By Thomas Gillen
Assistant A&E Editor
“Daredevil,” based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, follows Matt Murdock, a lawyer who was blinded as a young boy after coming in contact with radioactive substance. As a result of the accident, Matt developed heightened senses and can see using a form of radar. After seeing the corruption in his neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, Matt dons a red devil costume and becomes the vigilante Daredevil in order to fight crime outside the law.
Season one of “Daredevil” was focused on the origin of the hero as he worked to take down crime lord Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin. Season two sees Matt face off against a new adversary known as the Punisher, and also come to terms with the return of his ex-girlfriend. In season two, Daredevil is joined by new and returning characters, including Foggy Nelson, Matt’s best friend and law partner; Karen Page, the secretary for Matt and Foggy’s law firm; Frank Castle, the violent vigilante nicknamed the Punisher and Elektra Natchios.
In the first episode, “Bang,” the law firm of Nelson and Murdock takes on a new client who has a questionable background working for the Irish mob. They soon find out he survived an attack by the Punisher, while the rest of his crew was killed. While the tone changes over the course of the episode between light hearted and serious, it does become very intense whenever the Punisher is on screen.
Charlie Cox continues his role as Matt Murdock. He convincingly plays the role of a blind man while making sure that Daredevil and Matt Murdock each have different personalities. The supporting cast is well rounded, in particular Jon Bernthal. While Bernthal is most known for his role as Shane on “The Walking Dead,” the Punisher is much more damaged and dangerous. He takes over the show whenever he appears on screen, and has great chemistry with Cox in later episodes. While Bernthal shows the darker aspects of the character well, he excels in scenes where he is having conversations with Daredevil.
Like season one, the action sequences in “Daredevil” are outstanding. The fight choreography is always top notch and the camera work makes it easy for the viewer to understand what is going on. There is also a fight scene in a stairwell in one of the earlier episodes that rivals the five-minute hallway fight from season one.
Like “Jessica Jones,” “Daredevil” is a dark show that may be too intense for younger viewers, especially certain aspects about the Punisher, such as his tragic back-story and his extreme methods of violence. However, viewers who enjoyed the first season, the comic book series, or other Marvel movies, should watch this action packed show.
All 13 episodes of “Daredevil’s” second season were released on Netflix on March 18. Audiences were treated to season one of the superhero show when it released on April 10, 2015. “Daredevil” season two is the first Marvel show to be released on Netflix in 2016; it will be followed by the release of “Luke Cage” on September 30.