I wanted to love Daredevil season 2 a lot! And until about episode 4 or 5 I did. But then it got convoluted and I started feeling like I was being jerked around instead of gracefully lead through a story.
The fault does not lie with any of the actors. It lies with the script writers and director who tried to pack way too much into the show. ****For all of you who don’t like spoilers you should not read the next part****
To give you an idea here are all the plot lines:
Yakusa, Irish Mob, Punisher, blacksmith, daredevil, elektra, a trial, a falling out, Karen and Matt, Elektra and Matt, Matt and Claire, kingpin, the hand, black sky, Karen’s obsession with the punisher, karen getting a new job, the status of the law firm, The District Attorney, Stick, an undead bunch of kids. Foggy and a new job.
The biggest problem was they tried to cover it all in 13 episodes and just as the viewers were becoming invested in one plot line, the storyline cut us to another one without resolving the previous one satisfactorily.
Jon Bernthal plays The Punisher and as the antihero he does a great job. I’m still on the fence about his moments as Frank Castle. The show spends a lot of time focusing on his origin. He witnessed his wife and kids gunned down during a mob war( they were in the crossfire.). As a result, he has vowed retribution by killing everyone that was at the shootout.
The director and script writer chose to tell his story through the eyes of Karen Page, the legal assistant at Matt’s law firm. She is desperately trying to understand his motivations and goes out of the way to defend him even though she is repulsed by his actions.
And that’s the rub. The viewers should be repulsed too and it damages our ability to like the character
Matt actually turns out to be a bit of an asshole through most of the season. Heavily under the influence of Elektra, he abandons both Karen and Foggy to take on an organization called the Hand. The Hand believe that Elektra is a weapon they can use called The Black Sky
The violence in this season becomes so expected that it becomes a bit ordinary. With one exception: episode 3 has one of the best fight scenes I’ve seen in a while.
The show itself could have been better by making it longer. A 20 episode season would have paced the show better.
All in all, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Grade: B-/C+