Beware the Spoilers
This entry essentially ran as a set up for the last three episodes and planted some seeds for season three or The Defenders. The only real standout moments were Fisk and Matt in the prison and Claire and Matt on the hospital roof top. When the creepy kids woke up and The Hand assassins started to show up at the hospital, I was disappointed because I knew the episode was about to end and the big confrontation was going to be saved for the next episode. I really don’t like creepy children by the way.
It was pretty obvious Reyes was going to be killed. She made herself an irredeemable character by constantly breaking the law for her own gain. Covering up a big time screw up is one thing, but Reyes had done it many times before and since. She didn’t even feel remorse for anything she had done until her daughter was threatened. After the bullets started flying and one hit Foggy, I didn’t think for one second it was Frank and I’m fairly sure none of you did either. It would have been way too out of character for him. He has a code and without that he is as bad as the people he has killed. I’m not even sure Frank was going to start Punishing again because he knows it would play into the hands of Fisk. Frank saving Karen’s life only served to prove to Karen what the rest of us already figured out.
The fight between Elektra and the assassin Stick sent was a little shoehorned in there, but I’m sure it will serve a purpose later. I have faith the producers had a plan with a storyline that was way out of left field.
Matt and Fisk squaring off in the prison was delightfully intense. I was very surprised to see Fisk making another appearance, but I am not going to complain. Watching these two men attempt to play a game of wits against one another was fascinating especially when Fisk lost his calm and Matt had to play the blind helpless lawyer. Unfortunately it was this encounter where Matt started to lose his faith in the law and decided he needed to cut ties to be able to keep everyone safe. Of course Fisk isn’t going to let that stop him from ruining all their lives when it suits him.
Claire’s pleas with Matt to not disconnect himself completely and loose from everything that makes him human fell on deaf ears, but it was something needed to be said. Matt needs someone like Claire in his life to constantly remind him to not play the martyr. He is going to do what he is going to do anyways, but it does serve to remind him why he keeps fighting. It is like when he was on his date with Karen back in “Kinbaku,” sometimes seeing the small beauties in life makes all the horrible things worth it.
What did you think of “Man in the Box”? Were you a little disappointed the story didn’t move more forward? Who do you think is killing people connected to Frank? Is it The Blacksmith or Wilson Fisk? 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 “.380” and check out the other episodes of Daredevil here.