Daredevil Season 2 Review

*****This review will contain spoilers*****

“Daredevil Season 2” is the reason I decided to binge watch season 1.  After finally getting hooked on season 1, I could not wait to dive into season 2.  With season 2, Marvel introduced a new Daredevil suit, The Punisher and Electra, Matt Murdock’s psycho ninja girlfriend.  Holy smokes, season 2 was amazing!  This season focused heavily on the Punisher, and why he was murdering the mob of Hell’s Kitchen.  After an epic showdown between him and Daredevil, The Punisher gets caught and goes to trial for murder, while being defended by Nelson and Murdock’s law firm.  Karen Page strikes an unlikely friendship with Frank Castle, aka the Punisher and finds out that The Punisher’s deeds are the actions of the DA and a sting gone bad, in which his family was brutally murdered.  Also going on in the background is the villainous group known as the Hand, as they are guided by a mysterious force that brings Daredevil and Electra together.

So much happened in this season and it was all glorious violence.  They really upped the violence in this show, and after seeing the Punisher prison sequence and other fight sequences throughout the show, this made me realize that this is a hard R rated show and not for kids.  There is tons of blood and gore and the dark tone of the story really has benefited this character well.  I liked the first season but it had a cheesy factor to it but this season all that cheese is gone.  This show does something very bold that Marvel hasn’t done before and that is going all in with these characters.  They weren’t afraid to hold anything back this season and it worked wonders for the characters and the story.

All of the actors this season were great.  Especially John Bernthal as the Punisher and Elodie Yung as Electra.  If you have any preconceived notions about the Daredevil character from the Ben Affleck film then throw them out the window.  They are completely different characters here.  John Bernthal was amazing as Frank Castle and Elodie Yung was magnificent.  Vincent D’Onofrio also had a nice cameo in the prison episode and he finally reveals that he is the “Kingpin,” the arch nemesis to Daredevil.  This season really had the perfect story, the suspense and the action which seemed somewhat missing from season 1.  The writers really stepped up with season 2 and it’s visible.

Something else that I noticed was that there weren’t any references to the Marvel cinematic universe which clearly is telling me that these characters will not show up in their films.  I think that’s a good thing because I can’t imagine these dark and brooding characters meshing with the fun and snarky Avengers characters.  After seeing season 2, these characters would be totally out of place and I think they should keep these characters in separate universes.  But who knows what will happen or change down the line.

I think besides the Punisher storyline, the tangent plot of the shadowy organization of “The Hand” was such an intriguing premise to me.  I liked the introduction of Electra being the Black Sky and the relationship between her and Stick as well as Matt Murdock made for compelling television.  And Electra dying at the end?  WTF!  I didn’t see that coming at all, and after they bury her, her body is kidnapped by the hand and they place her in some weird coffin to be resurrected.  This was really cool and exciting and I cannot wait to see what happened with Electra.  I haven’t read the comics so I don’t know exactly how they will bring her back but it’s obvious they will in some way shape or form but I think the setup was done well.

When the show ends, our main characters are no longer together.  Nelson and Murdock is shut down, with Foggy taking a job at a different law firm.  Karen Page now works as a writer and editor for the local paper and Matt is doing his own vigilante thing.  This leads me to think that these characters are going to be very different people when season 3 comes and you know they will still see each other a lot in season 3.  But the biggest WTF moment in the show came from the last line.  Matt Murdock pulls an “Iron Man” moment with Karen.  He pulls out his helmet and mask and tells her that he is Daredevil before the show cuts to black.  OMG!  The shit just went down!  It was the perfect way to end the season and it will be interesting to see how she responds to this new information.

“Daredevil” season 2 is incredibly better than season 1 and it proves that Netflix is the name of the game when it comes to television.  They are making the best products on the market and they listen to what the fans want.  “Daredevil” wouldn’t work as good as a film or on any other television network.  This is the best superhero show on TV, and I think a lot of other programs should look at the success of this program.  “Daredevil” season 2 was a blast, on the edge of your seat program with tons of action, violence and comic book craze!  Bring on season 3, I want it know!

Grade:  A+

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