Daredevil Ep. 18 Kinbaku Review

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Picking up after last episode’s cliffhanger, Matt Murdock has connected with Elektra Natchios, an old flame. As is normal on this show, we get a backstory for the characters. Murdock met Elektra at a society party. He sized her up as an uptown girl getting tired of her uptown boys (Okay, he didn’t quote Billy Joel, but that’s an accurate description). He finds out that she’s more into danger than he thought, even insisting on breaking into the Murdock gym to have sexy times. This is one of the rare episodes to have good and bad in it so let’s break it down.

Bad: This episode is light on action. There is not one scene featuring Daredevil in action, or Matt in his Daredevil outfit. Also, there’s no Punisher. There are some B-plots that are thrown out – Karen investigating the Punisher and Foggy trying to hook up with an old flame that don’t add to much… at least in this episode.

Good: The scenes between Elektra and Matt are decent – it’s pretty clear they’re doing X-rated stuff, but the show knows when to show and when to imply. At first, it seems like these scenes will drag, but as Daredevil often does, the show throws a curveball. Elektra and Matt break into a house. We think it’s just Elekta’s wildside, but she reveals a surprise: The man who murdered Matt’s father. This is the highlight of the episode and justified a somewhat slow start: We learn Elektra is not just some bored elitist who wants to break a few rules. We learn she is dangerous. The scene where Matt meets his father’s murderer is tense, and reveals a lot about Matt’s character – he attacks the guy but eventually calls the police.

Overall, Kinbaku is a decent episode, but the weak link of the season so far. After four home runs, a hit to second seemed inevitable. For a few great moments, and for continuing the story, this episode still comes recommended.

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