By Aric Sweeny
Daredevil Season 2 (Review)
Season two of “Daredevil” is the Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the property that improves on its predecessor in virtually every way, while also leaving the viewer satisfied but drooling for more. If you liked season one, you’re going to love season two; and, even if you didn’t like season one, I have a feeling that season two can appeal to a wider audience because of its faster pace and better action.
In a nutshell, Daredevil is caught between the crossfire of a new vigilante in town (The Punisher), dealing with the return of an important person from his past (Elektra), and on a mission to take down The Hand. There are also a few side plots that I won’t get into, but what I mentioned was the bulk of the season.
This season is absolutely incredible. Not only did it give us some of the greatest on screen fights of all time, but it also provided a rich amount of comic-accurate lore for us true sweaties to chew on, while explaining it clearly for the fans who haven’t spent hours upon hours reading nearly every Daredevil comic they can find. Everyone talks about the hallway fight from season one, and for good reason; without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that there is at least 3 fights better than that sequence in these new 13 episodes. Most notable, a hallway/stairwell sequence that is, without a doubt, one of the single greatest fights I’ve ever witnessed on a property, whether it be TV or film.
Once again, Charlie Cox steals the show as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. He plays the character so perfectly, in a way that you don’t quite understand how perfect he is for the role until you get deep into the season.
Jon Bernthal as The Punisher is the best live action version we’ve seen to date, bringing the character to life in ways that no one else has done. His character is highlighted in episodes 1-4, starting the season off with, quite literally, a “bang”. After episode 4, however, there is somewhat of a break from Punisher action sequences, giving us more time to explore the new character introduced: Elektra Natchios. Elodie Yung cast as Elektra was perfect; she brought a performance to the character than completely blows the embarrassment that was Jennifer Garner out of the water. With this said, however, it should be noted that I’m not much of an Elektra fan, so despite the fact that she was portrayed well, the character herself was somewhat of a negative overall. Gotta give credit where it’s due, though.
I’ve been hearing people’s thoughts online, and a negative I’ve heard quite frequently is that Karen Page’s side plot was boring; I couldn’t disagree more. See, unlike many other comic book adaptations, this season gave the main female lead something to do, rather than just be overshadowed by other characters. They did it in a way that, in a sense, acknowledged the death of season one’s Ben Urich; I say this because Urich played such a vital role in taking down Fisk, which is moderately similar to Page’s role in finding out the past of Frank Castle with the intentions of showing who he really is, and why he acts the way he does. On the topic of Karen Page, they also began hinting at her tragic backstory but never fleshed out any details, which is something that I think we’ll absolutely be seeing in season 3.
In all honestly, the only negative I really had a problem with is the subpar acting of Foggy Nelson, played by Elden Henson. His performance wasn’t terrible by any means, it just seemed a little wooden at crucial times. Most notably, pretty much any scene that included only Matt and Foggy. He was good in the courtroom scenes, however.
Overall, season two of Marvel’s “Daredevil” is a more than worthy successor to season one, bringing better fights, a faster pace, new characters, and even bigger stakes. The ending, in my view, sets us up for the incredible ‘Born Again’ storyline to take place in season three, and I couldn’t be more excited.