Daredevil’s Incoming Punishment

(squeeeeeeal!)

Marvel and Netflix have just released the first full trailer for Daredevil’s second season! And it is fantastic!

Ok, so, we’re getting to know the Punisher, of course. He’s obviously not very stable, and haunted by how his family was stolen from him by people who do not play by nice rules like, “Let people live.”

He’s very well armed. That’s a lot of guns in his trunk.

Matt is feeling guilty for whatever reason. His priest tells him the guilt means his work isn’t finished, which, of course not. It never will be.

The Punisher is making his presence known and felt, and inspiring a lot of fear. At first, the cops only know that someone with a lot of firepower is tracking gangsters to their lairs and annihilating them. Now it’s Matt’s turn to have a mysterious new player he only hears about at first to deal with, like he did to the gangs last year.

Between the various gangs, the law, and a vigilante, there is a certain balance. But when a well-armed, lethal psychopath comes crashing in, taking gangs out, creating power vacuums, and endangering the innocent people Matt has sworn to protect, that balance is going straight out the window, at high velocity.

…is the Punisher hearing things that aren’t there? I keep hearing that child singing a tune whenever he shows up. Is that in his head?

Karen is wondering about the Punisher, what created him. She’s thinking they all did, Matt is thinking they have nothing in common.

Karen sort of has a point, that Daredevil could have paved the way for Punisher, but I don’t really buy that. Killers like the Punisher don’t need ways paved for them, he’s just breaking things because he’s been broken.

Oooh! Matt and Karen in the rain! I seem to recall, in the comics, she’s quite the long-running love interest for him.

Matt knows about innocent people being caught in the crossfire, but he, at least, has never hurt someone innocent. Punisher likely has no such restraint.

Matt’s feeling the pressure as blood is shed, and Foggy accuses him of spilling blood too. Yes and no. Matt’s never simply killed people, certainly not with such cold and raging intent as the Punisher. That’s Matt’s line: no killing.

Claire’s back! Yay! …I suspect she’ll be stitching up our hero a few more times.

Lots of action, yes, good.

Punisher is out for revenge, of course.

Matt’s trying to stop his rampage, keep him from killing.

Punisher is having none of that!

This is the collision of ideologies, where one side pushes for mercy while the other wants results. And the question is, how much good has Matt actually done? How much has he changed? How is the city any better off now than when it was at the start of his war?

The Punisher is at severe odds with Matt, and apparently has him at his mercy at least once, because “Daredevil” is “a half-measure.” There’s no easy reply to that, I think, which is what we’re going to see Matt wrestle with this season.

I wonder if the Punisher is going to target Matt’s friends, to give him “one bad day” and convert him to committing murder.

Either way, this is Matt’s darkness given form and flesh.

And Matt has a visitor in his apartment: Elektra!

Oooh, I am so excited about Elektra! πŸ™‚ And I love how, last year, we had a trailer for Matt and one for Fisk, and this year (in about ten days) we’ll have one for Punisher and one for Elektra! Cool! πŸ™‚

You know what I’ll be doing the weekend this comes out! πŸ˜€

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17 Responses to Daredevil’s Incoming Punishment

  1. swanpride says:

    Personally I hope that they refrain from making Karen his love interest. I just don’t feel any romantic chemistry between those two actors – I barely buy their friendship as it is. (Plus, while Karen’s arc was kind of interesting, I actually didn’t like her character on a personal level).

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    • Merlin says:

      Eh, I’m more interested in Elektra being his romantic interest than any of the other girls, and it seems there will certainly be *some* sort of tension between those two. Of course, personally, I found the friendship between Matt and Karen believable, as long as it’s platonic. Mind if I ask what you didn’t like about Karen as a character?

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      • swanpride says:

        I think mostly that she killed one of my favourite characters (not that I blame her, but still) and is partly responsible for the death of another one. I think the show wants me to appreciate that she doesn’t give up, no matter how much the other characters tell her that she has to be careful, but since that is more or less the only character trait they gave her (other than being an alcoholic), it is hard to truly like her. Take Marci for example. She is barely in the show (and I fear she won’t be in the second season), but I adore her, because she is a shark, but one who has still some shred of humanity in her. She has clear goals in her life, but she is ready to adjust her path for the right reasons. She feels way more complete than Karen who, despite all the time spend on her, fells more like a plot device, there to stir up the pot a little bit. And what she did to Urich, taking him to this hospital, was an incredible sh… thing to do.

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      • Merlin says:

        I seem to recall Mrs. Urich saying something about her husband never giving up on a story, and never getting pushed into something he didn’t want to do, so it’s not like he tried to publish the truth about Fisk’s mother because Karen forced him. True, though, that was a low blow, tricking him like that.

        Still, just because Karen doesn’t necessarily have ambitions doesn’t mean she isn’t caring, as that’s what drives her to find the truth and make it known. She feels responsible for that fellow she was accused of murdering, and eventually for Ben, and she mourns that old lady, Elena Cardenas. She’s been traumatized, and she’s not a warrior like Matt or a lawyer like Foggy and Marci or even a reporter like Ben… she’s just a secretary, and a capable secretary at that, but instead of letting Fisk walk on her and everyone else, she finds a way to fight back. Not to mention, she is trusting of the right people, has faith in the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen even when he’s accused of those bombings, and she does *try* to keep others from getting hurt, fiercely protecting the people close to her when Wes threatens them. Basically, I see her strength and courage as something quieter and more persistent than most others.

        Finally, there’s what she says to Wes before killing him, “Do you really think this is the first time I’ve shot someone?” A mystery, that, and one I suspect/hope we’ll see play out in Season 2. Likely alongside Matt’s non-lethal struggle with the lethal Punisher! πŸ™‚

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      • swanpride says:

        There is this scene in the very beginning of the show in which an old mobster tells to Urich that he never forget that Urich, even though he went after him with all he had, never dragged his family into it. There are things Urich simply didn’t do, which is most likely the reason he survived so long. Fisk doesn’t kill him because he is inconvenient. He does it, because he dragged his mother into it.
        That’s my problem with Karen. She constantly bites more than she can chew, and she never acknowledges it when it happens. When Foggy rescues her life she basically claimed that she could have had handled it when in fact, she couldn’t have. Which in my eyes diminishes her courage. For me courage doing something even though you know the risks. But what she is doing is running into risks without a true understanding of it. I think the character would have worked much better if they had changed that aspect of her personality, if it had been made clear that she is fully aware of the possible consequences of what she does – which is, btw, the reason why Claire works so well, she knows exactly the risks, on every level, but she decides that it is worth it. Karen mostly does what she does as some sort of coping mechanism.

        I do understand Karen, but I simply don’t like her. I hope that they can salvage some of her character, but I also think letting he moon over Matt will make this whole thing even worse. The whole “this is a meal I am supposed to cook for my husband” bit was already cringeworthy, I don’t want more of that.

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      • Merlin says:

        Heh, fair enough! πŸ™‚ I would think her fears show that she’s fairly well aware, and when she tells Foggy she can take care of herself, I take that more as her frustration because he’d pushed his way into what she was trying to keep him out of to protect him, but, of course, anything can be interpreted in multiple ways. πŸ™‚

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      • swanpride says:

        Well, I give it to her, she does keep struggling no matter how long she is pinned down. I just wish that they had given her a little bit more than that. For example, they say in the end that she was like a daughter for Ben Urich. Really? We never see them talking about anything but the case. I guess he kind of mentors her, but that comes more off as a frustrated boss trying to explain an overeager assistant why his approach is idiotic. I wish that they had added some warmth into that relationship, a little bit more caring from her side for Urich. But it came off as very one-sided.

        But, like I said, they still can salvage her. I just don’t want her as Matt’s love interest. If for no other reason than the fact that most woman in the show will have exactly that role. It would be kind of refreshing if she stayed just the third fighter of the group. And that is a concern I would have even if she were the most lovable person on earth.

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      • Merlin says:

        Eh, people, especially old people who never had kids, can be a bit prone to thinking in terms of surrogate children, but I think Mrs. Urich may have meant more that Ben would have liked to have a daughter turn out like Karen, rather than Karen being like a daughter to him. It’s quite the high compliment, that someone Karen admired thought so well of her.

        But, as for the romantic thing: I know! I mean, it’d be like what they did on Arrow, especially with Felicity! While I think any guy would have to be crazy not to love Felicity (Sara’s still my favorite of the Arrow girls) I’ve just never really bought into her and Ollie as a couple, ya know?

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      • swanpride says:

        It diminished Felicity as a character. That was the main problem of it.

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      • Merlin says:

        Bingo. Hit the nail on the head.

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  2. Pretty interested to see Elektra, especially with her past as a member of the Hand, at least in comics. Makes me wonder if Kingpin and Stick will appear once again? Kingpin was amazing, but…well for me season 1’s finale had a great sense of closure, so I’m not sure if I want to see him back right now. It would make sense for him to have hired Elektra to kill off Daredevil though…what do you think most wise Merlin?

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    • Merlin says:

      Oooh, “most wise Merlin!” I like the sound of that, yes! πŸ˜€

      I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw either Stick or Kingpin again, though the latter would have a much smaller role.I’m fairly certain Fisk will return sometime, somehow, and there are certain indications that he could eventually send Simpson from Jessica Jones (the guy who goes crazy and takes red combat pills) after Daredevil, so for me it’s just a question of whether his return will be in Season 2 or if he’ll make an appearance in The Defenders.

      I doubt Elektra would say hello to Matt if she was there to kill him, especially since, apparently, she can actually surprise him. (I missed that the first time ’round) Now, what I find most interesting is how Matt knows Elektra. Do they meet for the first time this season, or did they meet somewhere before? πŸ™‚

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