81 thoughts I had while watching the first three episodes of ‘Daredevil’
When it comes to recaps, the standard operating procedure (at least for me) is to watch an episode and then write about it. Even if I have access to multiple episodes, I force myself to wait until the writing is in the can before I marathon through. Knowing what happens next affects my reactions when recapping. Plus, I would never forgive myself if I accidentally spoiled something from a future storyline with a glib remark.
Then along came “Daredevil” on Netflix, in all it’s 13-episode glory. Suddenly, it’s as if the whole world has screeners! But everyone is watching on their own schedule. Without the structure of a time slot, it makes spoiler territory even more dangerous than usual. Watch too slowly and you missed the conversation. Binge-marathon in one sitting and risk ostracizing yourself as a spoiler pariah. So what’s a recapper to do? Stream-of-consciousness, obviously!
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be giving my thoughts on Marvel’s “Daredevil” in all their unfiltered glory. Welcome to my brain. Tis a silly place.
Episode One - “Into the Ring”
Image Credit: Marvel/Netflix
#1. Who transports toxic chemical gel in the back of a flat bed truck? Do you want blind superheroes? Because this is how you get blind superheroes.
#2. You think the priest ever gets tired of hearing lapsed Catholics say, “It’s been too long since my last confession,”?
#3. Matt Murdock has no respect for this priest’s valuable time. This isn’t a first date, get to the point!
#4. Do you really need to ask permission to stop human trafficking?
#5. Fun fact: You have to startle traumatized girls like cattle to get them herded in the right direction to freedom.
#6. Awww, no water coffin? Now how am I supposed to wonder how Matt doesn’t drown every night?
#7. Foggy bribing an old lady with cigars via her cop son instantly makes him my favorite.
#8. Was Hell’s Kitchen in the line of fire for “The Incident”? I thought the Avengers contained the Chitauri to a few Midtown blocks surrounding Stark Tower. I’m bad at judging distances, though.
#9. Strange to see “True Blood”s Jessica freaking out over a bloody corpse unless it’s about wasted food.
#10. Matt Murdock needs to meet the guy from “Lie To Me.” They would be unstoppable.
#11. Buy Windows Tablets. The device of choice for when you really, truly need to blackmail someone.
#12. Karen Page, don’t let this guy choke you out. DO something…that’ll work!
#13. Shame it’s still considered a novelty to watch a woman successfully fend off her assailant.
#14. Two years since “The Incident” places this show happening concurrently with “The Winter Soldier.” Before or after fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. though?
#15. Don’t act surprised that grants to rebuild the city were funneled to corrupt companies. It’d be more surprising if they WEREN’T.
#16. Suddenly it makes sense why Karen was suspicious of her Good Samaritan lawyers.
#17. Thank you “Daredevil” for explaining how Murdock has a huge apartment with no clients.
#18. Xining Airways, eh? Throwaway ad placement or plot point for later?
#19. Just a thought. Maybe don’t stand in front of giant windows if you’ve got people trying to murder you with increasingly bold strategies.
#20. Karen adjusted quickly to Matt’s blindness. Check off the “Requisite Nudity” box.
#21. Old white dude can’t believe a masked hero would be down on the docks. Man, not all superheroes can stop alien invasions and bring down remnants of the Third Reich. Somebody’s gotta be “Man on the Street.”
#22. Dude in the suit has a quiet menace and a confident air, the kind of man you should fear. Clearly the Russians have no sense of self-preservation.
#23. Matt Murdock is throwing off some serious Iron Fist vibes in this fight.
#24. Do you know how dirty kid hands are, Mr. Murdock? Don’t let your kid just shove his fingers in your gaping face wound!
#25. Kingpin is an asshole, but not 100% a dick. No reason to kill a girl when he doesn’t have to.
#26. Interested to find out how Karen can afford to work for free.
#27. I see the trope that old Chinese women make TERRIFYING crime lords is alive and well.