I watched every episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. twice, even the first season. My favorite piece of superhero television is Jessica Jones. I watch every one of the Arrowverse t.v. shows. It took me only two days to watch the first season of Daredevil. I like superheros on television.
And, yet, I still haven't finished Daredevil season 2. It has been out over a month and I have only seen six episodes. And I don't really know why.
Spoilers coming up!
It's not that I haven't had time. I caught up on two and a half seasons of The Americans. I watched all of season 3 of Orphan Black to get ready for season 4. Heck, I even went on a 7 season-rewatch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And I just started watching The Magicians. I keep telling myself that Daredevil will be next, but it never is. And I got a few ideas.
Maybe It's Because of the Episode Lengths
This is a common complaint with Netflix shows. Without commercials, shows don't have to worry about how long an episode is. And it can cause episodes to drag. I had the same problem with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. However, it never bothered me as much as it does with Daredevil.
Daredevil season 2 average episode length is a little over 54 minutes. Jessica Jones average episode length? 51 and half minutes. Daredevil season 2 has six episodes over 55 minutes. Jessica Jones? 0. These numbers might not mean much and it is only around 2 and 1/2 minutes. But, I can feel those minutes. I can feel the episodes drag, and I can't help but think that cutting those 2 minutes would help.
Maybe It's the Villains
Wilson Fisk, a.k.a Kingpin, was not the perfect villain. But, he was mesmerizing. He captured the screen when he was on it. And he was the perfect foil for Matt Murdock during the first season. Season one was better for him being in it. Season 2 doesn't have that. At least, not int the first half of the season.
The Punisher is a great character. And I love Jon Bernthal's portrayal of the character. And yet, he isn't a very good villain. Punisher is a hero, I know that, but he is framed as a villain until he gets captured. And though he gives Murdock an interesting counter to how to handle criminals, he isn't enough to carry the season. At least not yet. And I haven't seen enough of Elektra to make up my mind on her.
Superheros need villains. Kilgrave carried Jessica Jones just as much as Jessica did. The Joker made The Dark Knight what it is. Arrow season 2 was the best in part because of Slade Wilson. And who can forget Loki? Daredevil still hasn't found it's villain for season 2, not through the first six episodes. And it certainly didn't make me care enough to find out.
Maybe the Shine has Worn Off
I was so excited to see season 1 of Daredevil because I was excited to see what a R-rated take on a MCU property would look like. And overall, I enjoyed it. However, Daredevil was the series I was least looking forward to. I knew the basics of who the hero was, but knew almost nothing about Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. I can't wait for Luke Cage, especially after seeing hi on Jessica Jones. I can't wait to learn about Iron Fist. So, even though Punisher and Elektra came to Daredevil, it is still a show about Daredevil. And I don't know if I care enough to watch that.
What Do You Think?
Did you love season 2? Have you watched it? Got any idea why I might be having trouble with the season? Should I even bother finishing the season?
And for the record, I will eventually watch it. It might take me some times, but I tend to finish the shows that I start.