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DareDevil ‘Kinbaku’ Recap/Review

Last episode left us off
with a cliff-hanger that gave us our first
look at DareDevil’s ex-
girlfriend, Elektra. Elodie Yung joins the
cast as the
legendary heroine and I think she absolutely nailed
it!

Within the first
few minutes
we learn that Matt met Elektra 10 years ago at a high-class cocktail
party
that he and Foggy crashed. Elektra
pretended to be Matt’s date in order
to prevent security from tossing him
out of the party,
literally.

Fast
forward to the future, and Elektra tells Matt that
she needs his help. Before

Elektra’s father passed away, he had business with the Roxxon Corporation.
They
had their fingers in
everything from energy and macaroni and cheese to child
labor and slave
trade. Due to her father’s
‘diverse’ investments, Roxxon
holds most of his wealth. Elektra wants
Matthew to hire Matt as her lawyer
and
come to the legal meeting with her. Matt turns down her offer, despite
her many
attempt to sway him,
including bringing up their ‘fun’ romantic
history.

The next
morning Karen, Matt and Foggy conviene
in their law
office to discuss the future of their law firm and attempt to
figure out a way
to get real
clients. Karen asks them to halt their discussion, and she brings up
she has
discovered discrepancies in all
the news reports about The Punisher,
including the D.A’s statement on him.
She points out that they are
labeling him
as a murderous psychopath, and they have left out his entire
military history
and family
life. She confesses that she went to Frank’s old home, and took a
picture
of him and his family from the
house. Foggy gets frustrated that Karen
still cares about The Punisher so
much, and walks off into his
private office.
Matt and Karen share a cute, awkward moment about their kiss
the previous night
and their
upcoming date.

Foggy walks back in the room, saying that the
bank
just called him and gave him news
that Nelson and Murdock received a huge
deposit. Matt appears frustrated and
tells Foggy not to spend any of
the money;
saying that it’s a potential client’s money and it may not work
out. Matt
knows that it was
Elektra, but he withholds the information from
Foggy.

In another
flashback sequence Matt and Elektra
continue their
conversation at the party, and sparks fly. They connect after
sharing brief
moments of
each other’s lives. They leave the party together, and drive off in

Elektra’s car.

The A.D.A meets
with Foggy, telling him he wants all the
files, information and recordings
that Nelson and Murdock have on
Grotto’s
case. After a brief, civil exchanging of somewhat hostile words,
Foggy tells
A.D.A Tower that
he will gladly give him the files if he comes back with a court
order. This
news is extremely displeasing to
the A.D.A, hinting that since he is
extremely hesitant to go the proper
legal route about gaining the files,
there
is something dirty going on in the D.A’s office. He’s clearly aware
of the
fact that Foggy
handing over confidential files without a court order could
disbar Foggy,
but he doesn’t seem to care all
that much. Way to stick to your
guns, Foggy!

In another flashback
scene, Elektra and Matt break into

Matt’s father’s old boxing ring. Matt discloses the death of his father,
and
how it changed him.
Elektra listens intently, curious as to why Matt never
continued the search
for the man who killed his
father. They then wind up making
love on the floor of the boxing ring, in a
very intense love
scene.

Matt
goes and eavesdrops on Elektra’s conversation with the
board members about the
faults
in Roxxon Corporations business. The meeting includes a member on behalf
of
the Japanese arm. (Hmm). Elektra
uses her pen as to activate as a jamming
device, to hack into the Roxxon
Corporation’s board members
servers. The board
members all get phone calls from their various
assistants, informing them that
their
servers have been hacked. One of the members states: ‘But I’m more

concerned about what information
they can pull from Roxxon’s system when it’s
offline’

The
board members then ask Elektra if
they can reconvene
at another time.

While Matt is spying on Elektra,
Karen heads the The

Bulletin to ask the chief if she can go look into his old files and

records, to see if she can use
the old media files to dig up any more backstory
to The Punisher. She has a
strong feeling that the D.A is
covering something up,
and she wants to find out the truth. Her question
being; Why are the media and
the
D.A so set on making sure that The Punisher is labeled as a

monster, with no evidence of him
ever being a good man? (Including the fact that
they excluded that he was a
decorated marine and a loving
father and
husband).

Foggy meets up with his ex-lover, Marci, at
Josie’s. Foggy
expresses his
concerns about how he feels as though the D.A is doubling down on
Nelson and
Murdock since he called her
bluff on The Punisher case. Marci
confesses that she has learned that D.A
Reyes has her eye on the mayors
office,
and she plans on using The Punisher’s conviction as a building
platform. I
LOVED the Jessica
Jones reference that Darci stated about the growing
‘vigilante’ problem in
Hell’s Kitchen: “One in our
office is already
under serious scrutiny, lady by the name of Jessica
Jones.”

Karen
discovers
a news article that was published years ago, and she recognizes a
photo in
one of the articles. The article
contains a photo of the crime scene of
a murder (suspected to be the Castle
murders) and the carousel that is
in the
photo from the article is the exact same one as in photo that Karen
took from
The Punisher’s
house. The article was published exactly around the time that
Frank’s
family was killed.

Marvel's 
DareDevil
Marvel’s

DareDevil

Karen and Matt have their first date. While Karen

goes to the bathroom, a
waiter approaches Matt with the restaurant phone saying
that he has a call.
It’s Elektra, and she even makes
a comment about she hopes
she is not interrupting his date. After she hangs
up the phone, Matt finds Karen

and tells her that he doesn’t really like the place and he asks if they can
go
somewhere else. Karen
tells him she knows somewhere else they can go. Instead of
a fine and dine
night at an exquisite restaurant,
they go to a much more laid-
back restaurant and have an amazing time… with
no interruptions from Elektra.

After the date, Matt tells Karen that he doesn’t want to ruin a perfect
night
by taking it too far with
her. He kisses her sweetly and they say their
goodnights.

In the
final flashback sequence, Elektra and
Matt break into
a chateau. Elektra lies and tells Matt it belongs to an
associate of her
father’s. Matt
hears someone enter the house while they are in the kitchen.
Elektra tells
Matt she will handle it. After
hearing some commotion, Matt rushes
to her aid and he discovers that the
house belongs to Roscoe Sweeney, the
man
who ordered the hit on Matt’s father.

Elektra ties him to the
chair, and
tells Matt to ‘give
it to him’. Matt roughs and bloodies Roscoe up, but then
stops. Elektra
begs him to finish the job, even
handing him a knife. She tries
to use their ‘love’ for each other as a
motivation for Matt to kill Roscoe,

saying that ‘they can do anything together’. Matt drops the knife, and
tells
her that he can’t do it.
He grabs the phone to call the police, choosing
instead to turn Roscoe over
to the police rather than have a
murder on his
hands. While Matt is on the phone, Elektra flees into the
night.

The
final minutes
of DareDevil were the perfect cliffhanger that I was looking for,
and after
these concluding words, I will be
grabbing my popcorn and going
directly for the next episode!

Matt
meets Elektra in her penthouse, and

asks her why she took him to that mansion years ago and attempted to get him
to
kill Roscoe Sweeney.
Elektra says that she always saw this darkness inside of
Matt, and that is
why she loved him; why they loved
each other. Before Matt can
fully retaliate a response, a bunch of shouting
voices are heard. Elektra tells

Matt that is probably the Yakuza. She confesses to Matt that earlier today
at
the Yakatomi Building that
she infiltrated Asano, the Japanese branch of Roxxon
and she planted a bug
to crash their system.

Matt
attempts to leave, but
Elektra opens up a large duffel bag, revealing
Matt’s DareDevil costume. The

camera turns to Elektra’s face, as she smirks and pulls her modification of
a
mask over her
face.

Marvel's DareDevil

Marvel’s

DareDevil

 

 

A Few

Thoughts…

As much
as I love Jon Bernthal and The Punisher
storyline itself, it was nice to see
a change of pace with this
episode. You
know, save some of the mystery for later episodes,
yeah?

So far, I’m
quite intrigued
by the character of Elektra. She’s witty, sexy, intelligent and
pretty
resourceful. I’m sure that she will
be growing on me in the next few
episodes; I cannot wait to see her have
some action-packed
scenes!

The
Jessica Jones reference was probably my favorite part of
this episode. I love
how
Marvel plants Easter Eggs in all of their movies and tv shows that tie into

other movies and tv shows in the
Marvel universe.

I thought the scenes
with Karen and Matt were
absolutely beautiful. The actors have
amazing on screen
chemistry and they absolutely make the pairing work. I
also admire the snarky
chemistry
between Foggy and Marci. She’s a character that as much as you want
to hate
how cocky she is, you can’t
help but love her. I have enjoyed seeing
some of these older season one
characters again. It really does add
something to
the show!

Overall, I think Kinbaku was a great episode.
I loved how we
were able to
see some closure on Matt’s end with the flashbacks when he was
faced with
his father’s killer. Absolutely
awesome, and I hope we get to see
some more flashbacks.

Also, the
Yakuza are back! With the Yakuza

returning and the Kitchen Irish attempting to run Hell’s Kitchen, be
prepared
for A LOT more action,
fighting sequences and more ‘Devil’ time! I cannot wait
to see how the
return of the Yakuza will change
this tide!

Time to grab
the popcorn and move onto episode 6!

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