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Daredevil vs. Kingpin

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 Daredevil Season3

Grade: A

Daredevil Season Three will likely go down as the quickest I’ve ever binge watched anything. Four days. I couldn’t stop. It was, for me, the very definition of addictive.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a mess on a good day these days he’s hiding in the basement of a church trying to recover and convinced that God well, if he’s not out to get him probably just doesn’t like him. He’s giving up on Matt Murdock and just going to be Daredevil from now on.

Charlie Cox as Daredevil in black suit
Daredevil back in the black suit.

 And since the season begins with his violent arch-nemesis Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) cutting a deal to be released (under penthouse arrest anyway) maybe he does have a point. Though only Matt Murdock can try the patience of a nun.

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Daredevil listens in. 

I actually enjoyed his religious conversations and otherwise with Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley) even if Matt did occasionally make me want to roll my eyes and slap him upside the head at least she calls him out on it.

The plot of season three isn’t anything new as Matt, Karen and Foggy go to the edge to bring Fisk down the hero must grapple with not just what he’s willing to do but how much he’s like those he fits against. Meanwhile Fisk provides the city with a Daredevil of his making and one that is seemingly unbeatable.

Wilson Bethel as Daredevil
Daredevil take 2

The action is amazing this series. I mean I’m not usually an action girl but the Daredevil fights are excellent. The rage filled showdown at the end was well down (even though I was also rolling my eyes at Matt at times and the long take hallway scene reminded me of Mad Max Fury Road in how I like my action. Grant you no cars of course. But it was clear and consistent and I could see absolutely everything.

Wilson Fisk in his White Suit.
Wilson Fisk rules as Kingpin.

What really amazed me was the pace of this season. I am someone who finds the Marvel Netflix shows drag something awful. This had a slow(ish) beginning but just built and built.

I actually wanted more because on kind of a downside Sister Maggie does kind of disappear at the end and Fisk and Vanessa’s relationship kind of sort maybe started to get weird, on his part. And those things just kind of ended abruptly.


The acting was on-point throughout. In fact I think this is the best it’s ever been. With also great performances from Jay Ali and Wilson Bethel. I read somewhere that the show runners said they wanted to make every character the protagonist of their own story this year and they did a great job with that.

Unpopular opinion: Foggy is sweet but also a bit of a naive bore πŸ™‚

Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Paige
Karen has had enough.

Special shout-out to Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Paige. I’ve liked the actress since she was Jessica on True Blood and she really shined this season. Her scene with Fisk was mesmerizing (if the Emmys were fair D’Onofrio, at least, would be a contender next year.) Plus she stood up to Matt on occasion and low and behold they actually do have chemistry!

Needless to say I was thrilled with this season even with it’s few bumps (Vanessa and Fisk being one. I am a little torn since season four is so up in the air. A big part of me wants more naturally and another part of me says go out on a high note.

Recommend: Yes. And while you should probably have the history I am only just now watching season one for the first time and I never did finish the Defenders neither of those things hurt the viewing experience at all for me.

11 thoughts on “Daredevil vs. Kingpin”

  1. I mostly liked S3 but had a few quibbles. I did think the Vanessa thing was a little rushed- maybe they should have brought her back earlier in the season? And I wasn’t super crazy about the Bullseye stuff… it was just such a different take. Still, this was good. I loved Karen this time around. And Sister Maggie. Their dynamic (her and Matt) was great.

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    1. Vanessa was weird for me (cause I’m only just now watching season one) I was expecting this great romance and I got the impression Kingpin was getting kind of tired or annoyed with her. Maybe he was expecting a great romance as well? Karen is best when they aren’t shoving Karedevil down my throat and I definitely hope for more Sister Maggie πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it though!

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      1. Karedevil haha- love it. πŸ™‚ True though, I like a slow burn with them. Will they or won’t they? Keep me guessing people! I don’t even know if I want them together lol. And Elektra’s still out there somewhere, right??

        I thought the Karen flashback was surprisingly effective too. Heartbreaking but well done!

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  2. I enjoyed the season as well. I do think that it started slower than other seasons, but it did pick up pace for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of Bullseye and was fascinated with that story-line. My favorite episode was the one where we see Karen’s past. I thought it was so well done and it captured my attention the entire time. Great review! πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks! Karen’s backstory was fantastic and it was a great example of the excellent character work cause her actions weren’t sympathetic but I still felt incredibly bad for her. Loved that she faced Bullseye and that they subverted her death brilliantly!

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  4. Im still on S1! I remember enjoying it but somehow got distracted, glad to hear the other seasons are great, especially S3 – I could totally binge on series I’m enjoying as well!
    PS. I’m currently watching Killing Eve (I still remember you reviewing it) and absolutely loving it! Thanks for the recommendation. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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    1. Killing Eve was awesome! I just saw an article recently talking about how Jodie Comer deserves a golden globe nomination and I totally agree. I thought she deserved an Emmy nod to be honest πŸ™‚ Glad you’re liking it though!

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