Daredevil Season II

Posted: April 5, 2016 in Comics, TV
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Daredevil Season 2 has arrived. Easily one of the most anticipated shows of the year for me after being bowled over by the darkly brilliant first season. As I have said before I’m not a reader of the comics. I just base my feelings on what the show delivers and I went into this second season with the same mind-set.

Sadly and I hate that I’m even writing this, but sadly season 2 is a mixed bag. Okay. Overall it’s a great season but not as tight or well crafted as the first. Case in point when it begins we meet our first big new character in the form of Frank Castle aka The Punisher. His opening episodes serve as an origin story for this fan fave and the arc is really well done. We shift gears once Elektra enters the picture, her being the second big new player and I will stress any negativity I feel has nothing to do with Elektra. Her stuff is great it’s just bad timing my feelings started to shift when she arrives.

The Punisher episodes leading up to Elektra are brilliant but once his first arc is wrapped up the tone shifts and we begin to focus more of the legal realities of men and women taking the law into their own hands. I understand that because Matt is a lawyer the legal side of his life plays a big role in the comics but I felt the pace of the show came to a screehing halt. Thankfull Elektra was on hand to liven things up when Matt wasn’t in the courtroom. This next point is not aimed at the actress, she’s fine, but my word! Karen Page should not have so much focus. I understand the show wants to give the acrtess somthing to do but when all that amounts to is crying and being constantly one step behind our heros it’s really frurstrating to have to spend so much time in her company. The same has to be said of Matt/Daredevils BFF Froggy. His moaning and constant questioning of Matt got old real quick.

For a show called Daredevil the main man himself ALMOST (but never does thanks to the excellent acting weight of Charlie Cox) becomes a side player in his own show. I think it’s fair to say the show makers were a lot more interested in Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher than their main guy this season. That’s warranted because The Punisher is a big deal and Bernthal is a force of nature but to loose sight of Matt/Daredevil is a mistake. It’s his show. Elodie Yung really shines as Elektra. For such a deadly and cold blooded character she brings a lot of fun to the show. Vincent D’Onofrio is greatly missed. His Wilson Fisk was my favourite aspect of the first season and I’d have taken him back over The Punisher any day. Sorry Frank. But I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Fisk back and better than ever in the next season. Same goes for Rosario Dawson despite being involved in one of the best set pieces from the show to date. I actually fist pumed during her big moment which I will not ruin. Epic.

I did like the Hand story points and the supernatural elements they brought along. Felt they painted this great contrast witht the gritty Hell’s Kitchen setting. Naturally The Punisher annihilating criminals was a sight to behold and at times the show got really violent. Like SUPER gory. No way you’d let your tweens watch this! Daredevil and Elektra team ups worked a treat too and her ultimate arc was a great twist and I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

In conclusion this was still a strong second season but I hope next year Matt is back front and centre, there’s a little less moaning/crying from the non-heroes and whatever new big supes we get are fit around Daredevil and not the other way around. Good day!

 

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