“Daredevil” is a Binge-Worthy Powerhouse that Keeps you on the Edge
By Marcus Del Valle
“Daredevil” Season 2 emerges with an upgrade to the gritty combat and the same smart, smooth, and plot heavy conversations that kept our attention throughout the first season. However, it struggles with both the pacing and editing required to be amongst the greats.
If you, like the rest of our generation, are a Netflix junkie looking for an action packed thrill ride through the underground gang world of NYC and possibly the bloodiest Marvel live action experience to date, your search can end happily with “Daredevil” season two.
“Daredevil” season two returns with both cinematic triumph and the same gruesome combat we fell in love with in the first season. From the first episode on, Daredevil faces impossible odds as hordes of different enemies swarm him consistentlythroughout the season.
The stakes are much higher here as the season invites many of Daredevil’s greatest allies and adversaries from the comic books into the fray.
Jon Bernthal perfectly represents the crazed genuine rage of Frank Castle and The Punisher, next to the seductive and sympathetic performance of Elodie Yung as Elektra, Daredevil provides enough nuanced fan service and heavy plot to keep fans, and newcomers alike, enthralled from start to finish.
Fans of action packed television can rejoice as “Daredevil” brings fight scene choreography to a whole new level.
Chris Brewster, fight scene choreographer and stunt double for now two different Marvel heroes. Daredevil, and the golden boy Captain America, brings his A game as the combat scenes flow with ease and grace, showing every single bone crushing blow.
Coupled with amazingly cinematic camera work, “Daredevil” season two competes with the first season on its epic episode two corridor combat scene, reminiscent of the Korean great Old Boy, only this time it’s more than one corridor. Trust me folks, it’s dope.
“Daredevil” is able to stand next to Netflix’s lengthy list of violent animes as well as Asian and Korean action films with ease.
Daredevil’s actor Charlie Cox wears the suit with confidence making the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen an intimidating force even next to the likes of The Punisher.
“Daredevil” season two grows in all of the areas we loved about it, yet lacks some solutions to the problems of season one. While the combat takes precedence, and every episode seems to have at least one thug of Hell’s Kitchen getting knocked out, the pacing of the show has failed to grow from season one.
Spotty editing and certain small inconsistencies in the movements sometimes take you out of the episode, if you happen to catch the mistakes.
In one episode where Daredevil walks out of a building with a sword in hand. The camera cuts to the other side of Daredevil and his new partner in crime, Elektra, and suddenly the sword happened to disintegrate and is no longer part of the scene.
Furthermore, Daredevil often moves from scene to scene very quickly with little time for plot digestion.
The thrill of the season comes from both its combat and its conversations equallygranting the series an authentic and human feel even as you watch a masked, blind, combatant take out hordes of Japanese ninjas.
The tension between the costumed crusaders and the real life workers like character Karen Page, played by Deborah Ann Woll, and Foggy Nelson, played by Elden Henson, show us that the Marvel genre of T.V. and film is a constantly growing and expanding industry whose versatility has yet to fail us.
With enough nuanced references to the comic books and other Netflix original Marvel series, as well as the Marvel movies, “Daredevil” stands with the greatest of the new generation of T.V. watching and has a “binge-ability” like no other.