed (minus pacing), written, and performed, with particular love for Cox and D’Onofrio, and will delight most superhero/comic book fans. Super-fan Kyle thinks any Daredevil fan would be remiss to miss this series, as he says it is quite true to the source material on which it is based.
THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW
Daredevil was renewed for a second season, which is slated to premiere, in its entirety, on the Netflix service on March 18, 2016. CPU! will be following Daredevil throughout its series run, so we will definitely return to podcast about season two some time after it is released. Until then!