*Major Spoiler Alert*
The first season of Daredevil was excellent and I barely had a bad word to say about it. The second season was better in some ways and worse in some ways. Where the first season had a solid structure and Fisk was the one and only nemesis if you will of Daredevil, this season was a bit all over the place, a lot of bad guys, and then bad guys turning good and then turning bad again and it all got a bit confusing. Having said that I did binge watch all 13 episodes in 2 days so that might have contributed to scrambling my brain a little bit. The mass amount of bad guys in this season makes it both a good thing and a bad thing though.
Firstly we have Frank Castle/The Punisher played by Jon Bernthal, a seasoned actor now but best known by me as Shane from The Walking Dead in a not too dissimilar role really. In The Walking Dead he is a sort of anti-hero because he is part of the main group of survivors but at the same time he’s trying to sleep with the main characters wife again. In this he plays the anti-hero who is trying to rid Hell’s Kitchen of crime by brutally murdering members of The Cartel, The Irish, and The Dogs of Hell biker gang. We find out later why he specifically targeted those groups but before we find that out he is the first and best bad guy of the season. He is an intriguing character throughout and Jon Bernthal does an excellent job of portraying him both as the typical murderous villain, and as the war veteran anti-hero.
The next new main character that we are introduced to is Elektra. I’m really conflicted about both the character and Elodie Yung, the actress that plays her. They obviously had to introduce her at some point because she goes hand in hand with Daredevil, they couldn’t really make a Daredevil series without Elektra. Firstly and most annoyingly is her accent. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be, it seems to switch between a sort of posh British accent and a Latin American accent but Elodie Yung is of Cambodian and French descent and was born in Paris so I have no idea what her natural accent would actually be. The character is really annoying quite honestly and so was that part of the storyline in the earlier episodes she was in. I did enjoy the cameo’s from Stick because I find him quite amusingly blunt but generally the Elektra storyline let the middle of the season down a bit.
Fortunately that part of the storyline came together towards the end of the season when we find out about the ancient Ninja clan, The Hand, fronted by Nobu, a ninja assassin from the first season who has seemingly been immortalised. They are seeking what they call Black Sky, which we find out is Elektra and that is why they are seeking her out. There are parts of this season that at the time I thought were awful but in the final 2 episodes then made sense so a lot of the Elektra/The Hand storyline does seem messy but comes together really well in the end.
Then we move on to the occurring characters, there hasn’t been a lot of change in any of the main three characters. Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) is still quite an elusive character on a personal level, he still isn’t involved in a massive amount of dialogue as himself and the the dialogue he is in as Daredevil he tends to deflect talking about himself to talk about the other person or to find something out. Foggy (Elden Henson) is still as witty as ever but has a much more aggressive side to him this season, standing up to Matt a lot more than he did in the previous season. I absolutely love his character and Elden Henson does an amazing job with it. I don’t remember what I said about Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) in my review of the first season but I really don’t like her. I don’t know if it’s the actress or the character but she just really annoys me, getting in everyone’s way, her on/off feelings for Matt, her weird feelings for Frank, it’s all just a bit pointless.
I’m a bit mixed on where it leaves the next season. Obviously Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) makes a couple of appearances in this season, albeit from prison and has now made enemies of both Daredevil and The Punisher so I assume he is going to be released from prison at some point during the next season and become the main enemy again. He makes an excellent nemesis and crime lord but hopefully there is more to the third season than just him. Bullseye will obviously have to make an appearance at some point, whether that will be in the next season I don’t know. I’ve also been told there is another Netflix season in production which sees Daredevil and a few other Marvel characters that Netflix are bringing to life again like they have with Jessica Jones. The other part of the story, the Matt Murdock part as opposed to the Daredevil part I have no idea what they’re going to do with. Murdock and Nelson has been disbanded so there is no longer a daytime job for him to go and do. They’ve already integrated Karen Page into another job as a journalist but I don’t know what they’re going to do with Foggy, but I won’t be happy if he’s not in the next season.
It’ll be interesting to see where it all goes but sadly there’s a long time to go before that. I’ll be eagerly anticipating the next season and any other Marvel series that Netflix has in store for us but for now I’m happy to say that this is up there with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones as one of the best programs on TV right now.