The Marvel show improves in a big way.
Marvel is pretty much unstoppable at the moment. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is currently crushing at the theatres, and their small-screen entries have also made people take notice. I think it’s safe to say that DAREDEVIL eschewed from much bad press when it first premiered last year. It did a nice (but not perfect) job of reintroducing the character to the masses (years after the Ben Affleck starring film flopped majorly); Charlie Cox was an inspired choice for Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen; and probably the biggest coup was landing Vincent D’Onofrio for the large-and-in-charge antagonist, the Kingpin.
For all of its triumphs, season two raised the bar significantly. Cox seemed more relaxed and confident in his role; the same can be said for Murdock’s confidants, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson, still a wee bit annoying). What sets season two on another level is the addition of Jon Bernthal’s, the Punisher: the trigger happy vigilante, and Elodie Yung’s, Elektra: an assassin with ties to Daredevil’s past (though they whiffed on her costume).
Both characters are amazing, adding much depth not only to Murdock himself, but also the show in its entirety. Basically, it’s a joy to watch these characters on any medium, let alone a fantastically done show. Length is still somewhat an issue in my mind (you can probably cut off two hours of showtime and still tell a competent story), but the second season even improved on the flow, most likely a byproduct of having the two supporting personalities heavily involved throughout.
My friend and yours, Grant Johnson, wrote all thirteen recaps in terrific fashion here on Cinema High, and for convenience sake, now you can peruse them again, all neatly organized for maximum reading pleasure. Marvel has something cooking with their Netflix collaboration. JESSICA JONES is already established (and the best show by far), and LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, THE DEFENDERS, and a most likely return of DAREDEVIL for a third term, is in the wings. What a time to be alive.
EPISODE 1 – “Bang”
EPISODE 2 – “Dogs to a Gunfight”
EPISODE 3 – “New York’s Finest”
EPISODE 4 – “Penny and Dime”
EPISODE 5 – “Kinbaku”
EPISODE 6 – “Regrets Only”
EPISODE 7 – “Semper Fidelis”
EPISODE 8 – “Guilty as Sin”
EPISODE 9 – “Seven Minutes in Heaven”
EPISODE 10 – “The Man in the Box”
EPISODE 11 – “.380”
EPISODE 12 – “The Dark at the End of the Tunnel”
EPISODE 13 – “A Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen”