The votes are in! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking for your opinions on the “best ofs” the 2014-2015 television season. The polls are closed and the votes have been tallied. While some of the winners may have seemed obvious, there were a couple of results that took us completely by surprised. Without further ado, here are the winners of the AP2HYC 2014-2015 TV Awards!
Warning – Major show spoilers ahead!
Break-Out Star: Charlie Cox – Daredevil
Charlie Cox isn’t exactly new to television. Before entering the role of Matt Murdock, he made a name for himself on Boardwalk Empire. However, when news first hit about the Daredevil Netflix series, people were wary about Cox in the lead role due to his questionable acting background (and the fact that the hero’s name had been tainted by the 2003 atrocity starring Ben Affleck). Wouldn’t you know it, Cox ended up giving a phenomenal performance as Matt Murdock, and the show turned into an instant hit. There was so much to love about the show, but one of the best aspects was indeed the portrayal of Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Cox managed to bring a level of likability, confidence, strength, and fortitude that blew us away. It’s become difficult to distinguish where exactly Charlie Cox ends and where Matt Murdock begins. They’re almost synonymous with each other, much like how Robert Downey Jr. has essentially become Tony Stark. We actually interviewed Mr. Cox and got to ask him more about how he got into the role and what it was like to portray the legendary Man Without Fear.
Best New Series: Daredevil
Once again, Marvel Studios is taking home an award this season for Daredevil. As mentioned previously, Charlie Cox’s role was one of the major factors that led to Daredevil‘s high quality, but there were other aspects that we had to appreciate as well. The excellent fight scenes, the amazing supporting cast, and the overall gritty yet engaging storylines all contributed to the show’s success. Up until recently, people complained that Marvel films were “too kiddy” and less serious than their DC counterparts. Well, you wanted seriousness, Marvel gave you seriousness! Sure, it may not be a feature-length film, but it might as well be! The entire first season of Daredevil felt like it could’ve been turned into a series of pulp-noir crime-drama films. At the same time, we got some of that Marvel charm that has made the MCU so likable and popular over the years.
Best Fight Scene: Hallway Fight – Daredevil
Again, Daredevil takes the gold! At the very end the second episode of the series, Daredevil engages a a gang of thugs in one of the most epic, excellently choreographed fight scenes in television history. Everything about this fight is amazing; the solid hits, the moments where Daredevil has to pause from exhaustion, the wonderful use of the camera, etc. This scene was all done in one shot. ONE SHOT! No cuts, no choppy camera edits, no clunky perspective shifts. Almost everyone who has watched this scene has claimed that it reminds them of the legendary fight scene from 2003’s Oldboy. Unlike the usual fights we see in movies and television, this one takes a very realistic approach by showing the hero getting his fair share of damage and almost losing. We’re reminded that Daredevil is not just an unstoppable ass-kicking machine. He’s a human being, and all humans have their limits. What makes Daredevil such a hero is the fact that he pushes past those limits and fights through the exhaustion to defeat his enemies.
Best Villain – Blaine DeBeers – iZombie
This is one of those winners that took us by surprise. iZombie was a bit of a sleeper hit that dominated television ratings in 2015 thanks to its female lead, compelling protagonists, charming dialogue, and diverse cast. Apparently, its main villain, Blaine DeBeers, was also a major hit with fans. Blaine, portrayed by David Anders, was a likable villain. He was charismatic, a smooth-talker, and an overall cool guy. He seems like the kind of villain who believed in the notion that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. He hardly used intimidation to get his work done. But when he did, it was a sight to behold. My personal favorite psycho Blaine moment was when he stabbed a guy in the throat and shattered his voicebox; the man was already zombified so this attack didn’t kill him, but it did serve as a reminder as to why he shouldn’t mess with Blaine. At the end of the first season, we see Blaine getting cured of his zombieism, making you wonder what his future will hold in Season 2…
Best Death – Eddie Thawne – The Flash
Alas, poor Eddie Thawne; we knew ye well. This final death of The Flash‘s first season caught me by surprise, though many of the clues pointed at it for a while. We learned how Eddie was the ancestor of Eobard Thawne/Fake Harrison Wells/Reverse Flash a few episodes before the finale. In the last minutes of the season, right when RF is about to kill Barry, Eddie selflessly shoots himself in the heart, killing himself and effectively erasing Eobard from existence. Normally, I abhor time travel when it gets this complicated, however, the Flash handled it pretty well. It’s one of the most interesting ways I’ve seen superheroes take out villains, but it raises the question of how this will further affect the timeline. I thought this was an amazing way for the show to kill off a villain, and it demonstrated how you really don’t need super powers to be a hero. RIP Eddie Thawne. Let your sacrifice not be in vain.
Most Kick-Ass Lady – Peggy Carter – Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter is a model hero. She proves that you don’t need to be a man or to have super powers to make a difference. There’s so much to love about this woman that it’s no wonder she’s become such a focal point of the MCU. Peggy is not just a strong female character; she’s a complex person. Marvel understood that it’s not black and white when you create female characters. You don’t have to make women characters either stoic, forceful ass-kickers who barely smile, or ditzy love interests with little development. Instead, you can integrate these two sides and create a truly unique and wonderful person such as Peggy Carter. She can kick ass when she needs to, but she has a sweet and caring side as well. It’s about damn time we’ve gotten a female hero to helm her own show. If only we could’ve had Peggy star in a spin-off movie…
Biggest Damn Male Hero – Matt Murdock – Daredevil
Back to Daredevil. There were so many male heroes to choose from this season, so why did Matt Murdock win this award? Well, let’s start with the fact that he faces a major handicap that most of the other heroes don’t have: he’s blind. Sure, he may have honed his other senses to superhuman levels, but he’s still sightless, and when you’re out beating baddies, don’t you think you should be able to see them? Matt Murdock is a hero with or without his mask. By day, he’s a determined lawyer who always seeks justice in the courtroom no matter what. By night, he throws on his outfit and exacts his own brand of justice that may or may not be considered “illegal”. Murdock is a warrior. He doesn’t expect people to treat him differently despite his handicap. He instead proves to them that it’s one of his greatest strengths, both in the courtroom and on the streets. My only wish is to see Daredevil eventually meet up with the Avengers and see how he interacts with the likes of Tony Stark.
Best Team-Up – The Arrow, the Flash, Firestorm – The Flash
Crossovers are awesome (when they’re done correctly). Why do you think everyone loved Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron? But on the DC side of things, we’re still waiting for a major hero crossover. Until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes along next year, we’ve got nothing. However, this past season, we did see a mini-Justice League come to television. In one of the final episodes of The Flash‘s first season, Barry realizes that the only way he can take down Reverse Flash is with some help. Therefore, he calls in reinforcements in the form of the Arrow/Al Sah-him and Firestorm. Seeing these three heroes gather on screen was enough to send chills up our spine. Watching them work together to fight Reverse Flash was even better! Each hero got the chance to shine by demonstrating his own powers. It’s only due to their teamwork that they are able to defeat the villain. Now DC just has to learn how to incorporate the awesomeness of this scene into its movies so that we can get the epic hero team-up we deserve.
Most Creative Use of Powers – Daredevil – Daredevil
Daredevil, you’ve done it again! There are many arguments as to whether Daredevil actually has powers or not. He does. End of story. His sight may be gone, but the accident that rendered him blind actually heightened his other senses to superior levels. In the first season alone, we watched as the hero demonstrated his ability to use his senses of smell, taste, hearing, and touch to help him with his missions. He’s able to hear people’s heartbeats and judge whether they are lying, taste the air to determine if someone is bleeding, and use echolocation to establish what objects are in the room with him. Daredevil is actually more in-tune with his surroundings than most sighted people! In the comics, we see more of Daredevil’s super-senses (he can read printed text just by running his fingers over the letters), and hopefully, we’ll see more of these demonstrations in future seasons.
Best Costume – Speedy – Arrow
Yet another surprise victory! Even though we only caught a brief glimpse of Speedy’s costume in the Arrow Season 3 finale, it made a hell of an impact on audiences. For one, we’ve been waiting to see Thea take on the costume ever since we heard her being referred to as Speedy in the pilot. Aside from that, the costume just looks great and stays true to the comics. For some people, they may have been iffy about this outfit since it’s just Roy’s old costume with minor modifications. But the thing about Speedy is that her costume signifies trust, courage, and leadership. When Thea first found Roy’s mask and saw that Roy was the vigilante, she considered it as a betrayal of trust because he lied to her. Now, it’s a strong enforcer of trust because Roy wanted her to take on the mantle in his place. It also signifies how Speedy is now the top vigilante of Starling City due to her brother leaving. She may not have the same level of skills as the Arrow, but she sure has the same courage!
Best “Oh, no they didn’t!” Moment – Simmons absorbed by the Kree weapon – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A collective gasp went across the television audience in the final moments of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Season 2 finale as we watched Agent Simmons get absorbed by the mysterious Kree weapon. We have almost no idea of what this weapon is or what it does, but it’s obviously not a good sign. While we can assume that Simmons is still alive, we cannot expect to see the same person in Season 3. The Kree weapon will most likely change her in one way or another. Will it turn her into an Inhuman? Will it fuse her biology with that of a Kree? Will she still go on that date with Agent Fitz? This shocking moment caught almost every single viewer off-guard, and it’s been one of the biggest talking points of the finale. There are countless explanations as to what exactly happened, but no matter what the outcome, we can’t help but feel a sense of dread about the fate of Simmons…
Best Season – Daredevil
Daredevil‘s first season was unbelievable. There are no other words to describe it. Even people who aren’t fond of the growing superhero genre have enjoyed it because of how it takes a realistic and gritty approach. This was a bold move for Marvel Studios seeing as it was vastly different from it’s light-hearted films and shows. Daredevil opened up vast possibilities for both superhero shows and Netflix original series. This first season also showed that Marvel knows how to expand to different genres, and that it’s not afraid to take risks. We can already tell that Season 2 will be just as great, if not better, and that the rest of the Marvel Netflix series will be awesome as well.
It seems that Daredevil was the champion of this year’s TV Awards, but we still want to give credit to the other victors. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of DC, Marvel, Vertigo, or whatever; what matters is that we live in a time where we can enjoy phenomenal shows with great casts, outstanding visual effects, and enticing storylines.
What did you think about the winners? Did you agree or disagree with any of the choices? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!