“Daredevil” Season 2 T.V. Show Review

There’s really nothing better than a good show to binge watch. The second season for Marvel’s Daredevil premiered all of its episodes on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, continuing Marvel’s deal with Netflix on producing MCU properties on its service. I apologize for never reviewing Jessica Jones after the first season, but I really enjoyed it. And like that show and the first season of Daredevil, this season shows a really good and fresh dark tone that contrasts their cinematic counterparts. Some time after the events of Season 1, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen has watched over his city as its savior and protector. But a new player named Frank Castle, A.K.A. The Punisher, starts slaughtering the local gangs with brutal military precision in an effort to avenge his murdered family and replace Daredevil. Reflecting on his “normal life,” Matt Murdock encounters Elektra Natchios, an old flame who comes to him with a business proposition. He eventually gets tangled with his old mentor Stick in a plot regarding a secret organization called The Hand. First, let’s start with the negatives, which many fans seem to be either avoiding or erasing from their own reviews. Season 2 feels like a major step-down from the first season, which I generally view as near-flawless. I don’t mean to mislead you; it’s still great entertainment with many memorable moments. There’s just a large void left by Vondie Curtis-Hall and Vincent D’Onofrio as Ben Urich and Wilson Fisk, respectively. And while the first season was almost entirely story-driven, the pacing in the first few episodes feels a bit slow and underwhelming. Now on to the positives, and there are many. The whole cast is still stellar from last year with new additions. Let’s get right into it: Jon Berenthal as The Punisher. He completely (and quite literally) slays every single scene he’s in. Similar to Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead, he’s violent, sociopathic, unpredictable, determined, intelligent, fearful, yet also tortured. Once you get an idea of his motivations and backstory, he becomes far more tragic and relatable. The French actress Elodie Yung also did what I thought was impossible: she actually made Elektra interesting. To be honest, up to this point, Elektra has been one of the most truly boring and disposable characters in Marvel Comics. But now, she’s like a mysterious femme-fatale with unclear motives and feelings for our titular protagonists. Their relationship sparks great chemistry and sexual tension, allowing for some playful back-and-forth banter the two of them. The English actor Charlie Cox continues his convincing role as Daredevil and Matt Murdock. Despite his violent alternative persona, (and still-crappy costume) he’s really likable and funny around Foggy and Karen. And in the second half of the season, Vincent D’Onofrio makes a surprise appearance as Wilson Fisk, who has become the kingpin in prison. He’s still intimidating and powerful as ever, even in his current position. And the violence in this show, oh my God. This version of the Punisher is sadistic and R-Rated. A few times, I averted my eyes when either he or the Hand were getting busy with those in their way. So don’t watch your little kids. All in all, Season 2 of Daredevil isn’t the smooth and swift show it’s predecessor was. But it’s still smart, engaging, and surprisingly emotional, especially after the fourth episode. If you stick it out to the end, there’s even a 30-second teaser for Marvel’s Luke Cage that plays after the final episode. Because of that, I’m more excited for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Defenders miniseries.

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