The Great Daredevil Season 2 Binge Is Here, and I’m Reviewing Every Episode. Head Here to Keep Up.

Which One Is “Kinbaku”?: 10 years ago, Matt had a fling with a girl named Elektra, and now she’s back, right on the eve of his first date with Karen. A superhero’s love life is never easy. Meanwhile, Karen gets her serious Ben Ulrich on, and finds more evidence suggesting D.A. Reyes is just no good and never will be. More specifically, Reyes is using the big Punisher bust to build her profile for a potential mayoral campaign. Eat your heart our, Oliver Queen!

1. I Don’t Love Elodie Young’s Elektra Yet

Eldoie Young ElektraThis is their Catwoman, huh. The Huntress to Oliver Queen’s The Hood circa Arrow season 1, or even the Sara Lance to Oliver circa Arrow season 2. The perfect girl for Matt if only she wasn’t so dang amoral, and he wasn’t such an altar boy. Thankfully, we’re all the way through her first episode and no sandbags have been stabbed nor have any Evanescence songs invaded the soundtrack. Jennifer Garner can rest easy.

The new Daredevil and Elektra definitely won’t fight-flirt on a literal children’s playground. Instead, they fight-flirt in Matt’s dad’s old boxing ring. Then they make sweet, sweet love. More on that in a second.

Of Elodie Young’s Elektra, EW said: “Elektra’s a genre cliché—the exotic kick-ass—but Yung has such fun with the role and generates enough chemistry with Cox to win you over.” The problem for me at the moment is all I can see is the cliche. Lines like, “This is who you are, Matthew. Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s anything else” aren’t helping. I’m waiting for Matt to blurt out “Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in” to express his frustration with Elektra manipulating him into action at a time when he’s attempting to leave Daredevil behind.

There is a hint of something more interesting to Elektra in the devastated look on her face when Matt stops short of killing his father’s murderer. Matt and Elektra physically consummated their relationship, but she was still ultimately rejected by him when he couldn’t quite meet her same level of crazy. All of her talk of rich parents, stolen cars, boredom with the mere hints of a suburban life are window dressing. The person underneath all of that isn’t quite here yet.

2. About That Love Scene…

Jessica Jones’ sex scenes were straight out of a pulp novel. Daredevil’s first big sex scene is straight out of an artistic indie movie utilizing slow motion and random close-ups of stray body parts and enraptured facial expressions. Presumably, they wanted to emphasize the sensual experience considering Matt’s heightened hearing. They used a similar close-up/slow-mo combination when Matt traced a drop of rain down Karen’s arm prior to kissing her an episode ago. However, the Matt/Elektra sex scene felt like the show itself was uncertain if it’s a PG-13 or R.

3. Karen Page, Intrepid Reporter

Daredevil has a tendency to spin Karen off into her own show in which she acts as an independent investigative reporter, following leads which ultimately bear considerable fruit. However, her snooping is discouraged by Foggy and Matt for multiple episodes  as they continually lie to her to keep her safe. That is apparently the period we’ve entered into with Karen’s season 2 investigation of the Punisher’s background and the shady doings of D.A. “One Note” Reyes (I say “one note” as a put down of the performance and writing).

The difference is Karen’s hunch about Reyes and the Punisher is providing the season with its best forward momentum. Otherwise, it’s been a lot of familiar comic book material providing our hero with repeated checks on his rigid moral code, first from an objectionable copycat vigilante and now from an exotic temptress claiming to know him better than anyone. The show’s treatment of the tropes has been engaging, but I am curious to know where this all really going.

4. The obvious Jessica Jones easter egg

jessica-jones-9If we’d ever wondered what become of Foggy’s ex-girlfriend, she landed another job at a big law firm, and she now has the inside scoop on Reyes’ political ambitions, which involves using a conviction of the Punisher to a build an anti-vigilante platform. While discussing this, she just happens to mention, “One in our office is already under serious scrutiny, lady by the name of Jessica Jones.”

Remember back when Daredevil started and the only other heroes we ever heard referenced were from The Avengers? They’ve come a long way since then.

5. Roxxon Might Sound Awfully Familiar

Roxxon is more or less the Marvel stand-in for “evil, multi-national corporation,” like their LexCorp or Wolfram & Hart (for those Angel fans). Now it exists in the Daredevil universe as a corporation Elektra targets because they misused her money. I bet good people work at Roxxon. Nice, solid people just trying to make a living, pay their bills. But screw them and their bills because that corporation is evil! Or are they? Elektra and Daredevil surely find out in the next episode. Speaking of which…

On to the next episode: “Regrets Only”

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Posted by Kelly Konda

Grew up obsessing over movies and TV shows. Worked in a video store. Minored in film at college because my college didn't offer a film major. Worked in academia for a while. Have been freelance writing and running this blog since 2013.

3 Comments

  1. I think Roxxon is another Easter Egg from Marvel. It’s the evil corporation that the Mandarin wanted to punish from Iron Man 3. That huge fight we saw at the end of Iron Man took place on some of its oil tankers.

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    1. Roxxon does seem to pop up in a lot of the Marvel comics I read, from Thor to Spider-Man. Now it’s a consistent thread in the MCU. Makes sense. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Roxxon has also been referenced by Agents of SHIELD at some point.

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