The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is back, and this season he’s brought with him two of the most dangerous and infamous characters from the Marvel Comics Universe. Now on Netflix, all thirteen episodes of the highly anticipated second season of the hit show ‘Daredevil’ are ready for viewing. In this latest season following the imprisonment of Wilson Fisk, Daredevil finds his world in even more chaos as both The Punisher and former lover Elektra threaten his life and his city. As if that were not enough, the secretive organization known as The Hand have also decided to make their presence known in Hells Kitchen.
The collection of talented writers of the various episodes jump right back into what made the first season great and pull the viewers in from the start. With the loss of the villainous Wilson Fisk concern grew who would be the next challenge for Daredevil. While The Hand provides plenty of turpitude and danger, it does feel like a little bit of a step back from the threat that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk provided. Instead of the villain being the main driver, the new season instead focuses a lot on the morality of Daredevil, and the question if his methods are effective. The Punisher, played by “Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal, plays the other side of the vigilante coin, the darkside that Daredevil fights not to cross into. The Punisher kills with out mercy, and it leads to an amazing throw down between the two men, both with fists and words.
The face to face morality debate between Daredevil and Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, not only sets the tone of the entire season, but remains some of the most memorible and emotional scenes to witness. Charlie Cox returns as the blind lawyer turned defender, and once again nails the role down to be the hero brought to life. While Daredevil lets his beliefs decide his actions, The Punisher speaks what may be true, although harsh and cold. His words make sense, and that is what scares not only Daredevil, but the audience as well. With every angry outburst and every violent action Jon Bernthal makes The Punisher more than just a ruthless vigilante and killer, he makes Frank Castle an emotional and sympathetic man who has lost everything. He forces the audience to think inside themselves how they would react, how their own morals would change, if they suffered the same trama as Frank Castle. This ruthless killer delivers one of the saddest monologues that catch you by surprise. While his origin is slightly altered from what Marvel Comics fans remember, Jon Bernthal delivers a momenteous performance as The Punisher we’ve been waiting for.
Just as impressive in her role is French actress Élodie Yung as Murdock’s former girlfriend Elektra Natchios. As dangerous as she is sexy, Élodie Yung’s Elektra has a a touch of ruthless insanity to her, while appearing to have a good heart burried away. She looks the part and just as Bernthal’s The Punisher does, she challenges Dardevil’s soul and morals. She plays with the emotions of the audience as well, you can’t stand her one moment, then like her the next.
Deborah Ann Woll returns as Karen Page and does a brilliant job of portraying the evolution of this character. Karen Page isn’t necessarily the damsel in distress as this season Woll presents her as a determined and intelligent woman with a heart that struggles not to be so fragile. Elden Henson also returns continuing his role of Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdock’s best friend, law partner, and link to the normal world. Henson tries very hard and is enjoyable in the role, but something still feels missing that makes him seem like an amateur actor. Various other surprise guests also grace various episodes, some to help add to future stories, others to help tie ‘Daredevil’ to other shows like “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Luke Cage”.
While the new season of ‘Daredevil’ is throughly entertaining and action packed it often feels as if there is too much going on. Between dealing with The Punisher and Elektra and the organization known as the Hand, the seaons feels overly packed. It causes some storylines to suffer unfortunitly. The conclusion of The Punisher’s arch seems very anticlimatic and his final action seems unnecessary, and a little confusing. Still though, most of the writing and the action scenes in ‘Daredevil’ help continue to make this series a work of art. After the jaw dropping one take hallway fight scene in the first season, the writers proved they can do better in season two with an amazing one take violent fight down the stairway of a building. The fight choregraphy once again matches and surpasses fight sequences in full scale movies.
While the new season of ‘Daredevil’ may suffer a little from not having as menacing a threat as Wilson Fisk, the writers and the actors still deliver a thrilling super hero drama. With the addition of The Punisher and Elektra, fans will still have their excitement and fun, and anyone who tunes in will find it very hard not to binge watch as much as possible.