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Third season of “Daredevil” rises above expectations

The third season of "Daredevil" succeeded by enhancing the aspects of the show that everyone enjoyed

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Matt Murdock poses in the poster for "Daredevil's" third season

Sol Doyscher, Opinions Editor

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Daredevil follows the exploits of Matthew Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer who possesses superhuman physical abilities, and his quest to protect his New York City neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. After the events of the Marvel Netflix special, The Defenders, Matt Murdock finds himself broken and alone. He ends up back where he grew up. Suffering mentally and physically, Murdock is about ready to throw in the towel. But he steps back into the ring when an old adversary returns and threatens those closest to Murdock. Donning his familiar black mask, Matt Murdock springs back into action as the feared vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen.

The show sees the return of the cast mainstays, as well a few notable cast additions; Jay Ali (The Fosters) as clean-cut, morally upstanding FBI agent Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, and Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie, The Young and the Restless) as the unstable FBI agent Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter.

I might as well just say it, this season is absolutely amazing. Almost every good aspect of the previous two seasons is magnified, and every negative aspect is barely present. Story-wise, this is easily the best Marvel Netflix show season. Matt Murdock’s character arc is incredibly compelling. We see a darker, more cynical side of Matt reflecting on the events of past seasons, and his growth into a hero is incredibly well-structured. This season sees each character pushed to the breaking point, as the main villain exploits their weaknesses and faults. Every character in the main cast, including the antagonists, has a satisfying character arc and highlights Daredevil season three’s focus on the people over the action. The new additions to the cast are great, and the new characters of Ray Nadeem and Ben Poindexter helped elevate the show.

I might as well just say it, this season is absolutely amazing. ”

— Sol Doyscher

Not to say that the action isn’t a priority. In fact, this season has some of the best fight choreography I’ve ever seen in a comic book superhero show. The fights are brutal, grounded and expertly shot with no awkward angles or wasted frames. A staple of Daredevil is each season having a fight in a hallway, and this season is no different. The hallway fight is incredible, and every move the hero, Daredevil, makes is impactful and artful in its precision. I especially like how Matt Murdock spends time recovering from his injuries, and how his fatigue is shown in every tough scrap he is in.

I will spoil one thing. Wilson Fisk is back. In what capacity, I won’t say, but it’s likely not difficult to figure out if you have watched any previews. Vincent D’Onofrio is absolutely incredible as Wilson Fisk, and he brings such an intensity and presence to the role that I find it impossible to imagine anyone else playing Kingpin.

I give this season four-and-a-half hallway fights out of five. A stellar season that managed to transcend my expectations, and delivered the best Netflix Marvel season yet.

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