The First Reviews For DAREDEVIL Season 2 Are In
The first batch of reviews for Daredevil season 2 are in, and the general consensus seems to be that if you enjoyed the first season, you're gonna enjoy this. That said, from the sounds of things some of the pacing issues and jarring tonal shifts that became an issue during the Man Without Fear's first TV outing are also present - but for the most part these initial reactions are very positive.
A few outlets were lucky enough to get a look at the first seven episodes of the second season of Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil and have shared their spoiler free thoughts. The reactions are mostly positive - but some of the problems that plagued season 1 seem to have carried over...
As expected, Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle/The Punisher seems to have emerged as a highlight, with his take on the vicious vigilante being hailed as a brilliantly complex antagonist the same vein as Wilson Fisk. Another new character we haven't seen as much of is Elektra, so fans should be very happy to hear that Elodie Yung is highly praised for her incarnation of the seductively skilled warrior in every review so far.
After a mostly top-notch debut on Netflix, Marvel’s Man Without Fear begins season two on an uneven note, occasionally feeling as if he’s taken a detour from dark and gritty into the realm of Sam Peckinpah movies, complete with slow-motion bullets and blood sprays. Stick with it, though, and the show blossoms, featuring a few terrific action sequences while introducing into this grim world seminal characters the Punisher and Elektra – both mostly victimized by earlier feature adaptations. So far, the Marvel/Netflix collaboration has brought a nifty dimension to both parties.
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The bad news is that Daredevil season 2 fails to address some of season one’s weaknesses. I can't really say that there's a supporting character who has emerged to take the place of Vondie Curtis-Hall's Ben Urich, so that's a presence that feels a little missed. The pacing, handily season one’s biggest flaw, hasn’t improved, and there’s no shortage of overwritten, overwrought dialogue, often delivered in long chunks. Sometimes it’s expository (which is little excuse), and other times, well, it feels like these characters just want to hear themselves talk.
Fans should be quite pleased with this extremely faithful incarnation of the [Elektra] character, as Yung is visually ripped from the panels of a Frank Miller comic. She looks the part and plays it with confidence, seduction and dangerous intrigue. Oh, and she can kick ass too. Naturally. There’s real, palpable chemistry between Yung and Cox, and whenever they’re onscreen together there’s an air of danger along with a feeling of a loss of control – for both characters.
All 13 episodes of Daredevil season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix from March 18, and a second full trailer is expected to debut tomorrow.
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