Daredevil season 2: examining Jon Bernthal's PunisherIt's only been a week since Netflix released season two of Marvel's Daredevil, but lots of fans and viewers would already declare Jon Bernthal's take on Frank Castle to be the best screen version of the Punisher to date. He's not even the principal antagonist, but he steals scenes left and right all the way through the season.
Following the acclaimed portrayal of Wilson Fisk last season, new showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez provide a more humanised spin on the character than is traditionally depicted in the comics, without having him get pally with his neighbours, like the 2004 film did, or having him indiscriminately blow up free runners with a bazooka, as in 2008's unapologetically bonkers Punisher- Warzone.
Punisher doesn't have a remorse and he doesn't feel guilty from taking down bad guys, and that became really clear, when he met the Kingpin. What surprised me was the way Kingpin took over the jail and used Frank to eliminate his opponent.The shortest of our three arcs comes over just one or two episodes when he's able to persuade Frank to sabotage his own defence in order to go to prison and get a shot at finding out who was ultimately responsible for his family's deaths from Dutton, the top dog who has been making Fisk's stay a bit difficult.
Frank's tanking is appropriate though - he goes berserk on the stand and admits full awareness of his actions and no remorse whatsoever, declaring that he's “the big bad Punisher” and getting taken down by the court bailiffs.
Episode 3: That hallway brawl featuring Daredevil taking on the entire enraged biker gang... WHOA!I'm only up to ep 5 of season 2 (I'm rationing myself - don't want to get through it too quickly) but I'm loving it so far. Episode 4, Penny and Dime, was one of the most intense hours of tv I've seen in ages - in this genre anyway!
Yeah! I think it may have topped the corridor fight in season 1.
The series started stronger than it ended. The Punisher was a far more engaging character than Elektra and as soon as his part was reduced the series began to drag, interesting to see how this and Jessica Jones continue to run now as the timelines, location and characters are now entwinedHey all - just starting this thread here so we can discuss season 2 of DAREDEVIL without accidentally spoilering things for folks reading the other 2 threads that's been discussing season 1!