The perfect game
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From the beginning, Reckless & # 39;The third season was proposed to be a return to form, and it is amazing how literal it is in its search for that goal. Some of the things are obvious: the return of Matt to his improvised black suit, to Wilson Fisk as main antagonist, to the scenes of terrible and brutal fights. Superficial things, mostly. But the funny thing is that this season is also In close relation with the structure and dynamics of the first.
As its first season, this year's Reckless It is a story of villainous origin, which delves slowly into the story of Benjamin Poindexter, which shows the ways in which the world surrenders itself to the point where it becomes violent, in a collision course with Matt Murdock. Similarly, Murdock, always in danger of being eclipsed by more interesting antagonists, struggles with long-standing demons in an effort to be a better man. We already know the great features of his story, so instead of delving into his childhood as a whole, this season he examines Matt's faith, changing his biological father for a spiritual one.
It's amazing how well it works, and Matt is barely in this episode!
Instead, we spend most of our time meeting the special agent Poindexter. He is a precise and meticulous man: his apartment is spartan, leaves nothing out of place, not even a framed photo that leans slightly out of place when he closes the door behind him. (He opens it again to go through the door and straighten it in. It's a good rhythm).
We also learn about the history of Poindexter, since Fisk, through his lawyer, receives a box of documents that essentially contain the complete psychological history of Dex after years of therapy. As Fisk realizes what has been given to him, the world vanishes in monochrome and the penthouse in which he finds himself, becomes a kind of mental palace, where small dramas of various points of life develop. of Poindexter.
Benjamin Poindexter was an orphan, we learn. The star of his Little League baseball team, Dex built his sense of worth about how well he could throw a ball. Putting a hat with a bull's-eye on it, he smokes every batter that approaches the plate, but one day he feels crushed when the coach asks him to leave the field, only to be able to give the other children some time. Dex does not understand, he thinks that if he throws a perfect game, maybe his parents will come back. The coach tells the boy a hard truth: a billion perfect games will not bring them back, and Dex, furious, goes to the bank and shoots a ball on a fence post that bounces off his coach's head, killing him .
Young Poindexter spends the next few years in therapy, where his therapist writes incredibly nose notes such as BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER and PSYCHOPATHIC TENDENCIES, while being extremely warm and caring about Dex. She says that she will teach empathy, but over the years it seems that he only learns to give the appearance of empathy. ("I'm sorry, that's hard, that's really hard," a phrase Dex uses in response to an empathetic exercise is a chilling and recurring theme in this episode).
Despite becoming hostile towards her in her adolescence when, due to illness, her therapist is forced to retire, Dex arrives at a place where she can function in the real world. "Your internal compass is not broken," says his therapist. "It just works better when you have a North Star."
To that end, after a stint in the Army, Dex takes a job at the Brooklyn Suicide Prevention Center, where he meets Julie and begins his obsession with her, along with a disturbing trend toward disconnection from people who they call, wondering why one in particular has plans to end his own life when he can only direct his impulses towards the stepfather who is causing him pain.
Throughout these vignettes, Fisk devises a plan to manipulate Dex further by destabilizing his tenuous control over normalcy and stability. He arranges for someone to offer Julie twice as much pay to quit her job as a waitress and work at the hotel bar where Fisk is, so Dex can find her and, in fact, talk to her for the first time since He left his job at the Call Center and began to harass her in secret. And works.
Julie recognizes him in the bar in his first turn. The two meet for a drink later and catch up; only Dex slips, and reveals that she knows a lot more about Julie than she should. Disturbed, she leaves, but not before Dex tries to grab her, explain and make a small scene. Dex, who is already getting rid of the limits of the investigation, loses it at the moment he returns to his place, destroys things until he finds his recordings of previous sessions with his infant therapist and he listens to them, trying to put up with it.
In short, it is a disturbing and effective portrait that finds ways to be more subtle than those of the show in other occasions and also terribly in the nose in others. It is also, to boot, the most experimental and dramatic sequence of non-action that the series has attempted. It's good!
The rest of the episode advances the plot a few notches – RecklessThe rhythm is not slow, but it is never hurried, nor is it dense. Their enough, always in movement enough Things to be interested in the changes that occur between the episodes, leaving little to happen between the scenes. Much of that plot involves Agent Nadeem, who is voluntarily playing into the hands of Wilson Fisk in his eagerness to win notches on his belt.
Look, Fisk knows that Murdock survived the taxi that was supposed to drown him in the river. He also knows, thanks to the security images of the prison riots, that Matt is much more capable than any blind person is entitled to be. So he uses another tactic to knock Matt down: tell Nadeem that Murdock worked for him and helped him cover up numerous crimes. Nadeem, ambitious for his fault and openly eager to get more necklaces, springs up immediately at the tip, assaulting Murdock's apartment (despite having told Foggy later that Matt is not charged with a crime, Reckless plays due process quickly and loose) and will question Karen and Foggy, respectively.
When Matt's old friends are able to regroup, they disintegrate each other so uncomfortably close that Nadeem is discovering that Matt is Daredevil, which potentially means jail time for them, as his accomplices. But that is not the only problem: Nadeem has pulled the rope that leads to the only case in which Nelson and Murdock worked for James Wesley, Fisk's former footman, who killed Karen. If Nadeem pulls stronger, he will discover the truth.
As for Matt Murdock, he is now homeless and is fleeing. The question now is, how long before his friends are forced to join him?