Daredevil: A Review of Season 1

I’ve said on here before that I’m a casual fan of superhero stuff at best. I never grew up reading comic books and my first introduction to anything superhero related was the very cheesy cartoon Superfriends. That being said, I’m very glad that I watched Daredevil.

Many people compare Daredevil to Batman and Spider-man. I’ll admit that the parallels are definitely there. Like Spider-man, Daredevil has a sort of supersensory powers and fights in just one district of New York City. And like the many Batman films, Daredevil grew into becoming his own superhero with the help of a mentor and has a day job. Granted, he’s not a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, but he wants to do the right thing.

I want to actually talk about how well the villains are written in this series. Like Batman, Daredevil has a very large Rogues Gallery and in the first season, you see them all working together as an organized crime syndicate. It starts with the Russian brothers, Vladimir and Anatoly. They prove to be more than just some Russian stereotypes.

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They’re the first major villains for Matt to deal with and they don’t disappoint. Although the first encounter was kept off-screen, they were able to beat up Matt so hard that he ended up in a dumpster. They’re also the most sympathetic villains aside from Wesley and Fisk because they wanted a better life for themselves and they have a loyalty to each other that a lot of villain duos don’t have. Anatoly’s death was brutal but the gore was kept off-screen.

It was in the early episodes that we were also introduced to Karen Page.

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Karen started out as a damsel in distress who’s way in over her head. I liked that she actually saved herself half the time that she got into trouble and was able to defend herself every time, even with somebody saving her. Her worst flaw is her naivete. She has this unrealistic view of what justice is and she gets tunnel-visioned about what she wants to the point of putting herself and others in danger. I’m all for being idealistic, but the implications of Karen’s dark and troubled past imply that her idealism came from a really dark place, which is a very dangerous place for idealism to come from. She’s ship-teased with both Foggy and Matt, but given that Foggy is now semi-involved with his old girlfriend, Marci, and Matt doesn’t exactly have anything with Claire, it’ll be interesting to see if the show will tease Karen and Matt in the second season.

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Claire wasn’t as major a character as the hype would lead you to believe. She plays a prominent role in the earlier episodes, but breaks things off with Matt when he seems to take things too far for her. Her flickers of romance with Matt were genuine and sweet, but ultimately, it ended because of the usual “It’s not you, it’s my enemies” trope.

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Wesley James turned out to be the most surprising character on the show for me. He started out as a ruthless right-hand man, but it’s shown that he genuinely cares for Fisk, like a brother or a best friend, and was the only one in Fisk’s crime syndicate that supported Fisk’s growing relationship with Vanessa. He is willing to protect Fisk at all costs and makes sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. His death came as a shock because he ranked up so high on the villain totem pole that I thought for sure he’d live to see the next season.

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Vanessa was also an interesting character to watch because villain girlfriends don’t usually get that much development. In fact, the last villain girlfriend I remember off the top of my head who had as much development as Vanessa is Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series. Vanessa, however, has all her sanity intact. She’s a woman who’s attracted to powerful men like Fisk, but her love for Fisk is genuine and sweet. It’s shown that her relationship with him actually improves Fisk psychologically, but I’ll get more into that when I talk about the man in question. As much as I love Ayelet Zurer’s acting, I couldn’t help but imagine Stephanie Romanov playing Vanessa in a similar manner. But maybe that’s just the Whedonite in me.

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I loved Ben Urich’s determination and wisdom throughout the season. It was sad to see that his wife had Alzheimer’s and that he couldn’t really take care of her. He also symbolized the journalists of old, who were there to witness history in the making, enduring in spite of the technology and the seemingly growing disinterest in “real news.” I honestly wish that he didn’t get killed off.

Side note, btw: I’m docking points for having Mrs. Cardenas die just to bring Daredevil out into the open. Women getting killed to provoke men into action is a trope I’m not a huge fan of.

Moving on to Matt’s mentors.

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Stick is a mercenary and I don’t have that much love for him. Little Mattie needed somebody with him growing up and Stick dropped the ball by leaving Matt on the premise that he wanted Matt to be a soldier and not a son. Say what you want about the Ninja Turtles, but at least Master Splinter raised the turtles as his own sons and never abandoned them.

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Fr. Lantom, on the other hand, was a more reasonable ally. I want to personally thank the writing team for creating a great portrayal of a Catholic priest. He is neither corrupt nor shown as a living saint, but just an ordinary man with Catholic perspectives. His perspectives on the Devil are, in my opinion, in line with what I learned about the nature of sin and spiritual warfare. The last time I saw a priest portrayed this realistically was Fr. Jack Landry from 2009’s V.

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At first I thought that Foggy Nelson would be this dudebro character, the slacker stereotype who makes the main character look awesome by comparison. Later episodes develop Foggy to act as Matt’s moral conscience whenever Claire wasn’t in the role. I think having Foggy in on the secret was a smart thing because Matt needed to be held accountable in case he took things too far. Foggy may not be a future sidekick, but he helps Matt out when it matters the most. He’s actually got ideals underneath his desire for money, so much so that he was able to persuade his ex-girlfriend to contribute to the cause at the risk of betraying the well-paying law firm she works for.

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Nobu didn’t contribute much to the series aside from possibly bringing in the ninja order called the Hand. He’s strictly business to the point of being borderline volatile. I will give him credit for being the only villain so far to have almost defeated Matt through usage of some pretty sweet weapons. Go ninja, go ninja go!

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Madame Gao, on the other hand, is a force of nature, like a tidal wave. She starts out being a meek and quiet, if not very self-assured woman who happens to be head of a drug ring. It’s implied that her drug ring was more of a cult and that Madame Gao may not be as human as she appears to be. I hope to see her again in the second season.

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Leland Owlsey was supposedly based off of a major villain in the comics, but in the series, he’s seen as the financial manager who keeps his eyes on the big picture. I pretty much called it that he was behind Vanessa’s attempted murder because of his unusual behavior and he proceeded to make things worse for Fisk towards the end of the series. I understand making sure that Fisk keeps on task, but as stated before, Vanessa was actually helping Fisk in accomplishing his goals.

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I love complicated villains. I also love to hate Fisk. He actually garners sympathy at times, but his brutality and ambitions remind me of what separates him from Daredevil. Fisk is shown to be psychologically damaged. Like many a villain, he grew up with an abusive father and a mother who was weak-willed. Killing his father at a young age was a serious shocker and it’s shown in “Shadows in the Glass” that Fisk is still haunted by it. He wants complete control over his life and his ideals to make the city better fall to the wayside when things spiral downward for him. It really stinks that in spite of everything that happened, he’s still going to get the girl, but I love Fisk and Vanessa together too much to really hate it.

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Matt Murdock aka Daredevil has finally come into his own. Matt is shown to have ideals, but he’s more realistic in what has to get done. I don’t like how brutal he can be when interrogating mooks at times. Some of the violence he’s done seems excessive and unnecessary. However, Matt makes up for his pugilism by having his own moral code. He won’t stoop to killing anyone, he’s willing to work with anyone who can help (see his short alliance with Vladimir), and he embraces the idea of being feared, of being the one to keep people on the path of the righteous. Even though he dresses like and takes on the name of “Daredevil,” his story arc also reminds me of Angel. 

But unlike Angel, the series of Daredevil flows a lot more smoothly. There aren’t any filler episodes or soap opera plot lines that take away from the action and character development. There’s room to breathe in scenes here and there, but I can’t think of a scene that feels dragged out. I also like the action sequences and how some scenes were kept off-screen while others were shot atypical from your usual action shot. Yes, the show is dark and gritty, but it doesn’t have the cynicism of shows that have a similar tone. Nor does it reek of nihilism or even anti-nihilism the way that Angel does. Best of all, the angst in this show is not done for the sake of looking cool or adding drama. It’s all justified and the characters open the lines of communication in a realistic manner.

I would recommend the show to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as casual fans like myself. I don’t recommend anyone who has kids to share the show with anyone under the age of 13, but given that some of my second graders play M-rated games, your mileage may vary. As far as I’m concerned, I can’t wait for the second season!

 

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Daredevil Month: Speak of the Devil

The episode opens with Daredevil fighting a red ninja, one who uses a kunai with chain to slice at Daredevil from a distance. The red ninja seems to have the advantage, constantly knocking Daredevil down or making a cut with his weapon.

After the opening credits play, Father Lantom approaches Matt Murdock and says that he’s open for Confession. However, Matt wants to take the priest up on his latte offer. Fr. Lantom said that he is still willing to listen to Matt’s confession, since it’s just the two of them. Matt asks Fr. Lantom if he believes in the devil. The good priest admits that he believed that the devil was inconsequential, justifying the fact that “Satan” in Hebrew meant advocate, so he used to think that the devil represented any antagonist. Then he spent some time in Rwanda and befriended Gahiji, a village leader and holy man. Gahiji’s enemies were ordered to behead him in front of the village. Even though Gahiji was able to win over the men who worked for the enemy leader, he wasn’t able to win over the man himself. In that instance, Fr. Lantom began to believe in the Devil and that he could take many forms.

Meanwhile, at the Nelson and Murdock law offices, Foggy, Karen, and Urich discuss what to do about Fisk because of his Villain with Good Publicity status. Urich gives Karen the documents that Daredevil gave him. Karen looks through them and starts thinking of following the money through the six degrees of separation. Foggy is unsure about whether or not to trust the Mask, as Karen calls him, but Karen and Ben Urich definitely do.

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Fisk and Wesley meet down in a warehouse by the docks. Hoffman has gone missing and Fisk’s men haven’t found him yet. Wesley also points out that Daredevil hasn’t been as active as he once was. However, Nobu comes in and interrupts, demanding a particular city block in exchange for his services to Fisk. Fisk tells him that the city block will be hard to clear out, so he asks Nobu to take care of the man in black.

Back in the offices of Nelson and Murdock, Foggy and Karen are struggling with their follow-the-money plan. Mrs. Cardenas comes in, telling them about how Fisk is offering them double or nothing to move out. They persuade her to fight back and Mrs. Cardenas is firm in her resolve. Once Mrs. Cardenas leaves, Matt isn’t sure if standing up to Fisk is the right thing because he won’t be shaken easily, but Karen wants to call the old man out. Matt goes to the art gallery where Vanessa works.

At the gallery, it’s shown that there is extra security. Matt comes under the guise of buying art to impress the ladies. Vanessa shows him a painting and describes it to him. The painting is a gradient of red, a bright red center with dark in the background. He asks her about what kind of art her boyfriend likes. Cue Fisk entering the gallery. It’s probably not a coincidence. The two of them have a discussion about the tenement case. Matt decides to leave the gallery to “consider the cost” and heads to church.

Fr. Lantom and Matt speak in front of the crucifix. They discuss what Matt ought and ought not to do about his desire to confront the devil. Fr. Lantom tells him to think about what his desires are because the ends don’t justify the means. He quotes Proverbs 25:26 and opens two interpretations. On the one hand, evil happens if good men do nothing. On the other hand, the sin of a righteous man can affect everyone else. Lantom thinks that Matt went to see Vanessa to try and find a third way.

Matt returns to the offices. Karen finds the people who attacked her outside of Mrs. Cardenas’s apartment. But while they’re off the map, the good news is that the law firm finally has a proper sign. Karen gets a phone call…it’s the coroner calling them to identify Mrs. Cardenas’s body. She was stabbed multiple times.

We cut back to the fight between Daredevil and the red ninja. Daredevil fights back in spite of the multiple slices. The red ninja is revealed to be Nobu himself, intent on assassinating Daredevil. The fight scene is brutal and it seems that Daredevil is down for the count.

Down at Josie’s pub, Foggy, Karen, and Matt mourn Mrs. Cardenas. Matt doesn’t think that her death is a coincidence. Local news talk about Mrs. Cardenas’s death and Fisk talks about the offer he made to the tenants. Fisk cries crocodile tears, but Matt, Karen, and Foggy know that it’s not a coincidence. Karen wants the Mask to take care of Fisk by any means. Matt asks Karen if she’s religious. Karen admits that she isn’t. Matt says he’s Catholic. Karen asks if it helps, given their current situation, Matt admits that it currently doesn’t. As Matt leaves, Karen tells Matt that if God exists, then Fisk will get what he deserves.

Matt returns to his apartment and, after thinking about it for a minute, decides to open up a green trunk. It’s a trunk that contains his father’s boxing uniform and his Daredevil costume. A montage of Daredevil interrogating people in various allies. He comes across some heroin junkies in a rundown apartment and finds Mrs. Cardena’s purse there. He beats up one of them and asks about where he got the purse. The addict gives him the name of a pier where he got hired. Daredevil tells the addict to turn himself in or else and gives one last punch for good measure.

Daredevil arrives at the pier and feels out the plans Nobu laid out for Hell’s Kitchen. He hears the heartbeat of another person in the room. Nobu appears. Daredevil quickly figures out that it’s a trap. The two of them quickly get into a fight. It’s at this point that see the parts of Daredevil that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got their inspiration from.

At Josie’s pub, Foggy and Karen continue to drown their sorrows. Foggy blames himself for Mrs. Cardenas’s death and begins to lose faith in what he believes in, given how Fisk has so much power and money.

We cut back to where the fight left off. Daredevil is able to get Nobu off his back and kicks him into a back wall. We notice gasoline pouring out of a barrel. A spark from a lamp sets Nobu on fire. Daredevil struggles to get up while Fisk thanks him for “murdering” Nobu. This is the first time that Daredevil and Fisk meet face to face. Daredevil tells Fisk that he’s gonna kill him. Of course, Fisk came with armed backup. Daredevil uses Nobu’s weapon to slice at Fisk, but it doesn’t wok. Fisk starts beating Daredevil down and sends him flying, with Daredevil breaking the desk of Nobu’s plans. He starts to leave and tells Wesley to finish the job, giving Daredevil the chance to escape quickly by jumping out of a window and into the river. Fisk tells his other henchman to make a manhunt for Daredevil. Shoot on sight.

Foggy shows up at Matt’s apartment and hears a noise inside. He comes in through the roof entrance. He comes inside and sees that the floor’s been broken through. He arms himself with Matt’s walking stick and Daredevil appears, stumbling and falling down. Foggy calls 911, but hangs up as the slow realization and curiosity sinks in. He takes off the mask…revealing Daredevil to be Matt.

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Daredevil Month: Shadows in the Glass

The episode opens with Fisk waking up from a nightmare, unseen by the audience. He stares up at the painting he bought. Yo Yo Ma’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major plays as he cooks himself breakfast. He picks out a suit (they all honestly look the same to me) and a shirt to wear. As he gets dressed, he looks in the mirror and sees a young boy whose face is covered in blood, his younger self.

Murdock’s apartment is still a huge mess after what happened last episode. An alarm goes off, telling him that it’s 7AM. Over at the offices, Foggy and Karen discuss whether or not they should share their investigation with Matt. Of course, Matt walks in and Karen decides to fess up. Matt tells them to stay out of it, but they’re already too far in to back out. Matt decides to use the law to their advantage.

Over in a warehouse by the docks, Nobu gets in an argument with Wesley and Fisk. Nobu is pissed that Black Sky is dead. Wilson said he’ll work something out and Nobu walks off, threatening Fisk. Wesley asks what Nobu contributes to the group. Fisk says that even though things seem to be going so well, he’ll have to be more caution than ever.

We flash back to Fisk’s childhood, where he’s cutting cup wood and listening to records with his father. His mother is paying bills. His father, Bill, is running for city council. Wilson overhears his parents talking about how he got a loan from the Italian mob boss Rigoletto. Flashing forward, Fisk is on the phone making conversation with Vanessa when he gets interrupted by Wesley. Blake, one of the cops that got shot a few episodes ago, has gotten out of his coma. Although Blake is unable to talk, Fisk tells Wesley to take care of him. However, Blake is surrounded by security. They decide to acquire the help of Blake’s partner, Hoffman.

Karen, Foggy, and Matt are researching, in spite of Foggy wanting to be more hands-on. Karen gets the news of Blake getting out of his coma.

Fisk and Wesley talk to Hoffman about trying to keep Blake silent. Hoffman knows that Fisk is the real reason Blake got shot, but Fisk is that Blake will continue to give information to the wrong people like he did before. Hoffman is loyal to his partner because they are childhood friends. Fisk plans to buy Hoffman out.

At the hospital, Hoffman appears with a very guilty expression in his eyes. He signs in with the security and smuggles a syringe in through a sandwich. After Hoffman syringes Blake, the patient in question wakes up and Daredevil attacks Hoffman, knocking him out. Blake has trouble breathing. Daredevil asks Blake for information, but it’s too late. The cops come in as Daredevil disappears.

Leland gets fitted with a new vest and laments not being able to see his grandson. He asks Fisk about where he can hide from Daredevil. Wesley tells the two of them that Blake talked with Daredevil before he died, but that Daredevil continues to be framed for Blake’s death.

Back in Fisk’s childhood, Fisk shares a cake with his mother. He’s distraught with a bloodied lip. A kid from his school knocked down his father’s signs, called him a loser, and beat him up. Bill meets up with the bully, who’s practicing his baseball swing on a few empty glass bottles. The bully says that he was just repeating what his father said. Bill assaults the bully and kicks him down. Fisk tells his dad to stop, but his dad insists that this is the right thing to do, telling him to kick the bully as he’s down.

Fisk wakes up again and makes breakfast. As he gets dressed his phone rings. Wesley tells Fisk that Madame Gao is coming to visit him and that Wesley’s on his way to help out. The three of them share tea and we find out that Madame Gao is good with her English and knows that Fisk can speak and understand Mandarin. She asks in Japanese about whether or not Nobu knows Fisk also speaks and understands Japanese and asks Wesley to leave them. Madame Gao and Fisk discuss about Nobu and Leland. She tells Fisk that he’s getting sloppy and emotional, comparing him to the Russians. She tells him to get his act together or she’ll just work with Nobu and Leland without his help. Fisk flips over the table as he loses his temper and orders Wesley to get out.

Back in Fisk’s childhood, his father tells him to stare at the wall and think about the man he wants to be. We see that the wall is very similar to the painting Fisk bought as an adult, all white. Bill prepares for a meeting with Rigoletto. His wife, Marlene, doesn’t want him to go. The two have an argument that escalated with Bill beating up Marlene with his fists and his belt.

Wesley comes back to Fisk’s apartment, wanting to help. He brings Vanessa in and leaves. Fisk tells Vanessa to go, but she also wants to help Fisk get back on track. Fisk confides in her.

Flashing back to Fisk’s childhood, Fisk tells his father to stop, grabbing a hammer. He attacks his father with the hammer, beating him to death. His mother tells him to get the saw. She undresses her husband and gives the cufflinks to the young Fisk before sawing the body so that it’s easier to hide.

Fisk continues to tell Vanessa about the night he killed his father and how he and his mother hid the body. He still carries the guilt of killing his father. He wears the cufflinks to remind him that he’s not a monster. Vanessa tells him that he’s not a monster. Of course, we know otherwise.

Lightning strikes and a thunderstorm pours down over the city as Urich heads to his car. He’s on his phone and drops his keys. Daredevil appears, saying “We need to talk.” Urich, of course, is unsure what to think about him. Daredevil tells him to expose Wilson Fisk. The two of them have a discussion and Urich asks for more information, reliable sources. Daredevil tells him just to drag Fisk into the light.

Fisk wakes up again after a night of passion with Vanessa. He looks at the painting and then curls up with her. She’s there to greet him at breakfast. Ben narrates about the haves and the have-nots as Vanessa picks out the clothes and new cufflinks for Fisk to wear. When Fisk looks at himself in the mirror, he finally sees himself, and not the boy he used to be. Urich is at his office, writing his expose on Fisk, only for Fisk to appear on the news as a “mysterious philantropist,” cementing his place as a Villain With Good Publicity.  President Lex Luthor has nothing on this guy.

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Daredevil Month: In the Blood

The episode begins in Utkin Prison, Siberia 8 years prior to the story’s beginning. Anatoly gets dragged into a prison cell with his brother Vladimir. Anatoly pickpockets a dead Alexei (their cellmate) and breaks off one of his ribs. The brothers plan to break out of prison and move on to America.

Cut to the present day, where Anatoly escapes from a tousle with Daredevil, who throws a dead body onto his getaway vehicle (a cab). Daredevil gets his wounds treated by Claire in a motel room. The guy he threw off the roof in the previous episode is in a coma.Daredevil tells her that he wants to make sure the Russians aren’t looking for her before she can come out of hiding. Claire advises Daredevil to get some kind of body armor. The two share a ship tease moment in which he asks for her number for emergency purposes. She’s still calling him Mike. They also talk about who Wilson Fisk is, but Claire doesn’t know.

Down in a taxi repo garage, the brothers discuss payment with Wesley. Daredevil has been asking about Wilson Fisk and Wesley tells the two of them to take care of Daredevil and sees them as weak. The two brothers discuss what to do because they’re sick of being under Fisk’s thumb and getting their butts kicked by Daredevil. They decide to go meet a man named Semyon.

Karen meets up with Ben Ulrich at the diner to try and bring Union Allied down once and for all. Ulrich asks her about the man in the mask. He also points out that the people who did Union Allied’s dirty work have ended up dead. She begs him to look into it. He tells her that he needs reliable sources and implies that she has a sketchy past. She brings up the fact that he used to write big stories, but Ulrich says he’s getting old and less stupid.

Over in a hospital, the Russian Brothers visit their friend Semyon, who turns out to be the man Daredevil threw off the roof last episode. They unplug him from the monitoring devices and prepare a serum to inject into Semyon’s body. They inject epinephrine straight into Semyon’s heart and he wakes up, asking him about the man who attacked him. Semyon calls him “the devil.” He also points out that there was a woman and whispers something, probably relating to Claire. The brothers’ minions search Claire’s now-empty apartment. They are greeted by Santino.

In a limo, Wesley and Fisk discuss what to do with the brothers and the “timeline.” The limo pulls up to the gallery from last episode and Fisk insists to get out alone. Inside the gallery, Fisk looks around for Vanessa. They have a conversation and Fisk asks her out on a date. And even though he’s the main Big Bad, he’s not gonna buy every painting just so that she can close up early. They finally exchange names. It’s a little weird seeing villains in love, but it’s better than Harley and Joker.

Claire feeds her friends’ cat and hears someone stumbling nearby. She gets her phone ready and looks out the door, not noticing someone peering into her window.

Nelson and Murdock are leaving the police station after helping out their latest client of the week. They wonder how they’re gonna make any money. Murdock gets a call from Claire who is getting kidnapped and makes a run for it, throwing his blind stick into the trash and using some major ninja skills to make his way to the apartment, but it’s too late. Using his super hearing, he hones in on men conversing in Russian, who are stuffing Claire into the trunk of a cab. Unfortunately, actually finding them is another problem.

Karen attends an auction and sketches out people who bid on United Allied’s assets. Ulrich shows up and points out that other people are already suspicious of her. He tells her to auction for something so she doesn’t look suspicious.

Back at the taxi repo, the Russian Brothers’s mooks get a kicking and screaming Claire out of the trunk. Over in Claire’s apartment, Murdock asks Santino about where Claire is. He gives Murdock a clue: the name of the cab company.

Fisk and Vanessa are out on their first date at an Italian restaurant. Fisk tells her that he doesn’t have much of a dating life. Unlike Fisk, Vanessa turns out to be a non-native New Yorker. He talks about how he grew up in the city and longed to make it a better place. Of course, given how the mooks are beating Claire up to a pulp, we know that his vision comes at a cost.

Daredevil shuts down the lights in the taxi repo place and Claire finally gains a small amount of courage, enough to laugh and warn the mooks that he’s in the room. The men start firing like a bunch of Stormtroopers while Daredevil takes them out one by one. Claire gets herself out of her restraints to the best of her abilities, but she gets held hostage. Daredevil gets the mook away and Claire actually whacks the mook in the head with a baseball bat. Daredevil comforts a crying Claire and I’m almost tempted to say “NOW KISS!”

Karen meets up with Ulrich again at the diner. She bid and won some old office equipment and charged it to the Murdock and Nelson law offices. Ulrich points out that the people who made the headlines of the stories he wrote all paid a price for trying to bring down the big guys. He tells her that they will work together, but to keep their meetings secret. He also tells her to sign the nondisclosure agreement.

The Russian Brothers find the beat up mooks. Anatoly decides to go to Fisk and ask for help while Vladimir is too proud to do so. Unfortunately, Anatoly interrupts Fisk’s date and Fisk is righteously pissed.

Karen shows off the old fax machine she got to Foggy and he’s happy that they have some kind of office equipment, even if they’re old models.

Meanwhile, Matt patches up Claire and he shares a bit of his backstory with her. Matt apologizes for getting her involved and Claire wants to know what he’s fighting for. All Matt wants, though, is to make the city a better place. Although he’s helped a lot of people, he’s also hurt a lot as well. Claire tells Matt to feel her heart. Matt knows that she’s scared and she admits to it and tells him that he can help her. It’s then that Matt tells Claire his real name.

Fisk drops Vanessa off at home and really wants to see her again. She’s not sure and he’s sadly inexperienced. I’ll give him points for being honorable, saying that he’ll back off if she’s not interested. But again, she’s uncertain of how she feels, which is basically the worst answer you can give anyone, especially a bad guy.

Over in the limo, Anatoly talks things over with Wesley. Wesley tells Anatoly that the past can never be completely erased. Fisk arrives and fights Anatoly, who came armed with a knife. However, Fisk is a lot stronger and eventually crushes Anatoly’s head with the car door while Wesley waits like he’s been put on hold. Fisk tells Wesley that he needs to get a new suit and to send Anatoly’s body to his brother.

This episode centers on people building relationships. Karen finds an ally in Ulrich, Matt and Claire grow closer together, and we even see the Big Bad trying his hand at romance. It’s almost sweet to see Fisk being like a little boy with a crush, but the ending reminds us why he’s the Big Bad. But it also focused a lot on the Russian brothers and their bond.

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