by Garrett Phillips

In more ways than one, Daredevil is the most DC thing Marvel has ever done. The violence is real, and I found myself physically wincing on more than one occasion. Yet it is never over the top enough to ruin the more grounded tone of the story. And speaking of tone, it is more dark and gritty than any of DC’s TV shows or even Nolan’s Bat trilogy.

That being said, the stamp of Marvel is clearly noticeable. Dialog is smooth, very reminiscent of Joss Whedon. There is humor to be found here, mostly pointed inward towards some of the more ridiculous aspects of the story (The fact that he is a blind ninja vigilante is often noted).

The characters are where the series really shines though. Cox as Matt Murdock is perfect as he struggles with “the devil inside” him, routinely selling Murdock as a man who is struggling with what he is doing and the inevitable path it has taken him.

Foggy is equal parts halarious while still maintaining a very serious demeanor in regards to his profession and the goings on with those around him. He never falls on the side of goofy for the sake of goofy, yet can regularly be counted on to lighten the mood.

Karen Page has one of the more interesting arcs, even if here character is a little bit outdated. She can still fall prey to the damsel in distress motif, which admittedly can bog the show down in some cases. But her overall progression from victim to partner in crime (for lack of a better term) is one of the more notable aspects of the show as a whole.

Finally, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk is by far and away the best thing about the show overall. D’Onofrio not only feels absolutely terrifying in the role, but also brings an extremely sincere gentleness to the show, especially when dealing with his closest associates.

Finally, I would be remiss writing a review without mentioning the amazing Easter eggs and references. Everything from call backs to the events of Avengers, to hints about certain characters futures (looking firmly at you Miss Page), to the hints at aspects of Daredevils lore that are not present (Elektra gets a well done reference, though you may miss it the first time around) this show firmly establishes itself within the MCU without ever letting it be a burden on the series.

There is no reason not to watch Daredevil. Start now, but free up your schedule beforehand. You may not be able to start once it starts.