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Daredevil Episode 4 Review: The date ends "In the Blood"

As I sit here about to watch Episode Four, I truly have no idea where this is going. Obviously, Murdock/Daredevil (DD) is lining himself up directly at Wilson Fisk, but "The Kingpin" is an unknown right now.

Obviously, he's the head of the Crime Syndicate in Hell's Kitchen. Wesley, Owlsley, the Russian Mobsters, and really, every criminal in the story is somehow working for Fisk, but how is our protagonist going to meet up with our antagonist, face-to-face? Better yet, which version of our protagonist will it be first?

Will it be Matt Murdock, the lawyer who actually worked for Fisk in Episode Three, or will it be DD, who force Healy to give up Fisk's name, and then killed himself because of it.

Better yet...then what?

Where's this Page/Ulrich storyline going? The one major loophole that I'm seeing right now is that if Page didn't sign a new confidentiality agreement with whatever UAC turned into, shouldn't they be going after her in court...or possibly, outside of it?

I feel like the first arc of this series is over. We were given the origin stories of both Murdock/Daredevil. Are we about to get Kingpin's?

I don't know, but it does feel like this ride is just getting started. Yes...there are Spoilers on their way for Episode Four:

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"Apply enough pressure, someone will break...sooner or later."
I have no words for this episode.

We met Wilson Fisk at the end of Episode Three, and it no doubt left many surprised. Fisk, standing in black, and clearly at the center of a growing destructive crime syndicate, seemed vulnerable and alone.

Was it because of Vanessa?

Was it because he can't "come out of hiding as a Crime Lord?

Did he have a rough life in Hell's Kitchen?

Seriously, all of these questions seem idiotic when discussing the major bad guy in all the Daredevil comics, yet in two scenes, Vincent D'Onofrio pulls it off. While his character isn't Tony Soprano, there's a similar vulnerability. Where Tony was vulnerable with regards to his family (in most cases), it appears as though Fisk's only vulnerability, up to this point, is Vanessa.

There's no background here, but throughout the first 40 minutes of Episode Four, D'Onofrio's Fisk is, dare I say it, awkward? He asks Vanessa on a date, and through dare I say it, honestly, she says yes. More than once, he explains to her that he "doesn't do this much," and it's totally believable. My take on all this was that Fisk was going to be refined a bit, and out in the open. I sorta thought they were going to play this as Fisk being the savior of Hell's Kitchen, with Daredevil trying to prove them wrong.

That may still happen, but right now, they're playing Fisk like an awkward, shy person in public situations, but a brutal menace in the dark corners.

I'll get to that in a minute.

Here's Fisk, learning about art, not knowing anything about wine, and without even a blip on the internet radar. He's mysterious, socially awkward, and what appears to be a sociopath.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Murdock/Claire dynamics at work, as this show is clearly working on the parallels between D'Onofio's Fisk, and Cox's Daredevil/Murdock. The episode begins with DD throwing another Russian out a window prior to the opening credits, and then finding himself at the apartment that Claire's cat-sitting at, getting sewn up.

Without getting too much into the monotony of the plot, this show is more about the Russians part in all this, then anything else, and Fisk is applying pressure to the Russians to find Daredevil and take care of him.

They aren't successful.

Claire gets kidnapped, and in one of my favorite scenes up to this point, Murdock takes off to save her while dressed in his business suit, seconds after leaving Foggy's side. It says a lot about Cox that I was surprised at how quickly a blind man could maneuver, even with super senses. He parkours up a wall to her apartment, and she's gone.

He hears that it's the Russians using, again, his hypersenses, finds Santino, who was beat to give up Claire in the first place, and finds out the name of the cab company in which the Russians own. They had thrown Claire into the trunk, and taken her back to the cab headquarters.

This is when we see Daredevil start to come into his own.

The Russians are torturing her with a bat, when the lights go out. This is the Daredevil from the comics. When it's all said and done, the Russians are laid to waste, but Claire uses the bat they used, and takes the last shot. Their final scene together in this episode has Murdock finally telling her his real name, and they share a moment.

It's interesting that they are building these two into a relationship. This isn't something out of the comic books, as Claire's character is actually a love interest of Luke Cage, which as most of you know if you are reading this, is another Netflix series coming in 2016. The fact that we're likely to get more of these characters throughout all four remaining series.

Karen and Ben have a small part in all of this as well, as she continues to search for facts on who is at the center of this. While Ben looked to be OUT of the picture in Episode Three, he clearly wasn't, and both are hunting for the roots of Wilson Fisk.

Foggy though, was a small part, and I really am fearing that the Tour de Force of all these major characters are going to leave him in the dust, and not push the envelope of Foggy and Karen.

Of course, if you read the comic book, Foggy is a character that they have to almost force themselves to use. It's likely my only fault with the show up to this point.

Now, we're only four in, and rumor has it that it only gets better.

Which leads me to the last scene once a gain. I've mentioned Tony Soprano a few times, and this is why. One of the Russian brothers (Anatoly) finds out that Fisk is "out of hiding," and he goes to Fisk to beg for help. For the record, the crazy Russian brother (Vladimir) stays home, which is going to lead to some fun down the road.

Anatoly interrupts Fisk's dinner with Vanessa.

Well, not the right move. As Wesley takes him to the car, and they drive away, Wesley takes a phone call and says, "passenger side." Just as I put it together that Anatoly was sitting on the passenger side, the door opens, and a Fisk in fury pulls out the Russian mobster, and just buries him.

Fisk ultimately sets the beaten down Russian on the ground with his head in the door, and slams it on his head 22 times. Let me say that again, he slams his head...22 times...and we aren't talking about one handed slams here. We're talking about a 6'4" man, two-handing a door onto a guys head.

It was a scene that screamed of Tony beating up Coco Cogliano in The Sopranos...except Fisk didn't stop until he beheaded Anatoly.

Who figured Daredevil would be more Sopranos than Spiderman...

Onto the fifth...and we're heading for WAR.

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