Everyone by now at least knows that Daredevil on Netflix is a thing they should be watching. Most people who started the show blazed through all 13, hour long episodes. The first season really does play as one, 13-hour long movie. It's pretty intense and there are a ton of moments that will get fans jumping for joy and silently weeping on their couch.
The thing about Daredevil is there are so many great moments on this show. After watching the first season, we decided to take a look at some of the best moments Daredevil had to offer. There were so many to choose from but here's what we loved.
Note: It should be obvious that there are tons of spoilers here.
8. Leland Owlsley Thinking He's One-Upping Fisk
That lovable snake-in-the-grass, Leland Owlsley. He spends that whole first season looking for a weakness in everyone around him and exploiting them. It gets to a point where Leland thinks he has Wilson Fisk's back against a wall and pretty much tells Fisk that he's going to take all of his money. That was a HUGE mistake. Leland goes from confident shrew to scared little child in a matter of seconds right before Fisk tosses him down a hole, killing him.
Out of all the villains on the show, this was the one that got what he deserved and the audience loved seeing it. He's not sympathetic, like Fisk, and he's not a complete bad ass like Nobu. He's a little pipsqueak who turned on the wrong man, and watching him die was extremely gratifying. Now, we look to season two for his son, who I'm assuming is the real Owl, to take his place.
7. Young Wilson Fisk Standing Up For His Mother
Early on in the series, we get a sense for who Wilson Fisk is, after slamming a Russian's head in a car door for interrupting his dinner date. Wilson Fisk is a giant man-child, but why is that? What could make such a powerful man so emotionally immature? We eventually get our answer, and it is disturbing.
As the season moves forward, we see a young Wilson Fisk, living in NYC with his mother and father. His father is a jerk and has taken money from a loan shark. Papa Fisk forces Wilson to kick a bully while he's down, which traumatizes him. Later, dad starts beating on mom, right in front of Wilson and Wilson beats his father to death with a hammer. It's a powerful and frightening scene that gives the viewer a ton of insight into the character.
6. Everything About Stick
One whole episode really put Matt Murdock's history into view, and that whole episode involved Stick. Ok, it's a bit of a cop-out to say a whole episode is a best moment, but when the season is really one 13 hour long movie, 1 hour can kind of be seen as a moment, right?
The episode focuses around Stick teaching a young Matt to hone in his abilities and learn to use them to his advantage. Stick teaches Matt to fight as well, up until the point Matt gives Stick a gift and Stick decides to split. This is a really cool dynamic. It's close to a father/son relationship, which a young Matt Murdock is looking for, but Stick sees this as a teacher/student relationship.
5. Seeing the World Through Matt's Eyes
One thing this show did extremely well was not over-explaining Matt's powers to the audience. We aren't told what his powers are. We gradually learn what they are through the story and seeing Matt go into action. It isn't until a few episodes later that we get to understand his powers much better, which is great because this character comes off as even more mysterious.
In episode 5, Matt does explain how he "sees" the world to Claire Temple, and we get a brief shot what Matt sees everyday. He describes it as "everything is on fire" and that's exactly what it looks like. It's brief but straight to the point and a great moment between Claire and Matt.
4. Matt Murdock Puts on the Red Suit
After Daredevil picks up his suit from Melvin Potter aka Gladiator. There is this moment where you just want to see what the costume looks like in action. Sure, we all saw posters with Murdock in the Daredevil costume, but it really didn't do it justice. We don't get a good look at what Daredevil is until the final episode of the season.
Then, the camera pans up and Murdock is in the red costume, and I mark out. I've heard people say they don't like the costume, but it fits in perfectly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, it looks awesome, so I don't know what those people are talking about.
3. Daredevil and Fisk Beat the Hell Out of Each Other
This is the fight the entire season was leading up towards and it does not fail to impress. While it wasn't the best fight scene in the first season, it was one of the better ones, in a first season primarily made up of some pretty fantastic fights. It's what everyone was waiting for. The giant man-child, Wilson Fisk, takes on the vigilante of Hell's Kitchen, in a tight alley way.
Out of the major fight scenes in this series, it's one of the weaker ones because it feels like Matt has the upper-hand for most of the fight, even when he's losing. What makes this a great scene is keeping in mind the first time they fought and Wilson beat him to a pulp. Matt was hurt during the time, so Fisk had an easier time beating him, but with that in mind, this makes this a much more intense scene. Can Fisk win again?
2. Daredevil Takes on The Hand
We're getting into the nitty-gritty and said section is just fight scenes. The show isn't just strung together fight scenes though, but there sure are a ton of them. In episode 9, Daredevil takes on a ninja from The Hand, which turns out to be Nobu.
The fight is spread throughout the episode and it's incredibly brutal. Nobu has a bladed weapon on a chain, and he's clearly on top for the vast majority of the fight. It's fast-paced and incredibly thrilling. Plus, Nobu's costume looks pretty fantastic and faithful to the comic book version of that group. It was something completely unexpected and welcomed to the show.
1. The Hallway Fight
If you've at least seen the first few episodes of this series, then you know this is one of the best and most memorable moments from the first season. In episode two, Daredevil takes a slew of baddies on in a tight hallway, in one long and brutal fight.
So what makes this fight scene so much better than the rest of the many, fantastic fight scenes on the rest of this show? Simple. It's one continuous shot. Many times, fight scenes try to make things more thrilling by using quick cuts, which also helps with choreography. Here, we get one shot which raises the tension. Also, that's a lot of movements to remember for the actors as well, which makes it a bigger accomplishment. More than anything, the way the fight scene is shot makes this a slow paced a brutal piece that really sticks out.
Bonus: Stiltman's Costume
Do you see it? DO YOU SEE IT?! Right behind the dress form is totally Stiltman's suit! While Matt goes to pick up his brand new Daredevil suit, there's a brief moment where you can see what Potter is working on in the background, and it's totally the Stiltman legs, one of Daredevil's lamest characters, whom I love with all my heart.
We could go through ALL of the Easter Eggs in this first season, but there are so many and frankly, this is the best one of them all.
Let's take a moment to remember the life of Stiltman, before he was so quickly taken away from him after Punisher shot a bazooka at his crotch. Not kidding. That actually happen.
There you have it. Those are some of the best moments from the first season. What were your favorite moments from the show? Let us know in the comment section.