Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What I’m Watching: Daredevil

Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 9 “Seven Minutes in Heaven” (B+)

Well, in this case it was totally worth bringing back a character from season one. The opening scene helped to establish what Fisk has been up to all this time, learning that life on the inside isn’t quite so grand if you’re not the head honcho. Having the Punisher brought to him to deal with the nuisance posed by William Forsythe’s kingpin seemed like a good idea, and Frank wasn’t too impressed by Fisk’s attempts to be sympathetic. The guards trapping Frank with all the inmates who wanted to kill him seemed like it might mean Frank’s time was up, but of course he managed to kill every single one of them singlehandedly, and then earned himself a release by walking out the front door in riot gear. Karen is making extraordinary strides as a journalist, and her discovery of the sting operation – timed with Frank learning of this too – was substantially dramatic and intriguing. Telling Foggy that she doesn’t need to be warned was the second most powerful personal-professional interaction of the hour, behind Matt being upfront with Foggy and telling him that he’s done apologizing for who he is. I’m much less interested in whatever it is that Matt has stumbled upon as part of his revenge mission against Stick. It would be helpful if he had his head in the game, if only to be able to depend on some ally other than going it all on his own, disregarding and alienating Elektra, Foggy, Karen, and anyone else who might try to help him.

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