Daredevil Re-Watch: The Ones We Leave Behind

The Netflix series The Defenders premieres August 18.  As preparation, I’m re-watching all the Netflix shows set in the MCU. First up is season one of Daredevil. Below are 10 thoughts I had while watching episode twelve, “The Ones We Leave Behind.” Spoilers for the entire MCU, but for this episode in particular.

Karen Page in The Ones We Leave Behind

  1. Of course Karen tosses the gun in the Hudson River. If TV is to be believed, the bottom of the Hudson is littered with nothing but murder weapons and dead bodies.
  2. The first time I watched this, Karen’s dream sequence scared the Hell out of me. I honestly believed Fisk had broken in her apartment in order to kill her.
  3. Vanessa is an idiot. She knows about the horrible things Fisk does and she’s been poisoned because of her relationship with him, yet she still stays with him.
  4. I love that Madame Gao’s heroin is called Steel Serpent. Nice reference to the villain from Iron Fist and possible foreshadowing to a connection between him and Madame Gao.
  5. I feel sorry for Marlene. It’s bad enough that she has some form of dementia, but now she’s being forced to move to another country where she doesn’t speak the language or know anyone.
  6. Madame Gao is so cruel to make her employees blind themselves in exchange for a job. Brilliant, but cruel.
  7. Matt is lucky it was Mahoney who found him and not one of the cops on Fisk’s payroll, otherwise they probably would have shot him and been done with it.
  8. Was anybody really surprised that Owlsley was involved in the mass poisoning? I sure wasn’t, and these shows shock me all the time.
  9. I feel so much for Matt. Here he is, someone who would give anything to see again, and he’s just been confronted with a room full of people who willingly blinded themselves.
  10. Poor Ben. I’d been hoping he’d make it through to the end. He was a good reporter and a good husband.


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