Believe it or not, I haven’t binge-watched ALL of Daredevil Season 2 just yet. I have three episodes left and as much as I’m dying to find out what happens, I’m trying to savor the remainder of this season.
Aside from that, I did want to talk about some of my thoughts while watching this season.
First off, I do not like Matt with Karen. I have nothing against Karen. I actually love her, especially with how strong she’s become and her ferocity to seek justice for Frank (I’ll get to Mr. Castle next). I just don’t like her in a relationship with Matt. They just don’t have that spark or chemistry together. I’d prefer her with Foggy over Matt if I had to choose and with how she and Foggy connected last season I thought maybe we’d see that relationship grow. But no. They pushed Karen and Matt together and in my opinion, it felt forced and ended up being boring. I also called it when it came to Elektra being part of the reason they broke up. And I hope they don’t bring up Matt and Karen’s ‘romance’ again. Just let it go. I know they had a relationship in the comics but that doesn’t mean it has to happen on the show because it wasn’t going anywhere I was interested to see.
Frank Castle. Oh, how I can talk about this character endlessly. To start, I was a fan of the movie The Punisher with Thomas Jane but once the character was recast I gave up on that. And when they cast Jon Bernthal as Frank I was a little nervous because I didn’t want my hatred of his past character I had watched, Shane, on The Walking Dead to interfere with his portrayal of Frank. I know, I know…he’s not the characters he plays! Well, I’m happy to say I love Bernthal as Frank Castle! He’s made me like The Punisher again and I found myself saying, “Where’s Frank?” whenever he was missing from an episode.
There was just more action and the episodes were much more interesting when Frank was in them. And sorry, Matt, it’s hard for me to agree with you and think what Frank did was completely wrong. But I’m not going there in this post. Maybe another time! I just can’t hate Frank for what he did, especially with the reasoning he had behind it all. And honestly, I’d like to see how Matt would handle the same situation if it had been his family.
Like I said, I haven’t finished Season 2 yet but I really hope this won’t be the last we see of Frank/The Punisher. Bernthal’s performance has been incredible! And speaking of that whole chemistry thing? Karen and Frank have much more chemistry together than her and Matt. I really enjoyed the scenes with Karen and Frank and how he connected with her and felt comfortable opening up to her. Please give us more of that!
Also, I love the justice-seeking, investigative journalist side of Karen. And I almost cried when Mitchell showed her into Ben’s office for her to use while she looks deeper into Frank’s case. This is also where she sees that Ben had newspaper clippings about the death of her brother Kevin and she, herself, breaks down.
I’m glad Karen wasn’t made into a goody two shoes and used to, I guess, bring light into the otherwise dark world of Daredevil and Matt’s life. I hate when characters are used that way. Thankfully, we had the chance to see Karen grow even stronger and more determined, at times doing Foggy and Matt’s jobs better than them. I’m excited to see where her character will go from here.
To touch on the characters of Elektra and Stick, I have a bad feeling about what’s ahead for Elektra in the last few episodes I have left to watch and to be blunt, I can’t stand Stick. The whole shadiness of his life is just unsettling and I don’t like how he treats Matt.
As for Matt and Foggy’s friendship, it’s definitely been tested but if Foggy seriously thinks Matt could just pack up his suit and end his role as Daredevil, then he shouldn’t hold his breath. Yes, Matt hasn’t been the best of best friends and he can step up a little but he does have that whole protecting his city thing taking up quite a bit of his time. All I’m saying is, I hope this bromance drama doesn’t last too long because I need my avocados at law back together being snarky and seeking justice.
And everyone always tells the heroes that they don’t have to do what they’re doing…they don’t have to risk their life, they don’t have to save everyone, they don’t have to protect their city, blah, blah, blah. But if those heroes listened to that nonsense, there wouldn’t be any heroes like Daredevil, like Captain America, like Iron Man.
So until next time, I beg of you, keep your end of the season spoilers to yourself because I’ve been avoiding them like the plague and once I finish Season 2 I think I might write up a post on my thoughts/feelings on the season as a whole. Do leave me your thoughts (spoiler free!) on this season below in the comments and what you’d like to see next season if Daredevil is picked up for a third season (which I’m hoping is announced soon)!