TV Review: Daredevil S2E3 New York’s Finest

Daredevil Season 2 3Trapped face-to-face with the Punisher, Daredevil wrestles with the morality of vigilante justice. Meanwhile, Foggy and Karen work to save the firm.

This second season of Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil is fascinating in that it feels like it’s compressing things in the story as it rockets along.

While I expected it much later, this episode has a confrontation between Daredevil and the Punisher as a battle of philosophies is laid out.

What’s great is we subtlety get some insight into the mind of the Punisher and some of his origin. It’s really interesting as layers are added to the character getting past the simple man bent on killing bad guys he easily could have been. Instead we get a modern war vet who might be dealing with his experiences overseas.

Much of the episode is focused on this confrontation leading to a standoff that wraps up the episode with an action scene, following the pattern of the first two episodes. In this case the action scene is an homage to the beautifully choreographed hallway fight in the first season.

The other big things in the episode is the reintroduction of Claire who will hopefully have a bigger role this season.

Overall, the pace of the season is fascinating to me, it’s a much quicker pace than Marvel’s previous two Netflix efforts, and one I’m enjoying. While it’s “dark,” the show has much more of a “comic book action” tone, something we have seen in either of the two efforts.

While not quite as good as the first season, it’s still very entertaining and definitely has me looking forward to what’s to come.

Overall rating: 8.2