DAREDEVIL’s Return

by Kung Fu Bob O'Brien on February 20, 2016 · 0 comments in Buddhist Blog

In one month, on March 19th, the second season of Netflix original series DAREDEVIL will be available in its entirety. Unlike the PG-13 rated films in the Marvel superheroes series, with the exception of this month’s release of the R rated DEADPOOL, DAREDEVIL is the darkest Marvel adaptation yet. It’s tied in with real world problems like drugs, alcoholism, politics, murder, and maintains a gritty realism, despite its fantastical subject matter, and feels right at home situated in NYC’s “Hell’s Kitchen” neighborhood.

For those that aren’t familiar with the Marvel comic-book source, Daredevil is attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a man who was blinded as a boy, but gained exceptional boosts to his other senses. He’s not super-human though, and is vulnerable to bullets, knives, and fists just like any other person. He must rely on his increased sensory perception, agility, and martial arts training to defeat his opponents. And who are they? They are the criminals that can’t be dealt with by the legal system, and can only be stopped using vigilante tactics. In the first season, these evil-doers were primarily represented by Wilson Fisk, aka. The Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) and his far-reaching organization, serving as Murdock’s main focus. The series also brings spectacular life to the secondary characters from the comic, and solid casting and smart writing have brought Matt’s law partner Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), secretary/love interest Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), reporter Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall), and fighting master Stick (Scott Glenn) into the series in equally interesting ways. By and large, the fans were overjoyed by the first season, its exceptional acting, writing, the series top-notch production values, and the extremely satisfying action sequences. Nothing about this iteration of the story is hokey, as many felt the 2003, Ben Affleck starring DAREDEVIL film was, and it was consistently realistic in its character’s motivations and relationships from start to finish.

After such an impressive first season, everyone was wondering how they could continue to maintain that quality, or even surpass it for the second season. I know that personally, as a fan of the comic book, the appearance of two particular characters would certainly be welcome… Frank Castle, aka. “The Punisher”, and Elektra, the female ninja assassin. I am happy to say that this is exactly what is happening. Jon Bernthal (Shane of THE WALKING DEAD) is Castle, a character that in the comic, is a war veteran NYC police officer who becomes a no-nonsense crime fighter. He uses his military training to bring a high-caliber brand of unforgiving justice. And Elodie Yung, a karate practitioner who showed her action chops as Jinx in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, is playing Elektra, a super-skilled, blade-wielding martial artist from Murdock’s past. So in addition to the series’ brutal hand to hand action, we will now also have the Punisher’s explosive style of mayhem, and Elektra’s deadly katanas added to the fray. Very promising stuff indeed for action fans for an already entertaining show.

Because of Netflix unique manner of releasing entire seasons at once, allowing viewers to watch the episodes at their convenience, I imagine there will be many a DAREDEVIL fan calling out of work on the 18th to marathon the show’s exciting return. If you haven’t seen the first season, it’s available in its entirety now, and comes highly recommended. Netflix are currently teasing out the series’ return with a two-part trailer. The first part is available now, and the second will be available on February 25th.

Here’s part 1 of the trailer:

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