Matt Murdock is back, and he’s better than ever. Suited up with the iconic red Daredevil costume throughout the entire season, we are also introduced to The Punisher, Elektra, and The Hand organization; giving us lots of intense moments, drastic measures, and a lot of blood as Matt tries to keep Hell Kitchen safe. Reeling off the events of season one, Kingpin is in prison and Matt has fully embraced his inner self as Daredevil. However, as he continues to keep Hell Kitchen safe at night, a new vigilante emerges. Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher, and he comes fast and heavy as he blows through Irish mobsters, biker gangs, and other thugs, killing masses at a time and leaving a bloody mess.
As many of you know, The Punisher is, in my opinion, one of the greatest characters in the Marvel Universe. This anti-hero goes through tragedy by losing his entire family and he seeks vengeance and justice to the scumbags around. His ways are always lethal and dangerous, and he’s not afraid to cross any lines. This is why he makes such a good adversary to Daredevil in this season. As Matt tries to juggle both sides of the law by day and night, he’s conflicted as The Punisher tries to persuade and show him that criminals won’t ever change and that justice doesn’t prevail. More than once, this is shown and Matt sees that.
The addition of Elektra is also very important in this season. For one, Daredevil and Elektra are lovers and they have a great connection. We get to see glimpses of who Elektra was and how she tries to push Matt to become like her: to kill. Elektra not only serves as another love interest in Matt’s life who understands him fully, but as a force that constantly pushes him to cross that line he can’t force himself to.
Ultimately, the story focuses on Matt realizing that he is Daredevil and that’s not going to change. He literally pushes everyone out of his life because he’s so focused on protecting “his city”. This can be somewhat aggravating as Foggy and Karen both are huge parts of his life and only want him to help with the law firm, and more importantly, as a friend. Both of these relationships will soon tumble as Matt continues to dive deeper into the war on Hell’s Kitchen by the rising tide of The Hand. The Hand pushes and pulls in a lot of different directions, making Elektra one of the major keys and giving Daredevil a great challenge.
The acting in this season is spot on, which isn’t surprising. Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil is like the Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man. He’s perfect for the role of both Matt and Daredevil, and he has a lot of great action sequences (the fight from the top of the building to the bottom in episode 3 beats the Hallway Scene last season). Jon Bernthal is by far the greatest Punisher on screen. He’s very scary, very violent, and very fun to watch on screen. There’s some parts where The Punisher will violently kill someone that made me squeem. However, he has a heart and he truly shows that too. With the help of Karen and even Daredevil he allows himself to look at things a little differently I feel, but he still doesn’t hesitate to kill when he feels necessary. Finally, Elodie Yung who plays Elektra is very fitting. She has a foreign accent that well accompanies her character, and the chemistry between her and Charlie is great. She as well has some very good action sequences that shows she can handle herself against a well equipped foe.
To conclude this review I just want to talk about the potential future of the series and where each of these characters may end up. First off, we get a huge cliffhanger at the end when Matt finally tells Karen that he is Daredevil. This should explain a lot to her, but we don’t get to see what her reaction is. It will be interesting to see where their relationship will go now after their brief romantic period this season. Next we have The Punisher, who finally mantles the iconic white skull on his chest at the very end. He’s closed the chapter will everyone who was involved with his family’s murder, and the city also thinks he’s dead, so he can now move on and carry his business without the cops trailing him. But before he burns down his house, he grabs a hidden CD behind a picture that reads, “MICRO” which is a small teaser for the possible villain Microchip. There’s rumors circling around that Marvel and Netflix are making his own spin-off series, so hopefully that is in the works! Lastly, after Elektra was killed and buried, her body was taken from her grave by The Hand and put into a stone chamber they’ve guarded all season.
This season of Daredevil was very exciting for me. The Punisher stole the show, the story showed that there is much more going on in the world than just Hell’s Kitchen, and Daredevil ultimately embraced who he was. Of course, this all taking place alongside of the rest of the MCU, we get a few nods to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in the series as well. I give Daredevil season two an 8.5/10.