So after the impressive start – it was time for me and Paul to sit down and watch the second episode of DareDevil. Called simply Cut Man.
The second episode for me took everything the first delivered so well and ramped it up another notch!

The fights

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Foggy-Icon That sequence towards the end. Fantastic. It’s a sequence where you get the character so well. He’s not superhuman with infinite endurance. He’s not some super-trained ninja who dodges every punch sent his way. What he is, is someone who doesn’t fear the fight. Someone who can get hit and carry on. Someone who can go from exhausted to back into the fight in a split second.

I think that fits so well with who Daredevil is. It’s exactly how a superhero with Daredevils abilities and Murdock’s past would fight – and that’s something some Marvel franchises (and other comic studios) do sometimes miss out on.

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The fighting is well choreographed, the first episode showed us promise. The second delivered in this area with a massive kick to the gut.

The camera angles, dexterity of the characters all culminated into one of the best fighting scenes I have seen in years! The corridor fight just blew my mind showing us how nimble Murdock really is.

Daredevil’s vulnerabilities

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Foggy-Icon The second episode starts out with Murdock bloodied, beaten and bruised. When it comes to his vulnerabilities, it’s not something they shy away from. Heck, it felt like Claire’s character was there for this purpose – to patch up Murdock when he’s down. I like the fact that he is still very human – as I’ve mentioned above. I think this is also suited to TV rather than film as well. While you expect the heroes in films to fail, it’s only a matter of time before the win comes. With TV, you’re able to see not just the wins and loses, but the changing of characters – and not just simple growth, but the flaws and all. It’s part of the reason why Daredevil deserves not just a film, but a polished TV series, which is exactly what we’re getting.

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Murdock remains vulnerable throughout the episode. Being found in a dumpster – broken yer fighting to carry on. It showed us a hero who could really take beating.

Pushing his own physical abilities to the max, taking a punishment I could only imagine. So real, you know this can’t be the end yet at times I was on my seat – wondering how this would pan out.  It’s so refreshing to see a hero truly vulnerable adding a totally different perspective to the character.

Foggy and Karen

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Foggy-Icon I’m glad Karen is sticking around and I’m also glad that the team is working well by itself. One of the most important things in a superhero story is how they keep grounded. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by having a close knit group of friends or family. While other characters in the Marvel universe have tried to shy away from this, I like the fact that they’ve bolstered up what Matt Murdock does – being a public defender.

Showing Foggy and Karen bonding in such a natural and charming way I feel adds maybe a bit more clarity to an already murky world.

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This world is Hell’s Kitchen  and this week we got to see more of this dark underbelly of New York. Thanks to the great relationship growing between Foggy and Karen.  It was intriguing to see Foggy open up to Karen and vice versa. Whilst taking a trip around Foggy’s favourite haunts of Hell’s Kitchen. Including Josie’s bar and a few others.

Claire

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Foggy-Icon I actually quite liked how they introduced Claire. Her motives are also established within this episode. Her function in the part of the team (even though she doesn’t really know about Foggy or Karen), is literally her other job.

I did like the fact that in essence she still helps Daredevil torture the captured dude – it kind of echoes just how corrupt the city is – while also allowing the corruption to be a good thing (in this instance). It goes well with the general moral ambiguity and theme of Daredevil.

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The introduction of Claire adds another layer to the series. A good Samaritan who can’t begin to fathom the dark world she is about to become embroiled in.

She works well with Matt, poking him – asking the questions to help keep him from crossing the line. A bond formed out of necessity which looks set to grow stronger.

Moral Ambiguities

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Foggy-Icon Hells Kitchen is a place of crime and corruption. The system can’t be trusted.

And this is the basis for Matt Murdock and Daredevil. Their functions are to tackle both crime and corruption, with Murdock working in the legal world and Daredevil in the underworld. So having Daredevil torture a henchman is actually in keeping. The part where he pushes the henchman over the edge of the building and the part where Daredevil says that he enjoys the pain he inflicts on the henchman. It really feels like we’ve got a superhero that will do anything to improve the city, including crossing lines to do so. And that’s actually kind of exciting. We won’t see just a match off in strength or speed or fighting ability. This fight is going to be raw and unfair, and that has some real questions about what it is to win the fight.

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With Claire on side we begin to see, just how close to the moral line Matt really walks. At several points throughout the episode I found myself questioning whether or not, he would cross the line and become the very thing he’s supposedly fighting against. Such a dark world, where the lines between good and bad blur.

Yet it’s this very world Matt is trying to save, that seems to be pulling across the moral line. How far would you go to make the world a better place in the long run! A question that made me take a moment to truly answer!

Stay tuned with us until next week where we look at the second episode: Rabbit in the Snowstorm.