S2 E1 “Bang”
Well it's back, and it sure does start off hot. That’s right our favorite red-suit-wearing, horned-head superhero, Daredevil is here to kick butt again. The show wastes no time to get us back into the swing of things. DD is chasing bad guys and cracking skulls. Probably literally, as he throws his billy clubs right at the criminals' foreheads. What a feeling it is to see DD at his finest again, and the costume looks fantastic. It’s very cool to see stuff that you read in comics come to life.
Did I mention it started off hot? That’s not because of the quick opening scene we got to enjoy. No, it’s because New York is apparently under quite the heat wave. Like we southerners don’t know a thing or two about heat huh? Anyways, Foggy and Matt pick up right where they left off last season with their incredible banter. It’s pure magic. Everything they say sticks, and we are provided with some laughs as well thanks to Foggy. I love the dynamic between these two. Hats off to Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Elden Henson (Foggy). They pull off these characters so well, and have fantastic chemistry together. Watching it you feel like they are truly best friends in real life. Their “bromance” is something to enjoy in what we are sure will be darker times for the two. They conclude their conversation talking about Karen, and how she is starting to wonder why Matt isn’t always around. As well as how he keeps getting so many damn bruises. Foggy warns Matt that Karen isn’t stupid and that eventually she will not fall for the ole ran into the door line anymore. It seems apparent that sooner or later Karen will become aware of the secret Matt and Foggy are keeping from her.
Then, we are brought to a dark alley at night. Meat Head #1 stands outside on guard duty. Why? There is a meeting with all the Irish mob's top members taking place in the building. This is where we find out that with Fisk locked up, other crime organizations are trying to move in on the territory. The Irish mob are back to take their birth right as the lead crime organization in Hell’s Kitchen. I don't recognize a face or a name drop as an Easter Egg from the comics. However, that isn't something that lasts long. Because soon no one has much of a face to recognize. Enter The Punisher! Well at least him shooting up the place. That's right he doesn’t leave one “shit bag’ left standing, even as the Irish Leader is making a great speech. One to the head, and it’s all over. It really is a great way to introduce the character of Frank Castle. His motto “shoot first, ask questions never” really is shown in a blink of an eye. Pour some Jameson out of the mobster.
After the mayhem, we are taken to the hole in the wall bar, Josie’s, where our trifecta of protagonist are playing some pool. Karen, played by Deborah Ann Woll, is schooling the guys, even though we know DD could probably do pretty well at the game. As they enjoy their night and booze, Matt catches a man looking oddly their way. The big tip off; the dude is wearing a jacket in a middle of a heat wave. Matt makes his way to him, and he wants to be represented by Nelson and Murdock. He reveals his name is Grotto (Hey! That’s from the comics). After some talking about the hit, he faints from a gunshot wound. This scene works to me because it is building its way to the motivation that Frank Castle has for the season.
We come to find out from Grotto that it is not a whole bunch of guys tearing through all the crime organizations in the city. It’s just one guy! Which, we knew that was always the case from the moment it was announced that Jon Bernthal was playing The Punisher. It may have worked better to surprise the world of Frank Castle’s Netflix debut though to allow some shock for the show. To keep us in the dark, and get an organic feel for Castle, just as the characters in the show are getting. But hey whatever, it works and makes me happy. Casting Bernthal was a genius stroke too. Why not used the guy who played Shane in The Walking Dead, the guy who wants to shoot first. It may be tight casting the dude, but hell it works. And works to damn near perfection as we soon find out in the hospital scene. Grotto is laid up in a bed, and Castle is coming to finish his “mission”. Unfortunately, Karen is in the room with Grotto as well. Sure enough Frank starts to shoot up the place. Grotto and Karen go on the run.
Castle has his shot lined up and about to pop Grotto like a 8th grade pimple, but here comes DD. The first of what seems to be many fights is on. All the credit to the actors, writers, and choreographers as well, they gave us a fun fight scene with Castle winning this round with one word. Bang! DD goes down with a shot from Frank’s pistol. It is everything that The Punisher should be in my opinion. Quick, strong, and witty to the core. I look forward to how they continue to tell the story of The Punisher this season.
Overall, the episode did its job of opening the season. It started to turn the wheels on everything. From DD and Punisher to Foggy becoming his very own character. Foggy gets his own battle to fight as he rolls up to a biker bar in the show to try and see an old friend. Naturally things don’t work out for him, but because the show runners are able to make him such a great character, he is able to get out of his mess. I, like many other people, hope we get to see some of their day job. Being the good lawyers they are and fight for things they believe in, even if it is paid off with strawberry crumble pie. I look forward to the rest of the season and can’t wait to find out more of Frank Castle and what trouble he will cause. I think we are going to have one Hell (see what I did there) of a time with this second season of Daredevil.