Daredevil on Netflix Review: Episodes 1-6

After revolutionizing the superhero genre on the big screen, Marvel Studios has set its sights on television. And while the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in its second season and the first season of Agent Carter has come and gone, the Netflix Original Series Daredevil is truly the game changer that those two series could have been. In short, Daredevil is a supremely well-crafted and entertaining series that finally does live action justice to its long-loved titular character.

Daredevil follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer living in Hell’s Kitchen, NY, who uses his enhanced senses to fight crime as a masked vigilante. While partnered with lawyer Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and secretary Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Murdock takes on various cases that all seem to have a criminal connection. Meanwhile, criminal kingpin Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) slowly unveils his plans to remold Hell’s Kitchen and gain control of all crime in the area. With both men embracing their destinies, it’s clear they are on a collision course.

Of important note, Daredevil is rated TV-MA for its mature content. While there is some harsh language, it’s mostly the brutal violence that earns the series its rating. When Murdock jumps into action, he puts his enemies through the ringer. People don’t go down easily and there are plenty of broken bones, snapped wrists, deep cuts, and many more brutal injuries. But it’s the criminals that inflict the worst of the violence, much of it enough to cause gasps and grimaces in audiences. While the show does have restraint in what it will explicitly show, this is by far the most violent entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But this is the atmosphere the show wants, and it handles it superbly.
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The 20 Best Adventure Time Episodes (So Far)

Adventure Time is getting a movie! The recent news that the beloved Cartoon Network animated series is getting the big screen treatment is cause for celebration for everyone who loves The Land of Ooo and its many insane inhabitants. For six seasons, Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada) and Jake the Dog (John DiMaggio) have gone on mend-bending adventures that span time and space. Along the way, memorable characters like Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen, BMO, The Earl of Lemongrab, and many more have come to be loved by fans around the world.

The imagination of creator Pendleton Ward and the many inspired artists and writers behind Adventure Time have led to tales that constantly subvert expectations and delight fans. There’s something incredibly unique about the series while still being appealing to fans of fantasy and science fiction.

From completely bonkers one-off episodes to mythological entries that expand history of The Land of Ooo and its many inhabitants, no two episodes of Adventure Time are completely alike. The delight comes from the unexpected and energetic nature infused into each. Before you know it, you’re completely immersed in the world and have come to greatly love its many weirdos.

The following 20 episodes are some of the very best from across the series, representing a wide variety of the qualities that make the series one of the most imaginative and unique on television. There seems to be no slowing down for Adventure Time and the strength of the series and its creators only grows from season to season. There will surely be many more amazing episodes to come. Have you own favorites? Let me know in the comments section!
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The Best Movies, TV Shows, Comics & More in 2014

The year 2014 is almost at an end. While it’s been a tumultuous year in the media, from celebrity controversies to strange choices in long-lasting franchises, there have been plenty of stumbles along the way. But there have also been countless things to celebrate, with creativity and originality often triumphing over the corporate machine that so often fuels the media we consume.

Like much of the focus of this blog, I’ve chosen to focus on the positives. The things that we love give much more life than the failures and frustrations. Negativity is focused on plenty in the news and social media, so I’ve chosen to focus on the best things to come out in the past 365 days.

From movies to comic books to podcasts, these are some of my favorite things from the year 2014. Have your own favorites? Let me know in the comment section below!
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A Charlie Brown Christmas – An Irreplaceable Holiday Classic

Christmas has inspired countless films and television specials over the decades. Some great, some good, many terrible. And while these many stories have inspired their own legions of followers and made many special statements on the holiday season, there is one story that outdoes them all. It’s not due to a mega budget, a huge star in the lead role, or a subversive take on the Christmas holiday. It’s due to the genuine and honest nature of the story at hand.

Coming up on 50 years, A Charlie Brown Christmas has endured and inspired countless generations of viewers since it first aired on December 9, 1965 on CBS. Its message of the toll that commercialism takes on Christmas and the people who celebrate it, the true joy of the holiday, and the real meaning of Christmas still resonate today. In fact, they may be more powerful than ever.

The story of little Charlie Brown, depressed and directionless as Christmas approaches, is a warm and magical tale, filled with charming animation, lovely acting, and an exquisite score. There are so many reasons why this is a truly special story.
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The 15 Greatest Episodes of "Supernatural" (So Far)

It’s almost Halloween and Supernatural is about to hit its 200th episode, so now’s the perfect time to look back on this scary and exciting television show’s history. For going on 10 seasons, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) have been travelling the United States in their sweet, sweet Chevy Impala saving people, hunting things – the family business. Taking on vampires, demons, shapeshifters, angels, and many more of the monsters that have worked their way into legend, The Winchester Brothers have saved the world again and again.

Creator Eric Kripke and the many writers and directors that have helped to form Supernatural into an exciting and adaptable series have given rise to countless fantastic episodes that keep viewers coming back time and time again. Even through the low points (and those are only a minor portion of the series as a whole), Dean and Sam have remained equal parts bad ass, funny, and charismatic. Just as important, the best Supernatural episodes have been able to create huge laughs, major scares, and a big investment in the fate of the Winchesters.

From hilarious encounters with alternate dimensions to frightening run-ins with the undead, these are the 15 Greatest Episodes of Supernatural!
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The 15 Greatest "Seinfeld" Episodes Ever

It’s the 25th anniversary of “Seinfeld” – my favorite television show of all time – so in honor of thousands of laughs over the years, and countless repeat viewings, I decided to rank the 15 greatest episodes of this timeless sitcom.

There is literally no bad episode of this fantastic show. While some may be stronger than others, the petty misadventures of Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer and endlessly watchable.

One of the best things about “Seinfeld” and the reason why making a list is so difficult? Each episode is made of multiple storylines, each involving a member of the main cast. These separate stories frequently stand on their own, becoming, in essence, their own classic episodes and often difficult to recall in the context of the episode as a whole. In evaluating this 9-season, 180-episode series, I had to exclude some awesome storylines, like Elaine’s dancing in “The Little Kicks” and Kramer’s ode to “feeling good all the time” in “The Sniffing Accountant,” for stronger overall episodes.

These 15 are the strongest overall episodes, packing in the most laughs and being incredibly strong across the entire board. If you’ve never watched “Seinfeld” before, these are 15 episodes to hook you in permanently. Also, shame on you.
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The 15 Greatest "Community" Episodes (So Far)

In celebration of Community fulfilling its predestined sixth season thanks to its last minute renewal by Yahoo, I’ve decided to look back on some of the greatest episodes this television show has brought us over the years. From chicken fingers to paintballs to dark elves, Community has always excelled at throwing unexpected curveballs at viewers while still being true to itself. Except for that fourth season.

Every episode that creator Dan Harmon and the extremely talented staff of writers, directors, and actors have brought us is chock full of amazing moments and countless reasons to love Community. There are so many fantastic episodes across its five seasons, and there are surely many more to come in the sixth. Ranking these was extremely difficult, but the following 15 are the episodes that show Community at its best and prove why it’s one of the best comedies of all time.

Frankly, this list was originally going to happen in remembrance of a cancelled show, but now it’s a celebration of Community‘s unlikely triumph. So read on fellow Greendalians!

And as always, six seasons and a movie!

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