Daredevil (2015–2018)
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Into the Ring 

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Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson open their law firm, and take the case of a woman accused of murder who Matt believes is innocent.

Director:

Phil Abraham

Writers:

Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Bill Everett (based on the Marvel comics by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Cox ... Matt Murdock
Deborah Ann Woll ... Karen Page
Elden Henson ... Foggy Nelson
Toby Leonard Moore ... James Wesley
Bob Gunton ... Leland Owlsley
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Wilson Fisk (voice)
Peter McRobbie ... Father Lantom
Daryl Edwards ... Detective Hoffman
Chris Tardio ... Detective Blake
John Patrick Hayden ... Jack Murdock
Skylar Gaertner ... Young Matt Murdock
Nikolai Nikolaeff ... Vladimir
Gideon Emery ... Anatoly
Peter Shinkoda ... Nobu
Wai Ching Ho ... Madame Gao
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Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson open their law firm, and take the case of a woman accused of murder who Matt believes is innocent.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Chinese

Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Murdock and Foggy are renting the office space, the realtor says that the price has gone down since "the incident". This is referring to the events of The Avengers (2012). See more »

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Around 07:30, when Matt is hitting the man on the ground, we can see that he's not even touching him with the fists and that guy's head is going in the opposite direction of Matt's punching trajectory. See more »

Quotes

Foggy Nelson: I'm friends with Gary Feinstein in the D.A.'s office. I'll give him a call first thing in the morning, see where their heads are at. I'm guessing they're gonna puff their chests, but they have to know murder two's a risk. We end up at manslaughter, we get the right judge, maybe she's out in five to ten.
Matt Murdock: We're not taking a deal.
Foggy Nelson: No, this is why they have deals, Matt. So the straightforward cases don't waste everybody's time.
Matt Murdock: I don't think she did it.
Foggy Nelson: She's the sole suspect, found at the scene, ...
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Referenced in The Defenders: Ashes, Ashes (2017) See more »

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Main Title
Composed by John Paesano and Braden Kimball
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Awesome start to an awesome show!
14 April 2018 | by nylonstrumpaSee all my reviews

Let's start with the most important factor: (at least in my opinion) the writing. I was incredibly surprised that this show had the guts to actually trust its own storytelling and not rely on the fight/action scenes. When I first heard about this show, I thought that the show wouldn't necessarily have a "good" story or plot, but I'm pleased to say that this episode in particular had a solid story to tell, sure it's nothing groundbreaking, but for such a simple premise the writers did a solid job of making an episode that told a good and satisfying story that made sense, established the characters and set up the rest of the season to a fine degree.

The second most important factor in this show is most likely going to be the characters and the dialogue. Let's start with the characters first: The main character of Daredevil is Matthew Murdock, who is a blind lawyer who works together with his best friend Foggy Nelson, and together they're trying their absolute best to open up their own firm called Nelson and Murdock. Both Matthew and Foggy are very likable in my opinion. Sure, you could say that Foggy is considered to be the "Comic Relief" of Daredevil, but I disagree on that, whilst being a comical guy Foggy is also a pretty intellectual and clever guy who helps the main character to a high degree. Speaking of the main character, I was also surprised as to how much I liked Matthew. I liked that fact that even though he is an incredible talented fighter he is always at a certain disadvantage thanks to his blindness. The chemistry between Matthew and Foggy was also handled in a great way, I felt as though they were actually close friends, and their relationship felt very real and genuine, which is the cause of some good writing and superb acting from both Charlie Cox and Elden Henson.

The dialogue is also very good. I felt as though the people actually talked like real people which again, is most likely thanks to some good writing. I won't spoil anything, but one of my personal favorite dialogue/conversation of this episode (and the entire show) is a conversation between Matthew and Father Lantom in the beginning of the episode. The writing in that scene is so simple and clean yet unique and beautifully told.

I was also amazingly surprised as to how well-choreographed the fight scenes were. Daredevil is an R-rated show, and the producers take full use in that. People in this show don't just get punched and knocked out, most of them: get their bones shattered/broken, head smashed in, strangled, shot, kidnapped, murdered, tortured, sold, decapitated, scratched, bitten, amputated and more graphic stuff. I was not expecting that from a studio such as Marvel, and I'm very happy that they later went even further with The Punisher.

So overall: Into the Ring is a very enjoyable first episode that establishes the characters in a great way, tells a solid story that sets up the rest of the season, gives us some awesome fight scenes and great dialogue, some slow moments but not enough to feel dragged out, this and some very likable characters make this episode one of (if not the) best first episodes of any superhero show.

Score: 8.7/10


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