Daredevil Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix, with all 13 episodes available at once. Spoiler alert: This story does contain a few spoilers relating to the first half of Daredevil Season 2, although seeing them acted out will more than compensate for the foreknowledge.
Binge watching is in full swing with the release of all 13 episodes of Daredevil Season 2, and it’s clear that Netflix is aiming to top the first season in terms of action and excitement. While Season 1 necessarily had to take a little time to set up Matt’s backstory and the dark world of Hell’s Kitchen that he operates in, Daredevil Season 2 proceeds at a quicker pace, beginning with the very first explosive episode.
With Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) out of the way, Daredevil Season 2 needed a new antagonist to Matt Murdock’s hero, but this season the show takes a different approach as star Charlie Cox told Entertainment Weekly.
“What we’ve done this year with the show is we don’t really have so much a Big Bad, but we have characters that enter Matt’s life. They force him to look at himself and look at his actions in a way that no one else has done in the past.”
In The Punisher, another fan of vigilante justice from the Marvel universe, the Man Without Fear faces an unusual opponent. The Punisher shows up in the very first episode to help ramp up the action quotient, but his sadistic style of retribution clashes with Matt’s moral compass and the sparks fly, with some debilitating effects on the Daredevil’s abilities. The Punisher’s story arc in Daredevil Season 2 includes a bloody torture scene that’s not for the faint of heart and reaches a climactic point in an epic battle between Daredevil and a whole building full of members of Dogs of Hell members that rival the seminal hallway fight scene from Season 1.
Jon Bernthal gets rave reviews from IGN’s Matt Fowler for his turn as The Punisher in Daredevil Season 2, with others likely to join the chorus as time goes on. With The Punisher’s trial looming, he is drawn to Karen as the only person he can truly communicate with and reveals a slightly softer side. Reyes emerges as the bad guy pushing for The Punisher’s own punishment, pitting him against Matt, Karen, and Foggy.
Best friend and law partner Foggy (played by Elden Henson) and Matt begin the season with their friendship newly patched together. Foggy has to take over all the courtroom duties when Matt’s forays with The Punisher leave him wounded, and Daredevil Season 2 sees the character develop more fully, along with that of Karen Page, played by Deborah Ann Woll.
Karen and Matt are getting closer bit by bit, so naturally, as the action from The Punisher’s story thread winds down, enter Elektra, played by actress Elodie Yung with a dual playful/deadly personality. She’s that “Greek girl” Foggy mentioned from their college days in Season 1. There’s some back story about their former relationship, and she arrives to disrupt the budding relationship between Matt and Karen and draw Matt into another conflict. Charlie Cox enjoyed the love triangle aspect of Daredevil Season 2’s plot, according to an interview with Entertaiment Weekly.
A couple of minor characters help the plot along, including Grotto, a character out of the Marvel comic books, who makes an appearance in Daredevil Season 2 and sets a subplot in motion. Daredevil Season 2 includes a cross reference from Marvel and Netflix’s other superhero hit, Jessica Jones in the Night Nurse, played by Rosario Dawson, who mentions helping out someone else “like Matt” — as in, helping to save the life of Luke Cage, Jessica’s love interest.
With Daredevil Season 2 streaming now, how will you be spending the weekend?
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