Poor Matthew. This is a dilemma all superheroes must face: do I prioritize putting the Daredevil mask on or his shades and lawyer-ing up? With the curtains behind the not-Yakuza slowly being pulled, but also the goddamn case of The People V. Frank Castle on the line, he’s having a difficult time prioritizing. And honestly? He’s kind of mucking it up.
It’s nice to see our heroes fail, remind us that they are like us at the end of the day. You would expect Foggy, the comic relief, to be the bumbling lawyer who messes up the trial, instead its our own protagonist who is consistently ruining it. While the initial arc of this season ended with Nelson and Murdock in a good place and the relationship between Matt and Karen beginning to bloom, it’s all gone on full tilt and started falling apart.
Pouring over the files of the case, it was great to see that it’s not only Matt’s flakiness and unreliability that is threatening his relationship with Karen, but also the mask that he refuses to take off. Debating the ethics of vigilantism, Matt insists that he opposes the ideology of the Daredevil in part to maintain deniability. Seeing Karen equate the methods of The Punisher and Daredevil to being the same path but at different extents echoes Frank’s own words as he had Matt tied up. Karen understanding who Frank Castle truly is do to this connection they seem to share tracks, but it’s made all the more dubious considering the hints toward Karen’s shady past. That she straight up killed Wesley last season, and that somebody else seems to have died at her hands in the past shed light on why she understands that some people need Punishing.
With Elektra taking matters into her own hands to interfere in the trial, these two wholly separate parts of the show are beginning to collide and intermingle. Seeing Matt pull Foggy aside and try and explain away his recent issues as being the fault of Elektra returning displayed how mixed the truth and the lies have become for him. In telling Foggy this all at once, he forgot how he never truly explained the impact Elektra had on his life. That if he had been telling his friend the truth all these years he would understand the gravity of the situation, but he didn’t. Instead Matt blathered about Elektra, the Yakuza, and made himself out to sound like the fool. Which he was. The conclusion Foggy came to, that you can’t depend on someone who won’t trust you, isn’t wrong. Matt is the flawed one, the crooked end of Nelson and Murdock. Foggy hasn’t done anything wrong.
Then we got that cliffhanger. Daredevil has consistently been at its least comfortable when delving into matters of the supernatural such as the Black Sky last season. It’s far too easy to take a street-level hero like this and forget that this is a world where Thor and Doctor Strange exist, and when it comes time to involve these mystical elements it feels random. Naturally this ending sets us up to go more in-depth and truly embrace the mystical here, and only time will tell how this pans out.
For my review of the previous episode of Daredevil, “Regrets Only,” click here.