Update(10/27/18): I can’t believe the show was able to make the first two episodes of season 3 an anomaly. Their low quality put a really bad taste in my mouth, but I am glad to say that the rest of it is worth pushing through. Daredevil season 3 is a really great return to form for the show, making good on the promise of season 1 and even raising the bar.
From episodes three through seven, the quality of the show steadily increases, making it a joy to watch. Camera work during fight scenes and other tweaks make it a masterpiece when put side by side with the opening of the season. There are really great ideas introduced as a foundation to build off of and everything starts to click into place. Not only is the show making its characters more interesting, but it continually surprises in how it depicts key moments that occur.
From here, the show starts to slow down in pace. Events unfold slower and you start to feel the episode count and wonder when everything will be wrapped up. Prominent characters start to be sidelined due to the large cast size; this puts a damper on excitement levels and hits the show harder than it should have.
The last two episodes are totally different than all the others in the season. Weird choices in character relationships and plot progression bog it down in an unnatural way. The horribly shot and choreographed final fight soured the entire last episode. There are lots of scenes with bad dialogue and overacting that create an uncomfortable atmosphere for the show to end on. As a final note, I want to say that as a whole the show set a new bar for these Marvel Netflix shows, but the lows were on par with The Defenders.
Updates Rating: Watch
The second half of Daredevil season 2 had a huge drop in quality over its first half. The Defenders was a mess and the lack of quality for the Marvel Netflix shows was at its peak. This situation was not beneficial for the third season of Daredevil, but here we are.
Season 3 of Daredevil starts with the obvious; Daredevil didn't die at the end of The Defenders. He starts the show with crippling injuries, something the character is used to at this point. But this isn’t the same Daredevil we are familiar with; he wants to die. For reasons that are never explained, he wants his life to end. The show does not provide any character motivation for this change in mindset, making it really difficult to care about Matt Murdock. He spends his recovery time in a church laundry room talking to a nun. Her addition to the show is only to provide Matt with someone to talk to, nothing more. As the show attempts to find meaning in its lead character, it also takes time to build up its villain.
Wilson Fisk returns as the main villain for Daredevil as the Kingpin. He starts off the season content with being in prison, but that quickly changes after the government threatens a character off-screen. This forces Fisk to comply with the government by giving up information about illegal activity in the city. These scenes really got on my nerves with how low budget they looked. The image is flat and doesn’t fit with how the Daredevil show usually presents itself. Other than the lackluster character motivation for the villain, he seems to be withdrawn and the once powerful control he commanded is now gone
The first two episodes for this season are hard to watch. They offer little in engaging story and are a huge drop off in excitement compared to what Daredevil has brought before. It seems I am in the minority with this opinion, but it's not like the show is doing anything good. I guess people got through this boring part of the show to see Daredevil actually go back to moderately acceptable fighting choreography, but I can’t do that. The show has really taken a downturn in quality and it makes me okay with the fact that the Marvel Netflix shows will be slowly phased out.
Rating: Not Worth It