I am so excited writing this review .There is a chance that at some point in this write-up. I will become a bit incoherent, or disjointed, but that's because just 30 minutes ago I finished binge-watching the new season of Daredevil, and I loved it!
This new season comes on the heels of news about the cancellation of sister shows, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Now, Iron Fist, I can live without, the first season was mediocre, and the second season was passable, so it would be no huge loss. Luke Cage, on the other hand redeemed itself in a huge way, and the second season, in my opinion was a huge success. I would miss it. Here's to hoping they leave us with Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Back to the review.
I have been looking forward to this for a long time, because I watched the first two seasons sometime at the beginning of the year (or was it last year), and I enjoyed it, plus I enjoyed how the Daredevil was a key character in The Defenders, which was very symbolic, especially considering the Daredevil was 'killed' at the end of the season. Then we saw an end-of-the-season spoiler at the end of Iron Fist, where we saw Matt Murdock, very much alive, and unconscious, lying down in bed, being taken care of, which is where this season took off from.
I loved and enjoyed this season for a couple of main reasons: firstly, the acting was outstanding. Everyone, and I mean everyone committed fully to their roles. The characters were fully fleshed out, and the individual character development was spot on. There was a flow from the previous seasons, that makes you feel like you know the characters on a personal level, especially as the producers made them very relatable. Which brings me to my next point.
The characters and plot of this season were very relatable and realistic. They dealt with issues we could identify with, whether it was emotional tendencies, character flaws, or even career challenges. One huge challenge with some fantasy/superhero movies/series is that the viewer might not be able to identify with the struggles of the protagonists or villains, and as such might just enjoy the viewing without any emotional attachments. This is the sort of franchise that could develop a cult following.
Speaking of villains, the main one in this season, coming back from the previous seasons, Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin, played by Vincent D'Onofrio was outstanding. He was a man of power and means, who did not need to lift a finger until absolutely necessary. He was an absolute example of authority and influence, a master strategist who saw 5 moves ahead of our beloved protagonists, leaving them bewildered, aghast, or even helpless, needing help from the screenwriters to make any sort of progress. His plans were so finely and intricately laid out, that the only thing that could have deterred his plans would be human error, and not his. He made plans that we did not even know were plans until it was revealed how it fit into his grand scheme. He was ruthless, but still had an emotional side to him, probably his only vulnerability. Yes, I love a good villain. In fact, he might just trump Thanos as my super-villain of 2018.
Lastly, I loved this because the main protagonist was my best character in the series. The directors of this show made sure that while there were various sub-plots, everything managed to revolve around him, his challenges, and ability. His acting was on point, you could identify with his struggles, his blindness is probably a scam at this point, but we don't mind. And this man can take a beating, as well as he can give it. The action in this season is clear, hard-hitting and emphatic. We were able to follow him right from his origins in the monastery, and could trace how it helped to form him into the man that he had become. Well done, Charlie Cox. Well done.
Seriously, go watch this. I don't binge-watch anything, but this held my attention and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is so good that the main character did not wear the Daredevil suit once throughout the entire season, but yet his performance was so good. Renew your Netflix subscription, borrow your cousin's login information, do what you need to do, but watch this. I cannot gush enough about this, and I strongly feel you would enjoy this. Goodbye, Iron Fist.