REVIEW: Daredevil Season 3 [NO SPOILERS]

arvel’s attempt at building a Netflix universe hasn’t exactly gone as planned. They started off on the right foot, but the overall quality of their shows has been dropping steadily. The Defenders came and went with mixed reviews (at best) leading to the back-to-back cancellation of both Iron Fist and Luke Cage (although, these mildly surprising decisions appear more related to Disney’s much-anticipated, upcoming streaming service). We still have season two of The Punisher coming next year and Jessica Jones season three, which is still in production (for now) and looks to be the grand finale of this awkward partnership. But, with so much turbulence and uncertainty, what were we to expect from the latest, and most likely last, Daredevil? Consider our expectations…exceeded. Here are a few takeaways from an exceptional third season.

 

KINGPIN SEASON 2

Vincent D’Onofrio is sooo so so so so so so so so good. He does this finger twitch. It’s barely noticeable, but he does it every time he’s feeling stressed. Whenever it happens, you know it’s very possible someone will get his skull smashed in, creating this constant tension whenever he’s on screen. This season is more proof that the villain really makes a show. It does such a good job of making you feel sympathetic with Fisk, then incrementally making him do evil things. He’s relatable at times, but a few episodes will pass and he’s a monster again, and you didn’t even realize the monster came back out.

 

BAD RELIGION

The first few episodes deal with Matt’s religious doubts and may turn some people off because it may hit a little too close to home. There’s this weird sexual tension with a nun. Not sure if that was intentional or if I’m just a disgusting human. It’s more likely that I’m a disgusting human.

 

PASS-A-FIST

I wish the fight choreography was as good as as season one or two. It’s passable, but not as good as previous seasons. It’s forgivable because that money was spent on writing and Vincent D’Onofrio (and it was money well spent).

 

REAL IT IN

The best thing this season did was bring the show back to the ground. Season two and The Defenders dealt with magical ninjas. They could have gone super crazy after the magical ninjas and fully leaned into left field, but the writers made a good choice. They regrounded the show, depowered our hero and didn’t fall into the trap of escalation for the sake of escalation. 

arvel’s attempt at building a Netflix universe hasn’t exactly gone as planned. They started off on the right foot, but the overall quality of their shows has been dropping steadily. The Defenders came and went with mixed reviews (at best) leading to the back-to-back cancellation of both Iron Fist and Luke Cage (although, these mildly surprising decisions appear more related to Disney’s much-anticipated, upcoming streaming service). We still have season two of The Punisher coming next year and Jessica Jones season three, which is still in production (for now) and looks to be the grand finale of this awkward partnership. But, with so much turbulence and uncertainty, what were we to expect from the latest, and most likely last, Daredevil? Consider our expectations…exceeded. Here are a few takeaways from an exceptional third season.

 

KINGPIN SEASON 2

Vincent D’Onofrio is sooo so so so so so so so so good. He does this finger twitch. It’s barely noticeable, but he does it every time he’s feeling stressed. Whenever it happens, you know it’s very possible someone will get his skull smashed in, creating this constant tension whenever he’s on screen. This season is more proof that the villain really makes a show. It does such a good job of making you feel sympathetic with Fisk, then incrementally making him do evil things. He’s relatable at times, but a few episodes will pass and he’s a monster again, and you didn’t even realize the monster came back out.

 

BAD RELIGION

The first few episodes deal with Matt’s religious doubts and may turn some people off because it may hit a little too close to home. There’s this weird sexual tension with a nun. Not sure if that was intentional or if I’m just a disgusting human. It’s more likely that I’m a disgusting human.

 

PASS-A-FIST

I wish the fight choreography was as good as as season one or two. It’s passable, but not as good as previous seasons. It’s forgivable because that money was spent on writing and Vincent D’Onofrio (and it was money well spent).

 

REAL IT IN

The best thing this season did was bring the show back to the ground. Season two and The Defenders dealt with magical ninjas. They could have gone super crazy after the magical ninjas and fully leaned into left field, but the writers made a good choice. They regrounded the show, depowered our hero and didn’t fall into the trap of escalation for the sake of escalation.

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