Hell is Other People.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Daredevil Season 3, Episode 6. If you need a refresher on where we left off, check out our review of Season 3, episode 5. Watch our video above for insight into how Charlie Cox and Wilson Bethel pulled off that epic Daredevil vs. Bullseye fight scene.
“Hello, Karen. It’s nice to see you again.”
In a thrilling move, Daredevil quickly rebounds from the innocuous rut of Episode 5, tying everything back to the intel Matt learns during his hyper-violent prison trip, and gives us yet another awesome and special fight sequence – this time between Matt and Agent Poindexter, dressed in Matt’s old red Daredevil costume!
Basically, we got Daredevil vs. Bullseye: Round 1 – and it was amazing.
Of course, Dex isn’t Bullseye just yet, but he still fights as Bullseye while pretending to be a murderous, stalking version of the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen in order to frame the neighborhood’s previously trusted vigilante in the mind of the FBI. All to eliminate Jasper Evans as a witness against Fisk.
As much as this was a huge moment, with the massacre of so many reporters at the Bulletin (is Ellison even still alive? The show pretty much gave him a “farewell line”) and the very showy execution of a crucial part of Team Daredevil’s case against Fisk, hopefully Agent Nadeem doesn’t double down on his stubbornness. During this episode, he is on the cusp of figuring out Fisk’s schemes. Once Foggy tells Nadeem about Evans and Nadeem goes to his boss with the news, he appears to be actively considering the idea that Fisk has been playing him like a fiddle. Even if he does have eyes on Fisk 24/7, he at least seemed open to other narratives. This might change all that.
Let’s cross our fingers that he notices, basically, that Daredevil killed off the one dude who can prove Fisk’s duplicity. Let’s hope he realizes that this Daredevil killed all the reporters but left every FBI agent storming the building alive and intact. Honestly, it’s unclear how Fisk thought this very public display of carnage would distract the feds from him, but surely the public will be distracted by the fake Daredevil (which is a fun element borrowed from the Born Again comic arc).
The fight, where Matt wins the close-up fisticuffs rounds but Dex wins overall because of his unexpected long-range precision strikes, feels like a comic book fan’s dream come to life. And even if you didn’t grow up watching these two characters duke it over the panels of a printed page, it’s still an incredibly savage showing. Dex uses anything he can get his hands on in that office space and turns it into a potentially lethal projectile – from staplers to pencils to scissors – even larger objects like fire extinguishers and computer monitors. Man, that ricocheted baseball was a nice move too – as was Matt kicking a trash can as a small distraction allowing him to circle around on Dex so he could get up close.
Watch IGN’s exclusive conversation with Charlie Cox and Wilson Bethel as they break down the experience of filming the intense “Daredevil vs. Daredevil” fight scene between Matt and Bullseye below:
But where is Dex right now, mentally? Is he fully aware of the subterfuge he’s creating with this ruse or is he so shattered that he thinks, maybe, he is Daredevil? This episode blends the last two chapters – Matt’s prison trip and Dex’s backstory – and merges them into one big turning point where Dex, manipulated into a place so low by Fisk (who had to be behind the “anonymous tip” that got Dex suspended) that he was considering suicide, gets weaponized by Fisk. The only way this works is if all of this leads to Nadeem, and the public, discovering that Matt is – or was – Daredevil. Fisk’s already named Matt as one of his accessories. Then, that line Dex said to Karen, while wearing the costume, where he insinuated they knew each other, might yield dire consequences for Karen and Foggy.
Damn, it’s a good fight. Sorry, didn’t mean to get sucked back into it, but it’s just a pleasant surprise to see such a great action sequence so close to the last one.
By fighting Dex in the red costume, Matt has come face-to-face, in a rather blunt manner, with the identity he wants to solely assume (the way they slowly circlee each other before the fight is damn cool too – almost mirror-like). So he wants to stop being Matt and only be Daredevil? Well, now that’s been taken from him. Someone else is the Devil. Matt’s going to have to be Matt if he wants to survive. We’ll just have to see if that’s been taken away from him as well.
Sister Maggie is making progress, talking about the strength of having friends and such, and it seems like it’s resonating with Matt. Nothing can go back to the way it used to be, naturally, but at least Matt’s slowly starting to realize what a prick he’s been. We’re not sure how effective Sister Maggie’s “the more he pulls away the tighter you need to hold on” take on the situation is, but at least Matt’s starting to notice how much of his BS people put up with. Despite needing them both, Matt had moments of genuine warmth with Karen and Foggy.
Also, Fisk’s classic white-jacketed look comes out in full force after he’s allowed certain amenities by his FBI handlers. And when he walks out on that second landing, all suited up, the men below respond with looks of awe – almost fright – as if everyone basically knows he’s secretly in charge. It’s the perfect vibe for Kingpin, that feeling that he’s in control even though he’s in your custody. He’s quickly risen up from the ranks of “convict” and “animal” to someone people get the shivers around. But how is he making those phone calls right when he needs to make those phone calls, unless all his handlers are on the payroll?