Marvel’s “Daredevil” is the top-rated show on Netflix Instant!
At 4.6 out of 5 stars, it is a tenth of a point higher than “House of Cards,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Sherlock” (tied only with “Alive Inside,” a documentary about Alzheimer’s).
If it’s not getting more buzz, that may be because it’s a superhero show, and some people still think those are for kids. What’s more, it’s not blowing up box offices like “The Avengers”; it’s only on Netflix, and anyway the California company doesn’t release ratings.
In fact “Daredevil” is a masterpiece, and it’s got a wide appeal.
Created by Drew Goddard, the 13-episode series tells the story of a blind lawyer who fights crime as a vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen. Don’t let the pulp plot intimidate you: Goddard, who has worked with “Avengers” mastermind Joss Whedon on projects dating back to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” knows how to keep it real.
Every episode I’ve watched so far is a work of art: beautiful production, tight plotting, sharp dialogue, good acting.
The latest — Ep. 5 “World On Fire” — was my favorite yet. Keep reading to see screenshotted highlights from the episode, which you should be able to appreciate even if you haven’t seen the show. There are some spoilers but nothing major.
The opening scene is snappy and even poetic, as Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) gets to know the vigilante, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox).
“Do you have a job or something to get to or are you one of those billionaire playboys I’m always hearing about?” she asks.
“No, I have a job.”
“Damn, I thought I’d lucked out.”
The blind man shows off his enhanced other senses.
“You just opened one of the cuts on your back,” he says.
“How do you know?”
“The taste. Copper in the air.”
After he touches her:
“The swelling’s down. Rib fracture’s only a hairline. I couldn’t tell before.”
“You have X-ray fingers now?”
“I can hear your bones shift when you breathe. No grinding means nothing’s broken.”
“What does a hairline fracture sound like?”
“An old ship.”
“What do you actually see?” she asks in a dramatic moment.