So in case you have not yet heard the news, Daredevil was discontinued by Netflix a few days ago. This is following the execution of several other Marvel-Netflix shows, like Luke Cage and Iron Fist. While this termination was completely understandable for these other shows, that had sophomore slumps like no other, many thought Daredevil was only improving with time. And yet it still got the ax. So here, I’m going to outline what I really loved about each season, having watched the show so many times through.
The first season really did the origin story right. So often the origin story of a hero is butchered (Venom) or just entirely ignored (Batfleck). Yet here there was a well-developed timing to his introduction that miraculously blended with his backstory in a fashion that was so desperately needed. It compounded the personal struggles of Matt Murdock and keeping his identity secret with a dark vigilante trying to make his home a better place. The whole series has superb acting and a film style that gloriously captures fight scenes and emotion in beautiful form. While all the actors in the show are pretty damn good, the spotlight for me rests on Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Wilson Fisk. He brilliantly portrays a man whose emotion is processed into brutal rage taken out on those who get in his way. The season set off a new era for the Marvel industry, showing that these dark stories can, in fact, be just as successful as the light-hearted Spiderman movie, for example.
In Season 2, the spotlight rests on the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. The violent, yet good-intentioned vigilante clashes with Daredevil, both physically and ethically. Bernthal did such a good job, he got a spin-off series that is one of two survivors of Netflix’s purge over these Marvel shows. Here, Matt Murdock’s daily life and backstory is highlighted and the season’s goal rests on the audience really getting a deep view of the man behind the mask.
Shit, do I wish this wasn’t the last season. Daredevil has to pick himself back up from literally being broken and loses everything important to him, from his friends to his religion and drive. A true redemption story, Matt fights against the adversity thrown against him to fight back against a recently freed and reinvigorated Wilson Fisk. Once again, D’Onofrio does an incredible job, but this time, the villainous spotlight is stolen by Benjamin Poindexter, or Bullseye, played by Wilson Bethel. This character shines a light on the struggles of mental illness and the dangers of not knowing up from down, even in your own head. The real shame lies in that the series did not even get to leave on the proper note. It was closed in a place where there is clearly much more left for Matt in his personal journey, as well as in his war against crime in Hell’s Kitchen.
Please bring this back, Netflix.