Sunday, March 20, 2016

Daredevil - Dogs to a Gunfight

While Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) recovers from getting shot in the head pointblank by the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) work to get their client (McCaleb Burnett) the best deal possible with an opportunistic District Attorney (Michelle Hurd) who decides to use the man for bait to lure out the city's new vigilante. Foggy actually steals the episode's biggest heroic moment while standing up to Miss Reyes and not letting the D.A. push him around.

Although far too short, the sequences involving Matt dealing with the concussion of the shot to the head (which only his still not-great-looking costume kept from killing him) are a definite highlight. The show obviously hasn't forgotten about Karen's brush with death from last season (although the writers could be more subtle about its references). With Matt out of action Foggy and Karen carry most of the second episode of the season, at least until the end where a weary Daredevil dons his fractured costume and is beaten once more by the Punisher (who Karen adeptly surmises is the unavoidable reaction to the city's embrace of Daredevil). For the second episode in a row we don't get all that much from Bernal other than his stunt sequences. It's hard to judge this version of the Punisher yet other than to say up until this point he doesn't yet radiate the menace of the character that Frank Castle does on the printed page.

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