Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie
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.
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. Jon Bernthal plays season two’s primary “villain,” Frank Castle, also known as the Punisher. In addition, Matt’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) appears again in Matt’s life during the second season to upset the delicate balance he is trying desperately to maintain between his day-to-day persona and his nighttime pursuits as Daredevil.
When: The second season of the series was released in its entirety to the Netflix streaming library on March 18, 2016.
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. As a result, they’re committed to a CPU! series about same!
How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS
CPU! recapped Daredevil Season One earlier this year, in a discussion that now represents Episode 1 of our Marvel’s Defenders podcast series. If you would like to reflect and refresh on Season One, check out the link below:
Daredevil, Season 1
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. Thus, we revisit the first in Netflix’s series of Marvel-centered shows leading up to a special “Defenders” miniseries, 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.
This third episode of our new Marvel’s Defenders Series – featuring frequent panelists Nick, Kristen, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer – focuses exclusively upon Season Two of Daredevil. Remember how I promised that we would be covering this season shortly? Very shortly? The wait was pretty short, right?!
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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations
1) Will the Hand v. Chaste/Black Sky story line be more flushed out in season three?
2) Will Elektra be resurrected by the Hand with their apparent mystic mastery over life and death?
3) Will Karen ever be plagued by or deal with aftermath stemming from the fact that she shot James Westley in season one?
4) Does Punisher know “Red’s” true identity, as several panelists suspect?
5) Given Jeri Hogarth’s (Carrie-Anne Moss) crossover into this series from Jessica Jones to hire Foggy for her firm, will Elden Henson appear in the next season of Jessica Jones?
6) Will Daredevil be forced to protect Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) from the wrath of Punisher after Kingpin and Punisher’s interactions in prison?
7) Will Bullseye appear next season because Matt picked a fight with Kingpin in prison, and Bullseye is Kingpin’s most loyal henchman (in the comic books)?
8) Will the Owl, Leland Owsley’s son, appear in season three?
All of the panelists declare Daredevil Season 2 a hit – even panelist Kristen has been converted to the Daredevil fandom, though begrudgingly (she still likes Jessica Jones better). All of the panelists effusively gushed about Bernthal’s performance as Punisher and can’t wait to see what Netflix does with his newly announced solo series; also, we would like to suggest that Cox be given a cameo as Daredevil in the Punisher series because we all agreed that the scenes between them were some of the best of the season. The panel was more mixed about Yung’s portrayal of Elektra, though super-fan panelist Kyle pointed out that the comic book version of the character is a “train wreck” and generally annoying. Further, some of us were confused by the Hand v. Chaste/Black Sky part of the narrative, but Kyle predicts that this story-line will become a primary thread for the third season. In any event, all of the panelists are excited by the possibility of a prospective third season and can’t wait to find out when one might be released and what it might involve.
While no official announcement has been made, TV pundits believe that renewal for a possible season three of Daredevil is likely, though it has not been officially renewed by Netflix. The speculation is that Netflix is concentrating on working toward the actual Defenders miniseries, which will feature the Daredevil character, and the necessary solo series leading up to it rather than the sequel seasons for any of the solo series that have already been released. Rest assured that as soon as season three is announced and/or has aired, CPU! will plan to reconvene our Marvel’s Defenders podcast panel, ready and willing to dissect any additional seasons of this superb action drama. CPU! will also, as always, keep you posted on future developments.