Matthew J.R. Kohler
It seems like anytime Marvel generates buzz for their projects, that buzz quickly goes ice cold, simply because they don’t live up to the hype. (Look at Iron Man 3, Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, and Civil War as recent examples). This time, it was none other than their Netflix show Daredevil.
Last year, Daredevil was the talk of the town. Any person who knew me wanted my opinion on the action scenes of the show. Although I wasn’t a huge fan, I understood why people loved the show. To be honest, its fight scenes are the best out of all superhero films. But that wasn’t what interested me about the show. Not only did the show make you believe that superheroes could be in our world, but also the story dared to surprise its audience. And the main characters were actually effective. Wilson Fisk was my favorite part of the show. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio offered a unique take on the character. Needless to say, once the season was over, everyone was ready for season 2.
Fast forward to a year later. I was ready to receive a lot of messages about the fight scenes from the new season. Then…nothing. Nobody was talking about it! Even mainstream internet sites, such as IGN and Rotten Tomatoes, were barely mentioning it. Why was Daredevil being treated like the new kid at school who’s popular for the first week, and is then ignored afterwards?
Well, it was because season 2 wasn’t really about Daredevil. You see, Marvel thought it’d be a grand idea to devote the whole season to origin stories of other characters, such as Elektra, and (most prominently) The Punisher. Granted, Punisher IS cool in this show, but there’s no reason that he should cut into Daredevil’s screen time. Because Daredevil became the secondary character in his own show, season 2 felt unnecessary to watch. All season 2 showed the audience was that Daredevil wants to be like Batman and Punisher is there to kick butt. WOW! But the biggest let down for most fans was that the action took a major leap backwards.
Not only was the lighting poor (as in, too dark to see anything), but also none of the fights looked like they were thought out. Who in their right mind starts the season with Daredevil versus Punisher (you know, the face-off that you think would be saved for the end of the season, because it’s a main draw)? After you have seen what is supposed to be the climax, what’s the point of continuing? Even worse, the fight itself was a complete letdown.
The worst part, though, was the main villain. For two seasons, they built up this gang to be the worst of the worst, yet we find out that the main villain is…the guy who played Cyrax in Mortal Kombat: Legacy? (You know, the other show that had a great first season, and a disappointing second season). Sure, if I had read the comics I would have known more about the character, but this show did not even try to build him up. But don’t let that fool you, because it’s supposed to be a major twist when you see him! There’s nothing more exciting than a big reveal of a character no one cares about. Once again, Marvel proves how great they are at pissing me off for not giving me a reason to care.
Overall, this season seemed like one giant setup for a Punisher spinoff. Whatever momentum this show produced has now been shifted to Punisher. I hope Daredevil stays MIA. Bring on The Punisher show, because I can’t wait to see him become a secondary character in his own show!