TV Show Review: Daredevil, Season 3

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80018294 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322312/

Score: 8.4/10

After watching the now cancelled and generally mediocre seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, I worried for this newest season of Daredevil. Luckily, my worries were unfounded. Daredevil season three brings back the quality production values that you saw in seasons one and two. As an aside, don’t go on Yahoo because they put spoilers for this show right onto the front page… those ass hats.

Season three picks up shortly after The Defenders. Matt Murdoch survived his encounter with the hand and returns to New York City. Around this time, Wilson Fisk decides to act and make his play for departing prison and taking control of the city once again. Matt must now figure out how to beat Fisk and put him behind bars again without becoming a murderous villain himself. This situation is exacerbated by the appearance of a new villain with skills that seem to rival if not exceed Matt’s own abilities.

This season was laced with tension and a lot of that was from the introduction of the new villain. Fans will know him as Bullseye, except that name is never used in the show. As you can tell from the trailer above, Bullseye (whom I will refer to as Bullseye so as not to spoil anything) is an expert marksman and can turn anything into a weapon. Don’t expect any of that hokey Collin Farrell crap from that lousy Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. They go in deep and tell the story of this character from the very beginning. What the audience gets is a well developed character with a believable back story explaining how a person could plausibly become someone like Bullseye. I’m glad they didn’t just take his ridiculous back story from the comics and left his stupid costume behind.

What Bullseye adds to every scene is tension. Bullseye is a psychopath with no compulsions against killing. So when you add someone like that to a scene, every character in that scene is in danger since you don’t know who or when Bullseye is going to kill someone. It’s kind of like how Heath Ledger’s Joker just added tension to a scene because he was so unpredictable. The same is true of Bullseye. Bullseye’s ability to hit all targets turn every fight scene into a gruesome mess. People are getting stabbed with, pens, scissors, and ashtrays. When they camera pans to pieces of broken glass on the floor, you just curl up a little because someone is getting a shard of glass thrown into an uncomfortably lethal place.

The story itself is okay, but really the action is where it’s at. There are many memorable fight scenes, especially with Bullseye and his abilities. One particularly memorable fight scene is an eleven minute action sequence done in one take. Every season always seems to have one of these scenes and this season also has a great one. I’ve wondered in the past how they could outdo the long take action sequences they’ve done in the past and the answer at first is to lengthen the scene. But then length alone is not enough (that’s what she said), you have to add a narrative progression. In past sequences, they were mostly action. In this seasons sequence, they added acting and dialogue, which added a lot to the build up and tension to the scene.

Despite the good, there was also some bad. The season perpetrates classic tropes such as characters suddenly reaching narrative epiphanies for no real reason. Characters also often do stupid things with weak or no real motivation. The ending was also a bit to convenient and anticlimactic as compared to the more thrilling action scenes in the middle of the season.

Overall, I feel that the negatives in no way outweigh the positives of this season. Daredevil season three is a great thirteen episodes of television and I recommend anyone who enjoyed any of the past season of Netflix’s Marvel superhero shows to watch it. The action is well choreographed, the acting is good, and the story is good enough. I know Netflix canceled Iron Fist and Luke Cage, but the would be fools to cancel Daredevil.

Score: 8.4/10

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