Monday, September 18, 2017

Marvel's Daredevil: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

NETFLIX/ABC Studios; 701 minutes; TV-MA
Now available on Blu-ray from Marvel Television and ABC Studios is the NETFLIX's original series Marvel's Daredevil: The Complete Second Season, featuring 13 episodes on a 3-disc set. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Based on the comic book series created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Daredevil centers on a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox). Thanks to his enhanced senses, he's able to see things normal people don't, even though he's blind. He uses his abilities to fight crime at night in Hell's Kitchen.

The second season begins with Matt continuing his quest to clean up the streets of Hell's Kitchen, which is being taken over by the Irish Mob and Cartels. After the Irish mob are are gunned down by Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, (played by Jon Bernthal), the lone survivor asks the law firm Nelson and Murdock for protection. Despite the fact that they can barely pay the bills, Nelson (played by Elden Henson) and Murdock's assistant/secretary (played by Deborah Ann Woll) agree to take the survivor as their client.

Meanwhile, Murdock/Daredevil tries to take down The Punisher before more people are killed, but it isn't as easy as he hoped it would be. To make matters even worse, an old flame Elektra Natchios (played by √Člodie Yung) drops back into his life, as well as his mentor Stick (played by Scott Glenn), along with a few ninjas that are terrorizing the streets.

The 13 episode titles are:

Dogs to a Gunfight
New York's Finest
Penny and Dime
Regrets Only
Semper Fidelis
Guilty As Sin
Seven Minutes In Heaven
The Man In The Box
The Dark At The End Of The Tunnel
A Cold Day In Hell's Kitchen 

Final Thoughts: Yep! Marvel actually makes live-action comic book series for adults, mostly thanks to NETFLIX for giving the producers & writers freedom to create darker stories. The second season of Daredevil introduces Elektra and The Punisher to the series, along with a tons of graphic violence. Jon Bernthal gives a great performance as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, an antihero who is pitted against the Daredevil for the first half of the season, and later switches sides as the two begin to see eye to eye. The last half of the season focuses on a ninja plot that feels a bit uneven.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Marvel's Daredevil: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray, despite all the flaws. Is it as good as season one? No, not even close, but The Punisher saves the entire season. As for the Blu-ray set, the picture and sound quality are great. The only downside is the lack of special features and extras.

*Note- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. All opinions are my own.

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