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'Daredevil' recap: 'Semper Fidelis'

‘The People v. Frank Castle’ could learn a thing or two from ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

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Marvel/Netflix

Marvel's Daredevil

type:
TV Show
genre:
Action, Comic Book Adaptations
run date:
04/10/15
performer:
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
broadcaster:
Netflix
seasons:
2
Current Status:
In Season

The seventh episode of Daredevil season 2 literally pits the exciting part of the show against the boring half. Who will win the fight over Matt Murdock’s attention? Elektra and her nocturnal espionage/crime fighting/sexiness? Or Foggy, opening statements, and a lukewarm (albeit charming) budding relationship with Karen?

Hmmm… Matt, I think I can help you out with this one.

In more of a literal sense — and not just my binge-addled brain — the two halves of Matt Murdock are at war. The crime-fighting lawyer has to decide whether he’s more of a crime fighter or a lawyer. A useful tip that might ease Matt’s choice would be to pick the one he’s better at, and given his recent trial performance, I think that leads to a pretty clear conclusion.

Eventually Matt will have to make a decision. He can’t have it both way, at least not while Elektra’s around and calling him at odd hours of the night to participate in more interesting storylines. I mean, who wouldn’t pick investigating a giant, secret hole in the ground over finding a way to trick a potentially corrupt medical examiner into incriminating himself? I don’t think I have to tell Matt, but you always go with the hole.

So yes, the Yakuza are busy doing something, and based on what Matt and Elektra have been able to piece together from the Asian studies professor and train cars literally filled with dirt, their scheme has something to do with a hole in the ground and potentially Nobu.

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But Nobu is dead? Sure, that cool-ass ninja guy from season 1 got burned up, but we’re also talking about a show featuring Elektra Natchios, a character notable for dying and coming back to life. Nobu’s name popped up a bit too much in the most recent episode in unrelated events (the blueprints, the scars), and it has me thinking that maybe we haven’t seen the last of Nobu. Something’s going on in that hole.

(On a sidenote: I would totally watch any series that bears the tagline “Something’s going on in that hole.”)

And just one note on The People v. Frank Castle: American Crime Story: There’s a way to make building a court case compelling, even when you’re client is clearly guilty of murder. There’s another show on TV right now that proves as much… but the title is escaping me for some reason. For instance, instead of having Karen wax philosophical about how Castle is continuously living in his moment of loss, maybe we could have watched the procedure of how testimony is dismantled or how a drive-by could be faked. There’s clearly been a boatload of cover-ups. Each one of those could provide ample opportunity for Karen and Foggy to get their hands dirty.

Other thoughts:

  • Why does Matt use his Daredevil voice when he’s talking to Elektra in his costume? Would it read as comical if he talked normally?
  • The mention of the special kid shipment from season 1 sounds like a set-up with more details to come. Finally.
  • Daredevil’s punch the window technique was dope.

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