Daredevil & My Love/Hate Relationship

So since I can’t film any new videos until my gear arrives, I figured I would put some thoughts online in writing about my love-hate relationship with the Netflix TV show Daredevil. Stick with me here, I promise you there’s a romance at the end.

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You see… when it first came out I was just like the rest of you, binge watching the season away, until I got to about episode 5 and realised it wasn’t holding my attention.

I am the first to admit I have the attention span of a chihuahua and so a show needs to be pretty fast paced in the beginning if I am going to invest my time into it. There’s too many other things I could be doing with my time rather than sitting around watching a slow show right?

So by episode 5 of Daredevil, I had enough. I really was pushing through from about episode 3 through to 5 and by midway through episode 5, I said no more. My friends said I was crazy – they had already finished season 1 and told me that “by episode 7, it gets great”.

But here’s my “hate” part of my relationship with Daredevil. Why should I invest 7 hours of my time waiting for the show to become great? Don’t you owe it to your audience to find a way to make the show a little more captivating earlier on?

Now I know not everyone will agree with me, and there’s those of you out there who will say it was captivating from the start, but I can say for fact that it wasn’t only me who thought this show was slow as hell.

I get that they have to build the story and that there’s an element of world building, but in my opinion you shouldn’t need half a season to set it up. Just me though.

The fight scenes were so dark that you could barely see them – guess they were trying to make us feel like Daredevil in that moment. There was an awful lot of unnecessary┬áheavy dialogue going on when it could have been progressing the story on. In the space of about 3 episodes, I could summarise everything that happened in 30 seconds or less.

Now I got the “hate” feelings out of the way, let me get on to telling you how this becomes a love story.. and it does.

Earlier this week, I was pushed to giving Daredevil a second go. I had too many people telling me I should try it again, and well.. there’s only enough digging in of the heels that I can do before I allow myself to be dragged along. So I continued on. I made sure I was very awake and had snacks prepared… and okay, so my face was still pretty emotionless for episode 5 and 6 but something happened along the way, and I can’t even pinpoint the moment… but I started to get on board.

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I ended up understanding what it was they were trying to execute and started to embrace it, and I loved the build up in each episode to the cliffhanger finishes. I remember episode 9 at the end had my jaw dropped and it was already 11:30pm on a work night so I couldn’t say “one more episode” as I usually do, and had to go to bed not knowing what was going to happen next.

I’ve spent most of my Easter weekend continuing to watch Daredevil as it turns out. I’m still in the first few episodes of season 2 now but already, it’s such a better start to a season than season 1 delivered, especially with the fast paced nature of introducing The Punisher and instantly creating mystery and intrigue over his character.

I’m not too proud that I don’t know when to eat my words and say I was wrong about a show. Daredevil turned out to be a really solid show in the end. I love it. There’s a spark and I think I’ll keep seeing him as long as he can remain committed to entertaining me.

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But I do stand by what I said about shows needing to do more to engage their viewers early on, and that’s where I still believe that a lot of these TV shows adapted from comic books need to do better.

Shows like The Walking Dead where episodes can be incredibly slow, I’ve given a pass to. And that’s because they engaged me highly in season 1, so now it’s a ride or die situation with that show. If other shows put more effort into making their season 1 that gripping, people would have no doubts about continuing to watch down the track.

Those are my thoughts, I know there’ll be those of you who disagree and that’s okay too. Share your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you think of shows like Daredevil.

Melissa / holybatgirl

Welcome!

Hi readers! I am assuming if you’re reading this, then you may have found this link from my Twitter account or my YouTube account… if not, well then I have no idea how you found me, but hello!

If you’ve watched any of my YouTube videos, you know it’s been quite some time since I’ve created any new videos. I know, I’m sad too. But I needed a break at the time… have you ever been burnt out before? That’s what happened. It wasn’t YouTube that burnt me out to be honest, just life. My internet connection at the time was painfully slow and it would take anywhere up to 7 hours to upload one video at the time. It was just a lot of effort to get content made and uploaded.

I’m feeling really excited about the idea of coming back to making new YouTube content though, and I am ready for it. I previously was known for making videos in my car, for reasons I never really divulged. You might notice my new videos are really different and that’s quite intentional. A new start of sorts right? ­čÖé

I’ve had to buy a few things in order to get my set up looking alright, don’t expect Michael Bay style productions by any means! I just wanted to at least get the lighting right in my room since my lighting has always been an issue. So I’ve purchased some lighting, tripod and camera equipment to get started, but I am waiting on some super┬áslow shipping to arrive to me which is causing a bit of a hold up. That being said, I am expecting that by this time next weekend it should all be here (fingers crossed for me!) and I should be able to at least get on my way to making a bit of a comeback.

What’s my plan for my channel?

So I still intend on making comic related content. For those of you who have followed me for my comic hauls, reviews, discussions and updates on what I am reading – you can expect this content once more. I also am going to start expanding the scope of my videos and start talking about comic related movies and television shows, comic and nerdy news and more discussions on hot topics in our community as well.

One thing I always┬áloved about making videos was that it wasn’t really just me talking at you. It was you guys commenting right back at me and we could have a discussion. It’s important to me that we continue this in the future.

A new channel?

Yes! Don’t worry, my existing channel will remain! If you’re nerdy and just wanting comic related content, that’s what you need to know. Nothing will change.

BUT, I am going to be creating a second YouTube channel, starting from scratch (I’ll link it to my main account), which will feature vlogs, storytime videos about me and my life, lifestyle videos and health videos as well. Basically, a channel more about myself. I am aware that not everyone wants to see that on my comic channel, and so I’ll upload content to two channels and you can subscribe to both if you want, or just the comic channel – my feelings won’t be hurt if you don’t care about my life, it’s okay! ­čśë

Stay tuned.

I will be making regular posts here, and I’d like to blog content separate to my videos too if I get time. I’ll link my videos here too, you can find out the various ways to contact me if you want to get in touch!

Thanks for your support, I appreciate those of you who have asked me about my videos and when I am coming back. Thanks for your patience… it’ll be real soon.

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Melissa / holybatgirl

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