The old is new, and great, again in Season 3 of Marvel's Daredevil

adminOctober 18, 2018




Charlie Cox stars in Marvel's Daredevil
Photo: David Lee (Netflix)

The third season of The Marvel Daredevil Find the series and its hero going back to the basics. New showrunner Erik Oleson (from Arrow Y The man in the high castle) sends Matt Murdock, a.k.a Hells' Devil's Kitchen (Charlie Cox), back to the streets and rooftops of the city he has sworn to protect, exchanging the end-of-the-world threats that dominated the second season and The defenders for a family enemy, slightly more scalable: Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio, once again a mountain of intimidation and insecurity). Daredevil even returns to his half-mask set, completely black, from the first season, because "darkness only responds to darkness" (but also, the red armor took a beating at the end of The defenders, as well).

It's a welcome restart, but it initially says more about the disappointing quality of the program's second season (despite the introduction of Punisher) and the years in development. The defenders the confrontation, the last of which started strong, but was built for an ending that, while bringing Midland Circle around Matt and Elektra (Elodie Yung), also swept the expectations of future crossovers. As exciting as it is to see Fisk and Daredevil surrounding each other again, there is something almost conciliatory about this arrangement, despite the fact that Oleson and his team were not involved in previous decisions to spend so much time on such uninspired enemies (although it is according to the general theme of Catholic guilt). It is as if they are acknowledging mistakes in the past and offering the proven and true dynamics of Daredevil and Kingpin, who know what it is like to wear a mask.

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That is not the only familiar element in the third season: Matt's unstable rhythm and dejection have also returned. But these shots are easier to shoot with this round, thanks to the expanded roles for the rest of the good guys (Elden Henson and Deborah Ann Woll as Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, respectively) and a promising development halfway through. Things still move slowly in the first two episodes, while Matt recovers from his The defenders Injuries in the catacombs of a church when rejecting the advice of Father Lantom (Peter McRobbie). This is where we meet Sister Maggie Grace (Joanne Whalley), a nun who is as devoted as she is dead, and knows all about Matt's dangerous double life. She tries to help Matt to stand up, but mending his broken spirit is much more complicated than taking care of his physical injuries (hence the dejection).

Netflix and Marvel focused the third season promotions on Matt's decision to become full-time Daredevil, setting aside personal relationships along with legal means to obtain justice. This is also a family story, on the small-screen MCU and in any other part of the world of comics, but the pairing of Matt's self-imposed exile with the more literal of Kingpin gives it a new brightness. While Daredevil lets go of any claim to civil life, Fisk finds a way to hold on to his loved one and at the same time makes life hell for his old adversary. We have been on this path of "villain as a distorted version of the hero" before, in this program and in others (more recently, Iron fist'S second season), but just when the viewer thinks he knows in which direction the road turns, Reckless throws a curved ball in the form of Agent Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter (Wilson Bethel). The marketing campaign has already revealed Poindexter's alter ego, but the show still takes time to get there. The episode of the story of origin, which is represented with imagination, is more a chapter than the complete book, creating all kinds of narrative possibilities. The duplication of villains has been a risky strategy for RecklessBut the reliability of D'Onofrio's excellent performance and Bethel's fiery but twisted energy (he could clench his jaw against his tight jaw with Bill Hader) demand equal attention.

As fearsome as Matt's enemies might be, RecklessS third season too build your allies. Although Foggy and Karen pass the first episodes accepting the supposed death of Matt, they fight in their memory, and of necessity. They're both on Fisk's fucking list, after all, and they're also good people who want to make sure no one else gets hurt. The methods of Karen and Foggy find them mostly working within the system, one that Matt has canceled as broken (and that Fisk bows to his will), so they could be in vain. But it's great to see Henson and Woll take on more active roles in the series while remaining true to their characters.

RecklessThe choreography of struggle too. continues with a hellish blow in its third season, offering two extraordinary and extended scenes that seem to take place in different genres, but still feel as if they were in contact with a piece. Cox and his double doubles, Chris Brewster (who was also kicked in the ass as Captain America), are given the opportunity to shine in shots for so long that they almost tense the nerves. This corner of the Hell's Kitchen has provided emotions on a reliable basis, even when legions of faceless fighters cram the screen, but thanks to a new creative team, they are more than a welcome diversion. Matt's body and will may have been broken by The defenders, but RecklessS third season is a return to form.


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