Daredevil season two impresses audiences
By Camyle Cryderman and Lizzie Casella, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor
The year 2016 has brought box office success for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From new movies like “Deadpool” to “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” to the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” the popularity of superheroes is on the rise. The next unsuspecting superhero now on the path to fame is Daredevil, featured in his own show of the same name.
“Daredevil” is a Netflix original series that first premiered on April 10, 2015. The blind vigilante known by many as “the man in the mask” utilizes his other heightened senses to keep the district of Hell’s Kitchen in New York safe. Daredevil, whose real name is Matthew Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a lawyer at his own firm, Nelson and Murdock, by day and takes the law into his own hands at night. The first season focuses on Daredevil’s vendetta against crime lord Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio).
Daredevil becomes infatuated with finding Fisk in the first episode when an unsuspecting citizen, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) is framed for the murder of her coworker. After taking on the case, Murdock secretly vows to find out who is at the top of the city’s criminal activity. Having to fight through many groups of Russians and criminals who work for Fisk, Daredevil gains more and more information along the way to get to the top as well as developing his own superhero senses. At the end of season one, Fisk is finally arrested, but manages to escape custody, Murdock manages to keep his secret identity unknown and viewers are left with a cliff hanger that lasted nearly a year until season two was released on March 18.
Season two introduces two new characters that become the prime focus of the season’s storyline along with “the devil of Hell’s Kitchen” himself. Elektra (Elodie Yung) is a character from Murdock’s past. They are once again reunited when her business brings her back to New York and with it brings memories of the college days of Murdock and Nelson. Murdock is pulled in two directions and is eventually forced to choose between his life as a lawyer or his commitment to saving the city as Daredevil. “The Punisher” (Jon Berthal) becomes the second key player in the crime world. He goes head to head with Daredevil several times while trying to kill off those involved in the murder of his family. Characters such as Page, Stick (Scott Glen), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Night Nurse (Rosario Dawson) and Fisk are all brought back for more action packed features.
The new season brought action filled confrontations to every episode and leaves viewers questioning what is next around every corner. The show focuses more on Matt Murdock’s feelings of being torn between his two identities and eventually drives him to choose one over the other. It was a season to be remembered for the superhero but added a romance that could have been avoided. That story shortly comes to an end at the conclusion of the season and should not be reintroduced. Subtle introductions to the story line of when Jessica Jones and Daredevil team up were in the making, which will leave viewers excited for the upcoming seasons of both shows. The show at times had a lackluster plot with twists that were expected and unnecessary, but overall the show was exciting and inventive.
Marvel and Netflix fans have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming season of Jessica Jones and the next season of Daredevil coming in 2017. Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones’ love interest, will also be gaining his own series in the fall. The superhero world is beginning to heat up as worlds collide and heroes begin to team up to save the cities they hold dear.