TV Review: Daredevil S3E1 Resurrection

Shattered physically and spiritually, Matt rethinks his purpose and place in Hell’s Kitchen. Meanwhile, Fisk puts a plan in motion from behind bars.

After the events of the Hand and the destruction of the building Daredevil will have to protect his city once more, or does he? With the The Defenders in the past, Matt has survived a building falling on him and winds up in the orphanage and church that took care of him when he was younger. He’s hurt, he’s broken, and he’s feeling sorry for himself. He has to make the decision as to what to do with his life. It’s a shit or get off the pot sort of episode.

There’s that part in Rocky, when Balboa is broken and hurt, feeling sorry for himself. It seems to happen in every film. Then there’s the epiphany where something clicks and he realizes he’s stronger than he thinks he is which results in a montage where he gets into shape for the big fight. Daredevil returns for season three with a first episode that’s one drawn out version of that.

Matt is hurting post building collapse. An ear is blown out and his radar isn’t functioning the way it should, or really at all. His senses are muted and he’s actually blind for the first time. That of course leads to the pitty party as he must deal with his new reality and discovers that things have just changed. The episode falls in to the montage trap without the catchy music as he attempts to get back on his feat. It’s all just ok to to watch if not rather predictable and slow.

Then there’s his friends Karen and Foggy who are convinced Matt is dead yet keep his apartment for him and never quite show the emotion one would expect in this type of situation. It’s an odd disconnect of concept and execution. The idea of them doing this is fine, being in denial of what they think is reality. But, the two never really sell what they’re thinking.

And we get the tease of the return of the Kingpin who’s in jail and must make some decisions as to what he wants to do from there.

The debut episode isn’t bad in any way, it’s just a slow, drawn out drama with predictable beats and moments that while fine, they’re also not quite interesting. If this was a new series, I’m not sure I’d continue it at all. Everything is pretty predictable and average. Not bad, just not good.

Overall Rating: 6.5