As though you hadn’t guessed, I absolutely loved Netflix’ second season of “Daredevil.” It might have had a problem with its concluding Elektra storyline, but I’d still rate it a perfect 10 — I just can’t give a lower rating to a season that made me cheer out loud while watching it.
I really loved it that much. I’ve started to think of this gritty little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as my own “Star Wars” — these are characters that I grew up with, and to whom I’ve developed an emotional attachment, however strange or childlike that may seem to non-fans. If adults can cheer during the opening crawl of “The Force Awakens,” then I can cheer “KICK THEIR ASSES, MATT!!” when the ninjas of “The Hand” noiselessly and acrobatically swarm Daredevil.
It’s just a superb show. On one level, it’s a good character drama and legal thriller that can easily please a modern mainstream television audience. On another level, one of those characters just happens to be a low-level hero in the Marvel Comics universe.
The show succeeds nicely on the first level and goddam brilliantly at the second.The martial arts and costuming are perfect. John Bernthal is perfectly cast as The Punisher. It’s a cliche, and something I’ve written here before, as well, but I’ll say it again anyway — Netflix succeeded in bringing some of my favorite comic book characters from page to screen.
My only minor criticism is that the Elektra storyline was muddled, and understandably confusing for those who haven’t read the source material. (And if memory serves, it wasn’t all that easily understood in the original comics.)
Now bring on Bullseye!!