Daredevil s1e1: Into the Ring

Air Date: April 10, 2015

Rating: 9/10

Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer by day. But by night he’s the masked vigilante known as Daredevil who’s just starting to overturn a human trafficking ring in New York in the aftermath of the “Battle for New York,” which is what they call the first Avengers movie in-universe.

I think all the acting in this show is very good. They all capture these characters so well that I hardly notice just how many scenes there are in this episode of just people standing around talking. Everyone is a real human being, even the villains, something that’s absent from most of the MCU movies. I also like that this is a much darker approach to the MCU and showing just how bad things can get for the normal humans living in the aftermath of superheroes stopping worldwide threats, but leaving so much destruction in their wake. The MCU is fun, but this is the consequence of so much “fun.”

Also the action is pretty top notch, even better than in most (but not all) Arrow episodes. I think it’s because of the cinematography, something that can be somewhat subpar in Arrowverse, but we forgive it because it’s a TV show and we understand that not every action sequence or effect has to look amazing to be enjoyable. But this is really moving above and beyond all that and turns this show into something else entirely. I’m not entirely sure what that is yet, but it’s awesome.

Anyway, I know this is Netflix and I know they can basically do whatever they want, but this episode is a bit long. I mentioned that there were too many dialogue scenes, but really the problem is that these scenes are just too long. This episode was 50 minutes, and I feel that if the editors had merely “trimmed the fat” it would have been the typical-episode length of 43 minutes very easily. I appreciate this is Netflix so shows can be longer, but I don’t think they should have extra length just because they can.

SCORING:

+10: Amazing start to something great, writing, action, acting, everything, it’s really great

-1: This episode has too many scenes that run long

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