Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What I’m Watching: Daredevil

Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 7 “Semper Fidelis” (B+)

This episode started with a cool montage of potential jurors expressing very different opinions about the Punisher and about whether he was a menace to society or just the vigilante that the city needs. There’s an interesting public nature to this whole trial and the showmanship that’s involved that contrasts greatly with the intricacies of the case which are saved for the privacy of just the judge and the lawyers. I like that Karen and Matt had their own little conversation about the Punisher and the ethics of what he does, and they came out on very different sides of it, with Karen defending him and equating what he does to what Daredevil does. The most worrisome news of the hour was that the doctor who spontaneously confessed to having altered the autopsy reports did so only because he had been threatened by a masked woman, causing his entire testimony – and the fact that he had been compelled to lie – to be thrown out. Matt was rightfully angry with Elektra for that, and she seems to have no qualms about disrupting the case in a major way. The most scathing judgment was reserved for Matt from his good friend Foggy, who insisted that he, and not Elektra, was the problem, unable to fully invest in what is supposed to be taking precedence in his life. Distinguishing between Karen the coworker and Karen the girlfriend is also becomingly increasingly difficult for our hero, and neither one of those people are terribly happy with him right now.

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