Daredevil Season 2 Episode 2 Review
by Bryan Scheidler
After an amazing start to season 2, I was dying to jump in to the second episode. Would it live up to my expectations set by the first episode? The short answer is a resounding YES! Excellent scripting and character development with a final fight scene that was even better than the previous one. Episode 2 was a great episode to show us why this show isn’t just about Daredevil, but actually about the entire team.
Episode 2 was in reality the Foggy and Karen show. Sure Matt was in it, but for the most part it is Foggy and Karen that are taking care of business and getting things done. Foggy shows once again why he is a fantastic lawyer; honestly the show is making a case for him to be the better lawyer of the two. When Foggy finally gets his courage up he seems unstoppable and the only thing Matt has on him is that he is a human lie detector.
Karen also had an amazing episode. We once again see that she is as vital to the success of the Nelson and Murdoch law firm as both Matt and Foggy. More than that though she sees right through the BS that Matt and Foggy are telling her, but respects them enough not force ultimatums on them. Honestly Matt should have told her his secret by now, but I am really hoping they let her figure it out on her own because they are clearly showing us she is smart enough to put it together.
This episode also saw the return of Melvin, the maker of Matt’s armor. His scene was another nice easter egg scene because of the moment he grabbed the saw blade off of the work bench. The character he is based off of in the comics was a villain by the name of Gladiator whose weapon of choice was a saw blade. It is the little touches like this that has made the Netflix shows so enjoyable to watch.
Finally we really got to see more of Jon Bernthal’s Punisher this episode. Still very little dialogue from him, but we get a better understanding of who he decides deserves to be punished. His interaction with the Pawn Shop owner is very telling in this manner. The petty crimes are not his concern, he is guilty of these himself really, and he is only concerned with crimes of depravity and evil of the highest order. I am sure we will learn that he respects what Daredevil is trying to do, but thinks he lacks the conviction to really do what needs to be done to make change, only time will tell.
As far as Matt goes this episode, I think this was a big wake up call for him. Even after the repeated beatings he took in season 1 he seems a bit overly confident at the start of season 2. This wake up comes as a temporary loss of his powers due what can best be described as severe trauma to the head. He even says it himself, he should have felt that ankle gun, and he should have known it was there. He was too cocky and he paid the price in this episode. I am sure it is a lesson we will see him fully grasp in the next episode.
Finally, the last thing to note from the episode is Foggy’s line to Karen during the climax of the episode, “You can’t go out there, it’s a warzone”! Everybody take a shot!