Netflix and Marvel had many of us cheering for the man without fear in 2015 with the debut of Daredevil, the first of its 5 planned Marvel series. Now a year later, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is back and he’s not alone. Joined by Elektra (Elodie Yung) and The Punisher (Jon Bernthal), Daredevil is darker and deadlier than ever.
I can describe Daredevil season 2 in two words: beautifully violent. Though there is some well executed physical violence in the show’s return, I also mean emotional violence. These 13 episodes are a fantastic roller coaster of excitement, sadness, squirm moments, and all around desperation as the suspense builds.
The first thing that I need to say is that Jon Bernthal knocked it out of the park. So far out that a car windshield in the next city was hit. His portrayal of Frank Castle, A.K.A. The Punisher, was astonishing. Watching him, you’ll find yourself cheering for a terrifyingly efficient killing machine before you even realize it. The Punisher is a man who does what he must and you can totally see why. You may disagree with his methods and you may hate him for it but you can understand why he does what he does. It does great justice to both the character and those he’s inspired by in the real world.
As far as the rest of the characters go, nearly everything was spot on. Some phenomenal moments happen for both Foggy Nelson and Karen Page. Elektra’s role was much better than I expected it to be. I suppose fear was put in me thanks to the wet paper towel of a movie that came out 13 years ago. Thankfully, the idea of the character and her connections in the world of Daredevil have been fully restored for me. Other fan favorites make a return in various forms and they’re all a delight to see. There are also some other Marvel references shown to remind you that this is part of a larger universe.
Like the first season, the show does not shy away from violence. With a character like The Punisher involved, it could only multiply. The fight scenes are pushed to new levels, the guns are bigger, and the stakes are higher. Hell’s Kitchen was left with a void after Wilson Fisk was locked up and we’re welcomed into the world of crime left behind. Different gangs are alive and well in the area and they all want a piece of the pie.
The pacing at times did feel a little bit odd at certain points. I binged the season so I was obviously captivated by it, but I did find myself looking at the time during lulls in the story. The show maintained a constant speed but occasionally slowed down when switching character focus. It played out almost like a trilogy of movies. Each section felt like it had its own story and focused on different characters. That’s all well and good but it did catch me off guard.
I’d give Daredevil Season 2 a 4.5/5. It was definitely better than the first but I’m not sure if I’d say it was better than Jessica Jones. If you’re a Marvel fan or just a fan of good drama partnered with bad-ass action scenes, I definitely recommend giving it a watch.
Daredevil is currently one of 4 Marvel shows being made for Netflix by ABC Studios leading into an Avengers-like Defenders series. So far, Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been released with a total of 39 episodes.
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