It’s really hard to one up yourself when you’re that good and Daredevil really is THAT GOOD. So you can imagine the trepidation and challenge felt by the Daredevil team needing to recreate the success.
What has become important for Marvel Netflix shows are exultation of story. You come for the story and stay for the super powers. Yes, you’ve read that before but it’s true!
Pacing in this series versus last series is clever and incremental, conjoining two story arcs; The Punisher’ and Elektra’. This had more chance of failing than succeeding as is usually the way with more characters but they achieve what they were going for, seamless interconnectivity.
The Punisher ‘ story is so weighty with emotional drama, and so well acted by John Bernthal it’s not hard to see why The Punisher is getting his own series on Netflix too. Seriously though who cried? 😭:(😭
Elodie Yung gets to give us an Elektra we deserve, weaved into Daredevil’ story with ease and adding fun and even more danger and excitement.
The show succeeds in going bigger and better whilst still being anchored to a consistent tone, which isn’t always smoothly done well with growing stories. The jump from mundane to spectacular can be too sudden and come across as disbelieveable within the confines of that fictional universe but here it’s all earned. Perhaps the street level nature of the show helps in constantly grounding the material in relatability on some level but it works.
As always with these shows a serious argument can be made for condensing 13 episodes into a perfect 10 but The Defenders will have 8 episodes for its first season and I can only assume they’re going for potency over longevity.
All in all, this is a series return so good it casts a shadow on its first outing with some really heavy emotional scenes and some truly adrenaline pumping action, all of it rewatchable, which is what you want out of your Netflix shows.