The May 23, 2022 installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s random entertainment opinions
It’s official: Jacob Schoeneberger is addicted to Daredevil! The show has it all, great writing, engaging characters, amazing fight scenes, edge-of-your-seat action, and enough intrigue to make me look forward to watching it almost every night. The days have officially become that time when I have to work and wait patiently until I can watch more Daredevil. Jacob Schoeneberger may be late to this party, but this is a party it’s better to be late to than to never arrive at.
With that in mind, here are some random thoughts about the entertainment I’m currently consuming.
This Installment’s Edition of Jake Schoeneberger Has Been Living Under a Rock Features: Daredevil
This will contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t watched the show yet.
The tenth episode opens with Foggy having saved Matt’s life. He called Claire to stitch Matt up after his fight with Nobu instead of taking him to the ER. Then we’re treated to a flashback scene from college when the two first met. Foggy feels like he doesn’t know anything about Matt because Matt kept the secret that he was “the masked man” from Foggy all that time.
Jacob Schoeneberger thinks we can all identify with Foggy on this one. The more he talks to Matt, the more he realizes that Matt has kept so much from him. He feels like he hardly knows him even though they’ve been best friends for years. Everyone has probably experienced that feeling at some point in their lives.
Incredibly moving line when Gao says to Fisk during their rooftop meeting, “Man cannot be both savior and oppressor, light and shadow. One has to be sacrificed for the other.” She has hit on the exact conflict within Fisk and the choice he has in front of him. And it seems she has already guessed which path he’ll take.
Heartbreaking moment when Karen and Ben go to see Fisk’s mother in the nursing home. She’s a bit confused and tells them the secret about young Wilson. You really feel for her, knowing she has so much love for her son and understands why he did what he did.
The episode ends with two big cliffhangers. The first comes when the champagne in Fisk’s fundraiser is poisoned and Vanessa drinks it. Have to assume it was Gao and Leland trying to take Fisk out.
The second comes when Foggy throws away the Nelson and Murdock Attorneys sign. This could mean he no longer wants to be Matt’s partner, or even friend. Foggy has a good point. If Matt were ever to get caught, no one would believe that Foggy and Karen didn’t know he was also the masked vigilante. Matt has put heir lives at risk as well playing Daredevil. This is a really intriguing turn of events. Can Matt redeem himself, or does he need to move beyond these personal attachments, as Stick suggested, to become Daredevil?
The 11th episode opens with Fisk’s team taking Vanessa to the ER, and Karen showing up at Matt’s door. Karen clearly knows that Matt wasn’t just hot by a car, which was the explanation Foggy gave for Matt being injured so badly. Then she tells him about what she and Ben found out from Fisk’s mother.
Pretty sad moment when Claire tells Matt she’ll always be there to patch Matt up, but beyond that she can’t be there for him. It’s sad because she really gets Matt. She knows what he wants and needs to do, and she realizes that he can’t stop. She also knows that the city will never truly be safe. Even if Matt takes Fisk down, there will always just be another Fisk.
I think Carlie Cox really had his first truly exceptional acting moment in the scene where Matt is meditating. He can’t help but see images of Nobu beating the heck out of him and when it breaks his concentration fully Cox does an amazing job of conveying Matt’s feat and frustration and confusion with just a simple, subtle exasperated look. Cox really is a great actor, and this character is starting to give him a chance to shine, like I knew it would.
Loved the scene where Daredevil finds the man who makes Fisk’s armored suits. At first they fight but Matt realizes he’s just working for Fisk because he doesn’t want Fisk to hurt his friend Betsy. So now Daredevil befriends Melvin Potter and Melvin is going to make an armored suit for Daredevil. This was a great and touching way to explain how Daredevil gets his protective suit.
Mind-blowing cliffhanger at the end of the episode. Wesley takes a call from Fisk’s mother where she tells him that Karen had visited her. He takes it upon himself to threaten Karen and blackmail her into clearing Fisk’s name. Instead she grabs his gun and shoots him dead. Definitely did not see that coming. This show features twists, turns, and cliffhangers that are impossible to predict and every episode leaves you craving more. It has depth, action, and suspense and it’s one of the best shows Jake Schoeneberger has seen in a long time.
The Jake Schoeneberger Random Entertainment Thought of the Day
I know Stranger Things 4 and Kenobi are coming, but right now I’m just loving Daredevil. If you had asked me a few weeks ago, Jacob Schoeneberger would have said he was dying for those two shows to start. Now I’d say, “Hey, I’m good just watching Daredevil for a while!”
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