Writer: Drew Goddard
Director: Phil Abraham
Horn Head allows himself to be a bit of a hot head and in doing so finds himself seriously injured and in need of medical assistance. When he’s fished out of a dumpster by Claire (Rosario Dawson), he finds himself an unexpected ally.
There’s a rule of thumb in the action genre that states “the smaller the story, the bigger the drama”. Goddard’s script for Daredevil 1.02 takes the sizeable city story and boils it down (for the most part) to two people in an apartment vs. two people in a house; albeit in flashback form. “The thing about red, is that they can’t tell how much you’re bleeding” –Jack Murdock has told his son this on several occasions. It’s why he boxes in red (having retconned the yellow origin outfit). Battlin’ Jack’s win-loss record has more in the L column than the W, it makes the use of the colour red as an animalistic survival mechanism. It’s his camouflage and one that his son will embrace; though not yet.
For now, Matt is bleeding (badly) on Claire’s couch. The camera work is still, close-up, it’s almost claustrophobic and with the heavy-lined shadows framing the corners of the apartments signifies that in Hell’s Kitchen, one is not safe… not even in their own apartment. He shouldn’t be alive, but he can take a punch. All the Murdock men can take a punch.
Offered the fight of a lifetime by Mr. Sweeney, Battlin’ Jack is less than keen on taking a dive in order to collect his payday but is willing to do it, as his recently blinded child requires “help”, which costs money. Begrudgingly he takes it, though at the last minute changes his mind on the outcome of the bout. Murdock knows he can beat Creel. He bets his entire payday on it (instructing his bookie to pay it into a Credit Union account in Matt’s name). If Sweeney is fixing Jack’s fight to put Creel in line for a title fight then he’s fixing the title fight too, as Jack is certain of his ability to win (even with his loss record). Though a degree of pride comes into the decision to win, for the most part it is sacrifice. Jack goes into the bout knowing that a win will cost him his life. Jack winning, dying, and paying out in Matt’s name gifts his son with more money in his name than Jack could provide cleanly. It is this heroism, this self-sacrifice that runs in the Murdock DNA. The Murdock men often do the right thing rather than the smart thing; with pragmatism all too often considered a weakness (for Matt to survive this will need to be resolved).