Date of Award
Master of Arts
Elana H Levine
Michael Z Newman, Lia R Wolock
CW, Daredevil, Narrative, Netflix, Techniques, The Flash
Shaped by contemporary television industry distribution practices and the phenomenon of binge-viewing culture, Netflix introduced its version of narrative storytelling via original drama series that rival traditional linear broadcast network series narratives. This thesis project is a textual analysis that evaluates the separate narrative strategies of two different, but very similar, superhero television drama series that appear on two different distribution platforms. In this thesis, I analyze and compare the Netflix original series Daredevil (2015 – 2018) to The CW series The Flash (2014 – present) to find out if they share any narrative similarities or differences with linear TV series using narrative strategies like recapping, cliffhangers, and connected franchise tie-ins. I posit that the Daredevil and The Flash series both use franchise crossovers as a way to serve comic book fans and comic book movie fans. I argue that Daredevil uses recaps through dialogue as a narrative strategy while The Flash focuses a lot on recap sequences. Lastly, cliffhangers are used as a narrative strategy at the end of both series. The Flash includes situational cliffhangers and many informational cliffhangers. Daredevil relies on situational cliffhangers.
McMillan, Dasmond R., "Superhero TV– Analyzing the Narrative Techniques of the CW’s the Flash (2014 - Present) & the Netflix Original Program Daredevil (2015 - 2018)" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2403.