TV Review: Is Daredevil What Netflix Is About?

April 10, 2015 7:38 PM

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Let's talk about punches. Not the sherbet-and-ginger-ale kind you get after a piano recital, but the fist-on-flesh kind you get in a fight, or as a neighborhood vigilante. So many punches in Daredevil, and each frequently remarked upon. See, Matt Murdock — lawyer by day, superhero by night, blind guy by all the time — can take a licking, which he learned from his dad, who was a so-so amateur boxer. My dad could take a punch, Matt tells us and anyone else who will listen, including a priest and an underdeveloped love interest. Maybe punch-taking is genetic? Perhaps it's a nurture trait, not a nature trait, but either way: Daredevil thrives on your punches, you gnarly cretins! The thing he cannot take is injustice. Don't think about the instances in which punching is a crime. Just let Matt/Daredevil tell you more about punches. "It hurts, doesn't it? Being in pain?" That's what Daredevil says to a bad guy. Bring on the tautologies, Daredevil. Pain is hurt, hurt is pain. Is life one giant punch to all of us? Maybe so.

Daredevil is Netflix's latest original series, and it isn't all that original: It's another Marvel property, joining ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter and what feels like dozens of films. Daredevil is also a half-assed lawyer show, complete with a drawn-out organized crime case and a blo...

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