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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Season 2 Daredevil Is A Must Watch!


We we've been talking about it, waiting for it, and now it's finally here. Just a reminder, guys, Daredevil season 2 is ready to stream for pure viewing enjoyment if you didn't know.

Punisher and Elektra fans, we get to see how the folks at Netflix approach these two fan-favorite characters and whether Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung deliver. Look, this review is going to have spoilers, so if you haven't watched it yet, I suggest you do and then come back to this beast later.

SPOILERS AHEAD

If you really were hoping that Daredevil got grittier and darker in the second season, you got your wish for sure. Lots of fans were crossing their fingers about that with the Punisher coming into the fold.


Season 2 was definitely more intense in tone and graphic in terms of violence. While Ray Stevenson was the most rugged of live-action Punishers, Jon Bernthal's depiction of the single-minded and most extreme of Marvel vigilantes is definitely the most brutal and primal.

Did we finally get the Punisher we were looking for on screen? Simply put, kinda! The essence of the character is portrayed more straight-forward than any version to date, and that's the Punisher's brutal willingness to kill.

This time it seemed Hollyweird pulled less punches with the character, but they did give the Punisher some liberties. First off, as far as I remember, Frank Castle had no qualms about eliminating anyone who stood between him and his objective, and this extends to other heroes who do not share his single-minded quest for the brand of justice he serves.

The psychological war of words between the two comic characters during one scene was a bit much and seemingly out of character for a man hell-bent on seeking vengeance for the murder of his family. Punisher is a character not known for having the tolerance or aptitude in wasting time nor is he a character that wastes his time debating the morality of his brand of justice.

Debating morals concerning different ideals on the war against crime isn't really what the Punisher would see as efficient, nor would he really bother trying to convince anyone about his viewpoint like Frank Castle does so in that highly flimsy and questionably weak scene. Sure, Daredevil and even Spider-Man had verbally sparred when it comes to their different methods of crime fighting in the comics, but not really in the static way depicted in the show. Usually, that kind of verbal chess match was spouted off while blows were exchanged in the comics.

However, the way the Punisher was written in the season is exactly what my graphic design teacher once told me, "K.I.S.S., keep it simple stupid." For once, they kept the character as simple as possible, focusing on the blunt-force primal root of Frank Castle's psyche and methods.

This version is definitely the most faithful characterization yet on-screen. No fancy crap. They kept his role and portrayal as simple and realistic as possible, which is exactly the way I hoped they would.

I do have another beef with how they added different characters involved in his origin story. No Costa Crime Family? 

It's a very easy group to keep faithful to from page to screen. I hoped for the crime family that's so important to the Punisher's comic origins to receive their due, but it's a no go.

Once again, I think the change of crime groups was highly unnecessary. I don't think making it relevant to today instead of the comic's mythos would have impacted the story whatsoever, but for some reason, the studio did and what's with the made up biker gang?

A biker gang over the Costa Crime Family? Not impressed when it comes to that decision.

But, like I mentioned, it's not a big deal in the over-all scheme of things either way. As a fan, I greatly enjoyed this Punisher, and I think things will only get better for the character in the future.

In terms of Elektra, I was not overly impressed nor disappointed with the character's depiction. I think Elodie Yung was just fine in her portrayal, and Yung definitely brings sexy to the table in season two. The character of Elektra also adds to the brutality of Daredevil Season 2 with her action scenes.

It does help that Elodie Yung has trained in martial arts for many years, so her action and fight scenes look smooth and quick instead of a noticeable clunky and slow. They were nothing short of impressive, but the character at times seems to be a bit lackluster considering that Elektra is one of the world's greatest martial arts assassins in Marvel Comics.


I still have no idea why Marvel TV seems to skimp out on the iconic costumes of comic characters. I have no idea what garb Elektra eventually ends up wearing, and I seriously have no clue why they refuse to go with the classic look that comic fans love for the character.

Sure, it's not battle armor and her iconic costume makes no sense in a realistic sense, but then again, ninjas running around New York City doesn't either. The costume she has so far doesn't exactly scream Elektra to me. The costume in the comics isn't an extremely difficult costume to produce either.


Yung's costume in G.I. Joe Retaliation looks more like an Elektra outfit than what she puts on in Daredevil. Maybe they'll end up slapping on the more iconic Elektra garb in the future. I hope so, because costumes actually do give a great deal of identity for comic characters.

Despite my obsession for wanting movie characters based on comics to actually look like they do in the comics on the big or small screen, there's a lot of actual comic goodness that Daredevil season two takes from. As I said in the post concerning the last Daredevil trailer to hit the world before the season's release, the Hand is a recurring presence just like they are in Frank Miller's run in the Daredevil comics.

Whether you watched season two or not yet, it should be no surprise for any comic fan that Daredevil and Elektra cross paths with the group of ninjas like they do in Daredevil #174, which also happens to be the 1st appearance of the Hand and a creation of Frank Miller. Stick's connection to Elektra is faithfully adapted and another Frank Miller creation of the Chaste is addressed in season two as well.

What's even more great and exciting is that it seems that the second season of Daredevil is setting up more goodness for both Elektra and the Punisher. Yep, they're not gonna be one-offs, but to be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely sold on Elektra in Netflix's Daredevil world. Perhaps further development of the character in later seasons will change my mind.

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock a.k.a Daredevil is still fantastic as well as Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson. Their dynamic together is still great, and Elden Henson really nails it when it comes to the fractured balance between the two and their friendship.

Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page is still delightful, and the character gets a lot more involved and fleshed out in season two. In short, the acting by the main cast is still solid, and Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, still delivers and convinces.

All in all, I think Daredevil season two still delivers the goods. There are some issues like the story and pacing is a bit clunky, but to me, nothing really major.

Daredevil is slowly building on a coherent world and mythos and so far it's working. As true in life, things have to get worse before they get better, and the 2nd season of Daredevil clearly indicates that the path for all heroes involved is getting darker and more convoluted.


As for a certain villain that myself and most Daredevil fans think is inevitable to appear, Charlie Cox just recently went on the record to Screen Rant and stated, "If we are fortunate enough to continue making the Daredevil series, I can’t imagine doing a run of Daredevil where Bullseye doesn’t show up at some point."

"It would be great to have him around at some point. Who would play that part I have no idea but I just think there’s such an interesting, rich character there, and also of course, the history that Bullseye has with Karen Page is an interesting dynamic."

I couldn't agree more with Charlie there. It would be strange to not have one of Daredevil's greatest foes in a run on the show. To us comic fans, Bullseye absolutely seems like a logical step.

However, if they're going to put him in a costume that is vaguely reminiscent of the comic character, my fan-sense says don't bother then. We already got that terrible version of Bullseye with Colin Farrel in the Daredevil movie.

So, season two of Daredevil is a must-watch, and although some have said that this 2nd attempt pales in comparison to the 1st season, I still found season two quite enjoyable and dripping with intensity although some episodes seem to drag a bit. 

The season does wrap up nicely, and I've left out a few spoilers. If you haven't already, go stream it and enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Sounds great, man! Of course we need Bullseye. But what we need even more is that crazy chick called Thyphoid Mary! By the way, DC and Marvel should work together once more an give us a Poison Ivy/ Typhoid Mary Special!!!

    Max Rebo

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  2. I would prefer a Harley Quinn/ Typhoid Mary Special - two crazy nuts rolled into one. Can' t go wrong with that, no sir.

    Ace

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