TV Review: Daredevil Season 2
Guess what’s back on our screens and making me inordinately happy? That’s right: Daredevil. Season two has arrived on Netflix and I’m happier than the proverbial pig. This time around, we come back to Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he tries to protect Hell’s Kitchen from the criminals as only he knows how.
But things aren’t easy; others are trying to follow in his footsteps and applying their own version of vigilante justice. This season, we come across The Punisher (Frank Castle, played by the astonishing Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung). But things are never clear cut when it comes to the bad guys in Daredevil – and you find yourself sympathising with these complex characters.
But Murdock doesn’t just have the baddies to deal with – there’s budding romance with Karen (Deborah Ann Woll), rocky friendship with Foggy (Elden Henson) and his own conflicted morality when it comes to his past and Elektra.
There are two threads to this season; the first is Frank Castle and the second Elektra. I’m going to be entirely honest: I preferred The Punisher to Elektra. Frank’s storyline is not only massively complex, gut-wrenchingly intense and cocooned in layers of intricacy, but Bernthal has to be one of the best actors out there right now. You probably remember him as Shane in The Walking Dead, but he’s also cropped up in The Wolf of Wall Street and Mob City as well as voiced video games including Call of Duty. This guy is everywhere right now, and I think it’s safe to say we all have a bit of a crush on him. He plays Frank to perfection – confused, indecisive at times, yet startlingly intelligent, morally proud and unforgiving.
Elektra, on the other hand… Elektra was a let-down. Elektra, let’s put this straight right now, is a psychopath. She takes pleasure in violence and likes to manipulate people. Instead, we get some over-sexed half-thought-out character with too much sass for her own storyline. The relationship between Murdock and Elektra felt false – despite Cox’s best attempts. And the whole Black Sky thing just felt too much.
There series would have been stronger if it had held tight to one plotline (and I choose The Punisher). Although not a lot could actually put me off this series as a whole – it’s damn near perfection in most cases, from the set to the script to the acting. It is as dark and gritty as ever, pushing the moral boundaries. The acting is superb, balancing between the hero and the villain and making you question your allegiance. Plus, there’s plenty for the faithful fans to spot – nods to the original comics and canon and promises of where it might be going.
The only problem is, we have to wait an indeterminate amount of time for the next season because Netflix like to be shady about their release dates.