Review: ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ Season 2

Elodie Cure Elodie Cure
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March 29th, 2016

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Netflix's Daredevil is back and better than ever! A new powerful and dark season.

Price:
A Real Blast!

Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On March 29, 2016
Last modified:March 30, 2016

Summary:

Netflix's Daredevil is back and better than ever! A new powerful and dark season.

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The incredible Daredevil is back on Netflix with its second season and ComiConverse's own Elodie Cure is here to break down all of the action for us.

Last year, Charlie Cox slipped on the crimson costume of Daredevil for the first time, in an original series created by Netflix. After a long and unbearable wait of 365 days, the devil of Hell’s Kitchen is finally back. Only this time, he is has brought some friends to the party.

Season one of Netflix's Daredevil gave a new impetus to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the first partnership between Netflix and Marvel, Daredevil seduced many fans with its sombre universe and its tortured characters; a success followed by the show Jessica Jones some months later.

The first season focused on the origins of the character. Now he has to live with his new role and we get to see a more expansive view of Matt Murdock. The beginning of this second season is somewhat reminiscent of The Dark Knight, with a vigilante watching over his town and some gangs trying to survive in the shadows. The duo of Nelson and Murdock is back and new protagonists are introduced.

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The first newbie is The Punisher, who can be described as a “total badass”. Revealed in The Walking Dead, Jon Bernthal (also seen in Sicario or Fury) received the well-suited role of Frank Castle, who is here to show us another side of the vigilante. Frank is a former U.S. Marine Captain who has witnessed the deaths of his wife and his children. In his quest for justice, he becomes The Punisher, an antihero who employs kidnapping, extortion, threats, torture and murder to reach his objectives. The vigilante is perfectly depicted in Netflix’s Daredevil and the series respects his comicbook background and essence.

Jon makes the role his own, doing justice to the character and allowing the audience to easily plunge into the darkness of his soul and the complexity of the vigilante dynamic. He almost steals the spotlight from Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire, Stardust), who once again gives us a lesson in foolproof acting.

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Another newcomer, and no less interesting a protagonist, is Elektra, portrayed by Elodie Yung (Gods of Egypt, G.I. Joe: Retaliation). In the hands of the French actress, the glamorous assassin, who is driven by her violent nature and mercenary lifestyle, is a tormented and mysterious soul. She doesn’t know at which altar to worship and occupies an interesting place on the superhero spectrum. We swiftly learn through flashbacks, that Elektra and Matt have got some complicated and intense history between them.

Daredevil

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In the course of the season, all the characters evolve, change and grow. For instance, the Frank Castle introduced at the beginning of the season is genuinely different from the one we see at the end of the season. This is also the case for all the other protagonists, whether it be the familiar ones (Matthew Murdock, Karen Page, Foggy Nelson) or the newcomers.

The fighting sequences, that were an important part of the success of the first season, are even more impressive in these new episodes. The producers not only have orchestrated perfect choreographies, but each fight encompasses the style of the character in accordance with its comics history. The most notable fight scene in this new season sees Daredevil save an old man before taking on a massive pack of bikers, who go by the name of the Dogs of  Hell, on several flights of stairs. This scene lasts about five minutes, something highly unusual for television. In Netflix’s Daredevil, the action sequences have a quality equivalent to the ones in a big production, which render the whole series unpredictable and unique.

Daredevil

Credit : NETFLIX

Netflix’s Daredevil also offers a refreshing and engaging view of the superhero genre. It is not a series about indestructible superheroes, but about humans and their motivations, their feelings and their remorse. The story of Matt Murdock is one of a simple man who struggles to make his city safe, no matter the cost.

I see Netflix’s Daredevil as an unrivalled series, something we’ve never seen before but something that we are very eager to discover. This second season, modelled on the first one, is extremely powerful from the first seconds to the last sequence. Its a darkened universe that skillfully introduces new characters and carries on developing the old ones.

Daredevil has always been my favorite Marvel hero. After the bitter failure of the 2003 film, Netflix has managed to create a series that comes up to standard with the character.

It is a dream come true.

A third season is likely to be confirmed soon and I am really curious to see how thing will move on in Hell’s Kitchen.

We'll have to wait for another year to find out!

Daredevil will also return in 2017 in the Defenders along with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

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Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure.

Daredevil Season 2

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Netflix's Daredevil is back and better than ever! A new powerful and dark season.

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