Matt, it’s dark in here. LOL, just kidding, I’m blind.
This may not be my favorite episode, but it’s fighting for the title. “Guilty as Sin” had equal parts diverse, intense action sequences, escalating character drama, and a comfortably twisted ending. These episodes are known to fluent Netflixers as “Binge-Watching Enablers,” they obligate we click “Continue Watching” when prompted at 2 AM.
Remember when I said things always get worse before they get better? Add to it, don’t forget they kick you when you’re down, a theme sold on me for its attention in the details of episode eight. A perfect example are the ninjas of The Hand, invisible to Daredevil. This guy can hear a mouse fart nine blocks east and this pack of heartless (pun intended) assassins are able to get the drop on him! Throughout the episode, you can barely hear their movements when giving chase to DD, the always badass Stick, played by Scott Glenn (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE LEFTOVERS) and a critically wounded Elektra, as they serpentine their way to safety in a vintage Chevrolet. The stealth movement element gives further credit to the show’s ability to immerse the audience into Matt Murdock’s sensorial perspective. Did anyone else see Stick’s badass, no-look, crossbow skills?
The drama feels came rolling back when Frank Castle’s legal team not only closed the gap on Reyes’ team, but inched into a lead thanks to a stellar character review from Castle’s former commanding officer, and one doctor’s description of the mental trauma Castle perpetually relives. Not even the dissolving bonds of friendship falter the office of Nelson & Murdock, nor the utterly shaky romance of Karen Page. Speaking of which, you may want to hold the cheers for little victories, because the writing staff of this show is composed of cruel people.
That light at the end of the tunnel? Turns out its the 3:15 train from ACME Ton-o-Bricks. Somehow, someone finds out Frank Castle’s currency and bribes him hard enough to address the court with a viciously out of character monologue, basically setting fire to his own defense and sealing his fate. Adding insult to injury, the outburst is wholly blamed on Matt Murdock and his sparse contributions to the case. Swiftly following is a frigid breakup by Karen to Matt, cold enough to douse the poor guy with a tall bucket of “you wanted to be a superhero” juice.
How could it get any worse? Great question. How about Matt Murdock, injured, possibly poisoned, covered in red-spray, kneeling next to a dead apparently-underage ninja, laying in all puddle of all his blood, in the middle of Murdock’s living room? Not enough? How about two massive character shifts from Elektra and a bucketload of questions to go with it? Now we’re talking.
My favor to “Guilty as Sin” didn’t fully solidify until the ending, though. Frank’s sudden character shift and resulting incarceration comes full circle with a big house, bigtop reveal. I’ll give you a hint, he’s bald, it's possible he weighs half a ton, and he needs a throat lozenge.