When I first heard that Daredevil was getting his own Netflix show, I had many mixed emotions. At this point in time Marvel created some incredible films such as Iron Man and The Avengers. They knew how to handle their characters very well. On the other hand, Disney-Marvel has never tried anything like this before. A majority of their films are for the most part very child friendly and were staged with huge battles such as the battle of New York in the Avengers against Loki and The Chitari. The Daredevil comics are the complete opposite.
While The Avengers had much more popcorn style fun, Daredevil was not about that. Daredevil involved issues of morality, religion, hard crime, torture, death, and many other motifs all while spreading blood across Hell's Kitchen. The comics also had some of the most brutal moments and villains in Marvel's history. Thankfully, we got ourselves a brilliant show which did the comics justice and brought us Wilson Fisk who was possibly the best villain in The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Daredevil Season 2 stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, who is a blind lawyer by day and the brooding vigilante Daredevil or "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen" by night. This season takes place almost a year after Daredevil Season 1 takes place in Hell's Kitchen. Matt seems to be doing a decent job at balancing a double life when all of a sudden all Hell breaks loose when a new vigilante shows up, except unlike Daredevil, this one isn't afraid to kill. This season also brings in Elektra (played by Elodie Yung), who is Matt's college ex-girlfriend who seeks his help in taking down what seems to be a new enemy.
First of all, Charlie Cox is excellent as Daredevil. He really seems to know his way around with the character and for some reason is incredibly likable and you can actually see the weight on his shoulders and how hard of a burdon it can be for him. It makes relating to our main character much easier. Another major point is that as Matt Murdock, it's easy to believe that he is a blind man. Cox acts like a blind man, walks like he's blind, and makes Matt Murdock as realistic as one can make a blind man who runs around beating up criminals. Not to mention, while it isn't brought up very often throughout the series, Murdock is Catholic, and the show does bring the religious aspect very well. However, my biggest problem with Murdock is the fact that the show really likes to place the Martyr label on him a lot. While it wasn't as blatant as Man of Steel's Jesus imagery, he is still shown to be a major Jesus style character.
Foggy Nelson and Karen Page
The overall cast of side characters was very interesting as well. By the beginning of Season 2, we see that Nelson and Murdock (the firm Matt works in) has started to really take off. As we saw in Season 1, Matt works along side Foggy Nelson (Elden Hensen) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). Foggy and Karen are by far the most important side characters.
Foggy plays both the important roles of the comic relief of the show and as Matt's best friend. Matt and Foggy have been best friends since their college years and are extremely close. Foggy is an incredible comic relief due to the fact that he is only comedic when he needs to be. He also serves as a moral compass a lot of times for Matt. Most of all, Foggy is the average joe of the show. He's the character who is the easiest to relate to and rally behind.
Page plays more or less the role of the investigator of the team in this season. She is the one most interested in the past of Frank Castle. She is also the heart of Nelson and Murdock. She's a very well written character who is always seeking the truth while she runs away from a mysterious past. That being said, this past is rarely brought up throughout the show and we still aren't sure what happened to her, but it is still a somewhat prominent part of her character.
The best way to describe Elektra (played by Elodie Yung) is that she is the forbidden fruit of Matt's college life. She was the attractive yet psychotic ex that Matt thought he loved but then had to break off the relationship. Elektra and Matt have a very conflicting relationship. You can tell due to their onscreen chemistry, whatever happened between them wasn't very healthy for the two of them. She's interesting as she's very cunning, manipulative, and all around just bloodthirsty, while she still loves and cares for Murdock. That being said, her motives are very poorly written in my opinion, and could have been written more thoroughly. Then again, this season is her first introduction and will likely be further developed in later seasons.
Frank Castle/The Punisher
In all honesty, The Punisher was by far the character I was both the most excited and terrified for as he is one of my favorite characters of all time, yet hasn't had a decent onscreen portrayal. That is, until now. Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle was easily my favorite part of the show as he brought the most depth, humanity and conflict to this season. Every second he was on screen he stole the show. What made this the perfect portrayal of the character is the fact that unlike previous versions, they were able to give the character balance. Daredevil Season 2 all of the aspects of the original character necessary. It showed the family man, the lunatic, the charm he has, the brutality of the character, all of it. Everything the original character had Jon Bernthal brings to the screen making him both threatening and sympathetic at the same time.
Overall, Daredevil Season 2 was a great season and makes me overall excited to see more. The action is absolutely incredible with big screen quality action scenes into a television show. Honestly some of my all time favorite action scenes are from this show. The characters are incredibly well acted and the writing is superb. Some of the dialogue gave me chills running down my spine because it was so well done. My main issue with the show is the pacing gets a little awkward at times as the plot typically switched between Elektra and Punisher's storylines too often, but in the end didn't bother me very much. Overall, I'd say Daredevil Season 2 was a definite 9.5/10 and Daredevil in general is probably one of the best TV shows I've ever seen.