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It might be the best crime/superhero drama since The Dark Knight. It’s standard practice in sequels and in second and third seasons to resort to gimmicks like extra blood or adding a bunch of F-words or more sex. Instead, the makers of Daredevil resorted to dialing back on the sex, slit throats, and S-words and instead telling […]

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The Marvel-ous Culture

 

Jon Bernthal as “The Punisher” (Marvel Studios)

I am not an aficionado of comic books. I can not argue the merits of Marvel vs. DC. The only comics-based movie I can attest to seeing in the theater was Superman with Christopher Reeve and that was in a whole different universe called “1978.” Fast forward 40 years and my wife suggests we sit down and watch a Netflix series called The Punisher. She hooked me with the words “former Marine.”

Small Screen Reviews: Daredevil Season 2

 

ddI used to joke that I have no more than one or two readers to my running series of TV reviews. Well imagine my surprise when I get multiple messages asking me, “Hey, when are you going to review Daredevil?” I suspect they don’t read my work or they’d not be asking so much. Maybe they just like seeing that I’m keeping busy. Anyways, as my lovely wife Amanda doesn’t care as much for some the violence in this series – and oooh, boy is there violence – I stuck to watching it after she’d gone to sleep; hence, the delay. Sounds simple, save when I’m so tired from work and fatherhood that I sleep through half the episode. But rejoice, Ricochetti! Here it is!

With any successful series, the question always remains after the first season: Can they be as good or better? That’s no trivial matter. I remember watching the original season of Heroes and being thrilled there would be more, only to watch as the creators admitted they didn’t have the slightest clue as to where to go next. I’d also be more  than willing to excise most of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s sixth season (save for the wonderful musical episode “Once More, With Feeling”) if given the opportunity. But have no fear: Daredevil’s second outing is strong.

In part it’s due to some excellent casting: Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, and Deborah Ann Woll are all back in the roles of fresh-faced legal team Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), Foggy Nelson, and Karen Page, and all three are comfortable and confident in their roles. Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle (aka the Punisher) and Elodie Yung as Elektra are great additions, as well. About the only thing this season lacks is sufficient Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the main antagonist of the first season. Okay, he shows up, but he is such a great character that I just want more. D’Onofrio’s performance is so good that I expect he’ll be the standard that future versions of the character will be measured against.

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So I’ve been writing about the new season of Daredevil. Go to my website if you’ve seen it or at least know a bit about the character. Daredevil is the most realistic hero, because he is realistic about who we are: Both individuals with rights & freedoms–& human beings defined by our love of each […]

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Politics got you stressed out? Do you need something to take your mind off the dreadful realization that the next President of the United States is going to be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Well never fear! Netflix is here, with another season of Daredevil dropping this Friday for you to binge. Preview Open

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Heroes, Violence, and the Devil’s Tempation

 

marvels-daredevilnEditors’ Note: This post contains spoilers regarding the first seasons of “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”, as well as references to other superhero movies and shows.

Given its dependence on violence, the superhero genre struggles under a childish reluctance to explore its implications. As a general rule, superheroes — exemplified by Batman and Superman — are not allowed to kill their antagonists, but are expected to bring them to justice and (hopefully) repentance. Villains don’t always live to commit another crime or threaten another city, but they are far more likely to meet their end through suicide or their own hubris, rather than at the end of a hero’s fists, blade, or — God forbid — gun. And even when this hero’s rule is broken (even Superman and Batman have killed), it’s rarely give the weight it deserves, and is often undone by the genre’s reliance on resurrection and reboots.

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It’s been my pleasure to introduce Ant-man, Marvel’s new interest in social class in America to a near-unanimous gasp of disapproval & incomprehension. But in the way of show business, I’ve got a sequel, & it’s going to be worse. The best new drama on TV is not the ever-elusive conservative darling of a show […]

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