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Review: Marvel’s Daredevil Seizoen 2 (Netflix)

 
 
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Speelduur: 13 Afleveringen van ongeveer 50 min.
 
Taal: Engels
 
Verkrijgbaar vanaf: 18 Maart 2016
 
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Grimmige sfeer en brutale actie van seizoen 1 blijft behouden. De terugkerende acteurs zitten beter in hun rol. Fantastisch debuut van de nieuwe Punisher en Elektra.

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Ontsnapt wederom niet aan enkele clichès. Mist wat focus bij momenten. Gebrek aan een hoofdvillain.


Marvel’s Daredevil keert halverwege maart terug naar Netflix voor een tweede seizoen, inclusief The Punisher en Elektra. Als seizoen 1 leek op Batman Begins voor de Man Without Fear, dan is dit The Dark Knight… Lees hier onze vroege review!

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You’re not the one that deserves to be punished

Last year, Marvel’s Daredevil debuted on Netflix as the first of four Marvel tv-shows on the road to The Defenders (think The Avengers, but street level). It became the best superhero series of 2015, bar none. Finally Marvel had the balls to deliver a gritty, realistic, almost R-rated superhero show which also became the best live-action interpretation of the Man Without Fear we could wish for. A few months later, Jessica Jones arrived and continued the awesomeness. On March 18th the second season of Daredevil will appear exclusively on Netflix and Hell’s Kitchen will be host to several more famous Marvel names…

The battle between Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk for the soul of Hell’s Kitchen is over and the blind lawyer is settling into his role as the nightly vigilante Daredevil. But new threats arise. Hell’s Kitchen gets a visit from a one man army nicknamed The Punisher (Jon Bernthal), who leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Besides Matt’s nightly and daily problems with his Nelson & Murdock law firm, his former lover Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) reappears. Elektra is now a mysterious assassin that is every bit as good a fighter as Daredevil, if not better…

Since we’re in season two of the show, there’s no need anymore for dragged out origin stories. There are less flashbacks then in the first season and both the action sequences and the pacing of the show is faster. It also shows that Charlie Cox als Matt, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page are much more comfortable in their roles. The chemistry between the three is real as they grow closer to each other. We even get a couple of more scenes of courtroom drama, which is where Foggy especially shines, while Page is again so much more than a simple damsel in distress. Rosario Dawson as “Night Nurse” Claire Temple and Matt Gerald as Melvin Potter show up as well and own their relative small roles with ease. This time around, there’s no strong side character like Ben Urich in the first season though. It’s a void that Stephen Rider as district attorney Blake Tower doesn’t quite know how to fill.

Season two offers the same brutal action sequences and gritty atmosphere as the first, which is a good thing. Daredevil uses a slightly different fighting style to match his new superhero digs, but despite his better equipment we are still reminded that Matt is just a regular guy. He struggles less than in the first season, but still gets his ass kicked a lot. We don’t get an action sequence as intense as the hallway scene from the first season (although they try to outdo it on a staircase), but the action is solid as always. Elodie Yung excels as the mysterious and deadly Elektra. She appears to walk straight out of the comics and is quick, sexy and lethal. More importantly, she has chemistry with Charlie Cox as Daredevil, which complements their shared history. Elektra’s creator, Frank Miller himself, would be proud and, needless to say, Yung blows away Jennifer Gardner’s performances in the Daredevil (2003) and Elektra (2005) movies.

Jon Bernthal is an amazing Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. Somewhat similar to his roles in The Walking Dead or Fury, Bernthal is a ruthless, cold-blooded dude with a psychotic edge. Daredevil offers a very faithful adaptation of the comic character and Bernthal is – thanks in part to his placement in the larger Marvel tapestry – a more definitive Punisher than Dolph Lundgren, Ray Stevenson or even Thomas Jane. The Punisher is introduced as a heavily armed, strategic genius. An unstoppable force of nature which paints Hell’s Kitchen red with the blood of crime families. As it should be. The “you’re one bad day away from being me” aspect in the philosophical debates between the unhinged Punisher and the more laid back Daredevil is one of the major strengths of this season.

Where Daredevil season one was very similar to Batman Begins (2005), season two goes straight on The Dark Knight (2008). The major theme here is, of course, escalation. Matt’s debut as Daredevil paved the way for other, even more dangerous “loons” who flock to Hell’s Kitchen, as is the case with The Punisher. Castle’s debut actually reminded us of that of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Where The Joker just shoved a pencil through a mobster’s brain to scare the others, The Punisher shoots up the entire mob meeting. Good stuff.

The focus on The Punisher and the slightly more mysterious Elektra does mean that a central major villain – like the Kingpin in season one – is lacking. Ocassionally the show does start to lose it’s focus with the several story threads, leading to several slower and more chaotic scenes. Nevertheless, the gritty atmosphere, the multiple Marvel easter eggs and cameo’s lead to yet another fantastic adaptation of the Daredevil comics circa Miller, Bendis and Brubaker.

Daredevil season two isn’t quite the in your face punch the first one was, but the show remains one of the best superhero series out there and an absolute must-watch for both Marvel lovers and fans of DC’s more gritty approach to superheroes.

Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 appears on Netflix Marth 18th.

Click here for a review of Daredevil season one. Everything about the Man Without Fear you can find in our START TO READ: Daredevil.

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