Daredevil Season 3: Crime Punishment Madness and Faith

Rating 4.5/5 – Daredevil Season 3 comes out of the gate completely ignoring everything that happened in Defenders except the whole building coming done on Matt and Elektra.    There’s only one name-drop in the entire season and that was for Netflix other good show, Jessica Jones.   It starts with our hero and our villain both as low as they can get, Wilson Fisk stuck in jail and being told there’s no easy way out, Matt Murdock wounded and looking at what he thinks it the loss of his super-powers.   As the season builds up we watch both men rise from their current circumstances to become the characters we loved from the first season.   And what a rise it is.  As the season continues both become what they were by the end of the first season except this time Kingpin knows who Matt Murdock is and he begins taking Matt’s life apart piece by piece.  Meanwhile, Matt struggles with the hardest decision of his life, should he kill Kingpin since it seems there’s no way to stop him otherwise.    In the middle of this one of Daredevil’s classic villains gets one hell of an origin.   It all comes together in one of the most hardcore third seasons of any Netflix show, one that’s absolutely worth the watch.

Daredevil Season 3:  Bullseye

Daredevil Season 3 BullseyeBullseye in was always a pretty dumb villain before he killed Elektra and the death of Elekta was the one and only time he had any gravitas.   My problem is he’s not a martial artist, he’s not super strong or super fast.  He’s just good at throwing things.   That’s great for a long distance fight but as soon as people like Daredevil and Elektra – both who have extensive martial arts and ninja training, get close enough he should be put down, period.   Proof of this is in reading any comic before or after he killed Elektra, he’s just not that interesting.   Even when he killed Karen Page it felt so tact on, like Marvel (or Kevin Smith) was trying desperately to make him a thing.  In Daredevil Season 3 Netflix decided to take Bullseye in another direction.

Introducing Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter (the comics never settled on a name, he’d been called “Lester” and Benjamin, but in one instance his last name was supposedly Poindexter) FBI agent assigned to watch Wilson Fisk who is selling out his own crime buddies so his beloved Vanessa might be free from prosecution.   From the beginning you got the feeling there was something wrong with this guy.  He was a marine sharpshooter with one hell of a past, and Netflix did an excellent job bringing out that past.   When he becomes Bullseye you feel every inch of his insanity.  When he goes down like a villain who started out as a good guy you believe the journey and almost feels bad for the guy.   He gets twisted by Wilson Fisk and when he finds out it’s just too late.   This was a proper villain and I don’t care how they do it, I hope they bring him back.

Daredevil Season 3:  Kingpin

Daredevil Season 3 KingpinIt’s hard to think of a time Vincent D’Onofrio put in a bad performance, and he’s as much Wilson Fisk/Kingpin as Tom Hiddleston is Loki or Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark.   Vincent D’Onofrio owns the role of Kingpin.  No matter how they draw him or CGI him in video games I will only see and hear Vincent D’Onofrio.   He not only brings gravitas to Kingpin he makes you almost sympathize with him.   When we get near the climax of any given movie or TV show arch and you find out exactly how far the villain is ahead of the hero sometimes it can make your eyes roll.  When Daredevil Season 3 does it with Kingpin you believe it.   Every twist is a good twist, one that goes with the story and keeps you on the edge of your seat.   People act like doing Kingpin is somehow hard.  He did start as a Spider-Man villain so people see him on the same level as Doctor Octopus or Green Goblin.  In fact, he was a bit silly until Frank Miller came along and showed us all why he should be a Daredevil villain.  Netflix showed us why he should be an MCU villain.   Marvel’s decision not to use Vincent D’Onofrio in their movies is a stupid one.  If any character needs to graduate from the smalls streaming screen to the big screen it Wilson Fisk/Kingpin.

Daredevil Season 3:  Karen and Foggy

Daredevil Season 3 Foggy & KarenI have no clue why so many other reviewers get their dicks wilted over Karen and Foggy.   I love these character and I’m glad Netflix decided to take them in better directions.  Their storylines in Daredevil Season 3 are good and nicely connected to the overall story going on in this show.   In the comics, Karen is the girl in the refrigerator and Foggy is just there.   The connection to the main storyline in Daredevil Season 3 is about Matt trying to find himself and his purpose as Daredevil.  He tries to go it alone and learns he doesn’t have to and maybe decided to push his friends off to the side was a mistake.   I don’t know if Netflix is going to do the MCU thing and only give Daredevil three season or if they plan to continue this series.  They just canceled Luke Cage, which made no sense, and Iron Fist, which absolutely makes sense.  Because of this everyone is speculating that Daredevil and Jessica Jones might be in trouble.  On this one, I don’t blame them at all.   Netflix never tells the public shit except how much you owe them.  I hope this show lasts for a 4th season either on Netflix or on Disney own streaming service.

Daredevil Season 3:  Let Them Fight

Let’s tell the truth, the best thing about Daredevil Season 3 were the fight scenes.  If you thought the hallway fight in season one was something, get ready for a treat.  Every single fight in Daredevil Season 3 was a mash of some of the most well choreographed brutal and hardcore fight scenes I’ve seen in almost any TV show.   The best one was the first fight between Daredevil and Bullseye, and when you get to it you’re going to applaud like crazy over how they not only give you one of the seasons most tragic scenes but how they show you why Bullseye is a threat was just awesome.   You’re going to remember pretty much every fight scene in this season, even the smaller ones.

Bottom Line

There’s a reason why people are constantly talking about Daredevil, and Season 3 is one of them.  In this outing Daredevil season, 3 was well paced,  excellently acted and didn’t skimp on story or tragedy.   This was a hero’s journey within a hero’s journey, a perfect birth of a good villain and a demonstration of why Kingpin is one of Marvel’s most evil characters.  Oh yeah, Kingpin is EVIL, all caps.   By the end, you know why Daredevil does what he does and you can’t wait for more.  I don’t know where this show will go but not going beyond Daredevil Season 3 will be a big mistake on anyone’s part.   This show goes up there with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones for damn near a perfect TV.



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