Daredevil Season 2 Review


Between the facts that March Madness is in full swing, I indeed have a life outside of this, and I don’t get paid for it (on an unrelated note here’s the link to my Patreon page), I didn’t think there was any way I’d have watched this and reviewed it this soon.  That just goes to show how much I enjoyed this season.  Oh, and that several of the basketball games have been blowouts not worth watching.

The second season of Daredevil takes us back to Hell’s Kitchen to continue following the journey of Matt Murdock and his alter ego, Daredevil.  This time he is joined, in a manner of speaking, by Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, and a former lover by the name of Elektra.  In the spirit of keeping this spoiler free, I’ll avoid going into any more detail on the plot.

I definitely enjoyed the first season of Daredevil, although not to the extent many did.  However, I really enjoyed this season.  It seemed to fix many of the problems of the first season.  For example, Season 1 had a bunch of “set up episodes”.  By that I mean it had a bunch of episodes that not much happened in, other than moving the plot along to get to an eventual big event a few episodes later.  It was like watching a superhero version of Homeland.  This season has a lot less down time.  There is always something going on, and I don’t think the plot suffers from that at all. In fact, I think it enhances it.  On a similar note, this season doubles down on the action scenes, and they are fantastic.  If you loved the famous “hallway fight” in the first season, you are in for a treat. The fights are all excellently shot and choreographed.  It definitely makes the show fun to watch.  All the returning characters are great, bringing back their solid chemistry.

Which brings me to the introduction of The Punisher.  Jon Bernthal was perfect, and I do mean perfect, for this character.  He is very believable in the role and does a great job of showing all the layers this character has.  His storyline was by far my favorite.  Despite terrible things he does, you find yourself empathizing and understanding the man and his (very violent) actions.  And that is definitely a credit to Bernthal’s performance.

All that said, the season isn’t perfect.  There were a few subplots that were either unnecessary, or didn’t ever get wrapped up, particularly towards the beginning of the season.  Several will probably get closure during the next season, but others are just forgotten about, I think. The Elektra storyline was up and down for me.  I enjoyed it at times and found it annoying and didn’t like it very much at others.  The season also takes a few weird supernatural-ish turns, which I wasn’t 100% on board with.  It makes you suspend disbelief quite a bit.  Then again, the show is about a blind superhero who goes around fighting crime at night in New York, so maybe I shouldn’t have expected it to stay so realistic or grounded.  This season also ups the ante big time on the violence, so if that bothers you, prepare yourself.

Overall, I was hooked on this season from the start. While I wasn’t totally on board with all the turns it took, I was never bored and was always enjoying it.  I will say the first half of the season is a little better than the second half.  I’ve never read a comic book in my life, so I can’t say anything towards whether it stays true to that.  I can say, however, that it stayed true to keeping me entertained, which is why I’ll give Daredevil Season 2 a 4.25/5.  (Comparison Score: Season 1- 3.75/5).

Find both seasons of Daredevil on Netflix now.

If you want to talk spoilers, leave a comment and we can discuss some down there.  this serves as a warning for those who have yet to watch: stay away from the comments.