What’s a classy assassin like you doing in a place like this?
The final installment for season two of Marvel’s DAREDEVIL on Netflix has brought the blind vigilante’s adventures to a close! I enjoyed “A Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen,” it was intense, it closed many circles, and it teased new ones for season three. Lets break it down.
We open this chapter on the giant stone urn The Hand has been so heavily guarding and filling up with hypnotized teenager blood for the entire season. What’s the true purpose of this oversized blood bank? Nobu holds the secret–as well as the evil twin of Pepper Potts for an assistant–and it comes to fruition at the end of this episode. I don’t know about you, but I found my standing theory was pretty accurate.
After all the shenanigans Stick has pulled, Matty Murdock is finally wising up and has the old-timer tied to a chair following his rescue from being tortured while…tied to a chair. Not much changes for this guy. I don’t blame Murdock, I wouldn’t trust this grump further than I could toss him and I’m glad DD has the same attitude because despite helping him recover, Stick keeps trying to convince Matt to “extinguish” the Black Sky–the ultimate weapon against humanity prophesied by The Hand and feared by all who know its legend, and also just happens to be right underneath Daredevil’s nose the whole time in the form of a rich, Greek, femme fatale troublemaker. A revelation twist of 180 degrees taking its expected toll on the Elektra’s steely conviction. This scene also treats us to yet another moment of detailed medical care administered by a blind person, which I’m not even going to ask how that works, but I will call bullshit on it.
Matt Gerald returns as Melvin Potter, the Q to Daredevil’s James Bond, to outfit Elektra with some sweet protective gear. Some of you may remember Melvin from the Daredevil comic books as The Gladiator, a once famed costume designer turned supervillain who faces off with DD on more than one occasion. Once again, Melvin drops the name Beatty and talk about how much he loves her. For two seasons we’ve heard about Beatty, as Mel tricks out their toys, and all I can think about is how the writers are going to use Beatty as a reason for Melvin to turn on Daredevil in season three. I’m calling it right now.
Did someone order some cheese? Because Foggy just got handed the keys to a boatload of cheddar! A slick, power-suited Foggy is treated to a business lunch by Carrie-Anne Moss (THE MATRIX TRILOGY) as her character, the hard-hitting New York lawyer, Jeri Hogarth. I love this crossover from the JESSICA JONES universe; it adds depth and threads together the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Not to mention Moss always delivers a great performance, especially when her character offers our Fog-Man an irresistible opportunity at her law firm. Personally, its about time Mr. Nelson got whats coming to him.
Things don’t look good for Karen as she’s scooped up by The Hand’s people-snatcher van. According to a bruised up Sgt. Brett Mahoney, some cronies roughed him up and stole all of the files the police had every person Daredevil has ever saved; the one true kryptonite for a vigilante hero and the ultimate bait to lure them in. Matty Murdock figures out Karen’s kidnapping and dives into a frantic search of the entire city to find her. His super-sonar scanning of Hell’s Kitchen leads DD and Elektra straight to an abandoned building “buzzing like a beehive” with ninja of The Hand, and what seems to be the biggest fight of the season commences, giving the hostages the chance they need to escape. During the fleeing, DD finds Karen and they share a moment of soulful relief at each other’s touch. A flash of emotion can be seen stirring in Karen’s eyes just before DD shoves her out the door to safety. Did she have feelings for Daredevil? Or did she suddenly ask herself why the bottom half of DD’s face looks just like her ex-boyfriend’s? I think its the latter. She knew Murdock’s weeks of isolation, professional neglect, and obvious lies were done for the purpose of an unknown greater good, but she never wanted to–nor thought to–place the red horns on his head. Either way, it doesn’t matter now, DD’s got a horde of ninja to fight!
Thirty minutes into the finale, just after their warm-up scuffle rescuing the hostages, and right before the onslaught of ninja descend upon the dynamic duo, Elektra and DD share one of my new favorite moments in the DAREDEVIL series. A pre-fight pow-wow bringing to light the overwhelming odds against them and making peace with this decrepit building being their last stand. This breed of scene is difficult to tame; too easily can it be ruined with cheesy writing or off-target acting choices, but DAREDEVIL kept my hands clasped together trying to contain my silent, inner tornado of angst and hope, as Murdock opens his heart to Elektra and makes his ultimate promise should they survive the next 25-minutes. The desperate optimism holds strong like wet tissue paper–tissue paper soaked from drying the tears that almost fell from my manly eyes.
Once on the roof, a masked, kusarigama wielding Nobu leads the charge against our anti-heroes in a dark flurry of kicks, flips, punches, and body slams. The Hand want Elektra as their “Black Sky” weapon, and she wants nothing but to go Black Sky all over their faces. At one point, Nobu gets our boy, DD, in an executioner’s grip and Elektra intervenes, but at a terrible cost. How many times must Matt Murdock lose that which he loves? Nobu tries to escape, but Murdock goes full Hulk on him with help from the Punisher’s sniper skills. Too little, too late, Frank; you would’ve actually been truly helpful had you been there five minutes earlier.
Daredevil’s one rule goes out the door as Nobu goes over the roof’s edge and plummets to the pavement below. One final cherry from an impromptu Stick cameo tops off this sundae and the celebrations of victory begin. Or rather, the realization that war has no victors settles in, and our vigilantes restart dredging one foot in front of the other.
True to the DAREDEVIL/Netflix standard I’ve come to expect, we’re left with two huge drama bombs for season three: the entire series is rocked with the revelation to Karen of a long-kept secret, and, remember that giant stone egg The Hand was safeguarding? Now it’s an ornate sarcophagus for our favorite Greek assassin’s mortal husk. But is it really a means to bury the dead? Let me put it this way, The Hand’s most deadly killer, Nobu the resurrected, just got taken out of commission and there is a brand new opening for a deadly killing machine to fill it. A killing machine with, say, stunning eyes and hair?