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The end of episode 2 reminded me of the epic one shot fight scene from Tony Jaa's Warrior King. There are lots of moments in that scene where Jaa is visibly exhausted but the quality of the whole scene is incredible. Ok, so the Warrior King scene lasts about 8 minutes but the way they have re-created a similar impact with Daredevil is fucking brilliant!!

Gonna put a pin in it tonight as I don't want to overload and it to be over too soon. I will watch that fight scene again a few times and ponder things until episode 3 tomorrow :)

Fucking Marvel!!

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Finally, on episode 1

the bit where Matt and the the Henchman fall through the window together. It was clearly a copy of the same stunt from Quantum of Solace but whereas the movie had it is a big set piece Daredevil just throws it in there in its first fucking episode

Seriously, the guys running this are bonkers and I am delighted that is the case!

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Just started ep 9. This is definitely top drawer TV and an excellent live action interpretation of the comic. D'onofrio is so good as Fisk and really loving the gradual introduction of

The Hand.

Surprised no one's mentioned how superb the opening credits are.

I think I've run out of superlatives.

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I've loved Daredevil since I read Frank Miller's stuff about fifteen years ago. Four eps in and loving it, captures all of the awesome bits and removes most of the nonsense. I love that generally bad guys take a fair beating before going down and Matt both takes damage and carries it. And they've interwoven court room bits so far really well. And everything else.

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3 episodes in.

There's some poor performances, some clunky dialogue, some mistakes in the fight scenes...

...but it's great. A real distillation of the essence of Daredevil. Brilliant. Cox is great. The action is superb. It looks brilliant. The atmosphere is perfect. I can't wait to see it develop and see where the rest of the Defenders go, I don't even like Jessica Jones or Luke Cage but I cannot wait to see them.

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It's high praise from me when my biggest issue with it (other than the lack of nudity from Dawson and Ann Woll) is

Fisk's Chinese. It sounds like a bee has flown up his nose and he's having convulsions; shockingly bad

.

Oh, and the fact that I've nearly finished it and it'll be a looong time until a second series :(

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And done.

It's by no stretch perfect, but it is very very very good. YMMV on some of the faults, but while a couple of them annoyed me they never broke my immersion or ruined the experience for me

My biggest problem is that is felt like a 13 hour "pilot"...and now there's such a long wait.

Given how Marvel's early films grew into some of their fantastic later films - can't wait to see how NetflixCU develops.

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And done.

It's by no stretch perfect, but it is very very very.

Very very very what?

I've seen three episodes so far and it's a little unconvincing. I don't think the fight scenes have been anything special yet (most go on for too long) and my god it's slow. I think the format (all episodes from the entire season available at once) has resulted in a bit of bloat: they could easily cut down a few of the scenes.

E2 spoiler:

He has broken ribs, concussion, stab wounds and then he goes off (blind) to assault a hideout with 9 or 10 fully armed men. I'm not really familiar with Daredevil so maybe he does have some super power but it seems like he's a normal guy that has good hearing, so why can he perform superhuman feats?

Charlie Cox is great though.

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E2 spoiler:

He has broken ribs, concussion, stab wounds and then he goes off (blind) to assault a hideout with 9 or 10 fully armed men. I'm not really familiar with Daredevil so maybe he does have some super power but it seems like he's a normal guy that has good hearing, so why can he perform superhuman feats.

Well, I've only seen four episodes but, from what I understand of the character, it's a bit more than that. If you ask a blind person, who has become blind as opposed to being born that way, if their hearing has become more acute then the answer is 'No, I just pay far more attention to it now.'

You can see in the fight scenes that he doesn't just respond to dangerous audio cues but responds to them instantly; so I suspect it's a very specialised martial arts training. There's a reason the cliche of the blind Kung Fu master became a cliche.

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Well, I've only seen four episodes but, from what I understand of the character, it's a bit more than that. If you ask a blind person, who has become blind as opposed to being born that way, if their hearing has become more acute then the answer is 'No, I just pay far more attention to it now.'

You can see in the fight scenes that he doesn't just respond to dangerous audio cues but responds to them instantly; so I suspect it's a very specialised martial arts training. There's a reason the cliche of the blind Kung Fu master became a cliche.

I'm only 3 episodes in so I'm not sure how they develop the extent of his powers, however I think the traditional take on Daredevil (because like all heroes he's been buffed and depowered and reconfigured as writers have required, though less so than some) is that his powers extend to only having superhuman levels of his other traditional senses. He can hear, smell, touch and taste to an impossible degree. Beyond that, he's just someone trained and developed to the absolute peak - he doesn't have some regenerating ability, he's not superhumanly strong, etc etc.

The scene that Radish notes does ask you to suspend your disbelief a little further than you would expect to with that framework, I agree. The series at that point has established that his family are extremely resilient, and I think we're supposed to assume that that, combined to the fact he's an exceptionally fit individual and driven in his nature, lets him go and do that particular thing. I don't know if theres more to be established in the remaining episodes, but I do think the series decides to push things a little there and you just have to go with it I think. It's a great scene and whilst it pushes the boundaries of what we expect the character can do, you can forgive it. I daresay we'll see more of that kind of thing.

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He has augmented senses, but besides from that he's pretty much like Batman. A human who peak physical attributes and strength, and the fact why he doesn't give up and fall is sort of linked to his dad. He won't give up despite the odds being against him.

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Yeah, I didn't mind reading that either, even though I'm not there yet. Some people might...

be expecting the red suit to be saved for the second season or something.

So might be worth spoilering. To be honest, with shows like this, where we get the whole lot in one go, and people are watching at different speeds, I always err on the side of caution and spoiler stuff, preferably with what episode it's from.

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I personally don't care but you're going to get complaints if you don't spoiler that.

Spoilered just in case.

I think it's already unspoilered pre-release knowledge from earlier in the thread though.

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What I personally like about the fight scenes is that they're more believable. It isn't one punch knock outs left and right, it's long battle of attrition that leave both participants completely knackered and battered. Daredevil is an exceptional fighter, trained to peak physical fitness and aided by his enhanced senses, and Christ can he take a beating, but that's what makes it all the better for me; each fight is tough, each victory hard-won. It makes it all the sweeter when he does finally scrape through, even if by the skin of his teeth.

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