Monday, March 21, 2016

Daredevil'ish Thoughts - Part 1

Thoughts Regarding Daredevil Season 2 Episodes 1 to 6

Hello and welcome to The Basement...

While many have binged watch all 13 episodes of Daredevil Season 2, I am going at a much slower pace... as the time this video, and it's corresponding blog , was produced after viewing episode 6 of this season, meaning I have seven episodes to go. I will keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Right off the bat, let me say the lighting is still absurdly bad to the point I have to watch the show with the lights on, just to see any damn thing when it's set at night or in a dark location. And I've watch it on my phone, TV and PC, and basically it's a poorly lit show. That's my major complaint, it carries over from last season, but let's hit do the run down of the things that are obviously talking points for the first six episodes

Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, is a one man army, gunning down gangs, punishing them for what they did to him and his family... and it appears that the DA Samantha Reyes (who appeared on Jessica Jones), is out to get Frank, and our heroes Matt 'Daredevil' Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page are caught in the middle... of stopping Castle from his murderous campaign and playing nice with the DA... plus there's the added complication of Elektra, a love from Matt's past, arriving to draw him into her issues that she has going on.

Damn... keeping this spoiler free is going to be tougher than I thought...


From the first six episodes, it appears that this season is being broken down into the chapters, episodes 1-4 deal with Daredevil and The Punisher at odds, in particular with methodology in dealing with crime... and we get a lot, I mean a LOT of plot exposition... I would say it's overly talky when Matt and Frank are face to face, but since they have make the Punisher a 3-Diemensioanl character, there's only one way to do it, as he does get some actual character development, particularly when he interacts with Karen. As mentioned earlier Reyes, the DA, has it out for Frank, and there is a lot of mentions of the cartel and, in less than subtle fashion it's implied that she is quite dirty (in the political sense)

Once the apparent issues with The Punisher are 'resolved', things switch gears as Elektra is introduced at the end of episode 4, with episode 5 having flash backs, and her basically luring Matt into her world, with him trying to stay out of it (which he fails too). Basically Elektra knows Matt is Daredevil, and knowing what he can do means she sees him as an ally (UN-willingly mind you) in dealing with a Yakuza styled organization. While I have an idea of how this is going to fit with The Punisher side of the story, the obvious bit from the start is that Matt is going to have a dual-loyalty problem, which is heavily indicated in episode 6, when it's clear he's really needed to be with Frank, Foggy and Karen when a... ah crap... so much for keeping this spoiler free. Basically Frank is captured thanks to Daredevil and ends up pleading not guilty and Reyes is fast tracking his trial to give our heroes 'no chance' when Matt is off with Elektra.

So, both story lines are compelling... but obviously not as good a season one with The Kingpin's rise and fall, but I'm going half way through the season. I think every character is very well defined, and the interactions come across to me as natural. If there are negatives with the story telling, it probably is at least up to the point I watched is the implied juggling act Matt is going to be doing heading into episode 7.

But I'll give my thoughts on that when I watch the remainder of the season.

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