RELEASED 2016 EPISODES 13 RUNTIME 48 – 59 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH SUPERVISOR STEVEN S. DeKNIGHT STARRING CHARLIE COX, DEBORAH ANN WOLL, ELDEN HENSON, JON BERNTHAL, ELODIE YUNG, VINCENT D’ONOFRIO, STEPHEN RIDER, ROSARIO DAWSON, SCOTT GLENN, PETER SHINKODA MUSIC JOHN PAESANO
Oh my god! The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this season is the gore. This is by far the most brutal and violent comic book movie/TV show I have seen. Parents, watch out!
Hell’s Kitchen is on fire! Mob gangs are brutally being annihilated left and right and it appears that it’s the work of one single person. Never has the city seen such a killing streak. But even though the victims solely include criminals, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil with his believe in the state justice system does not agree with vigilantism to such a degree and goes out to hunt the man who the press has given the name The Punisher.
In the meantime, someone from his past has also arrived in the city and with him a long forgotten ninja cult that is now making Hell’s Kitchen the ground zero for its ancient war.
So, as I said. This season is brutal! On the one hand it of course has to do with the material, Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). On the other hand, it’s the ruthless and sometimes very graphic depiction of violence.
I’m not kidding, but there were scenes that made me cringe not just once and reminded me of movies that became popular for their gore, such as Saw.
I know, right? Isn’t it crazy? But I swear, there was a few scenes, and one in particular, that could have been copied from the first Saw film. Now I will let you guess what that scene was 😉
But even other times I didn’t believe that they went for it. There is absolutely nothing that they won’t show. We have gunshots, stabs, cuts, drills, bones breaking, body parts being sliced off, body insides, blood, even more blood and it all in close-up. It really reaches Walking Dead level of brutality, only that it feels more realistic which makes it even more gruesome. I like violence on screen, but man, that almost crosses the line of what I can take.
THE PUNISHER ARC
With that being said I love love love the Punisher in this. He is fucking brutal and doesn’t give one damn shit about it. He truly is a mad-man and by far the most interesting part of the season.
Jon Bernthal, who I usually can’t stand as an actor, was born to play Frank Castle. And even though I can’t stand him, I couldn’t get enough of him. Every scene with the Punisher in it feels like a win. Not only is Jon Bernthal’s performance spot on, but his story arc is very interesting. It’s not only him being a villain of the season, but goes places. There is actually 3 different acts to the Punisher plot line with each being distinctively different. One even involves Wilson Fisk. So yeah, Wilson Fisk plays somewhat of an important role in this season.
So yeah, The Punisher is the best part, which brings me to the major complaint I have with the season.
The biggest Problem with season 2 is the lack of focus. As you can read in the premise, there is a second arc the season focuses on which runs parallel to the Punisher arc. It involves Elektra (Elodie Young) and the ninjas from the The Hand clan.
It is a very interesting plot, and I love everything about it. There is a great mythology and Elodie Young as Elektra is really good, although I had to warm up to her at first. The plot also plays very heavily into the drama surrounding Matt Murdock and further characterizes his persona. It also brings some heavy change into the setup of our main protagonists, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page and Matt Murdock of course. It also brings back one of my favorite characters, Stick. I love that guy!
But unfortunately it kind of distracts from what I feel is the real meat of the season. I want to see Frank Castle and what’s going on with him. I know that both storylines playing out at the same time are important for the drama playing out between our protagonists, but I think the show would have been better off splitting the ninja arc and the Frank Castle arc into 2 separate seasons, especially since they stay separate for the entire run of the season and don’t play into each other.
I was waiting and hoping that in the finale they merge together to reveal a bigger story, but besides Frank Castle (SPOILER) randomly showing up and shooting like 2 or 3 ninjas (SPOILER end) there was nothing more to it. Too bad, cause the story of each deprecate arcs was pretty interesting. But as I said, the one felt like a distraction from the other.
Nevertheless, I urge people who like comic book material that is made for adults to watch this season. Like the in first, the material feels very real and gritty with great fight choreography and action (the stairway scene in episode 3, ugh, it tops they hallway scene in Season 1).
The drama is great and the characters are interesting and get further developed. Every performance works, including all the new characters. Btw, I like the new Daredevil suit and it works way better than the one we got introduced to during the season finale of Season 1.
Keep it coming Netflix and give me The Punisher series!