Friday, March 25, 2016

JAFFA JURY: Daredevil Season 2, Netflix Review

"I think you're a half-measure. I think you're a man who can't finish the job."

In awaiting the next season of Netflix's Daredevil, I feared the realistic, gritty, pulp vibe of the smash hit original would be washed away by more teenage type fair. Especially when the immortal Hand ninja clan was named as an adversary - reincarnation and gritty realism don't often go hand in hand (pun not intended). Just look at the downward spiral of the WB's Arrow for a street-level vigilante suffering that fate.

Daredevil season II makes it work. Part of the secret to this success is that unlike in the first series where the plot was quite linear, this round takes three to four storylines and weaves them together. Each balancing each other out. Each featuring actors bringing their A-game. And not one of them stars 'The Man Without Fear'. (Continued on next page).

That's no negative either. Charlie Cox as Daredevil is still a perfect Downey Jnr/Tony Stark type combination, it is just testament to the strength of the Daredevil mythos that the title character doesn't need to do all the heavy lifting.

Elektra (Elodie Yung), Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal), Karen Paige (Deborah Ann Woll) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) make for the headlining quartet, and the result is beautiful.

The crisis of identity Elektra faces as she finds her sais but not a shore in raging seas. Frank Castle's three way revenge, blunt yet respectful perspective and unleashed jail time. Wilson Fisk's rage filled intermission as he tackles and manipulates two heroes as only a true Kingpin could, and Karen. Oh boy Karen Paige...

Rising from appendage to independence, her story, her ability to see Frank for something different and dig and defend as her world disintegrates around her makes her the character of the season.

Sure the Hand's pursuit of the Black Sky legacy and Frank's spin from aggressor to hunted to captured to hunter are rich and engrossing stories, but that doesn't stop you feeling cheated when the series ends without Frank and Karen riding off into the sunset in a yin and yang kind of way. Their chemistry alone demands a sequel.

Sure there are heaps of easter eggs, a name on a disc, drawing plans on the table where Daredevil gets his bat-on and more, but the best easter egg of all is that one of the top 'comic movies' in the game is actually happening on the small screen, without a Mjolnir or Ant-Man insight.

DESCRIBE THIS SERIES IN RANDOM JAFFAS: Melvin Potter, I give you your father's killer, Vanessa's VISA, Write the truth, restaurant ceiling, Still No Stilt-Man, Blood Bank, Rosies Tab Paid, Night Nurse Strikes Back.


  1. Just now getting around to watching it myself, but I love it. It definitely successfully builds off the first season, and damn, can't express just how badass Jon Bernthal makes Frank look. We need a solo Punisher movie with him stat.

    1. Nice Dale - its great! It took me a couple of nights but who needs sleep? Actually who can turn Netflix off when it is this good?