Thursday, March 17, 2016

Daredevil (Season 2): The Punisher Enters...

Netflix's first season of "Marvel's Daredevil" emerged as a fierce, brooding success, with visually impaired but sense empowered Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) facing off against Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio), in a sprawling Hell's Kitchen showdown.

The second season, which begins March 18, promises an even more layered landscape, ushering the entrance of vengeance-craving vigilante, Frank Castle (Jon "Walking Dead" Bernthal), otherwise known as the Punisher. The shapely and lethal Elektra Natchios (Elodi "Gods of Egypt" Yung) also swings on board, while last season's Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) reunite with their favorite "Man Without Fear" attorney in his continued crusade for justice. From what's implied, we may even get lucky with re-entries from Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Stick (Scott Glenn) and (by gosh by golly) D'Onofrio's Fisk. (Some are also predicting a Bullseye reveal, but we'll see. Whether this season or another, the villain is bound to appear.)

At any rate, advanced footage insinuates that the Punisher will greatly impact the plot, setting up a pre-"Batman v Superman" and "Cap America: Civil War" clash of the titans. I can't say I believe the adversity will last forever, but for better or worse, rifts between superheroes remain the in-thing now, and I imagine Netflix will nurture the concept for all that it's worth.

This season's projected conflict does, in truth, fit with the initial season's sinister (and often cynical) tone, which also characterizes Netflix's "Jessica Jones", but somewhere along the line, there's got to be a light at the end of the tunnel, right? Let's face it, these folks aren't fighting just for the fun of it. They want something better for their world and therefore, for people like you and me. Let's hope that the culmination of their melees allows them--and us--to achieve it. After all, there's nothing quite as fulfilling as good triumphing over evil. 


  1. Watched a chunk of season 2 and so far have found it superior to the excellent first one. As I suspected, it's very Punisher oriented, but I'm now into the Elektra phase, which is interesting also, though in a much different way.

    Above all, the show has great performances by all involved and amazing fight sequences (like Season 1 on both counts). Yep, I'm most pleased; anxious to absorb more...

    1. Oh, yeah, that surprise entrance by Scott Glenn--sweet, real sweet!

  2. Wow! Those meetings between the Punisher and Kingpin--priceless!

  3. Finished Season 2--a classic.

    Great to see Clancy Brown in there; and the surprise "Jessica Jones" cameo (you'll see) was neat-o. No Bullseye, though, but his presence would have only cluttered things at this point. Let him steal the show later down the line, perhaps.

    The idea of "What is a hero?" resonated well. Daredevil, Elektra and Punisher each gave food for thought on the subject. I'm in awe and respect of how such was handled.

    Wish Season 3 would come all the sooner, but the Luke Cage series is on the way (cool to see that teaser trailer), and from what I've read, Iron Fist will enter this universe soon, as well. Cool...

  4. So, I’m reading that the “Punisher” series is likely, but has no start date. Pity. As much as it’s important to get a “Jessica Jones” continuation going (not to mention the Luke Cage spin-off), the Punisher is a damn no-brainer. Why the hesitation if the writing is already on the wall? I can only hope that the Netflix folks will act upon “Daredevil’”s second-season acclaim and make a Frank Castle series a reality: the sooner, the better.