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If you’re like most people, you probably marathoned the entirety of Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 the moment it appeared on Netflix. Then again, maybe it’s still on your to do list. Maybe you’re wondering how a Season 2 could come in when you originally thought each of the Defenders series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage & Iron Fist – would air first and end in their crossover Defenders special. Maybe you’re wondering what the tone will be like after Jessica Jones gave us a very anti-heroic outlook on like around Hell’s Kitchen.
Whatever the case may be, this Panda has you covered! Much like for Season 1, I’ll be breaking this series down over the following weeks with Analyses, Easter Egg Guides, NYC Field Guides and the Set Ups for Season 3 & The Defenders special. But for now, let’s get started with a good-ole Spoiler Free Review of Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 2.
Hero vs Anti-Hero Story – The Battle Of Ideals Continues:
In Season 1, there was ample focus placed on juxtaposing our hero Matt Murdock with our villain Wilson Fisk. Both were the heroes of their own stories and both loved their city; but they went about doing it in two very different ways. Well, this season it’s no different as we again find ample attention paid to juxtaposing the ideals and beliefs of our hero Daredevil against the Punisher. The difference here is that when it comes down to it, both are vigilantes. This time the battle of ideals goes above and beyond anything Season 1 gave us as this isn’t two opposing forces butting heads; but rather two opposing forces trying to convince the other to join their way.
Throughout the season, you’ll see many instances where given a chance a character does fight their nature and redeem themselves. Then again, there will also be times where Daredevil’s refusal to kill will bring harm to him and those around him. Although it’s also important to note that this isn’t just a 1 on 1 fight because there will be many people who join in the battle – some supporting Punisher and others supporting Daredevil. Though no matter which side our heroes might find themselves on, they must also put difference aside to overcome greater threats – something we never saw in the Murdock vs Fisk battle of Season 1.
A Darker & Wider Scope – Tone, Story & Pacing:
If I had to compare Daredevil Season 2 to anything, it is quite reminiscent of Arrow Season 3 in terms of its darkness. Season 1 may have shown us a harmonious fusion between Matt Murdock and Daredevil, but this Season will make it abundantly clear that there are some flaws in Matt’s way of life. Whereas last Season was all about bringing people together, this season will see old alliances fall and new ones arise. Though despite its very dark tone, it’s still much more uplifting than Jessica Jones. Matt is still a hero in every sense of the word. He constantly chooses the righteous path knowing that it will be exponentially harder – if not impossible.
Though it’s not just the characters that drift apart this season, but also the storylines. With each of our characters exploring a new side to themselves and dealing with the associated consequences, we have a Season that far outgrows a single villain and instead sees multiple plot lines explored throughout each episode. This constant shifting of focus occasionally makes the episodes feel longer, despite being the same usual runtime as Season 1. Though what this switching does is allow multiple characters – new and old – to have an exponential amount of character growth that make many of the twist and turns very emotional and still natural. Even seemingly random returning characters end up planting seeds for future series installments – but more on that in my Analysis article.
Easter Eggs & On Topic References:
As with any Marvel series, there is of course Easter Eggs. Though the greatest edition of this series is how it dealt with the past, present and future of the Defenders series. As previously stated, we of course got plenty of returning characters from Daredevil Season 1; but we also got some great tie ins and even cameos from Jessica Jones. Additionally, there’s even mention of Luke Cage as well as some other gems inserted into the series. So keep your eyes and ears peeled while you watch. But of course, I’ll detail these all in my upcoming Easter Egg article.
Overall, Daredevil Season 2 did not disappoint. After watching this season, you’ll see exactly why THIS was the series to kick off the Defenders series. Between the potential of spin-off to setting up key components for future heroes, seasons and crossovers, Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil extends the world of Marvel’s New York like never before and even takes pride in venturing OUT of Hell’s Kitchen. Our hero’s world is expanding and so too are the threats and allies he’ll find. So go enjoy Season 2, and I’ll see you soon to help dissect all those moments.