Reviews for the first half of Daredevil season 3 are in and critics overwhelmingly agree that the series has returned to form.
While the first season of Daredevil garnered critical praise for its dark tone, comparatively mature storytelling, and stellar performances, the second season was not nearly as well-received, particularly as the series strayed from the acclaimed Punisher story arc in favor of setting up the team-up show titled The Defenders. Now, critics have praised the third season of Daredevil for focusing on a single story that centers around the core cast of characters while commending newcomers Joanne Whalley and Wilson Bethel for their performances as two key characters in Matt Murdock’s life.
The first half of season 3 has also earned positive reviews for delivering outstanding action sequences and moving the story along quickly as opposed to dragging it out, a common criticism of even the most acclaimed Marvel / Netflix shows.
You can check out the some of the reviews below!
Heroic Hollywood‘s Trey Griffith:
“What makes the first six episodes of this season work so well is that it essentially goes backs to what made the first season so special in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There aren’t any magical ninja death cults running around. There aren’t any overly elaborate, centuries-old conspiracies in the works nor are there any destinies that must be defied. Once again, it’s just a handful of characters investigating a very bad man and trying to take him down. All the while the law and other government systems inadvertently protect him as his plans come into play. And the obstacles that our antagonist puts in the way of our heroes are nothing short of brilliant.”
Collider‘s Vinnie Mancuso:
“All of season 3’s action is great, mind you—there’s a chaotic one-shot scene to rival True Detective season one and a pretty fantastic parking lot fight where Matt uses his senses more for stealth than ass-kicking, like an Assassin’s Creed mission—but this is something special. It’s so character driven; it combines the super serious tone of this universe with some downright silly comic book gimmickry. But most importantly, episode director Stephen Surjik builds to it like a horror film. By the time violence erupts—with every major player involved—your heart is already beating fast enough for Matt Murdock to hear it through the screen.”
The Washington Post‘s David Betancourt:
“Though Cox is every bit the Daredevil in black as he trains himself back to 100 percent fighting-capacity after suffering critical physical damage in “The Defenders,” his top superhero moment ironically comes while he’s suited up as Matt Murdock. While on a jail visit looking for information on the Kingpin, he’s identified as an enemy of Fisk and the scene brews into the now always-expected “hallway fight” scenes that Netflix’s Marvel shows are known for. With no mask to hide behind, the blind rage in Matt’s face as he defends himself is on full display, and Cox delivers a definitive and unmatched Daredevil moment.”
i09‘s Charles Pullium-Moore:
“Unlike virtually every other Netflix MCU to date, Daredevil’s third season moves with the kind of briskness that audiences have been wanting for ages. It’s not long before Matt’s back up on his feet and becoming entangled in yet another complicated web of lies, deceit, and destruction crafted by one of his most formidable foes—one Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio).”
IGN‘s Scott Collura:
“The interplay between Whalley and Cox is one of the highlights of the episode, as Maggie apparently comes from the school of hard knocks and tough love. She wants to help Matt, and to coax him back to the faith he has seemingly lost after his recent experiences, but the nun is not exactly gentle about it, and some dark laughs result at times. Also, if that means having the still-injured Matt engage in a sparring match where he might get his butt kicked, then so be it.”
Gamespot‘s Michael Rougeau:
“That’s all to say that Daredevil Season 3 puts the focus where it belongs: on Matt, Fisk, Foggy, and Karen, the core characters that we originally grew to love or hate back in Season 1. With that re-anchoring comes some really cool stylistic choices; there’s an entire sequence that plays out in black and white, half flashbacks, half imaginings, with one character walking back through another’s life as he strives to learn everything he might use to his advantage. And there’s a single-shot fight scene in these first half dozen episodes that’s unbelievably impressive, easily rivaling any action that’s come before in the whole Netflix Marvel universe.”
Geeks of Color‘s Manny A. Castellanos:
“After watching the first six episodes of the new season, one will notice that this season is a lot more concise and focused on one singular story and no moment ever feels like a filler. Past Marvel/Netflix shows struggled with this aspect of their shows, often attempting to stretch out a 6-8 episode story arc into a 10-13 episode season. And, in Season 2 of Daredevil, there was trouble with trying to juggle a Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra storyline at the same time. Both arcs feeling hallow and riddled with filler episodes. This season the story is self-contained and doesn’t seem to be setting up any future series, which was what season 2 was preoccupied with. Season 3 evokes many of the great qualities of season 1 and improves from the stumbles in season 2.”
Inverse‘s Eric Francisco:
“And Bullseye RULES. While a physical match for Matt Murdock with a “super power” of exceptional aim with anything he can get his hands on — bullets, playing cards, office pens — it’s Bullseye’s psychological make-up that makes him utterly engrossing. A disturbed individual with severe abandonment issues, Dex is compelling in the way one becomes engrossed in sordid true crime: Difficult to listen to, but a mystery and a story too good that you cannot look away.”
REinfo‘s Pronay Sarkar:
“This more focused, slightly detached approach to storytelling is, actually, a breath of fresh air, one that eschews the typical universe-expanding nature of these shows to tell a story with a clear plan that’s influenced not only by recent events in Daredevil’s television narrative, but also one of the characters’ most famous storylines from the funny books. Much like the introduction of Bullseye, the fact that Daredevil season 3 is heavily influenced by the ‘Born Again’ arc written by Frank Miller is really no surprise at this point, and the effect it has on the series is felt almost immediately.”
Digital Trends‘ Rick Marshall:
“Cox handles this fresh direction for the character with all of the skill he’s shown in previous seasons, and masterfully walks the line between annoying, woe-is-me angst and the genuine, internalized anguish that can shape a person’s worldview in dark ways.”
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Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero.
Daredevil season 3 stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali, and Lesley Ann Warren.
Daredevil season 3 will be released on October 19, 2018, on Netflix.