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AP2HYC Reviews: Daredevil Season 2

Daredevil‘s first season shocked many a superhero fan to the core when it was first released, in an exceedingly good way. The hype was quickly on for how the show’s second season would shape up, and the end results didn’t disappoint, although it was arguably weaker in some aspects.

We tasked our writers to don their Daredevil suits and share their thoughts on what’s rapidly becoming the hottest property Marvel has created in recent years!

“While the gore and action levels raise with this season, the story falls a tad short and left me a bit unsatisfied. Nonetheless I loved it, Bernthal is an amazing Frank Castle and I really hope the Punisher can get his own Netflix series. A worthy addition to the Marvel Netflix saga.” – Eric Dodds, Contributor.

“Picking up where Season 1 left off, Daredevil Season 2 more than adequately carries the torch to, and beyond, the bar that had been set in Season 1. Frankly, this show continues to amaze, and has become, perhaps, the best show to be found anywhere on what is now considered ‘TV’. The characters are engrossing and the tone of the show is unassailable. If there is a complaint to be found it is in the fact that the season starts off so well and begins to lag as the show gets closer to the finish line. However, that minor complaint is more than made up for by Jon Bernthal‘s spectacular portrayal of The Punisher, by far the best depiction of the character that this reviewer has ever seen.” – Craig Porges, Contributor.

“More disappointing than the first. The Punisher’s storyline is the highlight of the season, and Jon Bernthal is masterful as Frank Castle. Unfortunately, Daredevil’s own story arc of increasing isolation and frankly being a jerk really irked me, and giving Foggy and Karen little to do, the likeable supporting characters from the first season only have minor roles, and the whole storyline with Elektra didn’t work very well, though Stick’s return was great.” – Mark Russell, Senior Writer.

“Season 2 followed the same winning formula as Season 1 with elements that will hopefully become stapes of the series like Old Boy style, one shot fight scenes and daredevil further customising his suit (and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk). The addition of The Punisher’s super compelling sub story was a success in itself, hopefully this could act as a jumping off point for his own series/movie. However it was so compelling that daredevils tryst with Karen and reigniting with old flame Electra kind of fell to the way side as a result.” – Dom Tyson, Contributor.

“It crashed, it banged, it slightly disappointed, but Daredevil Season 2 is still head and shoulders above every other comic book series out there at the moment. A scene stealing Frank Castle was undoubtedly the highlight in a rollercoaster season, finally bringing a Punisher we deserve to the screen.” – Josh Sammons, Contributor.

Daredevil Season 2 is just as good as Season 1. Not better, not worse. Just as good. Which is why I think some people were a bit disappointed with it. The curse of the dreaded hype strikes again! But being the rosy cheeked optimist that I am (Shut up! Don’t give me that look!) I think this is a cause for celebration. I’d far rather a show not deviate in quality than dip in quality. We could have had a Heroes Season 2 on our hands. The horror. And the fact that they introduced multiple, interwoven plotlines, rather than recycling the formula of a single main plot from the first season, shows that the writers are moving the show forward. A great continuation to an already great show!” – Scott Meridew, TV Hero.

“The second season of Daredevil is even less concerned with its placement in the MCU than the first season and it’s all the better for it. Its fast, kinetic violence is like The Raid fueled by the mad genius of Frank Miller. The true highlight is the inspired casting of Jon Bernthal as The Punisher. This might be the closest we come to an R-rated Disney property.” – James Leggett, Contributor.

“After what was undoubtably a sensational debut season, Marvel’s and Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2 somehow manages to perfect excellence. Charlie Cox and the rest of the cast return with performances that are so committed and so believable that they nearly blur the line between a staged drama and the real world. Throw in a very well constructed plot, the addition of Jon Bernthal‘s Punisher (who I believe gave the best performance of his career) and some incredibly choreographed and filmed fighting sequences (I’m looking at you hallway fight) and you have a sophomore season whose quality surpasses even that of several comic book adaptations released in theaters.” – Jesse Acevedo, Contributor.

“While still a step ahead in production value and quality compared to other superhero series, Daredevil falters in its second season due to an overly dour approach. After 13 episodes of constant darkness, the major rush I had experienced during the first season had been diminished to a mild enjoyment. While Punisher and Elektra make for intriguing (and well-acted) additions, they still can’t hold a candle to last season’s Wilson Fisk who provided the real counterpoint to Daredevil’s heroics. Daredevil is still on top when it comes to hard-hitting action, but this time around, it doesn’t have the heart to back it up.” – Dustin Molina, Contributor.

“Marvel followed up Daredevil‘s brutally effective first season with this entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying second serving. The introduction of the excellent Jon Bernthal as my favourite incarnation of The Punisher to date was undermined with a by-the-numbers version of Electra. In addition they split up Nelson and Murdoch, managed to make a season with The Punisher as the bad guy LESS brutal than it’s predecessor and turned Matt Murdoch into a whiny, lovesick arse. Fingers crossed for Season 3 and the return of The Kingpin.” – Zoe Butcher, Contributor.

“Picking up where the first left off, the second season of Daredevil is a gripping exploration of the escalation of vigilante justice. The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal ultimately steals the show as Frank Castle aka The Punisher and absolutely brings the definitive version of the character to the screen (finally, it only took four attempts). Violent, thought-provoking and with enough kung-fu action to shake a billy club at, the first and second series of Daredevil are clearly the best thing’s Marvel have done so far.” – Jon Fuge, Contributor.

There you have it folks, a mostly positive reaction! What may the future hold for Daredevil though? Or would you rather see Netflix get busy with a show for The Punisher?

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Fred McNamara