It’s been 12 years since the (shudder) Daredevil movie, and for some, that’s still not enough recovery time. But Netflix is here to save the day with its new Daredevil show. Quick primer: Matt Murdock is a lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen, New York, who was blinded as a child in a chemical accident which also gave him superhuman senses. He uses his gifts to fight crime as Daredevil. Keeping in mind that a TV show has obvious advantages over a movie in terms of time spent developing certain aspects of the story, let’s take a look at why the new Daredevil rocks. Spoilers ahead.
10. The Show is Focused
It’s very simply laid out: the good guys are Murdock and friends, and the bad guys are Wilson Fisk (that is, the Kingpin, though he never goes by that name in the show) and his literal partners in crime. Fisk wants to rebuild Hell’s Kitchen after “The Incident” (the alien invasion seen in The Avengers movie), but his methods are of the illegal and unsavoury variety, and people suffer because of them. Daredevil wants to stop him. The show doesn’t sag under the weight of an over-abundance of characters, and allows sufficient time for the audience to care about them; even (or especially) Fisk.