It started off so well in my opinion, gritty, harsh, shocked me a bit, but this weekend I have just binged watched the whole series while suffering with a cold.
It seems there are less and less charming super heroes on TV. In one way I was hooked, in another way, I would look up stuff and play a few mobile games while watching the show.
I have never watched the cartoon version, nor do I know the story, but here the story revolves around a character called Rachel also known by Raven. With Robin breaking away from Batman in the lead. The other characters I don’t really know what to make of them.
At times, this jumped back and forth between the story-arcs that seemed to throw me off. Why are we going here? Are we going there? There were stages in this show that touched subjects like child abuse that I really didn’t want to know and wished a fair chucked wasn’t written in to the script.
For me it was too gritty, too dark, hardly a whisper of honour and overall made me feel a little sicker than I already am. If I rated this show, I would probably give a 5.5 out of 10. There was some very good acting, not bad special effects, but at times, the explosions you could tell looked animated which took away some score, but for me the story seemed a bit convoluted. Good luck if you want to watch this.
You previously had a taste of Luke Cage when he showed up in Jessica Jones but now you get the full on show complete with one liners and puns that any comic-book fan would love.
This time in New York we head over to the Harlem district where the African Americans live, breath and die. You are introduced to this part of the city which feels cleaner and less gritty than Jessica Jones and less dark than Dare Devil. But like the rest of New York it clearly has its problems.
Throughout the course of the series you get elements of Luke Cage back story and it unfolds nicely. Each character seems unique, many are provided a back story also and are certainly not one dimensional. Mahershala Ali who plays cottonmouth was the standout character, the actor portrayed him so well that I felt sorry for him in the end.
Another element to the show is the music, that 70s sleek feel. The way the Jazz evolves around life in Harlem. There is a sense and feel that make a very unique take on life.
The show revolves around the Barber Shop, The Club and the streets. Cage doesn’t want to get involved with anyone until he is pushed beyond his capacity to restrain his desire for revenge after his mentor is kill. At this point Cage feels he has to help those in need, while at the same time creating a path of destruction. Mind you, the destruction didn’t seem that much and Cage wasn’t the main culprit.
Often I felt there wasn’t enough action, there were never enough fight scenes for me. The problem with origin stories is the need to develop a character often takes away the ability to headlong into what the current affairs are. This being said there was a healthy mix of each.
After the political mess, the gangland war and police corruption there is a feeling the show leaves you wondering was that all worth it? Although I enjoyed the show, I was left with questions. What did Cage do in the military? What am I missing? And do I really need to see more of this messed up world?
I enjoyed DareDevil on Netflix but Jessica Jones is more real, more gritty, more down to earth but still not of this Earth.
Shows like this have better character development, there is more scope to work with than a movie yet the comedy you get with the Iron Man and Avenger films are not present here.
Instead you are left with a very raw show with character I am sure many people can relate too.
Jessica’s life starts off when her parents died, she somehow ended up with great strength. As P.I she is lead to her arch-enemy who is played by David Tennent (Dr Who). This in turn uses flashbacks and background stories to build a slow but powerful moving story which draws you in.
At times I felt like I was dragged for a long ride and when the end came I wasn’t surprised. There was insanity like the Joker from the last Batman film series. One could describe the Jones as a wash of cold hash water over the Marvel universe. This really is the gutter of it and at this depth you get a better range of story so I am looking forward to what comes next.
DareDevil on Netflix
The first two episodes I watched when DareDevil was first released didn’t seem to suck me in so well, so I left it alone until this weekend where I have just watched the rest of season one, which was only 13 episodes. Still that’s a lot of TV for me this weekend!
It wasn’t till after episode five when I was really sucked in by the characters, the Devil himself was portrayed by Charlie Cox who I felt was an excellent choice. His dark, grimey, slightly sick look played well into the character and he built the role up for a final showdown which wasn’t that offensive.
Offensive in a way in which Marvel’s Agents of Shield went all soppy, (you only need to ask me why I say that). But that show has gone down hill in my opinion.
However with DareDevil the show stayed on par to a high tempo and excellent character plots. The best being the bad guy, and generally the bad guy does do the best acting. Vincent D’Onofrio was perfect for Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin), his big frame, on screen presence and some exceptional acting should surely earn him an award. It’s not often you feel for someone who is mentally ill in a disturbing way, but in understanding how Fisk came to be, was in essence the core for the whole of season one.
There are similarities with other shows such as DC’s Arrow. “This city is sick and needs saving!” to a very dark Gotham feel, where the city is drained of all hope. A dark ally, a fight scene, a chase, a save. There is a, been there, done that approach to DareDevil although it does hold it’s own. It’s just a feeling of copying what works. And it does work.
The approach and story throughout is gripping, so I shouldn’t say much more and spoil it for others. But I recommend the show for others.