Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your butts because you’re in for one hell of a ride with season 3 of Marvel’s Daredevil. If you are looking for a spoiler free review, then you are in the right place. Season 3 delivers in so many ways, but it’s not without it shortcomings.
Matt Murdock – The Daredevil
There are not a lot of shows around that leave me feeling satisfied once I’ve watched the entire season. Daredevil came through in so many ways this time around. Let’s start with Matt Murdock. If you can recall at the end of The Defenders, we are lead to believe Matt finally ran out of luck. Matt is a troubled soul in season 2 all the way up to the end. At the close of season 2, an entire building falls on him, giving us the impression Matt is dead. That is, until the last scene, where we see him badly beaten and laying in a bed in his old church where he grew up. The dichotomy of Matt Murdock and Daredevil this season is exceptional. The writers in season 3 did a fantastic job of translating the emotion felt by Matt to the tv screen. The complexities Matt has to face in his dual life are played out incredibly well. The pressure points, the stresses, his friends, and the man he will become going forward all received level playing ground this time around. And all wrapped up in some muay thai boxing ropes spun around his fists.
Matt is not alone in that character maturation. Dex, Fisk, Foggy, and even Karen at times – all are given their fair share of growth and depth. I’ll get more into Karen’s character in a moment, but overall this season 3’s character development was fantastic; particularly when we see Dex and Fisk together. I won’t spoil anything, but the way the writers brought them together was a wonderful way to show how Fisk’s influence affected Dex.
The Bad Guys
This was probably the best duo of bad guys yet. The brutal tactician of Fisk paired with the deviousness of Dex. This pair of baddies really have something going for them. There were times watching Fisk where I was literally wowed. I don’t think any other actor other than Vincent D’Onofrio could have played a better Kingpin. He is the best bad guy in the Netflix tv universe without a doubt. With additional layers of psychological depravity from Dex, it really made for formidable and believable bad guys. As I mentioned previously, the developmental depth of these characters really had me up for some late nights. I couldn’t stop watching. This brutal duo really make season 3 binge worthy.
The Netflix Struggle
I don’t know if it’s like this with other originals on Netflix, but something that Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones all have in common is that mid season drag. It always felt like there was one or two episodes too many packed in the middle of the season that didn’t do much for me. They are great filler, and I wouldn’t go as far as saying they’re not needed, but they are very close to that. It seems to happen every time there is some type of plot twist, and Daredevil had some good ones, but everything seems to ramp down a little. The pace slows as if to drag out the season for just a few more episodes. This is my only hang up for season 3. That and Karen Page.
She just doesn’t do it for me. I could never feel that much of a connection to her. It may be that actress Deborah Ann Woll plays the roll with too much anxiety, or it may be the way the writers want her portrayed? She has been through a lot. But, I found myself wanting her to be a little bit more of a strong character. Not as anxious, and a little tougher from growing through her life experiences. Her back story is important, but I found myself wondering if this was being told only to set us up for future Daredevil seasons? It was interesting, but in the end I just wanted more from her character.
Overall this was probably the best season of Daredevil. The plot twists, the action, the compelling characters. I absolutely loved this season. I have to give Daredevil a 9.5 out of 10. Other than the mentioned Netflix episodes that seemed to drag out the season, and not really connecting with Karen, this season is the best Daredevil yet. I can’t wait to see where we go from here.