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Daredevil: Season 3 TV Review

Matt Murdock is “Born Again”

This long-awaited, new season of Daredevil is not just good, it’s devilishly good…

Lap it up baby! (Credit: Marvel/Netflix)

Not only do we get our beloved hero back, but we get two devils for the price of one…

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If you were a big fan of the 1st season and thought the 2nd season deviated a bit too much from what makes Daredevil so good, then this 3rd season is right up your alley, corridor, or wherever they choose to film an epic fight scene!

Oh yes, the famous “hallway fight” is back! This time, it takes place inside a prison and goes for about 11 minutes straight, twice as long as season 1's! It’s one continuous take that’ll continuously take your breath away!! You’ll know when you see it…

It’s a riot!
Sorry, bad pun (Credit: Marvel/Netflix)

The Story

Daredevil: Season 3 goes back to the source for inspiration. The writers have rebirthed the famed “Born Again” story arc from the comics. One of Daredevil’s most difinitive stories ever told! Adopted and adapted for the small screen.

In it, the Kingpin (the villain of the piece) somehow discovers Matt Murdock’s secret identity and uses his many connections in the criminal underworld to break our hero down, piece by piece…

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Kingpin TAKES everything away from Matt (almost his life) and leaves him to question his Christianity and overall sanity. Matt hits rock bottom, a new low for Daredevil who winds up being nursed back to health by a helpful nun.

Here’s how the live action version lines up with the comics…

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The series takes a similar approach. We see Matt at his lowest. Broken. The only way to stop Kingpin is for Matt to be…

NO!!! Not the Abba cover band!!! Anything but that! Heck, that’d have me questioning my sanity too! I mean…

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The 13 episode live-action TV series altars a series of elements from the original comics, but the main themes are still present. At its core, Daredevil: Season 3 is a core character study of 3 major characters.

Obviously, there’s Daredevil and Kingpin…

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And a new Daredevil villain is thrown in…

Bullseye, if you got the pun! (Credit: Marvel/Netflix)

Let’s study each of these major characters now and a few others while we’re at it…

The Cast

We’re so used to seeing Daredevil as a butt-kicking superhero who can perform death-defying stunts with incredible superhuman abilities that we forget that he’s technically disabled… the man’s blind!!!

Something Charlie Cox, the talented actor who plays Daredevil, never loses sight of…

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He keeps subtly reminding us of this in his nuanced performance. It’s friggin brilliant! Also, it never feels like he’s impersonating a blind man. If the actor was to announce he was blind all along I’d totally believe it!

The man with no fear has no fear of losing my admiration. Same goes with this guy…

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Vincent D’Onforio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin is without a doubt, the BEST Marvel villain to EVER grace the screen!!! Yes, I know… I believe I said the same thing about Thanos, but it really is between these two.

Sorry Killmonger fans, but Vinny Dee is the rightful King…

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What I absolutely love about this character is how smart, tortured and intimidating the guy can be. He’s a master manipulator and the same can be said for the excellent actor who plays him!

D’Onforio masterfully manipulates us into believing this character has a soft side…

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He’s a big softy after all!!! A gentle giant at times…

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And a ruthless killer when needed…

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His portrayal is just mesmerising. I felt like I was staring at a beautiful piece of art. So many added layers of meaning, I still can’t figure it all out…

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Speaking of Wilson… another cast member who really hits their mark is Wilson Bethel as the troubled FBI agent, Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter a.k.a. Bullseye…

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WOW! I wasn’t expecting this performance from an actor I’ve never ever seen or heard of before! He does man on the edge better than anyone I’ve seen in quite some time…

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“Dex” has the truly terrifying ability to hurl any object at you with such force & deadly precision… that you’ll be dead meat before you even knew what hit you. Seriously, I’m talking head shots and everything!

A man with such laser sight versus a man with NO SIGHT makes for an incredible and thoroughly entertaining dynamic on screen. Daredevil has never been in more danger than he is now. It’s riveting TV…

He never misses! (Credit: Marvel/Netflix)

Where the creators of Daredevil have dared to be different is by changing the backstory for some of their characters. In turn, taking them to new and exciting levels.

Bullseye is no exception…

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The same goes for the rest of the cast, who are all giving it their all. Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page return and are great…

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New members include Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie Grace…

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And special credit goes to Jay Ali as special agent Rahul “Ray” Nadeem from the FBI…

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His role is very much like Dinah Madani’s from The Punisher series. One of the best and most fleshed out characters from any Marvel/Netflix series and Ali’s “Ray” is no different. I hope he gets more work on the back of his performance here.

Technical Aspects

As is the way, the devil is in the details. The aforementioned prison fight scene is one of the finest examples of technical brilliance ever captured on screen…

Seeing red (Credit: Marvel/Netflix)

It was genius director, Alex Garcia Lopez, who came up with the idea to shoot this all in one shot. It’s all done in one take and is exceptional in its execution. The amount of planning that would’ve gone into executing this scene is astonishing. Kudos to the crew on such a great job!

It’s kind of like watching any film clip from these guys…

Still on cameras, I’ve got to give a shoutout to the framing of some of these shots…

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I’m BIG on visual-storytelling & symbolism. Something this show has an insane amount of!! There’s just so much attention to detail on display here. I love it!!!

Okay, time to wrap this up…

Blind Spot

If there’s one bad thing I can say about this season of Daredevil it’s that it kind of loses its way about three quarters in.

There’s one episode all about Karen which seems out of place (you’ll know when you see it) and kind of ruins the flow for me…

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Once you get past that, it starts picking up speed again and ultimately leads to one of the most satisfying conclusions you’ll see to a superhero genre TV series ever.

Everything gets tied up so neatly, it makes you wonder if this season will BE the final season. Netflix has already given Iron Fist and Luke Cage the flix, is Daredevil next???

He’s the only Defender worth defending in my opinion right now. I hope they don’t…

“Let the devil out!” — Wilson Fisk

4.5 out of 5 shots on target!!!

PS: I deducted 0.5 for that Karen episode


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