- Critic's Rating - 9/109/10
“When someone in need tries to push you away, you have to find the strength to hold on tighter.”
After a gap of two years, Marvel-Netflix partnership’s trump card Daredevil returns for the 3rd season. Daredevil’s inception to the streaming giant was similar to Iron Man’s feature film. It helped to initiate further vigilante series- Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage & The Punisher and the assemble series The Defenders.
The show kicks-off from The Defenders’ epilogue – a heavily-wounded Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) from the battle at Midland Circle, takes shelter inside the Church. Matt is under the care of Sister Maggie, who seems to have a past with him. Physically broken after the battle and mentally tormented by the loss of his love affair Elektra (Elodie Yung) during the events in The Defenders, Matt is continuously haunted by his memories. He has neither the will to live nor the will to become the caped crime-fighting Daredevil again. In the talks with Father Lantom, his misery is reflected when he despises God for all the pain he has wrought. Interestingly, it’s for the viewers to think if believing or not-believing in God a permanent silver bullet to one’s problems?
Meanwhile, considering Daredevil dead and alive at the same time, Matt’s friends Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) are caught up with their Lilliputian things. Foggy is back home connecting with his family members and Karen fails to convince her father as he blames her for her brother’s death. Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) is in prison for all the grisly crimes he admits having committed. However, being in prison for long enough, he has carefully devised a plan to free himself from prison, retake control of the city, eliminate the threats and brand Daredevil as the public enemy #1. The interesting arc to the story has been brought up by two FBI agents- Ray Nadeem (Jay Ali) and Benjamin Poindexter (Wilson Bethel).
With a calm, composed, scrupulous and omniscient Wilson Fisk ahead in the game by corrupting government officials either by money or by force, and a strong, barbaric, mission-centric, mentally unstable antagonist Bullseye teaming up to make Daredevil has public enemy #1, the directionless, weak and agitated Daredevil has to confront his deepest fear- fear of losing the people he loves and resurrect himself from the ashes. Alone in his battle against the outer evil and inner disgust, he is left with no option but to go the whole nine yards.
Giving the humanistic touch to the show, this season argues that heroes falter just like people. Even though they fail, commit mistakes, become furious and push the ones closest to them away, it’s always the friends and the family who should hold them nearby. Daredevil learns this the hard way as pushing them away does more harm than good. Matt discovers this in his all-weather friend Foggy and later, in Karen. It’s the inextricable link between human and society.
An interesting argument was raised when Foggy finds Matt discrediting system, particularly the judiciary and the way justice is served. It’s true that if one loses faith in system and then believes in what one’s doing is the right path, he or she may be blinded by the thirst to make it right. In return, they may themselves end up being adversary for the common people. The system has its weakness, but it has endured over the ages since the birth of mankind and be it a cop, a vigilante or a criminal, the system shall always win. In times like these, a thoughtful person has to be more sanguine than the others.
A strong narrative without convoluting the plot, governed by skittish characters and terrific performances, Daredevil Season 3 has redefined what it means to make a great follow-up season to a superhero show. Even though Iron Fist and Luke Cage have been axed after Season 2, Daredevil TV Series will serve to boost a genre where audience generally lose interest after a couple of seasons. Next in line includes The Punisher Season 2 and Jessica Jones Season 3. It will be interesting to see which new character will be introduced under Marvel-Netflix banner.
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