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TV Review: Daredevil S3E2 Please

Grieving for the life he’s abandoned, Matt suffers a crisis of faith. Fisk makes a deal with the FBI that turns him into a target.

Things pick up in the second episode of the third season of Daredevil. Matt decides to figure out who the people he tussled with in the first episode were. But, the bigger story is really Wilson Fisk and his decision to flip and provide information.

What’s interesting is that it portrays Fisk in a way we haven’t quite seen before. He’s manipulated people and absolutely played games but here he’s betraying other criminals. Of course there’s a long game to his plans and really it’s a set up to get him out of jail and protect some of the folks he actually cares about. But, there’s also a sense of him being a bit scared as well.

But, what that’s all about is to bring in agent Ray Nadeem. Nadeem is an FBI agent who is in debt due to medical issues which has limited his promotions ability. He seems like a decent person, trying to do the right thing. That also puts him directly in dealing with Fisk and there’s no way he’s not being corrupted by that experience. Things are choreographed a bit too much to make it interesting. Overall, it seems like lazy writing.

But, the episode gets things going at least with a gang war of sorts and upping the conflict in both getting Daredevil into action and Fisk into some as well. It’s the latter half of the episode where things get interesting as the first half is a lot more introspection that’s a bit boring. There’s just too much “woe is me.” Much of that is either revolving around Matt/Daredevil, his Catholic faith, and God, or whether it’s better to make a deal with Fisk/Kingpin or allow a gang to run free. There’s themes that fit both when it comes to what we must do to do right things but it’s all plotted out in a rather boring fashion. The seasons seems to be better concepts than execution of them so far.

Much like the first episode, the second is set up, and a slow one at that. The latter half picks things up but it’s a rough one to get through. Condensing the two into one episode would have done a lot to improve things and this season seems to be suffering the curse of Netflix decompression.

Overall Rating: 6.5