Marvel's Daredevil: Daredevil

The final episode of Daredevil opens with a funeral and the first ten minutes finds all of the show’s characters defeated. Fisk’s murder of Ben Urich has brought no relief from his anger, and the double punch of Vanessa’s poisoning and his mother being found has left him even more paranoid of his partners. With Gao…

Ant-Man Is Big Fun, And Other Size Related Puns

For everyone who keeps waiting for Marvel Studios to produce a clunker, I’ve got bad news for you: Ant-Man isn’t it. When Guardians of the Galaxy failed to disappoint, the critics and those who cry “over saturation!” turned to the next lesser known title on the film slate. There was decent reason for trepidation.  The…

Daredevil: The Ones We Leave Behind

In the penultimate episode of a show, the creators have to make a lot of moves to set up the season’s conclusion. In the case of “The Ones We Leave Behind,” the Daredevil writers have to begin paying off very methodically paced story developments and character arcs. The thematic crescendo of the closing can’t take…

Daredevil: The Path of the Righteous

The episode’s title, Path of the Righteous, sets up Matt’s journey in the final few episodes. After a disastrous attempt to kill Fisk, and another chat with his priest (which is handled less deftly than their last conversation) Matt realizes he can’t go on like he has. The fallout with his eruptive fight with Foggy…

Daredevil: Nelson v Murdock

The triumph of last episode’s reveal of the Nelson and Murdock, Attorney at Law sign is undercut as Foggy, disgusted, tosses the plaque in the trash. “Nelson v Murdock” is propelled by astounding performances from Elden Hensley and Charlie Cox. With the majority of the episode’s run time taking place in scenes of the two…

Daredevil: Speak of the Devil

My first thoughts as this episode begins? THE HAND, SUCKER!! That is a full-on red clad ninja out to kill Daredevil. I knew Nobu was not just Yakuza. My second thought is, man I wish there was a Ninja Turtles movie like this. Mostly because the TMNT origin is based on Daredevil and every time…

Marvel's Secret Wars is Ridiculous, Epic, Awesome.

Marvel’s latest mega event has been years in the making. Writer Jonathan Hickman has been building up to this moment for the last few years in the pages of his two Avengers titles, “Avengers” and “New Avengers.” The premise of “New Avengers” in particular has been that every Earth in the cosmic multiverse is colliding….

Daredevil: Shadows in the Glass

Is the opening scene a metaphor for Fisk’s entire plan to rebuild the city? “You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs,” and all that? After a couple of intense episodes for ol’ Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk once again takes center stage in one of the finest episodes of the season. The title…

Daredevil: Stick

If you think “Stick” is a weird episode that sort of comes out of nowhere, you’re probably not alone. Much of it feels like a setup for some future plot (whether that’s in season two, or in a later Netflix series like Iron Fist or Defenders). It deviates a lot from much of the criminal…

Daredevil: Condemned

Everyone in the episode “Condemned” is trapped. Fisk finds himself trapped in the fallout of his plan, frustrated with the possible complications with Madame Gao and his Chinese connections. Foggy and Karen are trapped in the hospital. Matt is trapped in the abandoned building with the dying Russian Vladimir. The Condemned title speaks well to Matt’s…