(Warning: The following article contains potential spoilers for Daredevil season 2. If you have yet to find the time to start watching or finish watching the second season of Daredevil, it is hightly advisable you turn back now. You have been warned.)
Now, before anyone goes nuts. I very much enjoyed season 2 of Daredevil. The fight scenes were just a great as they were in season one, Elodie Yung was great as Elektra and Jon Bernthal was nice breath of fresh air as the infamous Punisher. However, even though I enjoyed season 2, I do think the first season was slightly better. I just feel there are some aspects of the second season that did not work in its favor. In my opinion, there are three major aspects that did not work and the first one is:
1. The relationship between Matt Murdock and Karen Page
Back in season one, it was largely foreshadowed that there was a relationship developing between Karen and Foggy and it was kind of sweet. They had decent chemistry and always had each other's backs in bad situations. Matt Murdock was also developing a relationship with Claire Temple a.k.a The Night Nurse and once again, it was fine. However, the second season introduced the idea of a romantic relationship between Karen and Matt and it just seemed a little too unnecessary.
This really just opens up the same idea that Spider-Man does with Mary Jane where his superhero antics constantly get in the way of his romantic life and he keeps letting down his significant love interest. It also opens the possibly of a love triangle which might be one of the most despised cliches of all time. Maybe they can make this idea work but I just don't think its completely necessary.
2. The main plot was a little too unfocused
The main plot from season one was fairly simple and easy to follow. A powerful, unknown crime boss was ruining the city that Matt Murdock loved dearly so he decided to do something about it and fight back. The whole season was basically just Daredevil vs. Wilson Fisk and it was great. Unfortunately, the plot in season 2 makes the mistake of throwing way too much at the audience and it can sometimes feels a little too unfocused. The first four episodes were basically Daredevil vs. Punisher and then the rest of the season was Daredevil and Elektra vs. The Hand.
Season 2 was basically split into two parts and they do not mesh that well together. Punisher and Elektra's storylines never parallel and pretty much have nothing to do with each other. It probably would have been more focused and easier to follow if they had just followed a Daredevil vs. Punisher storyline and saved Elektra for season 3 or vice versa. The plot wasn't bad as it still offered plenty of twists and memorable moments but it definitely could have been better.
3. No central villain
Probably the biggest problem of Daredevil season 2 was the lack of a main villain. Where season one of Daredevil and Jessica Jones really shined were the central villains of Wilson Fisk and Kilgrave, who were so fascinating and intimidating in their own special way. Unfortunately, there was no real central villain of season 2.
Punisher never really acted as an antagonist to Daredevil as he was more like a foil because they accomplished similar goals in completely different ways. After the Punisher centered episodes passed, it was revealed that the Hand was the main antagonist of the show. However, there was no leader of the Hand revealed until the end of episode nine and even then its was revealed that they actually wanted Elektra to lead them all along.
I get what they were trying to do with the major twist and reveal of the leader of the Hand but it wasn't terribly memorable. It would have been better if they brought in another street level villain like Bullseye, Tombstone or even build up to another main villain for a Punisher spin-off like Barracuda or Jigsaw. Hopefully we'll get a more memorable villain for the third season of Daredevil.