Rosario Dawson and Charlie Cox as Claire Temple and Matt Murdock in Daredevil “The Man Inside the Box”

With the cogs in the machinery of this grand conspiracy turning faster than ever, Daredevil manages to make the most out of it’s fantastic ensemble cast to bring the tension to a boil.

Picking up directly from the “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” Mahoney arrives to transport the prisoners of The Hand which Daredevil rescued from Nobu. Their exchange was fantastic, and sent off a lot of “Gordon and Batman” vibes, with Daredevil telling Mahoney exactly how to transport the injured before being told “You know one day Imma tell you how to do your job.” Despite the serious tone of the show, especially approaching the end of the season, there’s still the levity.

With The Punisher back on the loose, it doesn’t take long for bodies to begin dropping. Much of the DA’s sketchy behavior was not only thrown into the spotlight here, but also explained to a degree. She knows she made a bad decision, she knows she’s made mistakes. But with the fear of her daughter’s life on the line, all political pretenses are thrown out the window. And then she was gunned down. The effectiveness in the tension of these shootings is that we never see the other side, we only see the side being fired on. This serves the purpose of leaving it vague as to whether or not it truly is Frank that is gunning these people down, but it also leaves the possiblity open and serves as a callback to the first episode of the season: where men were gunned down by Frank despite us never seeing him. As if he’s a ghost. It’s chillingly effective and with Ellison warning Karen that any good she saw in him “was never there” it creates doubts in the audience as well.

Danny Johnson, Charlie Cox and Vincent D'onofrio as Benjamin Donovon, Matt Murdock "Daredevil," and Wilson Fisk "Kingpin" in "The Man in the Box"
Knowing the rivalry that Wilson Fisk has with the both of Matt’s identities gives this careful conversation incredible tension.

Given that it wasn’t Frank, the question then becomes: who? The easiest conclusion to jump to is that it’s yet another string being pulled from our own Kingpin, as we’ve seen similar things from him before, with the sniping of the two officers in the previous season. I’m less inclined however to believe that it’s Bullseye pulling the shots here, as rampant machine gun fire doesn’t seem his style (despite us never actually having met the man himself on this show.) The sheer dominance that Fisk displays over his prison is astounding, and you truly get the idea that Matt had no idea what he was getting into when he walked in to meet him. Hearing the tenacity in Matt’s calm demeanor, of how he would block Vanessa’s Visa went too far; and it’s clear that whatever happens when Fisk gets out, it will not be good for Matt Murdock.

Then, there’s the matter of Metro General. With The Hand set to lay siege to the hospital I’m left with a few questions: why? If the prisoners who were drained of blood were actually imbued with some sort of supernatural or chemical possession, why not just make them come back to you? What reason is there to send a whole platoon of goons to the hospital to retrieve them? The simplest answer of course is that they don’t plan to retrieve them at all. So then what is their game plan? Foggy getting shot earlier in the episode was a shock, but it makes more sense given that it ensured that Matt would have an additional emotional stake in defending the hospital from the ninja onslaught: saving his friends.

For my review of the previous episode of Daredevil, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” click here.

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