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'Daredevil' recap: 'Stick'

Matt’s old master comes to town, and a bigger mystery reveals itself.

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Marvel's Daredevil

TV Show
Action, Comic Book Adaptations
run date:
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
Current Status:
In Season

While the past few episodes have been able to balance Matt’s shenanigans as Daredevil with Foggy and Karen’s decidedly less-super antics, the two are beginning to diverge—at least in terms of interest level. In this seventh episode, we have a thrilling storyline for Matt as he reunites with his crazy-ass mentor… while Karen, Foggy, and Ben stand around trying to figure out what we and Matt already know. There’s no mystery to make these scenes compelling, so much so that it’s kind of hard to avoid thinking, “When are these guys going to catch up to the good stuff?”

But I wasn’t bored at all by the cold open in Japan, with Stick making a hell of an entrance. At first, we see a man running through the stairwell of an office building, so that he can beat the elevator to his floor and grab a gun from his office. The problem is that when the elevator finally does arrive, the guy fires off an entire clip before checking to see if anyone was even standing in the doorway. Turns out no one was… but there was a blind swordsman standing three feet to the side of the highly concentrated bullet spray. That kind of rookie mistake is going to cost a guy a hand and his head, but not before revealing where something called “Black Sky” is going. Whatever it is is going to New York, and that’s where the swordsman is heading.

Oh, and he’s played by muthaf–kin’ Scott Glenn!

Back in Hell’s Kitchen, everyone is still reeling from the explosions, which are now widely considered to have been a terrorist attack on the part of the masked man. Everyone is reacting differently: Foggy, for instance, wants to punch his own partner in the face. Matt maintains that the guy deserves a fair trial, and suggests that the face under the mask is probably a handsome one. (“You can just tell by the bone structure,” he [never actually] says.) Karen, remembering the time that Daredevil saved her ass, doesn’t buy the “terrorist” story and leaves to continue her quest against Union Allied. But before she does that, she has to turn Foggy down when he asks her out to play softball. The refusal spurs a bro-to-bro moment after she leaves, and Matt admits to Foggy, himself, and all of us that he thinks things are over with Claire. I wonder if anyone else has the hots for Matt?

Oh, if only Matt’s problems were limited to dating! But he has some Daredevilin’ to do. Leland Owlsley has arranged to meet with Nobu at one of Hell’s Kitchen’s seemingly infinite sketchy gathering places to discuss the cargo the Japanese crime boss has coming into the docks. Owlsley knows it’s something important and wants in, but Nobu’s just like, “Nah, dude. Bye.” That’s Matt’s cue to sneak up and say “Hey. How’s it going? Oh, and are you, like, working for Wilson Fisk?” Owlsley doesn’t bend under pressure and is even cool enough to stick Matt with a stun gun and drive away after some noise distracts the hero. The commotion came from Stick, Matt’s former instructor, who happens to have some terrible timing.

Time for another flashback. It’s been a few episodes, and this is the one we’ve been waiting for. Young Matt is blind and orphaned after the death of his father, and the nuns taking care of him don’t know how to managed his hyper-sensitivity. With Matt’s father gone and his mother being “another story” (what’s that about, by the way?), the sisters have turned to Stick to see if he can teach the boy. Outside, the mentor begins with some harsh words over an ice cream cone: nobody feels sorry for you. Damn, dude. Hopefully this is some kind of extreme teaching method. And that’s what it appears to be, as Matt begins to identify things around him like the dog he knows is hungry. Stick explains that the only way he’ll be able to thrive in the world is to take it by its throat, and that he needs to prepare for a vaguely defined war that’s coming. Which is a pretty ominous thing for Matt to ignore.

NEXT: Matt makes some jewelry