Here is my final review (sniff) of the Netflix series Daredevil.
Yeah dude, I’m upset too.
Last time we saw Matt Murdock he was dead. Well, at the end of The Defenders when the giant building collapsed on him, everyone assumed he had died. Little did they know, Matt was actually at the convent/orphanage where he grew up, being cared for by the Nuns.
Healing is Hard
Not only does Matt need to recover from his physical wounds, he has spiritual wounds as well. A central theme of season 3 is Matt’s struggle to regain not only his strength but also his faith. The separation from his friends, damage to his hearing (kind of important when you’re blind) and the continual rise of evil in Hell’s Kitchen, has Matt questioning God’s very existence. Matt’s Catholic faith is at the core of who he is both as a man and a hero. Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley) and Father Lantom (Peter McRobbie) play major roles in this season as Matt questions everything.
Making a Monster
Season 3 of Daredevil delivers the origin story of one of Daredevil’s most recognizable foes, Bullseye.
The ever annoying Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) manipulates those around him all season to ultimately give rise to Bullseye (Wilson Bethel), as well as drawing another evildoer into his schemes. All just in time for the cancelation of the show.
Other Notable Elements
Of course Karen Page and Foggy Nelson are back as Matt’s grieving friends, trying to cope with his death while continuing to fight Fisk. New sides of Karen and Foggy are revealed as we dig into Karen’s past and Foggy sets his sights on new career goals.
The addition of FBI Agent Ray Nadeem (Jay Ali), who is not in the Daredevil comics, shows us just how far reaching Wilson Fisk’s machinations are. We also see the return of Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer), Fisk’s lady love.
A Fond Farewell
As secrets are revealed and drama plays out on multiple fronts, this season of Daredevil surpasses the rest. Daredevil has been one of Netflix’s top series since its premier in 2015. Why Netflix ultimately decided to end their Marvel series is sort of up for debate. Though viewership has been strong for Daredevil, some reports say it hasn’t been enough to justify the cost of the show. It’s possible Disney would allow Netflix to continue to produce these series, but it’s complicated. It could be a conflict of interest for Netflix to produce content that might help promote their competition.
Only time will tell when these Marvel heroes will return to screens big or small. In the meantime, binge season 3 of Daredevil while you can.