All 13 episodes of Daredevil have been available for long enough that it’s time Screen Rant wraps up its discussion of season 1 with a look at the final episodes and the finale, which acts as a literal jumping off point for the character and the series as a whole.
The first six episodes delivered a compelling framework for the series to work within. It succeeded in establishing several key relationships, like Matt Murdock and his two friends, Foggy and Karen, as well as his complicated, semi-romantic relationship with Claire, and his even more complicated relationship with his faith – which is made possible through the excellent scenes between Charlie Cox and Peter McRobbie’s Father Lantom. But it also spent plenty of time developing the series’ other key relationship: the one between Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk and his wickedly devoted and supportive girlfriend Vanessa Marianna.
Moreover, the series delivered a strong sense of place, by creating a Hell’s Kitchen that felt inhabited by real people, who, in turn, made it feel like it was a place worth saving from the corruption of Fisk’s corporation, and the “dream” he had for its future. But that sense of place, the level of specificity that went into creating a playground in which these characters could run around and do their thing is about more than giving the story somewhere to exist; it cements Daredevil in a palpable world, making it easier for the things that matter to the characters to also matter to the those watching at home.
And as the series ramped up to the inevitable showdown between Matt Murdock’s alter ego and Wilson Fisk, it made some bold choices in revealing Matt’s secret to Foggy. It also delivered a strange but satisfying digression that peeked into Murdock’s past, which gave his thirst for justice (and love of punching people) some context in episode 7, ‘Stick.’