Saturday, March 19, 2016

Daredevil - Bang

Netflix really, really wants to do a Batman show. Seriously, for a Marvel show the Second Season premiere has one hell of a boner for DC Comics given the number of shots of the Man Without Fear draped in shadow (even pulling criminals into dark alleys). It can't even help itself with an obvious ape Tim Burton's pan to a Dark Knight on the rooftop looking over the city. Season Two opens with not much having changed in Hell's Kitchen. Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is still patrolling the streets. Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) still hates keeping his partner's secret. The law practice is still struggling to get by. And Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), while crushing over her boss, is still blissfully unaware of how he really spends his free time. Sure, Daredevil took down the Kingpin but their are plenty of criminal organizations looking to fill that vacuum. Of course after the brutal bloodbath that starts the season it sure as hell isn't going to be the Irish Mob.

With the introduction of the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in the first episode and the knowledge of Elektra (Elodie Yung) coming later this season, I'll be curious whether or not we even get an actual big bad this time around. Instead what it looks like Season Two is concerned with is what makes a hero and what separates Daredevil from those like Frank Castle who leave a body count in their more deadly version of vigilantism. "Bang" reintroduces us to the core characters and relationships from the First Season while also offering only glimpses of the Punisher who (at least from what we see here) is at least Daredevil's equal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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