Lion of the Blogosphere


This is a made-for-Netflix series that’s pretty good considering that it’s based on a comic-book superhero story. But it was not as fun to watch as Dark matter. It has my recommendation.

I suspect the second season won’t be as good, because the story about how the guy becomes Daredevil is probably inherently more interesting than whatever will happen next season.

The weird part of this show is that it’s supposed to take place in “Hell’s Kitchen,” but I live in Hell’s Kitchen and I don’t see anything in there that I recognize. Not just visually, but the very concept of Hell’s Kitchen as a local neighborhood where people have roots, it’s absurd. In reality, the show was mostly filmed in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg areas of Brooklyn.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

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  1. The show’s Hell’s Kitchen if you think to the time the comic was created, which was the late 60’s. I imagine there were still gritty ethnic Irish neighborhoods then. You would have to totally alter the origin story to update it I imagine.

    I thought the show was fantastic. Even though it’s set in the same Marvel Universe as the movies, it’s totally street level and the fight scenes were fantastic. It’s a more grounded take on the superhero concept. He gets injured, a lot, and he’s on his own; he’s not a millionaire with fancy gadgets.

    Set in the same neighborhood, Netflix is releasing Jennifer Jones on the 20th. I’m looking forward to that.

    Mike Street Station

    November 9, 2015 at 10:32 am

    • Most of the people with roots in HK are Puerto Ricans. HK is not that far from the West 60s which is where the West Side Story took place. Otherwise it was a transient neighborhood for show folks, hookers, artists, etc.


      November 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      • Many decades ago. Today it’s a neighborhood for upper-middle-class white people and gays. The far west side still has some industrial type of stuff, but they are steadily being replaced by apartment buildings for rich white people. If you walk all the way to the Hudson River, there’s either a park or cruise ship terminals. None of the ugly industrial waterfront seen in the TV series.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      • The conceit of the show is that in the aftermath of the Avengers movie that area is devastated and becomes tenement housing rather than being repaired. In all fairness alien invasion and conformation as true of an abandoned theology could have all sorts of weird effects.


        November 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  2. An old article written by Warren Buffet that the lion might find interesting:

    This is a choice bit:

    I won’t dwell on other glamorous businesses that dramatically changed our lives but concurrently failed to deliver rewards to U.S. investors: the manufacture of radios and televisions, for example. But I will draw a lesson from these businesses: The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors.


    November 9, 2015 at 10:53 am

    • In other words, it’s monopoly power and not value creation which drives profits. Radio created massive value for society but not much profit for investors because of competition between companies.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

  3. daredevil was very boring, couldn’t get past the first few episodes


    November 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    • do yourself a favor and DO NOT watch Mr. Robot, very boring trite overstylized nonsense, with a cliche plot device


      November 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

  4. OT: I just read on the internet that the figure skater Debi Thomas is broke and living in a bug-infested trailer with her fiancé. Maybe Lion would want to read up on this and post about it. The comments are sure to be interesting. Thomas won an Olympic bronze medal, went to Stanford, and became an orthopedist. But after two divorces and a failed medical practice that she opened in Appalachia she is destitute and trying to raise money on a GoFundMe page and searching for a reality TV show deal. I don’t know the whole story. Obviously she must have mismanaged a lot of money. But it shows that it also “sucks” to be a middle aged, formerly famous and wealthy black woman. And I can already hear JS claiming that Debi’s situation is proof of black people’s low future-time orientation (although the self-discipline needed to become an Olympian and also a doctor would indicate that her future-time orientation is off the charts high – even for a white person)


    November 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    • My guess is drugs, alcohol, mental illness, or some combination of the three. Sometimes it happens to the most accomplished of us, even Olympians and doctors.

      Apparently she has been married to a succession of white men, this latest one the least of them. Bad taste in men can be as bad as bad taste in women for a successful person. Marrying out separates her from her community, her tribe, and makes it much harder to get back on her feet after falling. Like any other group black people help their own. They don’t help their own when they come with a white husband and kids though.

      Big Red

      November 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      • Nevermind, you comment-beat me.


        November 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      • Although I’m not sure if I agree with your second paragraph…


        November 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      • “Bad taste in men can be as bad as bad taste in women”

        I’ve seen each amongst my friends. Anecdotally, bad taste in men seems to do a lot more damage to a woman than bad taste in women does to a man.


        November 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      • “Like any other group black people help their own.”



        November 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    • She obviously has some mental/drug issues that manifested themselves at some point during adulthood.


      November 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  5. OT: After his bizarre claims of violence against friends and family I assume Ben Carson is now de facto out of the race. I mean, we have had a couple of known coke heads at the wheel, but I assume this is too prole even for this great nation. Perhaps it makes for a nice confession at some revival meeting though.

    For instance here, but don’t click gawker yo:

    It’s funny that even the crap media won’t take him seriously. But still, why try to spin that sort of story? Something’s off about this guy.


    November 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    • I predict when the media tries to strike Carson down, it will only make him more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Plus, all of those violent episodes have been part of his story and his followers are all familiar with them.

      Mike Street Station

      November 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      • “I predict when the media tries to strike Carson down, it will only make him more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

        Didn’t Ben Kenobi say something like that to Darth Vader?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      • “Didn’t Ben Kenobi say something like that to Darth Vader?”

        Nothing slips by the Lion.

        Mike Street Station

        November 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      • I’m more thinking of a related figure.

        “I … am your father.” “Nooooooo!”


        “Luke, I … am your father.” “Ben? Noooooo!”


        “Luke, I can reattach that hand too you know.”

        (fade to black)


        November 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm

  6. I just got broadband at home last week. Don’t have cable tv, but am tempted to get Netflix.

    I’m afraid that I’ll get sucked into inescapable viewing binges a la the Battlestar Galactica sketch on Portlandia

    As I get older I find it harder to relate to many of the characterizations and plotting in mass culture.

    My tip for our dear host Monsieur Lion, The Black Mirror by Charlie Brooker

    My favorite episode is even on youtube even!!

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    November 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    • Yes, you might indeed get sucked into binge viewing. There are some really great shows out there which are hard to stop watching because they have arcs that span entire seasons.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      • The late 70s and 80s were periods of dark explicit media. Many sci-fi movies, and shows in general, were as creepy as those labeled as horror.

        Star Trek II was creepy (the scene showing Khan’s parasitic brain worms), and so was Superman III (the scene of the ugly women becoming a freaky robot).

        There were plenty of billboard ads of creepy movies in the NYC’s subway stations during that era, where taking the subway was an edgy moment, besides being afraid of NAMs assaulting you left and right.

        Anyone who lived through the Pre-Guiliani NYC, will tell you that the Big Apple was a scary place, partly because of the dark claustrophobic subway stations, featuring ads of creepy movies on the walls.


        November 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

  7. I watched “Daredevil” and thought it was ok. True enough to the comic. But I’m not that crazy about superhero stuff (though “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a blast). Daredevil was well filmed and atmospheric, which is something.

    As for Hell’s Kitchen, isn’t “Daredevil” the show set in some kind of alt-universe of some kind? Like Gotham rather than New York? (Yeah, I know Gotham is a DC comics thing.)


    November 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  8. Lion, as an ex-lawyer, have you ever seen the absurd big-law lawyer show “Suits”? It’s fun in a stupid way. Though like many TV lawyers, they spend most of their time more like private eyes investigating crimes than doing any lawyering. But it’s reasonable fun if you don’t mind total absurdity. I stuck through two seasons via binge viewing, but then after a gap I realized I didn’t care anymore.


    November 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm

  9. Also worth watching in an election year in the US is “Waldo”

    JS should realize that the species of “Proles” is probably endemic to every place.

    After living for 12+ years in Europe I have to report that there are plenty of prole meatheads in the places where I was. The basest of culture appeals to these. On the other hand my impression was that there might be more genuine “rootedness” to friends and family than in the superficial turbo-capitalism that has eroded tradition and community in the US. Something both the left and right miss about the reasons for this loss is that both sides are to blame for the emptiness, the loss of connections and meaning. The right blames permissiveness and non-judgmentalism. The left blames the cold competition, ambition and materialism. Both are probably right.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    November 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  10. “because the story about how the guy becomes Daredevil is probably inherently more interesting than whatever will happen next season.”


    Lion, you clearly know nothing about Daredevil. DD has an interesting origin but there were tons of storylines that surpassed it. The showrunners have their pick of material.

    Daredevil has never been about becoming a superhero. It’s about making moral choices and the sacrifices necessary to do the right thing. Have you read even a single issue of the comic?

    “The weird part of this show is that it’s supposed to take place in “Hell’s Kitchen,” but I live in Hell’s Kitchen and I don’t see anything in there that I recognize.”

    Are you living in the 1980s? Because that’s when Matt Murdock lived there.

    Anyway, Daredevil’s New York isn’t the real New York, it’s a fantasy version of the city. Locales are chosen to represent various ideas and motifs, not to represent the real locations. Did you think “Dune” was filmed on Arrakis?

    I hate to be a snarky comic book nerd, but this time, Lion, you brought it on yourself.

    Robert the Wise

    November 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    • “Have you read even a single issue of the comic?”

      I’ve never read any comic book.

      “Are you living in the 1980s? Because that’s when Matt Murdock lived there.”

      In the TV series, the year is clearly 2015.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      • Forget the TV show.

        If you want Daredevil you read comics legend Frank Miller’s run from the early 80s. He was basically the Mickey Spillane of comic book writers. Grim n’ gritty pulp crime noir.

        MASSIVELY influential. With this run Miller redefined comics forever, kicked off the 80s/90s ninja craze, and directly inspired the creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Miller also was instrumental in laying the groundwork for making Batman the mega franchise he became in 1989.


        November 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

  11. I have not seen the Netflix Daredevil, but I heard that it tracks the Frank Miller Daredevil comic book that came out in the 1980’s. Frank Miller re-did Daredevil, changing him from a costumed superhero to a noir-like detective story.Very dark and ultra violent.

    Frank Miller’s Daredevil is a celebrated comic book. He later adapted the same technique to Batman called The Dark Knight.


    November 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    • Good serialized comics do not really translate to good live TV. They really are different mediums.


      November 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm

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