Review: ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Episode 13

We’ve come to the final episode in season two of Daredevil. As stated in the previous reviews, there will be spoilers so be sure you’ve watched the full series before reading this.

“A Cold Day In Hell’s Kitchen” packs in a lot of action and general plot that needs to be wrapped up. At this point, Nelson and Murdock is no more, Karen is working at the paper, and both Daredevil and Elektra have unfinished business with Nobu. We also spend a bit more time with Punisher and how he’ll proceed after his escape from prison.

The episode opens with Nobu wanting to launch some sort of attack on 20 different locations throughout the city. It was clear that this had to do with Elektra being Black Sky, but I felt that this moment brought more questions than it answered, especially when they didn’t have Elektra at the time. Speaking of Elektra, Daredevil’s resident tailor, Melvin, gives her a new outfit as well to help reduce injuries. Some anyway. When Elektra and Daredevil make the choice to go after Nobu and save the bus full of people he took hostage, they also start making plans to runaway together. Which, of course, is something that rarely ever happens in a show when two people talk about it. To no surprise, this show was no different. When the two fight Nobu and his army of ninjas, Punisher shows up to lend a helping hand. This leads to the reveal of Punisher’s costume, which was nice and simple. It’s also much better looking than the current iteration of Daredevil’s costume. Ultimately, the fight scene ends with Elektra stabbed and dying, and Stick making a brief appearance to kill Nobu once and for all. Considering Nobu turned out to not be dead after season one, it was a bit refreshing to see that at least one villain would be out of the picture for good.

Aside from the huge, rooftop fight, we spend a little time with Foggy and Frank. Foggy meets with Jeri Hogarth about a new job with her firm. This was a nice nod to Jessica Jones and I believe it would be a fantastic way to tie the two shows together without making it seemed forced. If Nelson and Murdock is in fact done, Foggy will need that job offer. As for Frank, he sets fire to his house in an attempt to move on. It felt a bit drastic, but then again, this is Punisher we’re talking about. Shortly after, we get a voice over from Karen about heroes. I think I could have done without this, but it made for a good story. The season ends with Matt revealing to Karen that he’s Daredevil, which probably makes a lot of light bulbs go off in Karen’s head and we see that The Hand stole Elektra’s body to move forward with whatever their plan actually is.

The ending was a perfectly fine cliffhanger, which will likely start off as a continued war between The Hand and Daredevil in season three. I’m curious to see if they bring Elektra back, as they had with the ninja who had seemingly already had an autopsy done. Overall, season two was not as strong as season one, which was understandable considering the two huge character introductions they had. The small nods to Jessica Jones were handled well and didn’t seem forced. I’m hoping in season three, they go back to focusing more on Daredevil and not introducing characters of the same caliber as Punisher and Elektra. I’m intrigued by the story of Punisher and while we got a lot of his back story here, I think they did a good job of setting up the character and now we can move forward without too much more origin story. The same can be said of Elektra with the flashbacks seen throughout the season. I enjoyed the season, but it did drag on at points and I think everyone involved made it tough on themselves to follow up how great season one was.

Review: ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Episodes 9 – 12


We’re back with the third installment of our review of season two of Daredevil. This one will cover episodes nine through twelve and tomorrow we will conclude with the final episode. There will still be spoilers, so we hope you’ve caught up before reading this.

“Seven Minutes In Heaven” starts with heavy focus on Wilson Fisk. He makes a deal with Punisher that will finally give him the satisfaction of knowing the truth about the day his family was killed. Naturally, Fisk turns on him and tries to have an entire cell block kill him, which doesn’t turn out quite as planned. There’s a John Doe from the day of the massacre in Central Park. It turns out he was an undercover cop and Reyes had more to hide than everyone thought. This was possibly the strongest episode of the season. Vincent D’Onofrio as Fisk is just as stellar as he was in season one. We also get the return of Nobu, who Matt thought was dead. Frank ultimately escapes from prison, with the help of Fisk. The big reveal to Daredevil is what The Hand has been hiding in the dark – a handful of kids who had been nearly drained of all of their blood.

“The Man In The Box” shows Daredevil taking the victims to the hospital without checking them in properly. They’re held in a wing that’s under construction and from that moment, it became fairly obvious that something bad would happen. Foggy ends up in the same hospital when someone acting as the Punisher kills Reyes and Foggy takes a bullet. At that moment, it was clear to me that the Punisher wasn’t the one behind this because he had no reason to risk the lives of the lawyers who were trying to help them. As Karen tries to convince others, he has a code and this just didn’t fit. And speaking of Karen, she’s been working at the New York Bulletin, in Urich’s office to be exact. We were introduced to this last episode, but it comes to the forefront here as she tries to figure out what is going on with Frank, who later saves her from the person pretending to be him. It ended with the hospital being infiltrated by ninjas and Daredevil noticing from the rooftop. The episode was intense and killing Reyes was unexpected. And I forgot to mention, the Fisk and Matt encounter in prison was extremely well done and the best segment of the episode.

“.380” continues exactly where the last episode left off. The writers and show runners did a great job with the continuity for each episode, as well as putting in cliffhangers despite a good chunk of people binge watching the show. From the fight scene with the ninjas, in which one dies thanks to Claire, we find out that he already had an autopsy type of procedure done on him based on the large y incision on his torso. Madame Gao also makes a return. While I enjoy the return of season one characters, I’m not sure they had to bring back quite so many. She was only in it briefly, though, so we don’t really get to know a whole lot about what she’s been doing since Daredevil believed he ran her out of town. The Blacksmith is the main focus of Punisher in this episode and he used Karen as bait to get to him. This was a clever use of Frank and Karen’s relationship because she didn’t see it coming until they were already sitting in the diner and the men had driven around the block multiple times. This episode was packed with a ton action, almost too much to keep track of, including the scene of Daredevil and Punisher fighting each other yet again on the ship. The ship ultimately explodes, leaving a lot of dead bodies, but everyone knows there’s no way the Punisher is dead (except for the detectives there).

“The Dark End Of The Tunnel” reveals that Clancy Brown isn’t quite who he appeared to be. The colonel pulls a gun on Karen, who yet again went somewhere by herself. While it’s great that Karen is seen as an independent woman throughout the show, I think it’s a bit much to have her keep getting into dangerous situations by herself. Shouldn’t she have learned by now? I feel like this does a bit of a disservice to her character, but thankfully Frank bails her out of trouble again. This episode we also get a flashback of Elektra training with Stick and people calling her “it.” This hints at the fact that Elektra could be Black Sky and soon she begins to remember her past more vividly. The episode closes out with Nobu saying “Daredevil must die.” As I mentioned earlier, the cliffhangers from episode to episode were well executed.

These four episodes lead up to the finale. And while we still get a lot of fight scenes, I feel like there may have been too many. It doesn’t feel like quite as much care was taken with the fight scenes as they did in season one. I did still greatly enjoy these episodes, but that was one flaw I noticed. It’s also obvious that this season is meant to introduce Elektra and Punisher, while giving a ton of information on the origins of both. We see Elektra as a young girl and we find out the truth about Frank’s family and how he became the way he is now. We’ll be back tomorrow to cover the finale and give more overall thoughts on season two.

Review: ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Episodes 5 – 8


We’re back with the next four episodes of Daredevil. Again, there will be spoilers for episodes five through eight, so be sure to watch those before reading this.

“Kinbaku” starts with a flashback to ten years ago. This is the first time Matt and Elektra meet and we get to know a bit more about their history. What surprised me with this episode was how little action there was. It was a nice break from the violence and it gave us a few extra tidbits in exchange. This episode drops Jessica Jones into the story in a subtle way. Marcy comes back to meet Foggy and mentions that her firm represents Jessica. It was clever and didn’t make it look like they were trying to force anything.

“Regrets Only” brings a lot of the Punisher pre-trial preparation into the show. Foggy, Matt, and Karen struggle to find the right defense. Karen has a connection with Frank and he tends to only want to talk to her. It seemed odd that Karen would be willing to get close to him despite not liking the ideas of vigilantes. Reyes is looking to extradite Frank to Delaware, where he could be given the death penalty for his crimes, so the team has to find a way out of that.

“Semper Fidelis” is when the actual trial begins and Matt fails to show for his opening statement, which led to a fight between him and Foggy. It was interesting how they chose to portray Matt in the instances when he had to choose between Elektra or Foggy and Karen. He almost unquestionably followed Elektra and after so many year of not seeing her it would have been nice to see him be a little less eager to help like he had been when she first showed up, which didn’t last long. This episode did bring a nice balance between focusing on Elektra and the Punisher, though.

“Guilty As Sin” brings the return of Stick and Wilson Fisk. I was wondering just how many characters they would bring back from season one, and while we only briefly see Fisk, it was refreshing to know that characters don’t just go away once they’re in jail. The trial continues and Foggy continues to take the reins as Matt fails to help out. While fighting some more, Elektra is nearly killed and that is when we see Stick return. He mends her back to health to keep her from dying. Frank loses it on the stand and Matt realizes that someone got to him. The final scene of the episode is when Fisk as revealed and it becomes clear he had something to do with it.

These four episodes picked up the pace a bit and kept the plot interesting with bringing back season one characters, connecting Daredevil to a larger part of the MCU, and continuing to dazzle with their cinematography and choreography for the fight scenes. I really think this is where the season gets interesting and it made it easy to just plow through to the final episode. Tomorrow we’ll be back with episodes nine through twelve.

Review: ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Episodes 1 – 4

Daredevil hit Netflix on March 18th for it’s second season. After last seasons success, many were looking forward to the additions of The Punisher and Elektra. It’s safe to say there will be spoilers throughout so be sure to catch up before reading these. We will cover the show in three four episode blocks with a final post covering the final episode an overall thoughts on the season as a whole.

“Bang” is the first episode of the season and it was a solid jumping off point from where season one left off. After the capture of Wilson Fisk, Hell’s Kitchen was deemed to be a safer place until the shooting started, that is. When bullets start flying at the Irish. It’s the introduction to Punisher without actually seeing him. I did wish they would have waited and not introduced him in the first episode. It would have been nice to have a buffer between Fisk and Punisher to see just how much Hell’s Kitchen has changed. By the end of the episode we get our first fight between Daredevil and Punisher. Punisher lands a shot right to Daredevil’s head.

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