Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stream-And-Run: Daredevil "The Path of the Righteous"

            Episode 11...

            I don't know why this show has set up these great characters and relationships, only to then sideline them and essentially waste an hour's worth of material on their estrangement from each other. The core dynamic of Matt, Karen and Foggy is the heart of this series, and by having them mopey and lonely does nothing to bring the story forward. The same is true for Fisk - the poisoning of Vanessa is something that's clearly going to have some serious ramifications as we move forward, but if that's the case, then we need to start feeling it instead of keeping the wheels spinning in place. The tone is also starting to slip away from the showrunners - take a look at the fight between Matt and Fisk's costumer/armorer Melvin Potter: after beating him to a pulp, the scene then twists around to show that Potter is as much a victim as anyone else, making Matt look like an even more violent sociopath than he already is as he apologizes and promises to "help" him. I get what the showrunners where trying to say with the scene, but the way it plays out on-screen is in direct opposition to what they think they're doing. The final scene adds some juice to the show just with the sheer shock of its suddenness, but the way this plays out (and to whom) has me worried for the remaining two episodes. I would feel better if I didn't think this event wasn't going to just lead into more needless scenes where the characters all feel sorry for themselves, but the show has proven lately that it wants to wallow in its characters' suffering rather than provide any actual development.

            More and more I'm thinking this season should have been ten episodes instead of thirteen.

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