Daredevil 301
Nicole Rivelli, Netflix & Marvel 2018

Back To The Beginning In Daredevil 301 (Season 3, Episode 1 Review)

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"BORN AGAIN"

These reviews will be non-spoiler. Any specific information pertaining to the plot of the episode will not be told. We will, however, talk about the themes, character arcs (in comparison to previous seasons), and basic general events happening in each episode until 306.


Marvel’s Daredevil is finally getting its overdue season three for the hit series. Starring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden HensonÉlodie Yung (in the form of flashbacks), and Vincent D’Onofrio. If you don’t know who these actors play by now, go watch season one before even reading this review on the newest season’s first episode, Daredevil 301.

Matt Murdock Is ‘Born Again’

The last time we saw Daredevil was in dire circumstances after The Defenders. And, after season 2 of Daredevil things truly hit the fan. If you are not caught up on the Marvel Daredevil drama, we are here to save the day and give you a small recap of Daredevil season two and The Defenders. We will do this before we get into the non-spoiler review of episode 301.

A Recap Of Daredevil Season 2 

The second season of Daredevil gave us Punisher. Just when Matt Murdock thinks he is bringing order back to the city, his old foes are back to show him that he isn’t. The Man Without Fear must befriend Castle and face old girlfriend, Elektra Natchios. A bigger problem surfaces when Castle is now The Punisher, here to take a little vengeance. Castle is a man who takes matters into his own hands, especially that of justice.

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Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2, © Netflix | Marvel Television [2016]

He doesn’t mind using a little violence to make sure people understand where he stands. Castle does exactly this in Matt’s neighborhood. Matt is still on the brink battling his Man Without Fear, Devil of Hell’s Kitchen by night-life, and Lawyer by day-life. Matt, in season two of Dareveil, truly finds out what it means to be a hero. Or maybe he always knew?

A Recap Of The Defenders

While The Defenders was a lack-luster season overall, it follows our friend’s Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and The Hand. It also features Elektra. Set a few months after Daredevil season two, and a month after the first Iron Fist season our friends are taking down The Hand. The entire season isn’t necessary to watch, so we will summarize the last episode which gives you a majority of the information you will need.

The Defenders, Episode 10, “The Defenders” is the ending to the series overall. The team realizes that The Hand is using resurrection coming from the bones of dragons, such as Iron Fist’s abilities coming from a dragon. The Hand is somehow reaping the skeleton and that will weaken the foundations of the city and cause destruction. Colleen Wing and Claire Temple place explosives to destroy the building as they all escape.

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The Defenders, © Netflix Studios | Marvel Television [2017]

However, they are confronted. And, Wing killing Bakuto sets off the timer for the explosives. The team comes and fights off The Hand together. However, Murdock realizes the explosives are about to go off and he gets the others to leave immediately. He stays back with Elektra and the two – together – along with Gao and Murakami die with the building imploding around them.


In the end, Murdock wakes up with a nun at his side and that is where we begin. A key tidbit from this season is Elektra is brought back by The Hand and doesn’t remember much of anything into half-way through the series. She is reminded by little bits and pieces by Matt Murdock since they used to have a serious relationship with one another until she was murdered.

A Defeated Matt Murdock In Daredevil 301

Based on the trailer(s), we can all presume Matt Murdock is alive, right? That is non-spoiler since we all saw it coming after The Defenders. Nonetheless, Daredevil 301, the season premiere, is a new beginning for Murdock. At least from what it seems. While it is a new beginning, he is – in a way – being reformed by ending up back at his old Catholic school/churchDaredevil 301 shows a defeated Murdock, a Murdock we aren’t accustomed to seeing in the previous two seasons.

We have seen him battered and bruised, but never defeated. He always gets back up. This episode and season (in itself) seem to be a revelation of why Matt Murdock became Daredevil; what it means to be Daredevil. Attaching that to his faith, his family, his friends, and Elektra.

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Marvel’s Daredevil, © Netflix Studios | Marvel Television [2018]

Throughout the previous seasons, we have always been able to tie Murdock to his Catholic faith. It is prominent in this season, which brings the Born Again plot to the surface. While some of the events have changed, considering the previous two seasons, the personality of Born Again Murdock is prominent within Daredevil 301.

An Evolving Matt Murdock In The Season Premiere

Matt has been through some turmoil since the first season of Daredevil and it is all coming to fruition. The angst and aggression are conceded since he did nearly die. Again, it’s understood. With fantastic imagery to Catholicism and the idea of sacrificing yourself for the person or people you love it makes this series premiere something special. It brings Frank Miller’s image to the screen. This is something we have yet to see in an actually good way.

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Joanne Whalley & Charlie Cox in Marvel’s Daredevil, © Cara Howe, Netflix | Marvel Television [2018]

We can attest that Frank Miller’s image of Born Again is genuinely executed well. The theme of this entire season is going to be Matt Murdock coming to terms with himself, his faith, and who he wants to be. While we are entirely too excited for this upcoming season, Fisk is back. And, you know what happens when Fisk is bad? Hell’s Kitchen is what happens.

We are pumped to see Hell’s Kitchen back in action because it seems like Fisk is going to get out of jail based on the trailers. Or at least come close enough to it? After Daredevil 301, things seem to be taking a turn for everyone. Not just Murdock. Karen and Foggy are essentially dealing with grief. They believe Murdock to be dead, as everyone else does.


Going into Daredevil 302 and the rest of the season, it will be interesting to fathom how everyone will deal with Murdock being back. What do you do when you grief for someone who is still alive?

THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR IS BORN AGAIN...
The newest Daredevil season is airing October 19th, 2018. The Daily Fandom has screeners Daredevil 301-306. So, let's talk about the Man Without Fear in the season premiere of Daredevil Season 3. Is Matt alive? What is he doing? Where are Karen and Foggy?
"BORN AGAIN"
CATHOLIC THEMES
REBORN
MATT MURDOCK
DAREDEVIL SUIT
THE CINEMATOGRAPHY
CONTINUATION FROM DEFENDERS
NOT MUCH ON WHAT FISK WAS DOING IN-BETWEEN EVERYTHING
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"BORN AGAIN"
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