Score of the Week: Daredevil Season One

In anticipation of the release of the Daredevil Season 2 score, I revisited Season 1 and grabbed a few more of my favorites to regale you all with. Now, before I get into the score, I just want to talk about the show from my viewing experience. I’m sure there are those of you that remember that this hasn’t been the first time that studios have tried to bring Daredevil to life on screen.

There have been two “successful” attempts, before the Netflix series arrived, and one attempt that didn’t even see the light of day. The one I am talking about is, obviously, The Trial of The Incredible Hulk! No, I’m just joshin’ ya (although Daredevil’s costume in that movie bares a remarkable resemblance to the suit he starts with in the Netflix series [Editor’s Note: Both costumes may be based on Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s design from Daredevil: The Man Without Fear]). But the movie that has been seen as just plain awful is the 2003 Daredevil film starring Ben Affleck. That movie left a bad taste in people’s mouth for quite sometime, myself included. So when I heard that they were going to be doing a new Daredevil, “skeptical” would have been a fair word to describe my knee jerk reaction. Once it came out though, I was singing a whole new tune for the character. The show was well written and had enough action and fights that I was never bored. I binge watched that bad boy in two days.  One of the biggest selling points in the show was the scoring. It set the mood perfectly and now I get to share a couple of my favorites with you lovelies! (That’s you reader. You are the lovelies.) So let’s jump onto the streets of Hell’s Kitchen and get into it!

Wilson Fisk

This track is a slow going one, sure, a bit unassuming at first, but then the music picks up in tempo and danger. Much like one Wilson Fisk, some would say. Some would be me. I would say that.

Battlin’ Jack Murdock

The song of the underdog. This track is really something to me. It begins very understated, quiet and unassuming, then the strings come into play, bringing up not only the feel of the song, but the volume as well. This track is very much like the boxing career of Battlin’ Jack “It ain’t how you hit the mat, it’s how you get up.”

Hallway Fight

Coolest fight scene in the show? Yes. The answer you are looking for is “yes.” This track only added to the sheer level of awesome that was exuding from the screen. The piano variation of Daredevil’s main theme at the end is my favorite part of the track.

Man of Ill Intent

The beginning of this track is really lovely. In the show, this plays just as Fisk is being driven away to prison. It has that sense of rest, like all of the hard work that Murdock and Nelson had done was finally over and they could take a well deserved break. Just as it feels all is right, something goes wrong, and the music pairs with it, bringing back the feeling of dread and worry.

Main Title

I really did want to talk about this track because I think I became somewhat obsessed with the theme song for this show. It fits the tone of the show perfectly. For me, the piano is the selling point in this. I have listened to multiple versions of it: acappella, dubstep (I know, weird right?) and even an 8-bit version, and no matter what the format, it still gives me goosebumps.


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