Daredevil’s first season on Netflix was met with great acclaim and praise from the millions of Marvel fans who binge-watched the superhero show. It portrayed violence that hadn’t been seen to that point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). That violence was not played for comedy or over the top hilarity, rather it was used in a serious and dramatic fashion to highlight the dark tone that would characterize the show.
Season two was added to Netflix March 18, and the 13 episodes are a fantastic follow up to an already great first season. Rather than have to introduce a world and characters again, Daredevil is already a part of what feel like a real New York with the addition of super heroes and villains that don’t exist in the real world. In short, Daredevil gets to exist in the world that it created last season rather than create anything new.
The characters of Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, and Matt Murdock still feel real in this season. Their progress as people seem to be completely in line with who they are and their interactions with the world and each other are tightly written to progress each forward rather than staying stagnant in the last season. They grow and develop which can sometimes be a problem for shows as they enter new seasons and must come up with new directions.
This season, with Wilson Fisk taken care of, the main focus of the majority of episodes are on the Punisher, Frank Castle. The introduction of this new vigilante is the shift in each of the characters. He is the reason for the growth and change in season two. Jon Bernthal is the man who plays Frank Castle and, in the same way that Vincent D’onofrio did as Fisk, he steals the show.
The pain and anguish that Bernthal puts into the tragic narrative of Castle makes the character really come to life. Several times when the Punisher would go into a monologue during the season, he would become the focus and everything that he said would be done so well that it was captivating.
Not to be outdone, Elektra makes her debut in the MCU as well. Her toxic relationship with Murdock and the effect that it has on both of them is an interesting counter plot to Punisher and the threat that he poses. The show does a good job of making Elektra feel like a regular in the lives of the characters despite only introducing her this season.
Daredevil doesn’t forget the violence and action that made it so incredible to watch in its first season. The stakes have been raised in terms of story and, so too, has the action. There are several fight scenes that rival any of the best that were done in season one and one specific scene that progresses, single camera, for nearly three minutes.
There are also several scenes of bloody torture which the camera does not shy away from but some in the audience might. Never is the violence or death just done randomly or not focused on. The show does a great job of balancing human life and emotions with the death that happens all around the main characters.
It is an incredible 13 hours of television and one that any fans of Daredevil should immediately check out. It rivals many of the shows that get acclaim on actual television and that is a sincere compliment. This world that Daredevil has created, which includes room for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, is living and breathing and quite a bit grittier than the movies portray.
Daredevil season two is a wild success and definitely worth the investment of time.