Marvel's Daredevil Review: Season 3 Soars to New Heights

TVGuide.com | 10/16/2018 | Krutika Mallikarjuna
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One of the biggest critiques of Marvel's Netflix shows is they aren't as successful at world-building as their movie counterparts. Overall, later seasons of each superhero series haven't surpassed the imagination of their first seasons. There's a lot of individual complaints that get us there: pacing issues, removing the most interesting character, introducing a villain that's not captivating, and losing the sense of groundedness that's supposed to remind us that the Defenders are fighting for the little guy. The list goes on, but what it amounts to is that watching a Marvel Netflix series can often feel like a completionist's slog with a few hidden gems, rather than an intriguing look into the minds of people who struggle with fulfilling a thankless higher calling.

Daredevil's third season happily smashes that pattern; the six episodes I've watched in advance of the season's Friday debut are a compelling set which capitalized on what made the first season great while simultaneously expanding the show into a proper ensemble drama.

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Daredevil Season 2 lost its way with the mystic ninjas and villains that spanned the ethereal planes Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) found himself fighting in, as it became unmoored from ****'s Kitchen and the day-to-day tragedies that come with regular life rather than a super-powered one. A big part of that had to do with losing one of Marvel's most compelling villains; Season 1's Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) wasn't powered at all and yet somehow managed to be twice as insidious and lethal as any other series villain (with the obvious exception of David Tennant's Killgrave in Jessica Jones). His weapons of choice were influence, connection, and patience, characteristics that are horrifying when filtered through Fisk because it renders him an everyman. Any human being can become him; there's...
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