We’d like to begin by saying that Daredevil Season 2 was fantastic. Marvel provided another spectacular season that gave fans a gritty look at some of their favorite heroes. The action was unbelievably well choreographed and the plot was interesting and the characters were relatable and interesting. It is definitely worth watching, and if you haven’t yet do it! The show finally did justice to The Punisher and Electra, two heroes who have been ruined in previous movies
All that being said, this was a far cry from the first season of Daredevil and from aka Jessica Jones. It felt like this show was made as a filler season to entertain the fans while we wait for The Defenders. If Jessica Jones and the first season of Daredevil were Iron Man and Captain America, then this season was The Incredible Hulk, necessary to be made, but not that good.
So what was wrong? Well, a lot. Here are 10 things that hurt the season. Before you continue reading, here is your warning: this article contains major spoilers. Read at your own risk.
10. Foggy VS Matt
These two are supposed to be best friends, right? So why was their relationship so terrible? We get that Foggy finding out that his friend is Daredevil creates a schism between the two men, but it shouldn’t make Foggy a spineless idiot. After Matt completely stops doing his job (as a partner in the law firm they started together, not an easy task), Foggy just starts covering it up. Why doesn’t Foggy ever tell him off? This is Foggy’s entire life, and Matt is just like “well I gotta go play hero with my ex-girlfriend.” What kind of man just ruins their best friend’s life and refuses to apologize? Foggy never even tells him off, even when Matt attempts to attack him in a bathroom for rightfully being upset that Matt missed a very important court date forcing Foggy to just wing it. And on top of all of it, Matt randomly decides to go out with Karen when every idiot can see Foggy is in love with her. So not only did Matt almost ruin Foggy’s life and career (multiple times) he then dated (and really hurt) the girl that Foggy was gaga about. Then Matt refuses to apologize over and over again. We get that being Daredevil is time-consuming, but Matt could have at least attempted to salvage the friendship he ruined.
9. Karen’s Love Life
Speaking about Karen, her love life was just a hindrance to everything in the show. She was obviously in love with The Punisher (but never talked about it), was attracted to Grotto, and it’s said she’s also in love with Matt. The only character that she pretends not to have sexual tension with is Foggy, who is the best partner for her. He’s the only one who treats her as more than an object to get what he wants, but she won’t even go to the hospital with him, because telling the world that Frank isn’t crazy is too important. She really would stay up all night with Grotto in a hospital, but not her best (if not only) friend? It’d be fine if she was just in love with Matt, but we didn’t buy it. The chemistry was terrible; she couldn’t even recognize him when he talks to her (in his normal voice) after saving her as Daredevil. It’s fine if he doesn’t love her, but she’s an awesome character, we don’t want to just see Matt string her along again.
8. The Ninjas Sucked
There are a lot of issues with these ninjas. Starting with that they once get away from Daredevil by turning the lights out… HE’S BLIND! How does that work?! Whatever, that’s just the start. For an army of like a billion ninjas, they are very untrained. Yea they learned to conceal their heartbeats so that Daredevil can’t track them, but Rosario Dawson can take them down wielding an IV stand. So basically they learned to only fight a blind guy? Good for them… What happens when they have to go up against someone like The Punisher? They get absolutely splattered. And then there is like a billion of them, which would be fine if they used that number to their advantage. Instead they just send like 5 or 6 at a time, even in the final fight. Where are the rest of them? Not dead, Daredevil won’t let that happen (even though they keep being revived anyway). It’s just infuriating to watch their complete lack of adaptability.
7. Lack Of Good Flashbacks
Where’s The Punisher’s flashback? Or one to remind us that Foggy and Matt are good friends? Or some to tell viewers about Karen’s childhood? We get one to show us how Matt and Electra met (which was a bit confusing) and then one that showed Electra’s origin (which was a bit boring). That’s it. We see none to explain any of The Punisher’s very interesting (but all over the place) back-stories (yea that’s pluralized). Seeing this would have helped fans empathize with the brutal character, and would have been an excellent episode. As for Foggy and Matt, maybe we’d remember why Foggy just takes all of Matt’s B.S. And we are still curious about Karen’s childhood. Having these flashbacks would have been nice because there was a lot of monologuing (especially about The Punisher) and we’d much rather have seen it than just been told.
This season really enjoyed repeating stuff over and over again. Seriously, if we got a nickel for every time Matt told someone he was a Catholic, a very non-religious Catholic by the way, we’d stop running the blog and just move to a beach somewhere. Actually we’d just have like an extra dollar, but still that’s a lot of nickels. We got that he was Catholic in the First season after his 30 or so trips to church. That wasn’t the only thing that was repeated over and over. Remember the epic single camera fight scene where Daredevil took out a gang in a hallway in the first season? Yea so did the producers, that’s why they put like 6 of them in this season. Don’t think we’re complaining about this, it was awesome, but there’s only 13 episodes, and considering most fans seemed to binge-watch this show, we’d have loved to see more diversity in fight scenes.
5. Karen’s Story Line Was Ridiculous
We get that Karen wanted to defend Frank Castle’s honor, but why? “He once had a family.” So? She doesn’t know he was a good father. “Well he got shot that one time?” How is that relevant? Also how is she so sure it’s true? She got it from the DA’s office, who was exposed as a liar and a scam artist very early on. And then she gets the chief editor of one of the largest newspapers on the planet to believe it, even though she has 0 experience working as a researcher and literally no proof? As someone who knows a lot of journalists, I can say first hand that Karen would be laughed at for trying to write this story. Seriously does she even know AP style? Her entire storyline is built around the fact that she “has a hunch” that Frank is just misunderstood. Ok that’s fine. It’s illogical and stupid, but it’s fine. It’s also the first time that someone in one of Netflix’s Marvel series takes on such a dangerous crusade for no tangible reason.
4. Why Doesn’t Daredevil Get Help?
It was well explained in season 1 that Wilson Fisk had paid off everyone in the city to leave him alone. The Yakuza in this season did not do that, so why didn’t Daredevil alert the police that they were back? He bragged (a lot) that he scared them away earlier, but he was wrong. Why didn’t he warn the police they came back? They could have helped. Maybe they wouldn’t have been able to pull off their plan so easily if Daredevil just told someone else about this issue. Hell he could have at least told his nurse friend who could have contacted Jessica Jones or Luke Cage to give him some real backup. I mean they owed her some favors at this point. Taking on the crusade alone, or sometimes with Electra, was a terrible idea that he could have completely avoided.
3. Who Was The Villain?
There was no “big bad” from this season. While season 1 gave us one of the greatest villains ever in Wilson Fisk, and Killgrave from Jessica Jones was arguably better, this season gave us… Nobu? Nobu came back to life after Daredevil already beat him, that’s not interesting. Stick at times was pulling all the strings, but that turned into nothing. I guess the bad guy could have been The Punisher, but his arc as an enemy is over by episode 5. This season was super lacking of a scary and gripping villain, and it’s a real shame because that was the best part of the other two shows.
2. WAY Too Many Story Lines
Why did every character need their own full-blown story line? Sure they all kind of intermingled, but there was so much going on at once that it got really hard to follow. Daredevil was off fighting ninjas, Electra was off fighting Stick, Punisher was off fighting drug dealers, Karen was off breaking into the houses, Foggy was off being a great lawyer, and then Wilson Fisk was in jail being Kingpin. That’s just one episode. It was draining. Trying to mingle all the storylines was super complicated and it showed by the end. They just kept adding more and more story lines as the season progressed and were not able to wrap them off until the very end, unsuccessfully.
1. The Ending
After countless awesome fight scenes and so much buildup, the final fight was one of the most anti-climatic moments we have ever seen. Daredevil and Nobu exchange some blows for the third time in the series. Even though Daredevil has defeated him at least twice in the past, Nobu gets the upper hand and takes off Daredevil’s mask (because apparently that’s what bad guys do) and then gets ready to kill him, instead of killing him immediately like a real person would do (like Fisk or Killgrave would do). This gives Electra time to get in the way and let Nobu stab her instead. After that, Daredevil unleashes his super rage and throws Nobu off the building. After he does that about 6 ninjas (instead of the billion that have shown up throughout the season) watch as he cries over Electra’s body for about 5 minutes. They then threaten him, but the Punisher shows up and snipes them all, because again there are only 6 of them. As a side note, it was very annoying that previews teased Punisher using a mini-gun, but he never did. Daredevil walks away and Stick cuts off the head of Nobu who somehow survives the fall. Then it’s over. It took maybe 15 minutes. Daredevil doesn’t wipe out The Hand, he just kills some dude (who is probably not the only leader) and then lets The Punisher kill some lackeys. Then he goes home and The Punisher walks away (probably to star in his own show). There are a number of unresolved plot lines, most notably Madame Goa who shows up for like 8 minutes just to remind us that she wasn’t resolved in season 1 either. It was disappointing to say the least.