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Friday, March 18, 2016

TV Review: #DaredevilSeason2 Badass To The Bone!

Badass to the bone!

RAMA is back with another review.

Please keep in mind that the following review of Daredevil season 2 is based solely on my having watched the first few episodes, I haven’t seen this new season in its entirety, yet but I’m stoked enough to at least start sharing you my thoughts about it. Just like you, I too was a huge fan of season 1, and my goodness if you think Vincent D’Onofrio’s villainous character, Wilson Fisk, was brutal and merciless, wait till you get a load of everyone’s favorite anti-hero, Frank Castle/Punisher, played by “The Walking Dead” alum, Jon Bernthal

In season 1, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) was having a rough start, getting used to this whole vigilante, it was a trial-and-error work-in-progress learning along the way type of work. And now, in season 2, just when Matt thinks he’s getting used to bringing order back to the city, fact of the matter is Wilson Fisk’s absence creates vacuum, every gang in town is fighting to fill the void. But what appears to be a gang war is actually just the act of one violent man, driven by vengeance. They call him The Punisher and he has no problem with murdering bad guys, a sentiment not shared by Matt Murdock/Daredevil, so there lies the clash between these two characters who have significantly different methods of cleaning up the streets. At the same time, Murdock faces an old flame, Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) who also has her own brand of justice. The plate is full for Murdock who also has to balance his life as a lawyer while his partner constantly worries for Matt’s safety, that one day this whole vigilante business may finally cost him his own life.

Season 2 ups the ante in terms of its fight sequences, this one has a similar one take-esque fight scene, but instead of hallway, it’s along the staircase, you see the camera following Daredevil as he punches his way down the staircase going through a sea of angry bikers. It was a marvelous sequence, at the end of it, you kinda feel just as exhausted as Daredevil is, because that alone takes a lot out of him. And may I just say that Jon Bernthal is absolutely perfect as Frank Castle/Punisher, my favorite will always of course be Thomas Jane, but what Jon brings to the table in this season is unrestricted brute. This series, despite it being a superhero show, has always been one that pushes the envelope and with Punisher in the equation, you see how much further it can push. Bernthal’s approach for Punisher is highly driven, well-equipped, ridiculously skilled, he’s basically a walking military grade macho.

In season 2, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) gets more and more worried for his friend, Matt, even as Nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) explains to Foggy that this is the life Matt has chosen and in a disturbing way the city does need Daredevil. But that puts a strain or friction in Charlie - Foggy’s friendship. There’s a bit of distrust growing between Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Charlie and Foggy as well, as Karen is still haunted by her sin and is taking on a secret agenda of her own. It is hard to work with someone who’s not willing to share much with you, at this point I’m just surprised how Matt Murdock has the energy to work in the daytime after a night full of punching people and getting beat up, he must drink some crazy red bull or some super caffeinated coffee.

In theaters, we have Batman V Superman, and Team Iron Man V Team Captain America, here we have Daredevil V Punisher. There’s a great line that Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle/Punisher says in this film that Daredevil is just one bad day away from becoming just like him, the Punisher says that the difference right now is that when he beats bad guys, they stay down, they don’t come back. And so we the audience will feel conflicted because part of us may be against Punisher’s method but then again if you think about it, Daredevil is also taking matters into his own hand, because if he had left it to justice, that means he would’ve let the cops do the job of taking down bad guys. So Daredevil is no saint either, even though he doesn’t kill. Daredevil is like the Batman of Hell’s kitchen, and we can choose to either be like Commissioner Gordon, meaning turn a blind eye and let Daredevil do his thing or we can be like Harvey Dent and say no to vigilantes and his copycats. We the audience get to be the jury and decide, that’s one of the many reasons why DAREDEVIL season 2 is both intriguing and addictive.

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