daredevil brings the punishment in season 2
by shakilur rahman, video editor
Daredevil, Season 2 had a lot to live up to after the very exceptional season 1 Netflix. So, it would be safe to assume the Daredevil season 2 would be good, but certainly won’t be able to live up to the incredible first season. Fortunately, Season 2 has anticipated a much higher standard than season 1. The fights were upped, the cinematography was even more incredible, and Punisher easily became one of my most favorite anti-heroes of all time. Quite amazing what Netflix has accomplished, but it’s definitely headed in the right direction.
Nearly right off the bat, viewers are introduced to the Punisher/Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal). Jon Bernthal does such a magnificent job with being both mysterious, yet unapologetically clear in his intentions at the same time. His interaction with Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) in the third episode of the season had eyes glued to the screen the entire time. Frank’s story about his family left me very misty-eyed, truly making viewers believe he might be the best live-action Punisher to-date. It’s amazing how much tension the creators of the show can create with just two characters talking to each other.
Punisher showed up nearly right off the-bat. Most comic-book readers knew that eventually, Daredevil was going to be tied up on a wall by Punisher to make the ultimate decision: kill Punisher and end his regime, or let Punisher take away yet another life. This story was taken directly from the comic-book Welcome Back, Frank by Garth Ennis. The show chose to change all the right moments to make it more relevant and realistic to the particular tone. It stands clear though, all the fight sequences between Daredevil and Punisher were just SPECTACULAR! Speaking of the fight sequences....
The fight sequences on this show is just a gory, brutal, beautiful eye-candy for the audience (at least those who can handle it). Once again, we see Daredevil facing off unlucky opponents in yet another hallway. This time, Matt Murdock had chains tied to his hands, which ironically seemed to have actually helped him. The moment when he flinged a guy over the stairs after grabbing him with the chains, left me with a satisfied grin on my face. The only fight sequence I thought was better than this one this season was the scene with Frank and the prisoners, where he brutally destroys everyone singlehandedly in the prison.
Elektra (Élodie Yung), of course conveniently showed up at the exact time Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Matt were about to develop a full-fledged relationship. I’ll say this though, Elektra totally seduced everyone watching the show along with Matt. Élodie does a great job portraying her, and showcasing some of Matt’s core weaknesses. Sometimes her character felt a little redundant as a convenient way to side-track Matt, but overall I found her a refreshing change of pace from the Punisher moments.
Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Karen, and Matt’s firm was constantly jeopardized by Matt’s inability to shed off the Daredevil, and yet both Karen and Foggy both seem to still end up making up for Matt themselves anyway. Foggy in particular had a lot of time to shine during these moments where Matt was absent. In all honesty, if Matt hadn’t gone missing, Foggy might’ve never seen his true potential. Karen however, seemed to be just going a little all over the place. Daredevil season 2 was great, but like any other tv shows, we have to go over some of my personal negatives.
First, I have no idea what Karen is trying to actually accomplish here. She seems to be more of a plot device for the Punisher’s story line, and to create romantic tension between Matt. It was still fun seeing her sleuthing around and everything, but I’m just curious what her end-goal is, and what exactly it is that makes her so attached to Punisher. Perhaps in season 3 it’ll all make sense. Another thing is actually The Hand, in other words the villain. Black Sky, the weapon, is never clearly explained, given proper attention. It’s kind of just there as a way to bring all the characters in.
The court scenes were upped this season as well. Punisher’s scenes in court were just tension-filled, hilarious, and unexpected- to say the least. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff going on in those scenes. I just love how during the entire case, Punisher stayed exactly true to character. That along with some cameos made it all the more merrier. A lot of it seemed to building up to season 3’s main storyline, which I’m just ecstatic for!
Overall Daredevil season 2 was well worth my 13-hours. It left me on the edge of my seat after every episode. With the cliff-hanger left in the final episode, I truly don’t know how I’ll be able to wait until the next season. In all honesty, my negatives were pretty nit-picky compared to all the immense awesomeness of everything else. I give it a 9.7/10.
Jon Bernthal, my hats off to you good sir, I hope you get your own Punisher spin-off series.