Daredevil Season 2 Review (2016)

Daredevil Season 2 (2016)


As always I can promise there are absolutely no spoilers in this review.

In The Mix

Creator: Drew Goddard, Cast: Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Elodie Yung, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn

The Ten Word Skinny

"Matt Murdoch must choose sides with Punisher & ex-Elektra."

The Quote

Frank Castle/The Punisher: You know you're one day away from being me.

The Beef

The follow-up season to the Netflix superhero smash hit Daredevil, sees another 13 episode binge-fest of a series successfully land with ninja light footwork and a Nunchuk impact. Just remember to feed your pet and or yourself as you lose a day or two to a blind crime fighter in skin tight red leathers!
The storyline is solid following the character ensemble of Matt Murdoch and his legal team fighting justice for the little guy in Hell's Kitchen. A tweak to the formula and the introduction of an emotionally charged performance in Jon Bernthal's Punisher takes the characters in several new directions and for the most part, the show is the better for it.

The Story in Short

Hell's Kitchen has quietened down since Daredevil's handiwork rid the city of the major organised crime however it appears this has actually left the doors open for new evil to run wild in this crime free town. Cue a crime spree from Frank Castle/The Punisher for Daredevil to question his ethics and view of the law. With the rising whispers of a new super organisation called "The Hand" can Daredevil find the energy to take down all these threats by himself?

While season 1 relied on a slow and steady story arc revolving around one central baddie, Wilson Fisk, arguably giving the show its only flaw in designating an entire series on this one enemy. This time we have several characters both new and old to whet the audience's appetite. The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal puts in the series best performance in a gripping take on the fan favourite character The Punisher. Rather than a two-dimensional villain of normal sub-standard superhero TV. We are given a multi-layered and ultimately flawed vigilante fighting crime in his own way and for his own reasons going against everything that Daredevil stands for despite them sharing the same enemies.
We are also given a new female all action cast member in Elodie Yung's Elektra, Murdoch's former girlfriend turned criminal/crime fighter. The character brings an interesting dynamic for the show and further helps to firmly carve out two separate roads for the two lawyers at the centre of the series, Murdoch's daytime persona of blind lawyer and his business partner and unwilling accomplice, Foggy Nelson.
Much like other shows such as Arrow and The Flash, this too has it's fair share of mystical elements present. The mysterious "Hand", is the evil organisation behind the scenes of all the unjust wrong doings going on in Hell's Kitchen and as the series develops the plot of this organisation is drip fed to us bit by bit. Expect zombie-like creations and near death resurrections and much more.

I loved the chance to see Daredevil's old master, Stick, the Splinter of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles world in real life form. He has a critical role as it emerges has been mentoring someone else for even longer than our title's hero. Plus there is a nice tie-in to the previous season via Wilson Fisk even if it did feel a little forced and or unnecessary.

Popcorn or Pie?

Fans of the Marvel Universe will be very happy with this Netflix offering. The Marvel/Netflix partnership has consistently delivered to a seriously high standard of late with Jessica Jones redefining the superhero playing field and Luke Cage's outing next up.

I am not sure this reaches the dizzy heights of the first season however having said that I felt that the new characters, particularly Punisher produced the series best episodes to date. Jon Bernthal's monologue in episode 4 is something special, that's all I'm going to say. Showing it's not all guns blazing and burning buildings, this show has heart and it gets broken more than once during the 13 episode run. Out Now on Netflix

Say What?

Daredevil is the first of four Netflix series (Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016) and Iron Fist (2016) that will lead up to an eventual crossover in The Defenders mini-series.

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