I absolutely loved the first season of Netflix’s take on Marvel’s Daredevil, as it pulled me along with millions of other viewers into the dark but interesting world of Hell’s Kitchen as seen, or should I say “heard” by the famous superhero. After breaking all sorts of records, Netflix scrambled to make another season that would be on par with or even topple the first. Well I’m more than happy to report they’ve succeeded with Marvel’s Daredevil: Season Two, which introduces even more heroes and villains in creative ways that continues to raise the bar of the superhero drama genre.
Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) returns with his friends Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) as they celebrate their victory over Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin from last season. They still handle law cases for the little people while Matt continues his fight against crime as the superhero Daredevil who is enjoying his new costume that makes taking out the bad guys a lot easier. Thanks to heroes such as himself, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, it’s not long before more extreme ones come along to make their mark, mainly a vigilante the press quickly names the Punisher (played perfectly by Jon Bernthal) who is killing all of the mob families one by one.
Of course Matt doesn’t take too kindly to this and seeks to stop him from killing, which we all know won’t go well. And if that wasn’t enough trouble, the mob families aren’t happy about their thinning numbers and an Irish one makes it a point to take out out both heroes. Add in an old flame/friend of Matt’s named Elektra (Elodie Yung) making her way back into Matt’s life while bringing trouble in the form of ninjas called The Hand, and you have one action and drama filled season that’s right up there with the first.
After the first season setting the bar pretty high, I didn’t know what to expect from this one. I can say that I’m more than pleased on how this one turned out. I never knew a character such as the Punisher could be played so raw yet deep as Jon Bernthal did, but he absolutely nailed it and is most likely the best thing about this season. I also enjoyed watching how Matt tries to balance his lawyer world with his superhero one while keeping his friends at arm’s length, which makes for some well written drama that’s always fun to see play out. It was also nice to see elements from the Jessica Jones series spill over into this one, as some of the minor characters make brief appearances that will eventually lead to more crossovers with future Marvel shows until we finally get The Defenders sometime next year.
If loved the first season like I did or you’re looking for some superhero action that doesn’t skimp on the violence and well written drama, you’ll want to don your tights and leap into Marvel’s Daredevil: Season Two. It features a great cast playing even greater characters that seamlessly blend action and drama together in a near perfect way, leaving those who watch hanging on for the next season as well as the upcoming Marvel’s Luke Cage series.