Beware the Spoilers
As many superhero movies and TV shows are finding out, it is a detriment to the story when too many characters (specifically villains) are crammed into the plot. This has become a non-issue for Daredevil. Because each character is fleshed out properly, Daredevil doesn’t have to worry about adding Wilson Fisk and Stick back to the mix and risking villain fatigue. Some of the elements teased in season one have been intertwined with this season’s overall story, making it feel like a natural progression to the plot. And what a great way to end the episode. I thought it was going to cut to credits when Matt started to black out from the poison, but no, we get a long sequence of Frank being lead thru the prison to Wilson Fisk!
It was nice to see some quality action comeback in this episode. Not that I haven’t loved the developments in Frank’s story or the mystery of Elektra, but Daredevil is a hell of a lot more fun when some kickassery is involved. Finally The Hand and The Chaste have fully made their entrance. They were teased in season one and now we are starting to get at the heart of the Daredevil lore.
During “Dogs to a Gunfight” it was teased how scary things can get for Matt when he is unable to fully use his hearing. The concussion he suffered caused some issues with Matt’s ears and allowed for Frank to take him hostage during a fight. With The Hand’s super suits masking the heartbeats of their fighters, Matt has to rely on the sound of their weapons to keep from getting killed. But as he found out the hard way, it does allow for one to sneak up on him and get one good shot off before Matt can react.
With Elektra fighting to not die, we got to see her emotionally bare to Matt as she confessed to being sent to recruit him back to Stick and The Chaste. Their initial meeting wasn’t fate and Elektra is shown to be more than just a spoiled brat. She was to gain his trust and make him want to leave behind his morals, his friends, and his city. If it wasn’t for his strong Catholic faith keeping him from crossing the line into killing, Matt would have followed her anywhere. Even back to Stick. But Elektra fell for him as well and left because she didn’t want to break him the way Stick wanted her to. Her confession really shines a new light on “Kinbaku.” She kicks Stick out of Matt’s house and tells Matt she wants to make a real go at the two of them together. Not two minutes after promising to not kill anymore, she slits the throat of the intruder who shot Matt getting the boy’s blood all over Matt’s face in the process. “This is who I am. Do you still want me?”
It is curious to me that even though Matt heard the guard threaten Frank just before he took the stand, Matt didn’t push the issue then or later after Frank tanked his defense. Foggy and Karen were furious with Matt because they feel it was his fault Frank went ballistic on the stand saying he would happily keep killing scumbags and he is not crazy. Karen was already all sorts of furious with Matt after finding Elektra in his bed. Stick was in the apartment too, but that didn’t seem to register as much as another woman in Matt’s bed. Matt tried to explain that he heard the prison guard threaten him, but allowed Karen and Foggy to walk away from him. Maybe Matt was too distracted by Elektra and Stick in his home and the story of The Hand and The Chaste? It just seems out of character Matt would let it slide.
Matt’s speech about the need for heroes in New York to help the police pick up the pieces after the actions of Wilson Fisk was fairly awe inspiring. I couldn’t help but be distracted by Frank’s face when he was listening to Matt’s voice. I was the same face he was making in the hospital when Matt, Karen, and Foggy went to go see him and get him to hire them. Does Frank know Matt is “Red”?
One quick thing, who’s idea was it to cast Clancy Brown and only use him a little bit?!? He’s the freaking Kurgan!
What did you think of “Guilty as Sin”? Do you think Elektra’s brutal killing of an assassin will affect Matt’s promise to take her back? Will the law firm of Nelson and Murdock survive the fallout of Foggy, Matt, and Karen? What do you think Fisk wants with Frank? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not give away spoilers for future episodes. Not everyone can binge the entire series. I will be doing one episode recap/breakdown of Daredevil everyday so come back tomorrow for “Seven Minutes in Heaven” and check out the other episodes of Daredevil here.