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I just finished watching season 2 of Marvel's Daredevil and so far, I would have to say that Daredevil may be one of the most complex, deep and interesting comic book adaptation to come to a cinematic screen (big or small). Now, as a huge caveat, Daredevil is definitely not your family friendly TV show and being on Netflix, has been able to take some greater risks in seeing the darker side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike the bright colours and big stage fight scenes of the Avenger movies, this show is much darker and smaller in scale. Not only does it tell the story of the little guy and the struggle of the everyday person trying to get by, it does so by not trying to sugar-coat anything. Season 1 tangoed on the line of R rated content, while season 2, danced right over that line and showed the grim dark reality of the human condition. So, if you are a parent thinking that this is another safe fun superhero movie, please think again.
Though some would question why I would write about a R rated tv show, let alone even watch it, I would have to say that though the content presented is not for everyone, I find the story, content, and topics it struggles with to be compelling and worth being explored in narrative form. It is in the story telling of people being pushed to the darkest of places and to the edge of what they think they can face and seeing how they choose to react, live and prevail (or lack thereof) in the midst of these circumstances that keeps me coming back.
On a cinematic and story telling level, season two outdoes season one. They manage to take what was great about the first season and take it to the next level. And though, this season is much more violent (which is due to the particular characters and plots that are introduced) it isn't done in such a way that is like the gore-porn or violence worship of franchises like The Saw, but uses it to shine a light on some of hard questions of injustice and the use of violence in the world. Even though this series would be considered quite violent, it always has a purpose in using it. To drive story, plot and ultimately to a point. It isn't scared to explore some harder and darker material. In this season, the overarching idea that stuck with me was the topic of justice. Though there are many other themes and ideas being developed, one of major threads that runs through all 13 episodes is this.
We see this in the contrast of the differing philosophies of both Daredevil & The Punisher and even Daredevil and Elektra (and Stick for that matter). Be it the fight scenes between The Punisher and Daredevil, the philosophical disagreement of how justice should be carried out, or even Murdock's endless fight to win Elektra back from her dark lifestyle of rage and violence.
What is even more interesting is the dialogue's between character's (be it Murdock himself, or people like Karen Page) wrestling with the idea of justice, morality and vengeance. With the justice system failing so many people, they not only question if the system is broken, but the whole idea of The Vigilante, it's need in this world and how far one should go to get this needed justice.
It brings up many different ideas on justice and how one fights injustice. Even the internal torment of Murdock himself shows the human struggle of this topic and asks the question on how we will ever deal with all the injustice. But it was the end monologue by the character Karen Page, that I think bookends this whole conversation being played out in season 2:
What is it, to be a hero? Look in the mirror, and you'll know. Look into your own eyes, and tell me you are not heroic. That you have not endured, or suffered, or lost the things you care about most... and yet, here you are. A survivor of Hell's Kitchen, the hottest place anyone's ever known. A place where cowards don't last long, so... you must be a hero.
Sometimes, when we look at all the injustice in the world, it can be hard to see light where there is so much darkness, hope when there is so much hopelessness, peace and healing when there is so much violent and fear. But, in many ways, the solution is found in us all. We are the heroes to stand for justice.
Though, of course as a follower of Christ, I do believe in an ultimate Hero, the ultimate justice bringer, who not only frees us from the prison of hopelessness, violence and injustice, but also shows us a better way, gives us the power to live this better way and be agents of hope--seeing freedom and change come and flood this world. Not by fighting violence with more violence, but defeating injustice, violence and fear with hope.
I loved the questions that this season brought out about justice, but I wonder if it falls short in tackling the answer to this question (which isn't a surprise considering the source material and where we are in the ark of the story). Can justice be brought about by force? Or must there be something even greater... like Love, Faith and Hope. As it has been said: "You can't bomb an ideology. You have to combat it with better ideology." An article I read today, reminded me greatly of this truth.
So, my battle cry is this: as Christ as our example, let us all become a people who are Full of Love, Fuelled by Faith and Addicted To Hope. Let us be the light in the darkness, the hope to the hopeless, the life to combat death and the love to combat fear. This Spirit of Hope dwells in all those who have accepted the message of Hope, and we have a choice. To be victims of our circumstances and watch the world burn, or stand as the Heroes of Hope we already are, who have endured, seen the light and now can bring that light of hope to others. It is my prayer that you choose the later and believe you can be that hero. Will you?
Drake De Long-Farmer
Drake is a passionate Frenchman who loves to see people thrive and come alive--to BELONG, wrestle with what they BELIEVE and BECOME the masterpiece God has destined them to be. Drake is a life learner and love being challenged to grow further. One of my favourite things to do is spend a good amount of time at a good café or coffee shop with a good book or challenging conversation. To be able to share in someone else's journey and experience the story that journey tells is always a pleasure and an honour. He is married to Carmen and has two boys, Davnn and Elijah. Drake currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Gateway Alliance Church, speaks and trains in various capacities and is our Editor-In-Chief at boldcupofcoffee.com.
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