By Matt Fowler
The following contains spoilers for all Marvel daredevils: Season 3 on Netflix. Below, you can also find links to all reviews of individual episodes for season 3, for those wishing a more specific version of a specific chapter, followed by our full review of season 3.
Given Marvel's Netflix depression, they found themselves after Iron Fist's debut: Season 1, which had a universal pan (though some might argue that depression really started with the later half of Luke Cage: Season 1), it seemed Probably Daredevil, the OG IP of this particular branch of the MCU, would be able to stop it. Especially from The Defenders, which featured the character of Matt Murdock and concluded the story of two seasons of the series Hand from the Daredevil, he only managed to get a slight compliment.
Despite the failure of the Defensores' narrative, the expectations for the fight scenes in season 3 were still high. Daredevil, for some reason, has always outperformed his peers, including the Iron Fist, who could have had the best fighting scenes of all the shows – with his impressive pieces. Even the smaller scale fights in Daredevil are still better than the bigger fights in other places. And with Bullseye in the mix, the excitement of the fans was off the charts. The consensus was "even if Daredevil is a disaster, the action will be incredible".
And the action this season. is amazing. In fact, he overcomes the fights in stations 1 and 2. Adding Bullseye, here in his "proto" form, as FBI agent Ben "Dex" Poindexter (Wilson Bethel) – certainly helps, but even without Dex in the mix, the show hits us with a 10-minute prison revolt in Episode 4, "Blind." Clearly, we were right to rely on this show to deliver the products when it comes to fights and unique confrontations.
The story also delivers however. There is a bit of a slow start, given the state close to Matt's death after the collapse of the Midland Circle, but not too slow if you consider that other Marvel Netflix programs usually take twice as long to get going. Yes, in 13 episodes, season 3 has a bit of swelling. But not as much as I can think. Some scenes are too long, and some are not even necessary considering the constant (almost circular) retreading of ideas, but almost everything ends up paying serious dividends at the end.
Even the conversation between the agent Ray Nadeem (Jay Ali) and his boss (Kate Udall), where Nadeem asks him for advice on how to keep secrets from his son, returns to play later in a very dark way. At first I dismissed the scene, without feeling too bad for Nadeem when it was an involuntary obstacle that took a ton of screen time, but once we found out (in Episode 9, "Revelations") that Hattley had a son murdered by Fisk As a way to keep it in control, it changes the shape of the entire season. And Fisk, for that matter.
There are a handful of reasons why Daredevil: Season 3 works very well. The Matt / Karen / Foggy dynamic is complex and compelling. Matt, as the central character of the program, is the one who pushes people constantly and dirties their friends. Karen and Foggy are vulnerable and layered characters who also run with courage. They share an almost religious refusal to back down. This does not mean they do not get scared, or even try to run from time to time, but their factory default setting is for justice. The three heroes can be, sometimes, polarizers (to put it politely), but the actors are incredible when it comes to crossing that line and making sure we always support them, even in their most stubborn way.
Second, Wilson Fisk is behind, and it's here all season, from jail to the attic. Fisk is one of the best villains (if not the better) in the MCU. The way you feel flashes of sympathy for him, even when the series, over three seasons, has only made him more monstrous, is quite miraculous. The barely contained fury of Vincent D & # 39; Onofrio, which finally breaks loose in the last episodes, perfectly paints Fisk as a meticulous man obsessed with control and manipulation. And her love for Vanessa, who begins to question herself as her main motive when the details of her entire scheme are revealed, returns with a vengeance at the end, humanizing it in wonderful ways. Fisk is not just an awesome villain of an unparalleled genius, it is the original sin of which Matt, Karen and Foggy feel personal responsibility.
In third place, the season shines due to a mystery of 9 episodes. What is Fisk up? Episode 2, "Please", unbalances us a bit due to the violent attack on Fisk's life. He's vulnerable during the ambush, so he obviously can not be tying the ropes the way our heroes insist he is. But then in Episode 4, "Blindly," Fisk, despite being in the custody of the FBI, somehow manipulates a large-scale prison attack on Matt and takes off his gloves. In the ninth installment, "Revelations", we see how ingrained Fisk's plans and schemes are. The mystery bow is a great reason why Season 3 does not sink in the middle. That's why our interest really begins to increase, not diminish, after giant Daredevil against Daredevil daredevil fight in Episode 6, "The Devil You Know."
Sister Maggie by Joanne Whalley is a thoughtful and emotional addition to the series. The revelation of his connection with Matt is an admirable gut punch that the season needs in his third position, but even more surprising is the fact that he does not destroy Matt to the point that it is useless for several chapters. He rolls with the news and continues to cover Fisk. This is a season about the past of the people, the tortured past and the processing of the trauma decades later. The parallels are drawn between the education of Matt and Dex as orphans, while Karen receives a strong flashback from the era when she was a reckless drug addict. To clarify this point at home, all Fisk FO. It involves exploiting these pasts. He is capable of stopping people because he takes advantage of his fears and sins. And when someone does not have a weak point to hook, create one in their lives.
Ultimately, we came to appreciate Jay Ali's agent Nadeem, although before "Revelations", and especially before "The Devil You Know", Nadeem feels like the most problematic element of the season. It's new in this world, it has a curious amount of screen time, and we do not know what is your deal until we discover that he is actually a good guy who has his life turned upside down due to an agreement in the style of Monkey & # 39; s Paw with the demon for glory. And a new pool. It can still be argued that we spent too much time with him, but if that is the biggest mistake of this race, then it is a tiny flaw.
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