First impressions of DAREDEVIL season 2 are in

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Burn baby burn! No, sorry. I’m thinking of The Crow now, either way my excitement for season 2 of Netflix’s awesome Daredevil is so high I am on fire! are in and it looks like if you enjoyed season one, you will enjoy this! A few very lucky outlets were blessed with viewing the first seven (SEVEN!) episodes of the highly-anticipated season and the consensus seems to be that it is great, albeit with a few niggling issues carried over from the first season.

My one gripe with season one is often jarring shift in tone. One moment you are watching Wilson Fisk decapitate someone’s head with a car door (“I said I would pull over!”) the next we’re settling in for a diatribe that makes Quentin Tarantino envious. I thought, meh,teething issues but apparently not. The great news is that Jon Bernthal’s version of Frank Castle/The Punisher have been as good as those of Elodie Yung’s Elektra so that really makes me happy. So let’s see what the early reviews say:

Variety

After a mostly top-notch debut on Netflix, Marvel’s Man Without Fear begins season two on an uneven note, occasionally feeling as if he’s taken a detour from dark and gritty into the realm of Sam Peckinpah movies, complete with slow-motion bullets and blood sprays. Stick with it, though, and the show blossoms, featuring a few terrific action sequences while introducing into this grim world seminal characters the Punisher and Elektra – both mostly victimized by earlier feature adaptations. So far, the Marvel/Netflix collaboration has brought a nifty dimension to both parties.

Den of Geek

The bad news is that Daredevil season 2 fails to address some of season one’s weaknesses. I can’t really say that there’s a supporting character who has emerged to take the place of Vondie Curtis-Hall’s Ben Urich, so that’s a presence that feels a little missed. The pacing, handily season one’s biggest flaw, hasn’t improved, and there’s no shortage of overwritten, overwrought dialogue, often delivered in long chunks. Sometimes it’s expository (which is little excuse), and other times, well, it feels like these characters just want to hear themselves talk.

Nerd Repository

Fans should be quite pleased with this extremely faithful incarnation of the [Elektra] character, as Yung is visually ripped from the panels of a Frank Miller comic. She looks the part and plays it with confidence, seduction and dangerous intrigue. Oh, and she can kick ass too. Naturally. There’s real, palpable chemistry between Yung and Cox, and whenever they’re onscreen together there’s an air of danger along with a feeling of a loss of control – for both characters.

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Reaction after watching the first four episodes of DAREDEVIL season 2: pic.twitter.com/oWjH3NS0ZZ

I must say this makes me extremely happy. So often we see the ball dropped when it comes to the second season and if the only issues are ones we are already familiar with, I’ll take this as a slam dunk win!

Expect to go blind with excitement on 18 March when all episodes break on Netflix.

Last Updated: February 25, 2016

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn’t real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, which wasn’t so wonderful that day. Since then I’ve watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn’t nigh by hiding in movies.

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