One Last Drink
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
Trust is a fairly difficult thing to build but it almost impossible to repair. Being told that your best friend who is blind is also a masked vigilante is so preposterous that one could never even think for a single second that it is real. Unless they are lying in front of you in a bloody mess. Foggy’s known Matt for years and bonding over such a lengthy period of time inherently created a bond that became quite deep. Nelson v. Murdock, aside from being a clever twist on the name of their law firm that at the end is seemingly disbanded, is an episode that is first and foremost about the relationship between Matt and Foggy. In one sense, they’re two people who couldn’t be more than different than one another. Matt is coming off a of a childhood of tragedy and an adolescence of growing up with the effects of the horrors he’s lived through. Foggy is the carefree, excited college kid who’s enthusiastic about everything that college life has to offer and who ever takes Punjabi because of an attractive girl. And now here they stood, one who so ardently defended the legal way of accomplishing their goals as his best friend lay in front of him as an injured vigilante.
As Foggy deserves and expects, he wants the entire explanation of everything that has happened to Matt from beginning to end with absolutely nothing left out. Matt tells him everything, starting from his vigilante beginning when a child molester wasn’t being properly punished by the law. Throughout Matt’s story, the general feeling of utter disbelief is understandably pretty strong from Foggy’s point of view. The episode’s flashbacks scenes to Matt and Foggy back in college work tremendously well in this regard, stitching together just how united they were in their past and how fractured they were in the present. As their internship is coming to an end, Foggy gets the news that they were going to be the recipients of a potentially lucrative job and he can barely contain his excitement. It’s hard not to see why he would be so excited – the prospect of money is beyond tantalizing to any graduate.
But Matt has reservations, especially after sitting through a board room meeting where an ordinary man who was already sick was being squeezed out of every last drop of blood and more by corporations who couldn’t give less of a damn if he lives or dies. He implores Foggy that they don’t want to work for a company like that. When Foggy brings up the idea that they work there for ten years and then leave to pursue their more progressive agenda, Matt makes the point of how unlikely they were to leave those comforts at that stage. What was far more likely was the two of them becoming nothing but cogs in the corporate-protection machine. Foggy gives him that trademark expression of exasperation and admiration, packing plenty of bagels in his bag as they head off to their new adventure. It takes a great deal of trust to do something like that, to risk your entire future. And now that trust lies fractured, Foggy having abandoned the office the two had opened with such enthusiasm out of heartbreak.
Ben’s wife Doris gets her first dialogue in this episode, her quiet demeanor suggesting that she understands perfectly that the hospital extension Ben had been chasing for so long simply isn’t going to happen. When he was talking to Doris, she recalls his charged days of old, noting that being a journalist wasn’t simply a job – it was who he was. Still, Ben begins to back off with Doris on his mind, sure that he can no longer continue investigating Union Allied after that blow. But Karen pulls a trick and takes him to what looks to be a fairly opulent nursing home. There she knocks suspiciously on a door as if she knows who is sitting inside and who would it be but Wilson’s mother. She notes how he’s a good boy and that he comes to see her every weekend, how he still felt guilty after all these years even though it wasn’t any of his fault. Karen and Ben listen rapturously, pure shock reflected in their faces as they realize the meaning of her words.
The finals sequence was a gob smacker, mostly because you wouldn’t expect anything like this although once it does happen, the choices for prime suspect dwindle appropriately. The climax of the hour opens upon a gorgeous fundraiser with equivalently wealthy denizens who simply are struck by Wilson’s seeming authenticity and his passion to save the soul of the city he loved so much. Wilson makes a beautiful speech about preserving the city that sounds like something that came right out of a politician’s playbook. A Senator even suggests as much, an instantaneous marker of dialogue that posits him towards his true place within the fundraising circle and reminding the audience (as if we necessarily needed reminding) of where the real power lies in our political structure. Suddenly guests begin to fall, foaming at the mouth from poisoned champagne. If only Vanessa didn’t need a drink.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+“I just lied to somebody I care about.”
+“No translators or pretenses.”
+“How long before your ambition turns to me?”
+“You listened to hear heartbeat without her permission?”
+“Nelson and Murdock. Sounds better.”
+“Change is inevitable.”
+“Sometimes the law isn’t enough.”
+“I don’t want to stop.”
+Foggy wanting to know if Matt had ever thought of how his activities would affect him and Karen
+“This city needs me in that mask, Foggy.”
Title: Nelson v. Murdock
Written By: Luke Kalteux
Directed By: Farren Blackburn
Image Courtesy: The Work Print