Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TV Show Review: Daredevil Season 2

The dark side of Marvel comes out in the very cool Netflix series and the second season of Daredevil follows through introducing two new villainous heroes in the Punisher and Elektra. The Punisher storyline kicks off the new series with his brutal revenge tactics getting the attention of the blind, red vigilante. While Daredevil agrees with Punisher's motives, there is a fundamental agreement in their method, particularly that Punisher leaves everyone dead.

Jon Bernthal plays Frank Castle with his similar gruff nature that he has brought to Shane in The Walking Dead and other rough characters, which made him an excellent choice for the comic book hero. Bernthal is at his best when he is showing his grief over his family's massacre or beating the hell out of criminals with no mercy. 

The Punisher storyline has plenty of twist and turns as Karen Page, played by True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll, tries to solve the mystery. Sometimes this show can be slow like it doesn't have enough story for a full thirteen episodes and has to drag out some mysteries. Every show ends with a climactic battle and the first few are extra exciting when the Punisher and Daredevil square off on the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen.

The second part of the second season focuses around the other complication in Daredevil's life embodied by the beautiful Elektra played by Elodie Yung. Yung is great as the ruthless warrior. 

This storyline sees old enemies return with Nobu and his group of ninjas known as The Hand, a longtime villain of Daredevil. This storyline also features the return of Daredevil's blind mentor Stick, played by Scott Glenn. All of this revolves around a strange mystery war that feels right at home in a comic book but comes off strange in the real world interpretation.

This show is one of my favorite and I think the second season only falls slightly from the first with a lot of characters bouncing around. I enjoyed the growing connection between the other heroes of the Marvel show universe especially with Foggy Nelson played by Elden Henson who has a change in his career that connects him to Jessica Jones and the Night Nurse, or Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson who showed up in Jessica Jones and is rumored to appear more in the upcoming Luke Cage. 

Daredevil has done it again. I've been a fan of Charlie Cox since I first saw him in Boardwalk Empire and his Matt Murdock is moody and believable as the hero. This show has taken a new approach to the hero genre and I look forward to what Marvel and Netflix have in store.

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