Daredevil celebrated his great return a fallen Matt last weekend Murdock against his big nemesis from the first season, the Kingpin, in a fight for Matt's soul. Overall, it's a season that treats the familiar themes of the right and wrong of vigilantism ̵
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Matt was completely knocked down and rebuilt
One of Daredevil's "joys" as a character is that he is on the side and on the screen almost funny miserable. Whether it's really all that Matt has ever done in the comics or the seemingly endless Catholic guilt of the series, Matt Murdock is almost there. This is something The third season of Daredevil deals with Pik, as it follows from The Defenders "the culmination of literally dropping an entire building onto him – but it Do it in One Way, which not only overcomes this misery for some great moments, but also leaves Matt in a way that feels at least much happier than he has been since the show started.
On The Miserable Front, the season's second episode, "Pleasure" is an absolute highlight of Matt at his lowest. He physically struggles with the aftermath of the whole "A building that falls upon him" while challenging his breakneck relationship with his belief – and recorded a breathtaking performance by Charlie Cox as Matt and Peter McRobbie as Father Lantom. But it's an inner conflict that simmered throughout Daredevil's entire third season eventually culminating in Matt's final confrontation with Kingpin, a battle that brings him closer to Karen and Foggy, and again attempts a semblance of life beyond the devil from Hell's Kitchen. Now that he has truly taken up his comic subtitle of The Man Without Fear, it probably will not last long – that's [DARKOVIL] Let's talk – but it felt like a worthy narrative, elements that stuck in Matt's growth since the first season.
Karen played a huge, tragic role (without dying)
In the last three seasons of Daredevil Karen took on the role of murderer to commit her. Much of her time in the show and companion series The Punisher seeks to expose the truth and not be murdered. But season three dug deep into their past and gave their journalistic story a certain realism.
It may seem odd that Karen's assassination of Fisk's BFF James Wesley remained completely uncovered for so long, but the revelation was too big an impact here. Especially when you look at her backstory, which involved a restless youth in Vermont selling and doing drugs, trying to keep her family's food afloat. Tragically, Karen's brother came to a tragic end to pull her away from her drug dealer friend. The ensuing battle had caused Karen to use her friend's weapon to shoot him and rescue her brother, only to end up even more horrible . As she runs away from the scene, Karen, drunk and tall, crashes the car, killing her brother. The police and her father did their part to keep her out of jail, but it was the rift that would destroy her relationship with her father forever. Now think back to the first season and their conversation with Wesley after kidnapping her: he says, "Do you really think I put a loaded weapon on the table where you could reach it?" Karen answers, "I don't know, do you really think that's the first time I've shot anyone?"
"The Devil You Know" had a wild fight between Daredevil and Fauxdevil, but that was not what would accompany us from this episode. It was rather Fauxdevil's murder of Karen's colleagues. We're not sure when the idea for this scene came up, but it's too close to real shooting in the Capital Gazette earlier this year. Karen's trip to journalism has never been right with us, but her insistence on uncovering the truth, despite everything that happened at her workplace, was true, and Deborah Ann Woll gave the show the weight she deserved. (The scene with all the cell phones that disappeared in the evidence pockets completely destroyed us.) Despite all the danger she had at this time, it was a relief that the series did not feel the need to persecute and kill Karen's comic book story they also.
The Fights scenes were striking and Character-Driven
Daredevil 's action just got better as the show evolved But with all the ninja-tastic spectacle of the second season bouts, they lacked some of the symbolic, story-driven spark that made the first season's fight scenes so compelling. Two battles, in particular, stand out the most in season three (though in ] [Daredevil / Fauxdevil] cool duel between Matt and Dex in "The Devil You Know". The first is the now traditional one-shot attempt at a "Corridor Fight" that appeared in Episode 4, "Blindsided." It's a grueling and visceral epic battle as Matt tries to escape a prison trap It's fascinating to see how exhausting it is to grasp it, a sequence (11 minutes long!) Of the courage and determination that Matt Daredevil makes real to the realization of Fisk himself.
The other is the less flawless, but equally weighty, three-way scruples between Fisk, Matt and Poindexter, not only because of the hectic, messy mood that the battle has through three wildly different characters with different motivations mushred together (via Things that are mused ouch Dex spine) but because of how it ultimately leads to the faith crisis in Matt's fight over whether or not he can end Kingpin's life as a redemptive act. We've always liked Daredevil but it was nice to see that this grain provides a bit more than just eye-catching movements.
Bullseye got a scary, rousing origin
If your only familiarity with the Marvel Comics rogue from the 2003 movie with Colin Farrell came as Bullseye, was that … uh … not that. Thank goodness.
Our Captain America, Wilson Bethel, plays Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter, an FBI agent who too easily lets himself be driven to the dark side by the fascination of Fisk. Why? He was already dark. Super dark. In a revealing flashback episode, we find three very important things: 1) Dex started killing at a very young age; 2) he has an acutely accurate goal; and 3) his psychiatrist was his anchor. And then she died!
While the scenery of the scene rubbed us in the wrong direction, it was an interesting change in tempo for the series that gave us a very clear view of what drove that character. Sure, he was a law enforcer, but only until they left him as well and left Fisk to fill this hole to structure his life. We do not think this is one of those "bad guys you can save" stories – his insistence that he was not stalking Julie was ridiculous – but an interesting reflection on how close heroes and villains sometimes sit.
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Nadeem's downfall did not quite end up
Two FBI agents play a major role in Kingpin's big plans: the aforementioned Poindexter / Bullseye and poor agent Ray Nadeem, who is slowly taking his life from Fisk's machinations looks destroyed on the outside.
Jay Ali does a wonderful job in this role – and Nadeem is probably the best the MCU / Netflix universe has had so far, as a law enforcement agency that helps our hero of vigilante justice. But in a season that had already heavily targeted Fisk's swift depravity on Dex, Nadeem's own thrust under Fisk's thumb felt like a repeat, even though Nadeem could save himself, at least before his untimely demise. Handing over the evidence that would eventually return Kingpin to jail. If Bullseye were not so important back in Season 3, Nadeem would have been a staunch ally who would have become an antagonist – but next to him, it feels like it's too unnecessary a duality.
Kingpin's total control is a bit too comfortable
Speaking of Fisk, we know he's supposed to be a criminal genius, but his ever-more sophisticated plan to take revenge on Daredevil also feels right little for his own good. Even though Fisk has spent much of his time in jail to stew and plot, the immediacy with which he manages to subjugate people to take Matt's life apart piece by piece, feels more like the unstoppable march of action dictates the storyline more Like Fisk's sinister plans that fit in like Season One. Especially when it comes to unexpected elements like Dex's arrival on the scene and Vanessa's increasing involvement in Fisk's criminal activities. Sure, it's the latter that finally seals the deal, putting Fisk back in jail when Matt reveals that he knows that Vanessa hired the strike against Nadeem instead of Fisk, but apart from this one weak spot, everything else could turn out Feel Bit to Slick to Fisk's Favor.
Foggy Still Feels like a Third Wheel
Oh, Foggy. You are great! But you are pretty boring, said everything. This season has been trying to replenish Foggy's dance card by letting us see more of his family, his romantic relationship and his career, but none of that has really worked well. And if you compare his season with Karens, there is no comparison. His term as District Attorney could have taken him into a much more interesting position for next season (when there is a next season, given the sudden end of both Luke Cage and [19459019IronFist recently ), but also that fizzled, after it had barely gained traction. Foggy needs a thing. Let him have one thing! And do not say it's Matt.
There were some weird little contrivances we could not quite forget
Look. This is superhero TV. There is a certain amount of handwaving allowed. But, after seeing a lot of superhero TV, there are still a few things that make us use the tactics to advance an action. This time around, there were a few:
- Do you know how angry Matt was about Electra's death at the start of the season? How much moaning did he do about it? He … just kept going. To be fair, it took a few episodes of complaining, but as soon as he brought Fisk back to his brain, Elektra and those bizarre events in the Midland Circle were completely forgotten. What ever. We are sure that she is fine.
- Sister Maggie was great. Joanne Whalley's dry delivery was everything. To tell someone Matt that he is an idiot is always welcome. So it was so bizarre when sister Maggie prayed her great confession: that she is Matt's mother. Not only did she do this aloud, she did so after realizing that Matt can literally hear everything that happens in the church above him. OK mum.
- Living in New York City is not cheap! Some people have the false impression that employers earn a living here that is elsewhere compared to the same job. You would be wrong. So it was so bizarre to find Karen – I'm a low-level reporter who rented Matt's Kitchen for months on end. She does not even have a roommate in her own flat, you tell me she has two NYC rentals on a journalist salary? This is perhaps the most incredible thing in any of the Marvel Netflix superhero shows of all time. And we know Iron Fist Season One Exists!