Daredevil Season 2 Review
It appears that for the crime-fighting vigilante, your entree of nocturnal exploits are served up with a side of unavoidable, crushing guilt (á la Bruce Wayne/Batman, for instance.) Blind lawyer by day, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox,) aka Daredevil, ought to be happy about his accomplishments, having put away the criminal mastermind Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) at the end of last season. Yet the vacuum created by Fisk’s absence has created opportunities for the other local crime syndicates, and multiplied the low-level thugs and threats his horned alter-ego has to contend with in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.
But a new player has entered the game, one who takes no prisoners, and kills without pity. The authorities have next to no information on this newest, brutal vigilante, and have little but a nickname for him:
As real-life (including bills and disconnect notices for their law firm) crushes in upon Murdock and his partners “Foggy” Nelson (Elden Henson) — who knows his secret identity, and isn’t happy about it — and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), who doesn’t — they find themselves sucked into to the mystery of who the Punisher is, and what drives the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut. And yet, there’s still another complication on the horizon, one Murdock has (forgive the pun) a blind spot
Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) might appear at first glance as nothing other than a pampered and spoiled rich girl with an attitude, but that only scratches the surface of her true persona. After wreaking a sensual havoc for him in his college days, ten years later she (and her unexpected fighting skill) drop back into Murdock’s life at the worst possible moment (just as he’s in a sensitive place relationship-wise with Karen.) Elektra has a complicated past history with him, and challenges Murdock’s views on right and wrong, as well as how far to take his search for justice — where the line is drawn, and if there’s ever any excuses to cross it… even the most personal ones.
One point between both the emerging characters of Elektra and the Punisher in this second season of Daredevil is the realization for Murdock that not everyone plays by his rules — that for some, human life really is that disposable, in the final equation. The relationship between he and Foggy is getting more and more strained as his nocturnal activities further infringe on his daylight fight for justice in the courtroom — and making him further question his motives and methods in the shadows.
As with the last season, the quality of the fight scenes is stunning, better than most action films — beautifully choreographed and executed. But even superior to the action, is the depth the of character development: Foggy, for instance, could simply be a “yes man” to Murdock, and yet constantly questions and challenges his purpose and intent, and what defines a real “hero”: Karen herself is no damsel in distress — facing down Frank Castle, the “Punisher” himself, in a search for justice both for him and his murdered family.
The primary theme in this second season of “Daredevil” is not purely the question of right or wrong, but the methodology, and how far the moral man will go to achieve justice — even at the sacrifice of his own principles and morality.
“Daredevil” Season 2 is available on demand on Netflix.
Cover image source: Entertainment Weekly
About: Thom DeMartino II
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