Daredevil season 3 makes heavy use of a common trope: threatening a character’s family to compel them to do whatever it is the villain wants. Daredevil uses this trope well, in large part because characters do eventually push back, but a couple things have long bugged me about it.
One, I hate the way family winds up being used as a tool to show the character’s selfishness. Worse, the writers frequently seem to simply not believe it is possible to have some higher duty, whether to God, country, or what have you.
Two, there is a certain amount of cultural dissonance. Threatening a hillbilly’s family is a good way to wind up with an entire family wanting to kill your ass. And you might kill me and my entire family, but we have cousins, and our cousins got cousins.
Season 3 of Daredevil isn’t just the best season of Daredevil—it is the best Netflix MCU season period. Which makes sense, I suppose, since season 1 of Daredevil was previously the best Netflix MCU season. What is more remarkable is that season 3 not only exceeds it, but significantly so.
What makes it so great? The action set pieces, a carefully crafted plot, and the best villain of them all.
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