Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Daredevil - A New Napkin

Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) has won. With the charges against him wiped away, anyone who could do damage to him has been killed or discredited. And with the FBI firmly under his thumb, the Kingpin prepares for his wedding. With Fisk's victory all but complete, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) plans on attacking the Kingpin on his wedding day and putting down the villain for good. To do so means on relying on the help of Poindexter (Wilson Bethel) who Daredevil has just the right leverage to push over the edge and aim straight towards Fisk. Meanwhile, one last chance at taking Fisk down legally falls directly into the laps of Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) with a dying confession by Ray Nadeem (Jay Ali) that can unravel the Kingpin's entire operation.

Despite it's unfortunate title, "A New Napkin" is a fitting end the the show's Third Season which went back to the basics of its earliest episodes (including Daredevil's simpler costume) and all but ignored the shared Defenders universe. The battle of wills between Fisk and Murdock comes to a fitting end with Daredevil staying true to himself and using a strong argument rather than a killing blow to silence his enemy. And the show never really answers the question whether or not Daredevil could beat Dex's pretender, instead allowing Kingpin to have that honor. Aside from the questionable Karen Page episode, the show's Third Season is Daredevil's best yet. The finale not only wraps up all loose ends, but also lays the groundwork for future stories such as the return of Bullseye.

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