And all of the Emmy awards go to…
Cast and Crew Information
Charlie Cox as Matthew Michael Murdock / Daredevil
Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
Elden Henson as Franklin P. “Foggy” Nelson
Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk / Kingpin
Wilson Bethel as Benjamin ‘Dex’ Poindexter
Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie
Stephen Rider as Blake Tower
Jay Ali as Ray Nadeem
Kate Udall as SAC Tammy Hattley
Joe Jones as Felix Manning
Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna
Royce Johnson as Brett Mahoney
Peter McRobbie as Father Lantom
Geoffrey Cantor as Ellison
Matt Gerald as Melvin Potter
Written by Jim Dunn, Dylan Gallagher, Sonay Hoffman, Tonya Kong, Jennifer Lynch, Lewaa Nasserdeen, Erik Oleson, Dara Resnik, and Sarah Streicher
Directed by Phil Abraham, Tamara Becher-Wilkinson, Sam Ernst, Lukas Ettlin, Toa Fraser, Jennifer Getzinger, Julian Holmes, Marc Jobst, Alex Garcia Lopez, Sam Miller, Stephen Surjik, Jet Wilkinson, and Alex Zakrzewski
The third season is currently available on Netflix around the world.
Wilson Fisk is ready to turn state’s evidence to protect the woman he loves, or at least he appears to be. New York should be thankful that Matt Murdock is considerably less dead than was believed following the events of The Defenders.
You know those season finales that blow your doors off and make you desperate to see the next episode? In this 13 episode season, we get 12 of those. More impressively, they stick the landing with episode 13.
In the source material, “Benjamin Poindexter” was an alias used once for a character whose first name by birth is “Lester” and whose last name is unknown.
This feels original, even for an adaptation. Sure, it draws moments from the greatest comic book story of all time, as well as others I won’t link to for fear of spoilers, but it takes those themes and moments in very different directions that still feel right. The structure and pacing is dramatically different from the “slow build in a 12-13 hour movie” feel from the earlier Netflix seasons, and gave us a compelling story with 13 distinct parts. I give it 6 out of 6.
The effects are flawless. 6 out of 6.
The story is incredible. Absolutely riveting, compelling, and haunting. It really feels like they took their time to plan out or break the story beats and scenes for every episode of the entire season before they started a single script. It just fits together far too perfectly to be coincidence. This is one writing team assembling the same vision extraordinarily well. I give it 6 out of 6.
The acting is incredible in its ensemble. Elden Henson is great as Foggy, and yet somehow, he is still the weakest link in the cast. Everyone else simply personify their characters, while Henson is acting well enough to be the strongest member of the cast in almost any other series. I give it 6 out of 6.
The production is perfect. It’s a well honed team who know how to make the best of their locations, and how to shoot these action sequences. The first season is famous for its standout hallway fight. This doesn’t have a single standout sequence, because they looked at how high the bar was set in season one, and exceed that bar five or six times in this season, acclimating the audiences and denying us the ability to point to one single sequence that delivers to that level. I give it 6 out of 6.
The emotional response is unprecedented. I wrote rubrics to help me rate these shows, and the maximum score in this category is for a show that “completely controls my emotions through the entire runtime.” That is too limiting; this series haunted me when I wasn’t watching, whether I was at work or trying to sleep. For consistency, I cannot group this in with shows that have received a perfect score, so I have no choice but to give it the score of 7 out of 6.
Overall, this is not just my favourite season of Marvel’s Netflix shows, this is my favourite season of any television series I’ve ever seen. I give it 6 out of 6.
In total, Daredevil: Season Three receives 43 out of 42.