For anyone who has yet to watch the first few episodes Daredevil series on Netflix be warned there are some very minor spoilers in the first part of today’s Daily D4.
Today I spent most of my lunch and break times watching the first few episodes of the new Daredevil series on Netflix, and so far I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen. There are a lot of things that he show does extremely well from the beginning and then it builds on them in each successive episode. The telling of Daredevil’s origin story takes a couple of episodes, but it is done through intriguing flashbacks interspersed throughout story. For those who don’t know as a child Matt Murdock lost his sight after his eyes were damaged by a chemical that fell off of the back of a truck during an accident. Although the accident left him completely blind his other senses became heightened to superhuman levels. Tragedy struck for a second time when his father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, refused to throw a fight and was killed. The show opens with Matt and his partner Frederick “Foggy” Nelson, both recent graduates from law school, trying to navigate their way through the difficult task of starting their own law practice in Hell’s Kitchen. With no clients, no money, and no office furniture to their names they take the case of a woman who was found over a corpse with a bloody knife in her hands who insists on her innocence.
The cast is phenomenal and thus far we’ve been introduced to Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Ben Urich, the Kingpin himself, Night Nurse, and a host of unsavory criminals. These characters are all full of personality and they have a life that I am thrilled to see on the screen. They even managed to make me care about the murderous brothers who run the Russian mob that controls most of Hell’s Kitchen. Not that I didn’t want to see Daredevil take them down, but clearly the writers know what they’re doing.
One of my favorite things about the show is the way that it’s shot because it really feels unique. The opening sequence for example is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Hell’s Kitchen, or possibly New York, is painted out of thin air by viscous dripping layer upon layer of red liquid which I think it is safe to assume is blood. It’s an extraordinarily striking visual element and a great way of getting across the uniqueness of the show from the very beginning. I also love the black costume they’ve got Daredevil using for early episodes and how it helps to build anticipation for the moment when he first puts on his iconic red costume.
The show is also a great inspiration for superhero themed RPGs campaigns grounded in a more realistic setting than some tend to be. If you’re looking to run a game centered around heroes tackling street criminals or organized crime than this series can definitely give you some great ideas. One of the reason that characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Spider-Man, Batman, and Green Arrow are compelling because for all of their powers and abilities they’re still just people. They’re also trying to make the world a better place, not just save it from giant insects, meteors, or alien invasions.
I’ve still got a ways to go before I get to the end of season one, but I already find myself hoping for another season.
3D Printed Miniatures
A couple of folks discussed the fact that people are starting to use 3D printers in order to make miniatures for their Dungeons and Dragons game today, which is pretty amazing in my opinion. One talented individual even went so far as to make 3D models of some of the classic creatures from the Monster Manual available for free online. I love what we’re doing with the technology and it is amazing to think that people can pop a spool of plastic into a machine and conjure up a host of cantankerous kobolds, beholders, or anything else they can think of in a matter of minutes.