Daredevil: Season 2 (Spoiler free review) Daredevil: Season 2 (Spoiler free review)
Now that the hotly anticipated second season of Netflix’s Daredevil has arrived, everyone has set aside 2-13 hours to watch its premiere on March... Daredevil: Season 2 (Spoiler free review)

Now that the hotly anticipated second season of Netflix’s Daredevil has arrived, everyone has set aside 2-13 hours to watch its premiere on March 18. I was a bit concerned when Season one showrunner, Steven K. Knight (Spartacus) dropped out of the project and in his place were Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez but that being said, they had huge boots to fill and fill, they did!

The main storyline focuses around a conspiracy involving Frank Castle and his transition to the iconic Anti-hero and 2nd Amendment poster boy-The Punisher as he is put on trial for his previous actions. Murdock & Nelson assistant and friend, Karen Page finds empathy in Frank Castle to the extent of condoning his amoral actions, driving a slight wedge between her and Murdock. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Foggy sees Matty in a different light and part of it is due to jealousy. As the series reaches progression, the mystery of the Punisher further unravels and its deep. There’s a few undercurrent themes like mistrust, betrayal, vigilantism, the failure of the Judicial system and even more important, what makes a hero.

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Despite a few fillers here and there, the action sequences more than make up for a series plagued with a few pacing problems here and there. The fighting chorography has stepped up a notch, when compared to the previous season. (Check out episode 3.) And there’s a few scenes of Boxing, Krav Maga, Karate and a sprinkle of parkour that gives off a more grounded/believable feel without being coming off as highly exaggerated.  But then again, it’s a fictional series so anything practically goes!

You hit em, and they get back up-I hit em and they stay down!

DD’s outfit has been slightly improved upon the original togs. What I like was the gradual updates and adjustments Tinkerer has made during Matt’s first encounter with the Punisher. This time, the Magenta motif has been abandoned in favor of a deeper red in collaboration with black. Murdock’s close quarter combat weapon has been efficiently put to better use. (Especially when used as a projectile following its well-aimed trajectory.) And speaking of which, Daredevil’s trademark weapon makes it first appearance.
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As for the cast, Charlie Cox gives an exceptional performance as the blind Lawyer by day, Matt Murdock and his alter ego-the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen himself. Cox is very convincing as one who is visually impaired not to mention that he is capable of doing his own stunts regardless how minor they are.

The biggest surprise however, was Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher. At first I was very skeptical when learning of Jon being cast as one of my favorite Marvel Characters, but goddamn if he didn’t shut my mouth. Bernthal is officially the best version of Punisher thus far!

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While Élodie Yung (Some of you may remember her as Jinx from GIJoe Retaliation.) did an impressive job as Elektra, at least moreso than Jennifer Gardner’s weak portrayal of the infamous assassin. There are a few familiar faces that show up throughout the episodes one in particular brought a Kool-aid smile to my face but I won’t go into details as you’ll have to see for yourselves.

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Overall, season two brought its A-game and if I had one complaint, it would be not enough episodes since I have been left wanting more. Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2 more than made up for the disappointing Jessica Jones series and it’s the best 13-hour film I have ever seen!
I now pronounce this series, Guilty! As in guilty of putting aside my social life due to some binge watching.
But its goddamn worth it! Another victory for Marvel. Once again, the Devil has gotten his due!!

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  • Toruk_Makto

    I thought everything with The Punisher and The Kingpin was absolutely stellar. Their inclusion gives my overall rating for the season B+..

    I was disappointed with Elektra and the Hand Elements (Except Stick..who ruled) .

    Elektra is one my of favorite characters and I think Marvel decided to give Frank Miller another Fuck You we will do what we want with the character nudge” with her portrayal and history changes.

    (I did like the actress who played her though….In fact I read an interview and she tried to actually go against the portrayal the writers were trying to push because it went against the comic version she had read to prepare…you go girl).

    So for me that makes Marvels TV women 0/2 Jessica Jones | Elektra

    I also thought the fights with the Hand were pretty boring. They didn’t fade when they were killed (boo!). Plus it seemed like theirs numbers increased…then magically decreased for no reason.

    I think they need to amp up the choreography overall when it come to Daredevil. Anyone who has seen how the new Batman fights should see there is definitely room for improvement. (Right now Snyder’s Batman would destroy TV Daredevil in about 3 secs…and that’s just wrong)

    All that said:
    PUNISHER – Awesome
    KINGPIN – Awesome
    Stick – Awesome
    DareDevil – Damn Good
    Series – Fuck Yeah.

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I was going to watch the first one last night. Went to bed at 3am half way through ep11 lol

    Cracking show. Loved seeing Wilson Fisk back in it. Some killer scenes with him., What a show!

  • Sagamanus

    I have not picked this series up yet.

  • CoolHandJuke

    i bought into the hype of the first season, but so far, this season leaves me cold…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Nice. Glad to hear they got The Punisher right at last. Hopefully, they greenlight a solo series for the character soon.

  • I’m on ep6 and by golly, it’s really very good.

  • But thou must!

  • Stalkeye

    Damn right it is! I dont get the negative reviews from certain so called “Critics”.
    IMO it’s better than the previous season.

  • Stalkeye

    I heard that a Punisher series may be in the works and after Benthal’s striking performance, it’s inevitable!

  • Stalkeye

    Your loss. Well, there’s always Arrow. 😛

  • I_am_better

    I haven’t picked up any of the Marvel Netflix series yet. There’s not enough hours in a day right now

  • Stalkeye

    You missing out BIG TIME! Get your ass on this and quick!

  • Stalkeye

    K, just give it at least 3 eps and watch the rest at your own leisure . That’s if you like the series. Jessica Jones is an acquired taste and I’ll leave it at that.

  • Stalkeye

    Thou art missing out.

  • Stalkeye

    There were quite a few “Holy shit” moments and Fisk’s encounter with Matt was one of them. Then there’s that scene in which he inspects his mouth wound…very telling!

  • Stalkeye

    Stick is da man! Scott Glenn was another great supporting character so was Rosario Dawson and I had no problem with Yung as Elektra however, part of her arc kinda dragged. The fighting choreography was decent and I still defend the CQC scenes in the DD Movie. That’s exactly how Daredevil should fight!
    As for the series’ costume, well it slightly mirrors this version.

    http://threatqualitypress.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/daredevil-armor1.jpg

  • I feel it’s like the first season, which is already a very high praise.
    There’s negative opinions about this season? Well, i haven’t seen the whole of it, so i can’t say if the end is weak and leaves a bad aftertaste, but so far i’m really enjoying it a lot.

  • Verily.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Hell’s Kitchen bitches!! Nice work Stalks!!!

  • Toruk_Makto

    Ugh. that’s awful. Give me all red. Or even all black.

    I think the DD movie is beyond terrible. Beyond terrible. But…the fight choreography in that bar scene was more along the lines of the type of fighting DD should be doing.

    Daredevil is a very acrobatic fighter. Mixed with his martial arts and boxing, his style really should be unlike anything most of us have ever seen. That coupled with being able to detect opponents position without having to look in their direction and we really should be getting something different than what we’re seeing.

    It’s not bad. But it’s nowhere near definitive.

  • Stalkeye

    “But…the fight choreography in that bar scene was more along the lines of the type of fighting DD should be doing.”
    Exactly!
    Something that was lacking in the previous Bat films.
    More on this soon. (;’

  • Bop

    You watch 11 episodes in a day? Hardcore.

  • Bop

    I would love to see the Mother Russia storyline turned into a movie.

  • Bop

    Pick up Banshee first. 🙂

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Didnt mean to. But each ep made me need to watch the start of the next one. All of a sudden it was 3.30am lol

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    “I’ve known guys like you all my life. You’ve never seen a throne you didn’t want to sit on.”

    What a fucking line!

  • KilliK

    unfortunately, their Elektra was not as good. very inferior iteration compared to Miller’s iconic character. the actress’ weak performance didnt help much either. and ofc she is not Greek, as I expected.

    Elektra should be a Greek goddess with the eyes of a stone cold killer, not some starving, flat chested chick who is sleepwalking through her lines.

    even this one here would be better, although she is a mediocre actress:
    http://i.imgur.com/yWmty3f.jpg

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Mmmmm…zip. I’d like to cover her with Greek yogurt and honey and lick it off….*ahem*

    I don’t know about Elodie Yung’s performance as Elektra because I haven’t seen the series yet, but she also looks pretty hot to me. Why does she still have the last name Natchios if she’s Eurasian, though? Is she supposed to be of mixed Greek/Cambodian descent in the series? Or do they think people can’t tell the difference between different ethnicities?

  • KilliK

    no, she is adopted by a rich greek couple. the actress is good looking but miscast as Elektra. and she is doing a weak job with her performance.

  • Toruk_Makto

    nice.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, me Broyo!

  • Dominique Sings

    Good work, Stalks. 3 episodes in so far. I hope for more senseless violence.

  • Stalkeye

    Good choice.

  • Stalkeye

    I think I missed that arc.

  • Stalkeye

    That happened with me and a few others I know. We were hooked from one ep to the next.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, Dom.

  • Dominique Sings

    Three Ave Marias for you.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Elecktra reminds me of Mileena from Mortal Kombat, except i’d rather get a bj from Mileena if i had a choice…

  • Bop

    Part of the 60 issue Ennis run

  • Bop

    I had that with the first season of The Shield.

  • Stalkeye

    That must have been when I stopped reading comics at the time. /:

  • Tarmac492.1

    did u binge this the day after your St. Paddy’sDay party?

  • KilliK

    I very much doubt it. it’s more likable they ll make a tv show about a badass female ninja assassin than a psychotic, fascist vigilante. this is not the 70s/80s anymore, the promotion of empowered females is the trend now.

  • KilliK

    the whole volume should be turned into a Punisher tv show.

  • Stalkeye

    Yes, I did both binge drinking and binge viewing! *Hiccup*

  • Stalkeye

    “Yeeeaaaahh, Booooooyyee”!

  • Stalkeye

    I disagree, Yung was ok by me and at least much better than Jennifer Gardner.

  • Stalkeye

    If enough people want it to happen, it will happen regardless of this “pandering” to Women. Punisher is still relevant to Pop culture and at the end of the day, Netflix/Marvel see’s Green instead of Red as in Elektra.

  • Stalkeye

    As a Geek, I would go with DD first. But both are high quality shows. I told Nick that he should at least invest 3 hours into Banshee but I dont know whether or not he did.

  • KilliK

    she was better than Gardner but still not the definitive Elektra.

  • KilliK

    we ll have to wait and see. but my money is on an Elektra tv show with Punisher as a supporting character. BTW, the big P nails Elektra in the comic. hehe.

  • Stalkeye

    Fair enuff.

  • Frimmel

    Did they double down of the bouncy framing for this season? The Nelson vs. Murdock episode from 1st season was unwatchable for me and that style typically made an appearance every episode. For all that they did right there was a lot of what the hell you can’t afford a tripod for this?

  • Sagamanus
  • Stalkeye

    You just don’t make threats to Vanessa!
    Matty learned the hard way. XD

  • Toruk_Makto

    Wonderful scene. Kingpin went straight ballistic on him.

  • Bop

    Most story arcs in that run were pretty good to awesome and Ennis tied it all nicely together in the end.

  • Bop

    That show should be right up his alley. So far 2 episodes in in the DD S2 run. Looks promising.

  • So i finished watching the second season.
    I really liked it a lot, just like i did the first season.
    I’m still in-love with Deborah Ann Voll. She and Portia Doubleday (from Mr Robot) are now my favorite screen blondes.
    I found the characterization of both Elektra and Frank Castle/Punisher to be a bit odd and stranger. Not bad, and very well acted by the actors, but a bit strange and different from what i would expected. Again, not a bad thing, but it just feels strange.
    Daredevil is still one of the top notch comic book series out there, if not the very best. This must be great times for all you comic book fans.

  • Stalkeye

    It certainly is! And long overdue.

  • Stalkeye

    Oh it certainly was, Meng!

  • Stalkeye

    I remember reading some arc which included this piece of shit called “Barracuda”. Most vile villain I have ever read in a comic.
    http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/punisher07c.jpg

  • Bop

    He got even more vile in the return match. Wasn’t my fave villain but he was good.

  • Sagamanus

    One epi 6 of season 2. Not sure I like Electra at all. Castle is good. But there was that one scene where he could have taken the shot, but they were building toward the hero preventing it. Man I hope they don’t degrade too much with things like that. The Walking Dead is almost dead for me because of those very things.

  • Stalkeye

    Curse dem damn right-to-lifers! (;’