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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 8 E 6

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Release: March 17, 2015

Film: Daredevil

Tagline: This guy’s gonna play Batman?

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  • Absentee Actor: Malcolm doesn't appear in the review, and is replaced by the returning Orlando Belisle, Jr.note 
  • Actor Allusion: Invoked by the Critic, who acknowledges Ben Affleck as the new Bruce Wayne (Batman) for 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • When Jon Favreau appears as Foggy Nelson, the Critic states that he's "Taking notes on how not to direct a superhero movie".
  • Darker and Edgier: The Critic brings up how comic book movies in the early 2000s went for this tone to avoid being seen as childish, and that while some movies handled it well, others like Daredevil came across as mopy and repetitive.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Invoked by The Critic, who says that Daredevil letting Kingpin get arrested isn't really justice being served, since Kingpin himself mentions how faulty the justice system is and that he'll eventually get out.
  • Hurting Hero: Orlando plays the part of The Angst. The embodiment of every late '90s/early 2000s hero movie cliché about heroes having to be dark and troubled.
  • Missing Mom: When the Critic suggests that the mom could be part of the reason why Angstine learned martial arts, she and the Angst laugh and said moms have to either be picking flowers or dead.
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  • Morton's Fork: NC invokes this during Matt and Elektra's fight in the park by saying there's no way she comes out looking good in this scene. If she wins, she's beaten up a blind man; if she loses, she got beaten up by a blind man.
  • Rule of Three: NC parodies the dead parent trope by listing off three other protagonists who also lost their parents before just saying, "screw it".
  • Running Gag: Copious amounts of Irish references are made whenever Colin Farrell's portrayal of Bullseye is on screen, due to the St. Patrick's Day release.
  • Shout-Out: NC's response to Daredevil saying "Justice is served" is "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
  • Single Tear: The Angst and Angstine go into this in between commercial breaks.
  • The Bus Came Back: This episode marks Orlando's return after a long hiatus ever since 2013's review of The Cat in the Hat
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  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: NC can accept a blind superhero, but he doesn't believe in a lawyer who only takes innocent clients and considers it cut from that point on.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: NC wonders who would name their child "Elektra Natchios".


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