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Daredevil: Review of the 3rd season of the superhero drama starring Charlie Cox on Netflix

Welcome back Matt Murdock, welcome back Daredevil. The first Defender of the Marvel series from Netflix had to wait a comparatively long time for a third season. This returns to the proven virtues of the blind avenger from Hell's Kitchen - and offers not only an excellent technical implementation but also powerful entertainment.

First note: This review applies to the first six episodes of the third season of "Daredevil".

It's been quite a while since Daredevil, the blind Marvel hero with self-destructive helper syndrome, went villain hunting for Netflix. At least single-handedly. In March 2016, the second season of the dark (anti) heroic drama celebrated its premiere, in which the devil had to deal with the rigorous vigilante Frank Castle (aka Punisher) and a whole host of ninjas in addition to his old flame Elektra. Since then, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) - lawyer by day, battle-hardened avenger by night - has been overtaken by colleagues Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who now also have two seasons, although one of these three street heroes has now been sent into early retirement has been.

But "Daredevil" had not completely disappeared from the scene, he (and the aforementioned Elektra) were at the center of the event series Marvel's The Defenders, the quality and usefulness of which can still be debated and at the end of which an alleged line under that Life was drawn by Matt Murdock aka Daredevil. But, surprise: Matt is alive. And he was rarely in such good shape as in the third season of Daredevil, which starts on Netflix today, in which our title character wants to turn his life around and an old enemy makes it extremely difficult for him to calmly find a new way to be To deny life ...

First of all: For those who shouldn't have seen “Marvel's The Defenders”, in the run-up to the third season of “Daredevil”, they don't have to worry about having missed anything or being in a losing position. At the beginning, the deep case of Matt Murdock and the loss of a person for whom he harbored great, if not entirely uncomplicated feelings, is discussed. However, one lets the past by and large be the past, it is only essential that a decisive experience has significantly changed Matt's view of his work as a hero. And this realization - insight would be too much of a good thing if you never really get the devil out of Matt Murdock - determines the first episodes of the new season.

Who among you is without sin ...

In this way, the series refers to the original comic (colleague and specialist Adam Arndt recommends “Born Again” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli and “Underboss” by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev) and to a trait of the main character, which in the last Sometimes more, sometimes less: the Catholic background of Matt Murdock, who was raised by nuns in an orphanage after the death of his father. It is a logical consequence that Matt questions himself at this point in his life story, which is sometimes very bloody and littered with terrible events. Of all the Netflix Marvel heroes, he has always been the most prominent candidate who bears the burden of the whole world on his shoulders and wants to do good for the hell out of it.

But recent experiences have broken him, he has doubts as to whether he is on the right path or whether his God is playing an unfair game with him that leaves Matt more and more lonely and makes him a socially unfit whipping boy. New showrunner Erik Oleson, advisor series creator Drew Goddard and the writing team take their time for this facet and story of a fallen Samaritan that Matt has perceived himself to be over and over again, only to now realize that this self-portrait is fragile and has been deceptive. The inner conflict of doing good, but at what price, was always a unique selling point of "Daredevil", which comes back to the fore in season three. And that's good, but with a few problems.

David vs. Goliath - Round 2!

Because if a character of the Netflix Defenders can feel sorry for himself, then it is Matt Murdock, who in the meantime closes with the potential chance of redemption and comes to terms with the fact that he will stay alone forever, as this is the only way he will not harm his loved ones can. How these tough, lonely, narrow-lipped guys are loved in Hollywood and the wide world of series! As a viewer, however, this behavior is now rather tiring, because it is a terribly exhausted trope of the superhero genre. Thankfully, however, Joanne Whalley is introduced to the new role of sister Maggie, who excellently parries Matt's complacent, bordering on mental self-mortification, and lets her foster son come up again and again to free him from his glorified self-perception.

To be completely honest, I expected that Matt's new self-discovery process and re-evaluation of his existence at the beginning of the season would take a lot longer than it ultimately does. He gets back on his feet relatively quickly and throws himself straight back into his job as a justice-seeking thug, which seems a little strange, since he wanted to rethink his philosophy thoroughly. But that is also the core problem of the character that he wants to change so much, but his innermost being and his environment simply do not allow it. And, to be completely honest one more time, despite the brief irritation that Matt is basically carrying on as we are used to from the character, I'm glad that our title character doesn't sink into self-pity for an unnecessarily long time.

Because of this component, the first three episodes of the new season can feel a bit sluggish. So much so that you get scared again how those responsible will want to fill 13 episodes with stories that are relevant and don't let us slowly nod away in front of the screens. But from episode four onwards, the cautious start is followed by three episodes, some of which are immensely gripping and very entertaining, in which “Daredevil” soars into the form that distinguished the format in large parts of the first season as well as in the first half of the second season. That's because you use Matt Murdock the way you want to see the hero, with the right mix of self-doubt, empathy, determination and consistency.

But it's not just because of the main character - Vincent D'Onofrio's return as Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin is also worth gold. Fisk is and remains one of the best villain characters in the entire Cinematic Universe of Marvel and D'Onofrio has lost none of his natural charisma and menace in this role. Fisk is highly intelligent, sometimes too omnipotent, but always fascinating. He is able to manipulate and influence everything and everyone around him in such a way that he can ultimately take advantage of it. It is still a great pleasure to watch D'Onofrio play this game. The long-distance duel that unfolds in the first half of the season between the convicted gangster and Daredevil drives the story and makes you want more.

Remote duel, because Fisk is still in the custody of state authorities in season three. But even in the hands of the FBI, which enters into a deal with Fisk that gives him unheard-of privileges, the massive villain can do whatever he wants. On the one hand, he is concerned with the safety of his beloved Vanessa, on the other hand he is working on a plan to direct the hatred of the public, who are not particularly fond of Wilson Fisk, to another person. And so the way to a new character in the Daredevil universe is paved, which has been eagerly awaited by many fans: Bullseye.

Back to the roots

Or differently: Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter, played by Wilson Bethel. Even if the name of the sharp-shooting super villain from the Marvel comics, in which he is hired by Wilson Fisk, among others, to take out Daredevil, in the first six episodes of the third Season of Daredevil doesn’t even fall, the direction you’re taking is clear, but we’ll forget the bullseye incarnation of Colin Farrell in the unspeakable “Daredevil” film from 2003. The character introduced here is far more nuanced and has a difficult background that makes him particularly susceptible to the head games of a Wilson Fisk.This is how the paths of the two cross, whose alliance poses an acute, unpredictable danger to Matt and his loved ones.

It may not be the most original figure drawing that we are presented with, in general in the new episodes it often seems as if you knew long before something happens how the story and the characters will develop. Personally, I don't really find this disturbing, as both the performances of the individual actors and the often very stirring staging are right. Not much will change in the well-known, sometimes somewhat exhausted color scheme of the series; the classic fights in narrow corridors or stairwells will also continue to be part of the repertoire of the production. In contrast to the other Marvel series from Netflix, however, a lot of time and work is invested in action sequences and breathtaking fights that are truly worth seeing.

In the fourth episode alone you can enjoy a wonderful, ten-minute (!) Plan sequence - you can imagine where a cut was possibly made - that Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox in absolute physical top shape) during a visit all in one Shows prison taking an ugly turn. The logistical effort is astonishing and the visual implementation is excellent, from the practiced, but sometimes improvised fighting choreography to the dense camera setting, which makes us all feel part of the whole, to the general dramaturgy of this sequence, which grabs you and just doesn't lets go of more. “Daredevil” originally attracted so much attention and it is gratifying to see that one is now returning to these virtues.

It's not about the mass of opponents our hero has to deal with. The way in which the scenes are captured and whether we sense that something is really at stake is essential. It can sometimes just be a simple duel, as we see it in the sixth episode, for example, which degenerates into a high-intensity duel between two different types of fighters in which various office items are used in a painful way. In this regard, the third season of "Daredevil" is great fun, even if the authors always try not to neglect the gravity of the issues raised, be it systematic corruption at the state level, the terrifying influence of organized crime in our society and the unwillingness of many rightly frightened people to declare war on the great evils of our time.

Characters like Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), who is running for public prosecution, and the tireless journalist / do-gooder Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) take up these aspects again and again. And that's important, even if, for example, you would wish Karen to take a more strategic approach here and there, while Foggy might try his own too often good guyRoutine and his character development remains accordingly manageable. These side-war theaters don't clog the plot, however, they play nicely on the sidelines or just contribute to the central storyline that puts Matt Murdock up against Wilson Fisk. It's simple - and it works.

What you can ultimately get out of this conflict, to what extent Matt undergoes a comprehensible change as a personality (if this is even intended - it would always be desirable) and whether the kingpin's omnipotence eventually becomes too much, are just a few questions that remain are to be clarified. As is so often the case, one can only hope that the number of episodes has not been overdone. Since the first six episodes of the 13-part third season of Daredevil are getting on well and have carried me away several times, I am optimistic.

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The item Daredevil: Review of the 3rd season of the superhero drama starring Charlie Cox on Netflix was published 3 years ago, on Friday, October 19, 2018 by Felix Böhme under the URL https://www.serienjunkies.de/daredevil/3x01-resurrection.html#review.

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