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Recap / Daredevil S1 E5 "World on Fire"

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"World on Fire" is the fifth episode of Marvel's Daredevil.

Matt hunts for the Russians, unaware that he's been framed for the murder of Anatoly. While Fisk profits from the situation, he continues romancing Vanessa.


  • Accidental Murder: The Russian goons manage to accidentally hit the mule in the backseat of the taxi while shooting at Matt.
  • And This Is for...: While whaling on Vladimir, Matt states "This is for Claire". Just before he can land the next punch, however, the police arrive.
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  • Batman Gambit: Fisk manipulates Vladimir into massing his forces in a few convenient locations where they can be taken out.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Despite Karen's claims that she only speaks Spanish at a high-school level, Deborah Ann Woll's command of it is quite impressive, using a vocabulary beyond what most high school classes would teach. Conversely, Charlie Cox's rapid-fire Spanish isn't actually that good.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Blake shoots Piotr in the head.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Foggy and Karen go to Landman & Zack to get information for their client, a friend of Brett Mahoney's mother involved in a tenancy dispute. Karen's first remark on entering the lobby:
    Karen Page: Feels like a place in a movie where you'd buy a clone. Or maybe a robot baby. Or the clone of a robot baby.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Detective Blake sarcastically refers to Wilson Fisk as King freakin' Kong. Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue) plays the titular character (as well as the team chef) in the 2005 remake, while Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Brie Larson (Carol Danvers), Shea Whigham (Roger Dooley), John C. Reilly (Rhomann Dey), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) star in the 2017 reboot Kong: Skull Island.
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  • Dirty Cop: Blake and Hoffman are now firmly established as these, killing Piotr in the interrogation room for saying Wilson Fisk's name.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "World on Fire" refers to how Matt perceives his surroundings with his super-senses, and the fate of the Russian hideouts in Hell's Kitchen.
  • Gainaxing: There are a few closeup shots that focus on Vanessa's cleavage.
  • Gorn: As if to make up for not showing Anatoly's beheading in detail in the previous episode, now we get some shots of bits of bone and goop being sprayed with a fire hose off the car's step and of Anatoly's headless body.
  • He Knows Too Much: Piotr is in the interrogation room being grilled by Blake and Hoffman, and he tells them Fisk's name, and wants to tell them everything he knows in exchange for a plea deal. A big mistake for him to make, because Blake and Hoffman are in Fisk's pocket.
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  • Hollywood Law: Justified. Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman, two corrupt cops working for Fisk, shoot and kill a Russian thug in a precinct interrogation room for speaking Fisk's name. If it weren't for the fact that Fisk has the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau in his pocket, Blake and Hoffman would have been placed on modified assignment and administrative leave while an investigation was conducted into their actions. Because of Fisk's connections, Blake and Hoffman remain on active-duty, allowing them to participate with the other corrupt cops to kill the survivors of Fisk's bombings of the Russians' hideouts. It's lampshaded by Ben Urich when he sees Blake and Hoffman assuming command of the scene where Matt has holed up with Vladimir and a police officer who stumbled upon them, and comments "Detectives! I'd thought IAB would have you riding a desk after that thing with the Russians at the station", to which Blake says "You see what's going on here? No one's riding a desk tonight."
  • Hopeless with Tech: All of the office technology is acting up. Karen can't get the fax machine she got at the auction to work, and rats have apparently chewed through the phone lines.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Fisk is telling the other crime lords that he killed Anatoly over a personal matter, and then says that they'll be eliminating the rest of the Russians to keep Vladimir from retaliating:
    Wilson Fisk: We all knew that we would need to eliminate the Russians one day. They were too unpredictable.
    Leland Owlsley: This from a guy taking heads off with a car door.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Fisk decides to take care of two problems by framing the Devil for Anatoly's death. He doesn't really intend either to eliminate the other, though. He just wants the Russians distracted while he takes care of them.
  • Manly Tears: Vladimir, on seeing Anatoly's headless body.
  • Meaningful Background Event: At the precinct, you can notice behind Matt a poster saying "You don't have to reveal your identity to solve violent crime."
  • Mythology Gag: Vanessa tells Fisk a story of how a prince dressed in all white with an ascot tried to seduce her. Fisk comments that his attire was a bit much. This was almost always Fisk's attire in the comics.
  • Nominal Importance: Repeatedly invoked for Elena Cardenas. Foggy, Karen and Matt repeatedly refer to her by name, of course, and Foggy insists on it when dealing with Marci.
  • Oh, Crap!: Piotr's face when he realizes that the police detectives he just told Fisk's name to are in fact on Fisk's payroll, and are fully intent on killing him for doing so.
  • The Oner: The cab scene.
  • Orbital Shot: The camera does several 360 turns on an orbital rig while inside the cab.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • For a given value of "stupid." Vanessa can pretend like she doesn't know what Wilson does, but she knows. She understands very much. And when he tells her why the buildings on fire have been removed from the city, all she can say is, "...Good."
    • Wesley asks Vladimir the whereabouts of Anatoly and pretends that he wasn't there when Fisk killed him.
  • Police Brutality: Detectives Blake and Hoffman murder Piotr in their interrogation room for giving up Fisk's name.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Marci tries to condescendingly convince Foggy to drop his current case, where Mrs. Cardenas is worried about her and several others being evicted from their building. Foggy responds accordingly:
    Foggy Nelson: Marci? [sighs] Convincing my client to agree to your terms? That's your job, and I'm not going to do it for you. See, you think there are only two options: These tenants take the payout and leave, or leave without taking it. But given how long they've put up with Tully's bullshit, I think you're actually afraid that Mrs. Cardenas and her neighbors will find a way to eke by. And short of physically and very illegally forcing tenants from their rent-controlled homes, Armand Tully loses his condos. Your firm loses Tully. And that's very bad for business. You want me and my client to think that you're doing us a favor, that we have no leverage. When really, we have all of it. So you're gonna see us in court where I will absolutely dismantle you, from the top of your salon blowout to the bottom of your overpriced pumps. [Karen grins]
    Marci Stahl: [pause] You would've killed it here, Foggy Bear. You never should have left.
    Foggy Nelson: You never should have signed on, Marce. You were really something, back in the day. When you had a soul.
    [he and Karen walk away]
  • Shipper on Deck: Mrs. Cardenas, for Karen and Foggy.
  • Translation: "Yes": During an underground meeting, Madame Gao laughs and says a long string of untranslated Chinese on seeing Fisk. Wesley just says she's happy to see him.
  • Tactful Translation: Moments later, Fisk informs the other crime lords that he killed Anatoly:
    Madame Gao: [Speaks angrily in Mandarin]
    James Wesley: She's upset that they weren't consulted.
    Nobu: [angrily swears in Japanese]
    James Wesley: ...He isn't happy either.
    Leland Owlsley: Deal me in on that!
  • Villains Out Shopping: Or rather, out dining. The second dinner date for Fisk and Vanessa goes much better, explosive demolition of several buildings notwithstanding.
  • Wham Episode: Not for nothing was this the final episode pre-released to critics, with Fisk blowing up the Russians' operation while Matt gets caught by the cops.
  • Wham Line: "What kind of gun do you have in your purse?"


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