Daredevil is unquestionably tailor made for binge-watching. The first season showed us what Netflix was capable of by bringing a gritty, emotional superhero story to life, and Daredevil’s second season quickly matures into a masterful piece of character-driven storytelling.
The three main characters, Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, And Karen Page, all continue their gut-wrenching journey to define themselves not only upon the backdrop of Hell’s Kitchen, but amongst themselves. Each remains a strong character in their own right, but it is in how they fight to stay together while defining their individual identities that they truly shine.
As great as it was to see the three main characters grow and evolve it was the two new additions to the show that demand most of the attention. Both Elektra, and The Punisher, were not only cast perfectly (more on that later) but stole the screen whenever they were around. Daredevil’s writers have a clear vision of these two classic morally ambiguous Marvel characters, and did them due justice on screen with equally compelling stories.
Élodie Yung electrifies her role as the sensual, and deadly Elektra. Her chemistry with Charlie Cox is palpable from their first scene together. As a love/hate interest for Matt Murdock, and a central figure to the season’s slowly brewing story arc, Elektra provides a great view into the part of Murdock’s life that was only peripherally explored in the first season.
Without any doubt, Jon Bernthal’s rendition of The Punisher must go down as the definitive onscreen portrayal of the iconic Marvel anti-hero. It’s almost impossible to put into words how captivating Bernthal’s performance is. It is most certainly a cliche, but he was born to play The Punisher. Bernthal’s acting talents are on full display, ranging from deep visceral sorrow, to explosive rage, to delicate sarcasm and pity. He quite simply outshines every other actor he’s in the same scene with. The writers expertly managed to make The Punisher balance on the line between loathsome and laudable in a way that makes every scene he’s in beautifully tense.
Daredevil’s first season was a gritty masterpiece, but it seems as though the Netflix Marvel universe has found a way to tap into even deeper, richer emotional palates by giving us an even more sensational second season. With the likes of Jessica Jones, Daredevil is an unmissable television treat for comic fans, and fans of rich storytelling alike. Violent, and thought-provoking, Daredevil Season 2 is a spectacular sign of things to come as it will soon be joined by Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, as well as a second season of Jessica Jones. Take some time out of your day, about thirteen hours to be exact, and watch Daredevil Season 2 right now!