So four episodes in, Marvel’s Daredevil continues to rock. There hasn’t been a bad episode yet and arguably, In the Blood was one of the finest so far as it gave us an introduction to D’Onofrio’s Fisk. The dinner scene with Vanessa felt different because the writers avoided falling into using cliché-ridden dialogue, helping Fisk’s character feel fresh and interesting. Sorry, Loki, but Fisk is probably the strongest new villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was great to see him fleshed out a bit more here in this episode during his exchanges with Vanessa, and the fact that we’re spending almost as much time with him as we are with Matt makes for a really interesting approach as the two characters are being slowly put on a collision course with each other.
It’s also important to note that the writer, Joe Polanski, is creating a similarity between both characters, particularly in the Dinner scene. Both Fisk and Matt want to make Hell’s Kitchen a better place, the neighbourhood that they’re so attached to, but both clearly have different means. Matt doesn’t like the criminal approach by Fisk and when they do come into contact further down the line the results are very interesting indeed. It’s something that audiences who haven’t quite got that far in the series yet have to look forward to.
The focus on villains in this week’s episode was great as we got Matt pushed to the side in favour of not just Fisk, but also the Russians. Vladimir (Nikolai Nikolaeff) and Anatoly (Gideon Emery) made interesting additions to the cast as antagonists and we got a bit of background concerning them when we spent time in a prison. However, one thing that Vladimir and Anatoly made the mistake of doing was getting on the bad side of Fisk, and we got to see just how ruthless the Kingpin was when he smashed Anatoly’s head in against the car door. It was one of the goriest moments that the show has given us so far and once again, it’s still very hard to picture that Groot and Rocket could ever be part of this same Universe. But the diversity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe really allows things to be kept interesting and fresh, and even just limiting ourselves to Daredevil we haven’t seen signs of repetition or dullness just yet. Every episode feels exciting, entertaining and the directors are at the top of their game.
Once again, In The Blood was an excellent episode of Daredevil, and it’s easily established itself as the best show of 2015 so far with just how good it is. The show manages to maintain that excellent atmosphere and the great opening titles really give this show a distinctive feel. It’s unique, awesome, and it just gets better and better.