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REVIEW: Daredevil 2×02 “Dogs to a Gunfight”

Moving right along into the second episode of Daredevil season two! This episode is titled “Dogs to a Gunfight,” which already seems as though it will feature a load of guns! And who do we know that uses guns, hm? Oh yeah, that’s right it’s our pal Frank Castle aka the Punisher! Like the first episode, “Guns to a Dogfight” is directed by Phil Abraham and because of this you will hear no complaints from me. So then, let’s get started shall we? Warning: Spoilers approaching!

This episode picks up right where “Bang” left off with Foggy (Eldon Henson) running to Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) rescue after he was beaten by the Punisher. Looks like Murdock was really lucky too, or perhaps the Punisher only meant to warn him; “stay the hell away from me.” I just love how dangerous this guy is, and in this episode we get to see a fair bit more of John Bernthal‘s take on the Punisher (ProTip: it rocks!).

With Murdock recovering from his wounds, Foggy is forced to recuse Nelson and Murdock’s services from Grotto when he and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) are confronted by the District Attorney’s office; nice, pick on the little guys. Meanwhile, a “recovering” Murdock goes ahead and does a bit of detective work at the scene of the massacre from the previous episode. Oh and let me just mention that in this episode Murdock’s other power, the power to dog whisper, is finally shown! Remember that from the comics?

We get a nice scene with the Punisher taking out some of the Dogs of Hell gang in brutally vicious fashion with some nice, heavy music to go along with it. And boy, did he look pissed! Can we get some metal whenever he appears, please? It just goes together with the Punisher so well.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Frank Castle.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Frank Castle.

“Dogs to a Gunfight” centers around the District Attorney’s office handling Grotto’s Witness Protection Program case. Of course not is all as it seems, and even Grotto can tell something is up. While Foggy tries to reassure Grotto that since Wilson Fisk’s imprisonment there are fewer corrupt police and city officials, it turns out that the D.A.’s office is simply using Grotto to draw the Punisher out. Not a bad idea, guys!

At this point the Punisher is fully aware of the scheme to put his little crusade to an end and creates an awesome diversion involving a speeding truck and a recently deceased body! And yes, the body is none other than one of the Dogs of Hell members that the Punisher recently…liquidated. I thought it was a nice touch how when the police are firing at the oncoming truck, one manages to shoot the body. At that point it’s clear Castle isn’t in the truck, but I thought it added a little realism to the scenario and helped to further distinguish Daredevil as more “adult” than most of Marvel’s offerings.

Daredevil and Punisher: Round Two! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, we get yet another clash between Murdock and Castle in “Dogs to a Gunfight.” When Murdock gets the jump on the Punisher just before he is ready to take out Grotto, the police open fire on the two men. So we have Murdock fighting the Punisher while they are both being shot at by several deadly weapons; what could be more appropriate? Not much, I’d say. The episode ends with Foggy joining the police as they search for Murdock and the Punisher. I wonder where they went?

The highlights of this episode for me were the pawn shop scene and the Dogs of Hell scene, if only for the simple fact that I cannot get enough of John Bernthal! Keep it coming, I say! There were a couple great scenes for Woll too and she got a fair amount of time in this episode to showcase some of her acting chops, especially as she is blaming Daredevil for the Punisher’s emergence. Burn!

We still don’t know too much about this incarnation of the Punisher; will he be much different from his comic book counterpart? I have this strange feeling that the entire season will revolve around Daredevil and the Punisher’s rivalry, but I hope I’m wrong. Personally I think spending half a season on that will suffice, and then we can move onto a new villain (or an old one), perhaps? Alright, let’s rate this episode!

Final Grade: B+

+ Pawn Shop scene.

+ Deborah Ann Woll getting some breathing room in this episode.

+ Another Daredevil vs. Punisher battle!

โ€“ The whole “helmet thing” was a bit far fetched.

โ€“ Not as much action as I would have liked.

โ€“ Needs MOAR Punisher!

Extra Thoughts: “Dogs to a Gunfight” falls right alongside “Bang” for me. It’s a great episode, but I know the best is still yet to come. It’s hard to believe just how good this show really is, and I am not so patiently awaiting the next episode so I’m going to shut up now and get back to it!

What did you think of “Dogs to a Gunfight?” Was it a good enough follow up to “Bang?” Let us know in the comments section or on our Twitter page!

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Robert Porter