Having spent the past few days binge watching “Daredevil,” an original show on Netflix, I have a few thoughts to share. This is not a review of the show, just a hodge podge of thoughts that are rambling through my skull after having viewed it. If you intend to watch this show, please be advised that spoilers lie ahead. You have been warned.
A blind man (the hero of the series) and his best friend become lawyers. They make very good grades in school, intern at a prestigious law firm, and decline very lucrative positions at said firm in order to help the down and out people in Hell’s Kitchen, a rough neighborhood of New York City. This type of idealism probably appeals to many millennials.
The blind man character is Matt Murdock, who on occasion reads the writings of Thurgood Marshall for inspiration. I wish Hollywood would have its heroes read some conservatives for inspiration every now and then, but at least somebody in the justice system is being portrayed honorably.
Vincent D’Onofrio plays the character of Wilson Fisk. He does a great job playing the evil man of super genius intellect and merciless will. In his own sick and twisted way, Fisk seeks to right the perceived wrongs taking place in Hell’s Kitchen. He and Daredevil both want what’s best for their city.
Bad guys are among us in the show. They have penetrated the media, police force, justice system, and almost every other institution of the city. A notable exception, at least in the 13 episodes I watched in Season 1, is the Catholic Church. The local priest is portrayed as a man of integrity and respect. When is the last time you saw a clergyman in a TV show, much less one that is shown in a positive light?
It takes 13 episodes before Daredevil gets his suit of clothes. He ends up getting it from the same man who makes suits for bad guy Wilson Fisk. Another irony the good and bad guys share.
I thought about showing this series to my kids since it is based on a comic book hero. Glad I didn’t. The violence and gore is TV-MA (to put it mildly). The language is also rougher than what is standard for broadcast TV. If this were a movie, PG-13 may be an appropriate rating. Then again, there is a scene involving Fisk and a car door that is a bit grittier than PG-13.
Lady Justice is often portrayed as being blind. Even after watching this, I can not see her being a vigilante. Is that being too idealistic? After all, she does have a sword. Have you ever seen her use it in real life? Our modern day justice system is flawed, and often times weak. This paves the way for characters like Daredevil to occupy our imaginations, and possibly bloodlust for revenge when innocents are harmed.
This series takes its time to develop its characters. Better suited for more mature audiences. If you like clear cut good guys and bad guys, this is not the show for you. Human beings have flaws, and the characters are very human in their portrayals. The character of Daredevil has some serious issues in his own right.
Have you ever read the Biblical story of “The Good Samaritan?” Wilson Fisk has. Although in contrast to Daredevil, he flat out says he is not a man of faith. Chances are most younger people don’t know the story, since religious writings are forbidden in most public schools. It is a pity that a show wrestling with issues of morals, legal ethics, and philanthropy has to painstakingly explain such stories to its viewers, lest they stay totally lost. Such is the state of our education system; producing religious illiterates. The makers of the show just have to explain it before they can move on, and they do.
This show is dark, serious, violent, and has high production values. Looking forward to more from Netflix in the future.