Browse Josh's Portfolio and the Comic, Reviews or Blog archive.

Daredevil (season 03)

Josh Reviews Daredevil: Season Three

Daredevil season three reminds me of the early days, when Netflix’s Marvel shows were exciting.  I was blown away by the first season of Daredevil and the first season of Jessica Jones.  These shows were adult, intense, and exciting.  They were gorgeously well-made, with great action and compelling drama.  They took the characters seriously but were still hugely fun pieces of entertainment.  But then things started to go awry, and while I have found moments to enjoy in the shows and seasons that followed, the Marvel Netflix productions settled into mediocrity.  And then Netflix, apparently no longer interested in shows it didn’t completely control/own, cancelled all of them.  (Daredevil was cancelled just a few weeks after season three dropped, despite the positive reviews the season received.  Jessica Jones hasn’t even released its currently-in-production third season, and that show has already been cancelled!)  All of this conspired to make me not exactly in a rush to watch the latest season of Daredevil.  But I knew that I’d loved season one (and enjoyed season two, despite its flaws), and so I did finally decide to watch season three a few weeks ago.  I am delighted I did, because it is TERRIFIC.  This is the strongest season of a Netflix Marvel show since those first seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones.  If this is the last we see of this iteration of these characters, I am left completely satisfied.

Daredevil season three picks up the story from the end of The Defenders, after the First Midland building exploded and crashed down on Matt.  But other than that plot-point as the starting-point from the season, the show mostly ignores the events of The Defenders.  There were a few times when this was annoying to me, as I wondered why Matt didn’t call any of his new super-powered friends to help him in his struggles this year.  (This reminds me of the occasional problems in the first few post-Avengers MCU films, as it was hard not to wonder why each individual hero didn’t assemble the full Avengers team every time they were beset by a new super-villain.)  But as the season progressed, I grew to see this as a strength, as Daredevil threw off the shackles of having to maintain an interconnected TV-universe and instead focused back in on the story-lines and characters that made this series so great in the beginning.

The result is a phenomenal season of TV.  Everything I loved about Daredevil back at the beginning is back.  This is an unapologetically dark, adult show, in which bad things happen and things don’t go magically back to normal at the end of each episode.  There is … [continued]