Imagine saving an old man from being hit by a truck, and being rewarded with blindness. Imagine encouraging your father to win a boxing match that some very bad people tell him to lose, and it gets him murdered. Imagine going out every night trying to make your city a better place, and coming back home with scars and bruises.
That, and more, is what Matt Murdock has done for Hell's Kitchen, New York City in the Netflix original series Daredevil.
Symbolism plays a strong role in the show. Matt represents both the sword and the scale sides of justice (which is also blind, as it shows in the intro sequence) as vigilante Daredevil and defense attorney Matt Murdock, respectively. The show also has lots of biblical references and allegories, as the title character is known for his Catholic morals and beliefs.
But where the show really shines are in its fight sequences like the infamous hallway scene in every season, its characters and their relationships with one another. They even parallel each other at times. Matt and his law partner Foggy Nelson's friendship is similar to the friendship we see with Wilson Fisk (The Kingpin) and his assistant Wesley. And Matt's budding romance with office assistant Karen Page parallels Fisk's infatuation and later love of art saleswoman Vanessa.
And even though they hardly ever share scenes together, the relationship between Daredevil and Kingpin maybe some of the best hero-villain interactions to come out of anything with the Marvel name on it, culminating in an amazingly intense interaction between the two characters at the end of season three. Some even believe that Daredevil actor Charlie Cox deserves some sort of award for his acting in that very scene.
The season four that we may never see was planned to show Wilson Bethel's side-villain character of the deadly accurate assassin Benjamin Poindexter/Bullseye (who is arguably the most psychologically interesting character in season three) really come into his own while stepping into the main villain role.
Daredevil is a show about pain. It's a show about rising above your pain and vowing to be something better than what the world wants you to be. But sometimes pain needs an outlet; something to let the devil out, something Matt does literally in the show.
Just as Murdock and his partners reject corruption and Daredevil fights it at the source, the show inspires its fans to do the same with the negatives that may be knocking them down and to keep getting back up.