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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!