TL;DR – This is a more quiet character driven episode than pilot episodes of the past, but all that means is that the actors get a platform to shine.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Well, we are back to where it all started, the very first entry into the Marvel world on Netflix was the first season of Daredevil all the way back in 2015. For many people, me included, that the first season is still the high water mark for the Netflix project, so there is both a hope and a trepidation when you start that first episode. Also, it felt like just last week we got a new Iron Fist, and I am wondering is it all getting a bit too much. Well, today we explore if Daredevil Season Three can be the touchstone that it was.
So to set the scene, at the end of The Defenders cross-over event (see review), Matt Murdock / Daredevil (Charlie Cox) gave his life to protect the city of New York. He remained behind and ensured that the building collapsed on top of him, stopping the evil being released. I think, to be all honest it was long enough ago that I can’t remember, but there was a building, and he was underneath it and now everyone thinks he is dead. Well, wait he isn’t dead, Murdock surprise. As he emerges from a stormwater drain calling for his friend Father Lantom (Peter McRobbie) and starts the long process of recovery. This is because he is now deaf in one of his ears, which means that now Matt truly is blind. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
In Resurrection, what we mostly get is a character piece as we move between the different worlds of Hell’s Kitchen. We have Matt in the basement of the cathedral trying to learn how to walk again as his powers have left him under the eyes of Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley) who takes zero crap from anybody. We have Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy (Elden Henson) still struggling with Matt’s apparent death, and some are coping better than others. We have Agent Nadeem (Jay Ali) who is caught in a loop of needed money to get out of the debt he has found himself in by stepping up to save his sister-in-law from cancer when the insurance bailed on her, but then he can’t get the promotion he needs to pay off the debt until he has paid off the debt. Oh and of course there is Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) still in prison after what happened in Season One, and discovering that he may never see his wife again.
Because this is a very character driven episode it means that there is nowhere to hide, and thankfully as we know by now, all of the actors stepped up to the plate. Right from the start, the story weaves elements together to make a better whole. For example, Matt’s ‘oh woe is me’ shtick, even though it is performed wonderfully by Charlie, would have become grating after a while, but it works because you have Sister Maggie there to shift the scenes up. Also, I did like that there was an honest to the discussions about faith from both parties. As well as this, I don’t think it is any surprise just how good Vincent D’Onofrio is as Fisk. That moment when he yelled ‘quiet’ to a noisy jail and it immediately became silent had power. This is because all of it is earned in Vincent’s performance.
While it is a mostly character-driven episode, we do get a couple of moments of action which tease you with the promise of what is to come. All of the action is well filmed, and you do feel every hit because they edit the sequences with clarity in mind, which helped by the fact that they are already using great choreography, to begin with. Indeed I would say every part of today’s episode is well filmed. You get these little vignette moments, like when Fisk is making an omelette, but then you also get the augmented camera when every hit send’s Matt’s middle ear to bounce all over the place.
In the end, do we recommend Resurrection? Yes, yes we do. While it might not have the same impacts as watching someone mow down an entire clubhouse like Season Two (see review) had. It makes up for that by focusing in on what makes the character’s tick, what drives them, and what are they prepared to leave behind in the past? Oh and while I am here, let Vincent be in a Spiderman film as a villain, you know it makes sense.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Daredevil
Directed by – Marc Jobst
Written by – Erik Oleson
Showrunner – Erik Oleson
Created by – Drew Goddard
Based On – Daredevil by Stan Lee & Bill Everett
Starring – Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Joanne Whalley, Jay Ali & Vincent D’Onofrio with Sunita Deshpande, Peter McRobbie, Danny Johnson, Stephen Rowe & Kate Udall