Monday, May 25, 2015

Daredevil - Rabbit in a Snowstorm

Daredevil continues to develop the underworld of Hell's Kitchen in another episode that touches on the unseen motives of a mysterious new player's power grab. In terms of the season arc choices made here further basic plot points and character development in the increasing tension between Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio), but it terms of logic for this episode "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" leaves more than a little to be desired as Wesley's (Toby Leonard Moore) recruitment of Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) to defend a killer (Alex Morf) of their organization on self-defense charges doesn't in any way help the Kingpin (who had already bought the jury), certainly doesn't do any damage to the lawyers, don't make the case look any more legit (because absolutely no one is paying attention to it), and only further reveals pieces of the mysterious adversary for Daredevil to eventually hunt down and hear the name "Wilson Fisk" for the first time.

The third episode of Netflix's Daredevil also introduces another important supporting character in reporter Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall) who published the piece about Union Allied Construction. The company's attempt to buy Karen Page's (Deborah Ann Woll) silence eventually dovetails into Ben's story of being able to put aside the popular stories involving the subway his editor loves and search for the mastermind pulling the strings for all the underground dealings happening in Hell's Kitchen.

"Rabbit in a Snowstorm" is a foreshadow-heavy perfunctory episode that services the season arc of the series but little more (and even what it lays out could have been easily dealt with more quickly built on in later episodes). Matt and Foggy's self-defense case involving a guy having his head caved in with a bowling ball (off-camera, in and odd trend the show keeps choosing to make) ends anticlimactically with the reveal that the lawyers were nothing more than window dressing. Urich and Karen's introduction begins an important subplot which will grow over the series but here it's just set-up. And the final scene teasing the reasoning for the name of the episode and Fisk's interest in Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer) is nothing more than further groundwork that won't be properly explored until later in the series.

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