So this week, Paul and I watched the third episode of DareDevil. After a strong start, showing us the brutal side of Hell’s Kitchen – I was left wondering what other aspects, this show could throw at us…..
I know it’s only the third episode, but it’s nice to see Foggy and Murdock in court (where they’re kind of meant to be – afterall, they are attorneys). What’s good though is that both of them seem up to the challenge of defending, giving speeches and kicking ass in the courtroom.
It’s going to make a difference seeing Murdock’s full world.
This episode concentrated a little more on Foggy and Murdock defending a client. We saw them both working their magic in the courtroom. It was a pleasant change of pace – showing us just how well the pair work together.
It allowed us to see both characters in a different light, where the moral line was once more blurred. Blurred in a bid to find the truth.
In previous episodes, he’s been a bit of the comedic element that was needed to give balance to the grittiness of Daredevil. This week we see him being the counterpoint to Murdock when it comes to the courtroom.
While they’re on the same side, it’s quite nice to see the little dance he has with Murdock about defending their client – despite having the same reasons for their decision, though with Murdock eager to investigate just what they’re getting in to.
Foggy really gets to shine in this episode. Stepping out from the comedy sidekick role of the past two episodes.
We see a clearer picture of his own moral side. In the previous episodes, he seemed to be fighting against Matt. Preaching that the innocent are just that, until proven to be guilty. Yet even Foggy can see their new client is guilty as hell. Providing some conflict between the two.
We also see Foggy step into the limelight, seeing for the first time his true intelligence. As he steps up to speak in court – his speech is both powerful and moving. Giving us a glimpse into the bigger character hidden below the surface.
I quite liked the character of Ben. He seems like the press equivalent of Daredevil – without the physical fighting, but willing to report on corruption and crime no matter how high it goes. He’s a character that can navigate red tape and has a distaste for what his job has become.
He’s so far come off as a likable character and has the potential to be a powerful ally to Murdock.
This episode introduced us to another character from the pages of the comic an intrepid reporter – Ben Urich.
Working for a rundown New York Paper, that looks like it’s on its own legs. I really enjoyed his portrayal, a man who is relentless in his pursuit for the truth. Wanting to sink his teeth into a big story and bring the truth to the people.
Wilson Fisk is the man pulling the strings. So far, he’s come across as an art lover and someone who is too important to be seen. Not much is really known about him, apart from how the crime groups have reacted to him. This is going to be quite an interesting battle between Murdock and Fisk, one where almost literally anything could happen.
This episode we finally get a name, the name behind all of the darkness in Hell’s Kitchen. A name that is uttered in shadows and should never be repeated – Wilson Fisk. We begin to see just how much fear that name can instill in men.
It really struck home, when one of the crooks is cornered by DareDevil. Rather than face Fisk’s wrath we see in brutal detail his other choice! That of a gruesome death by his own hands! It’s a dark realisation that Fisk can instill this morbid fear. I for one was shocked as I realised the daunting task, which lays before Murdock.
So far, Daredevil hosts a range of characters that are already shaping up to be fantastic and interesting. While we have the good and the bad, there’s few that really have quite the level of professionalism and dramatic awesomeness as Wesley.
From the past two episodes, we can already tell he is a loyal underling of Fisk’s, but not one that would take anything lightly. He comes off as very much an underling that has many talents and could very easily become much bigger if Fisk wasn’t there.
We get to finally see more of Fisk’s right hand man, Wesley in this episode. A calm, calculating man who will do anything to protect his boss.
I loved how he manages to convince Wilson and Fisk to represent his client – worming his way into their new practice. All the while trying to hide his true reasons from them.
Coming across as a typical business man – whilst managing to convey a sense of cunning. Like a fox hunting his prey.
Stay tuned with us until next week where we look at the Fourth episode: In the Blood.