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Marvel's Daredevil Season 2

Marvel's Daredevil Season 2


Matt Murdock is back, with a big bang. Daredevil Season 2 is bigger, better, darker and more complex. We are introduced to Frank Castle, The Punisher, and Matt encounters someone special from his past, Elektra. Riddled with countless action scenes, a tragic villain, brave, formidable friends, and a war, Daredevil season two is exciting with a note of melancholy and compassion that other Marvel shows lack.


In the first episode, the plot is already set out. A war has been waged with The Punisher, a dangerous, ruthless killer out for revenge. He is eliminating all the gangs in Hell’s Kitchen, and is being praised a hero for it. The show presents the darkest, grittiest side of humanity, something we see frequently in Hell’s Kitchen, and then puts in characters, Daredevil, Karen, and Foggy, that contrast with this dark side of humanity. The Punisher also contrasts with this.  



We are put in this position where the villain gets humanized and we feel bad for them. We ask ourselves the question: who is the true villain? Is it fair for Daredevil to go out and "be the hero"? Is he tipping the balance of good vs. evil? Both The Punisher and Daredevil are easing the city of crime, but The Punisher eliminates it completely, without emotion, killing everyone without a second thought. Daredevil, on the other hand, just beats up the bad guys and they get thrown into jail. We have never actually seen these "bad guys" become "good guys" again. So they fall back into their crime riddled life or do they choose a different, good path?


This is where we look at the long term effect of both The Punisher and Daredevil actions: who is the true hero? Is the hero always the one with "moral" values?


Daredevil Season 2 is best at making you think hard about religion, morality, and good vs. evil. The show is so complex and grounded that it creates the anticipation of war bubbling under the surface, something that is hinted at throughout the season with Elektra and Stick’s appearances.



Although originally set up as foils, The Punisher and  Daredevil turn out to be not so different, in more than one instance they rescue each other. In these scenes of rescue, Daredevil’s righteousness is again highlighted and The Punisher again, makes it hard for us to hate him.


Daredevil Season 2 doesn't just humanize the villain, it also makes you fall in love with him a little bit, as sick and twisted as that sounds. Karen feels sympathy and connects with Frank from the moment she met him, and the creators have done such a good job at persuading the audience to feel this also.



Not only does the show reveal the grittiness of humanity, but it gives attention to all soldiers who come home with problems of PTSD. Like Jessica Jones rose awareness for abusive relationships, Daredevil Season 2 is raising awareness for our soldiers who have come home mentally and/or physically impaired, fighting for the safety of our country.


Season 2 was phenomenal, one of the best action shows I have ever come upon, I look forward to a Season 3 just as packed with action and heart rendering villains.


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