daredevil: season 3 (multiple directors) opens with the not exactly shocking news that lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) did not die at the end of The Defenders last summer, as his fellow superheroes believed. Instead, badly injured, he wound up recovering at the very orphanage where he grew up, his radar sense compromised by his wounds. Can Matt rally himself when his arch-enemy, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), resumes his general evildoing? Of course he can, though as with most of Marvel’s ongoing TV projects, that story takes a very, very long time to unfold. When that pays off as well as the one in episode 304 – which stages the show’s annual hallway brawl in the middle of an evolving prison riot, all captured in one continuous shot – this season of Daredevil captures the comics’ synthesis of pulpy action and self-serious Catholicism. And I’m still watching, so I guess it’s good enough. But I also know it could be so much better. All 13 episodes streaming Friday (October 19) on Netflix. nnn (Norman Wilner)
Charlie Cox returns for more Daredevil.