Following the incredible standards set by the first season of this Netflix series, "Daredevil: Season 2" did not have to be a better season, but it definitely had a lot of pressure and needed to continue on a high note. Does it do that? Absolutely! Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, and Deborah Ann Woll all return as the founders of Nelson and Murdock, and while things have been slow for their firm, things are going to get even worse for them. With newcomer to the series, Jon Bernthal, the character of Frank Castle (AKA The Punisher) comes into play right off the bat in season one. With a troubled past and seeking vengeance on anyone who has done wrong in the city, it seems as though this "Punisher" has similar ideals. Elektra, as well as some returning characters, return as well, making for a very story-filled season. Although it is chalk-filled with characters and storylines, that may be the one big fault that people will find as well.
This season, without giving anything away, has returning characters from the past, on top of the new characters who have been spilling their backstories. From courtroom scenes, to the mafia, to romance, this season does not let up, which to me was a bit much by the end. In many ways, this is a superior season to it's predecessor, but the fact that it deals with so many plots kind of bogs it down for me at least.
The Punisher and Elektra are the two most interesting characters here, but giving Matt a love interest definitely takes away from that. By the end of the season, it almost felt like it shared a few of the issues that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" had. Having cameos from the show "Jessica Jones," in order to set up the future Netflix/Marvel universe, hiding Easter Eggs that could possibly connect this show to the MCU, and actually using all of the superhero names instead of doing a clever job of hiding it. This show does it much better I will say, but it definitely felt the weight and pressure of pulling it all off. Out of the 13, there are roughly about 11 amazing episodes, and 2 very enjoyable ones that felt padded out. Once again, I loved the cast, loved the characters, the direction, and the cinematography, but the writing felt a little sped up this time around. That was not a bad thing, this season just was not as strong as a whole for me, as the first. Still, this is damn fine television and Marvel/Netflix should be proud of this season.
Review By: KJ Proulx