So, Joey’s been telling you a little bit about her thoughts on Netflix’s Daredevil. I guess I should chime in.
The 3rd season of the show came out last week, the same week Netflix cancelled Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Luke Cage painted itself into a corner while I thought Iron Fist’s last season had possibilities to go into the next season.
I read something about since Disney’s, who owns Marvel properties, going to start their own streaming service, they’re pulling their properties. They might resurrect those series there. My fear’s they’ll be watered down fam-friendly fare instead of the more realistic, edgy shows Netflix had going just fine.
But, I digress.
The season starts with Matt broken after the happenings of The Defenders, hiding in the catacombs of a church under the care of Sister Maggie Grace (Joanne Whalley), which only gets exacerbated by the release of Fisk, now dubbed Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio), from the pen by the FBI, turned dirty. On top of that, there’s another Daredevil framing him for what the imposter does and ultimately hellbent on killing him.
I agree with Joey, the last season was convoluted with the Elektra storyline as well as just not having the same energy the first season had. This season had to redeem itself, especially knowing the Marvel properties are apparently on the chopping block (Jessica Jones and Punisher’re the only ones left besides Daredevil.). It mostly succeeded.
The two main themes this season dealt with are not letting mistakes define you and not letting anger consume to madness.
Throughout the season, Matt’s a powder keg between not feeling like he fits into society to feeling like a total screw up in his strained relationship with Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll), who he considers his colleagues and friends, his ongoing mission to see Fisk stay behind bars if not in a box, among other things he learns this season. He even hears and talks to voices from his past as well as Fisk getting in his head. It literally threatens to drive him mad. It’s palpable. When fake Daredevil starts beating Matt up, there’s one scene he takes off his shirt and the bruises and cuts to his torso enhance what we’ve already seen on his face. By the end of the season, Matt has a decision to make: a. be the better man, or b. give into his feelings.
Foggy a side story that ties into the main story, but he’s really secondary while we learn more of Karen’s past and what drives her. Her role’s meatier as she’s more antagonistic, albeit, recklessly when she antagonizes Fisk knowing how nimble the big man is when he’s pissed.
Speaking of Fisk, he does this cool thing with one of his guy’s jackets. He’s not with his own demons, as he sees his younger self after he offed his old man, his Daredevil starts going rogue, and his fiancée, Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer), comes back.
Finally, the end kinda fizzles for me, but in all honesty works in the context of the season’s themes. All in all, this season engaging and fun with a few surprising bits and brutal fight sequences. Give it a gander.
Be good to each other.
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