Daredevil (2015) Ep. 2: Cut Man

Battlin' Jack Murdock 2An important difference between the portrayal of Daredevil and most other superheroes is that he’s human–a well-trained, durable human with a radar sense and enhanced hearing–but all too human nonetheless.

Which is why ‘Cut Man’ begins with him in a dumpster, after a fight with opponents we never actually see.

The story goes into Matt’s relationship with his father, and draws parallels between it and what drives him to do what he does as Daredevil.

A “cut man,” the title of the episode, is someone who patches up boxers during a fight, a role that Matt often played for his father, who would come from his fights bloodied.  His father, “Battlin'” Jack Murdock, was in a sense a professional punching bag in that he was paid to throw more matches than to win.  He’s fighting Carl “Crusher” Creel, who will be later known as the Absorbing Man (He’s already made an appearance on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

This episode also serves to introduce Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), who’s in a sense is a “cut man” as well in that she’s based on the Marvel character known as Night Nurse, who’s takes care of physical injury-related problems for superpowered-types.

This episode is less Daredevil-centric than Into The Cut, and spends a bit of time exploring the lives of Karen Page (Deborah Ann Wohl) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson).

What’s also interesting is that, despite being accustomed to Daredevil’s red costume, the makeshift black one really works.  It makes sense and I find that I am not even missing the red one (which is good since it hasn’t shown a sign of appearing)–though I am curious as to how he comes by it.

The physicality of Charlie Cox’s interpretation of the character is particularly fascinating in that he really gets across the idea that what makes Daredevil so dangerous is less than his physical ability–though he’s an impressive fighter–than that fact that virtually no matter what you do to him, he won’t stop.

And in an impressive fight scene, vaguely reminiscent of Chan wook-Park’s Oldboy, you really see what I mean (when he hits someone in the head with a microwave is a particularly high point).

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