Daredevil S:01 E:13

This is it. It’s all been building to this — every investigative lead, every plotline, every move. Everything culminates in one grand finale.

Sort of. I mean, it IS a finale, and it IS grand. It just doesn’t “culminate” in any sense of the word. Continue reading Daredevil S:01 E:13

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Daredevil S:01 E:12

You ever play with coloring books when you were a kid? Simple things, really; you have expected lines, and you color inside them with expected colors. If you wanted to get REAL crazy you could ignore the expectations. Or you could write Daredevil. Continue reading Daredevil S:01 E:12

Daredevil S:01 E:11

I wonder if this show should’ve been a standard one hour drama. They usually don’t have enough material to make a full hour of amazing, gripping television; typically it’s a half-and-half mix of awesomeness and plodding filler. Like this one. How do you evaluate that? Do you praise the good half, or condemn the lousy half, or what? Continue reading Daredevil S:01 E:11

Daredevil S:01 E:10

And right after they finally got everybody on the same page, they’re split up again. The timing couldn’t be worse; the series was JUST starting to click, bringing the subpar daytime plot up to the superior nighttime plot’s level. Oh, well… these conflicts are inevitable. And since Netflix’s episode preview images spoil that they do get back together in the end, we’ll ride it out… Continue reading Daredevil S:01 E:10

Daredevil S:01 E:09

Super hardcore bloody ninja fighting, GO! Well, as story framing devices go, it’s kinda hard to beat a super hardcore bloody ninja fight, I guess. Although how Daredevil is walking around without super intense pain and organ damage for four more episodes is left as an exercise to the viewer… Continue reading Daredevil S:01 E:09

Daredevil S:01 E:08

Daredevil’s strongest aspect isn’t its brutal, well choreographed combat. It’s not the quippy and fun dialogue of the supporting cast. It’s sure as heck not the lead protagonist. It’s the villain… Wilson Fisk, more of an anti-villain than a villain, a hero of his own story. Today, his story gets explored fully, and we learn what makes him tick.

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Daredevil S:01 E:07

The overall pattern of Daredevil is starting to become clear. As we head into a largely stand-alone episode depicting Matt’s mentor and his early training, I have to make a decision… am I okay with the thinner, less interesting aspects of the show? Does the rest of it balance out that disappointment?

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Daredevil S:01 E:06

A tense hostage situation. A city-wide disaster zone. The situation has escalated from a series of single strikes against thugs into an all out war. But in a show that’s concerned with depicting events in a reasonable and realistic manner, is Daredevil going too far over the top at this point?

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Daredevil S:01 E:05

So the title for this one, “World on Fire,” refers to three seconds of a terrible CG effect depicting “What Daredevil ‘sees’.” Kinda like the bad CG overlays from the Ben Affleck movie. If you don’t mind, I’d like to propose a different motif for this episode… night and day. Two halves of Daredevil’s life, two concurrently running plots, and one specific problem with the show.

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Powers Season:01

Now that the entire first season of Powers is in the can, let’s step back a bit and take a broader look at the show. I started out hopeful and ended up drinking heavily while hating my continued existence, so obviously I’m going to draw a negative conclusion here (spoiler warning, I guess?) but it’s worth taking a look at WHY the show fell apart. With any luck, Sony will fix it up for season two. Because there is going to be a season two, apparently. Setting fire to a briefcase of unmarked bills would be a better use of the money, but there you go.

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