The following review contains spoilers for Daredevil: Season 2.
This season is all about choices. Do you kill a criminal to permanently get him off the streets, or do you put him in jail and allow the justice system to do it’s job? This is the question you are going to painstakingly go back and forth with as you watch this season of Daredevil.
When the first Season of Daredevil aired, I thought they were done. Not with the show; I knew they were making a second season, but I thought they burnt themselves out with the first one. I didn’t have any reason to doubt Netflix and Marvel. Quite the opposite, I’ve loved everything these two have put out so far. I just didn’t think there was any way they could keep this level of intensity up for another season. I mean, how could you hope to top Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk? I was dead wrong though.
Punisher (Jon Bernthal) stole the show this season. I’m not saying Charlie Cox slipped in any way as Daredevil, but the Punisher shines a light on the darker aspects of being a vigilante. Not only that, but he adds such passion to the contrast of Daredevil, that you find yourself wanting to see more and more of him. Frank Castle most certainly makes you question your own moral compass as you watch. On one hand you shed tears with Frank for the brutality in which his family was taken, while on the other hand you condemn him as the Punisher for causing the same pain. It’s a duality that Jon Bernthal knocks out of the park and after this season it’s impossible to deny that the Punisher needs his own show.
Let’s take a look at another new addition this season: Elektra Natchios played by Elodie Yung. The decade-old love interest pops her way in the show early this season and poses the same moral dilemma that the Punisher does. The only difference is that Daredevil spends most of the season trying to save her from herself. I found myself entranced by any scene where Elektra decides to throw down with someone and she doesn’t hold back anything. Jennifer Garner’s portrayal of the assassin doesn’t even come close to Netflix’s adaption of Elektra. Her story line gets DARK and the writers went heavy on her darker character traits.
Most comic to TV adaptions haven’t really sparked anything in me. Either they’re way too heavy on the action and leave little room for any actual story or character development, or they turn into a soap-opera. Somehow, even with both sides of Matt Murdock’s life developing at a ridiculous pace, they manage to balance Daredevil and Matt really well. Yes, there was a lot of drama with Nelson & Murdock this season, and yes there were a lot of ridiculously flashy fight scenes consistently throughout the show, but neither one-upped the other; and both were entertaining to watch.
The writers this season do an excellent job at giving every one enough screen-time without undermining their character development. Foggy steps up big time and Karen’s running around digging up enough dirt that somewhere, season one’s deceased Ben Urich, is jumping up and down for joy. Oh…and Ben Urich isn’t the only name from season one that gets brought back into the spot light. If you need to do a quick refresher and roll through season one, you better go right ahead. There are a COUPLE of names from season one that come back with a vengeance this season. TRUST!
The second season of Daredevil has once again raised the bar for Marvel’s different TV series. Maybe one day Marvel and Netflix will drop the ball and not manage to pole vault over every one of my expectations for a superhero show, but it wasn’t today. Everything came together beautifully in the continuation of the story of Matt Murdock and the Daredevil.
Written by: Gareth Cobb March 25, 2016