Daredevil Ep. 16 New York’s Finest

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Anyone familiar with the “Welcome Back Frank” storyline in Punhiser will likely recognize the setup for this episode. That’s not a bad thing, in fact it is pretty good. This is a solid adaption of the comic so fans of the comic should recognize the reference, and anyone who doesn’t recongize will at least be treated to something new (and hey, maybe this will lead them to the comics). Much of the episode takes place with Daredevil chained down so the Punisher can do his job.

Action is light for the first about 2/3 of the episode. However this episode has some great psychology between Daredevil and the Punisher. After a few episodes of coming off like a human Terminator, we learn more about why he does what he does. Not to mention, this is the first time Daredevil is confronted about why he lets criminals live.  The show vilifies neither man, actually showing both men having good arguments. Daredevil believes there be a sliver of a chance of even the worst criminal reforming or having some good in them. Punisher believes that if criminals continue to live, they are just gonna keep coming back and do crimes.

Much of the tension in this episode is waiting for action. We know how volatile both men can be and simply WAITING for the action  to start makes this episode a nail-biter. There’s a good scene where the Punisher bonds with a fellow vet. Tension skyrockets when Punisher gives Daredevil an option of saving a criminal at the expense of killing the Punisher. Fights do break out between Punisher, Daredevil and some thugs. These are pretty impressive – as well as pretty brutal. We learn how Frank Castle and Matt Murdock REALLY operate – The Punisher openly murders criminals, while Daredevil pummels them until they wish they were dead.

There is a B-plot where Karen investigates the Punisher. More exciting is a B-plot about Claire and Foggy trying to maintain order at a hospital. Shows nowadays like to juggle a lot of different plots, but these scenes were effective in keeping the episode from being more than two guys just talking. As good as the scenes between Punisher and Daredevil are, on a show like this, people expect a little more. On that note, this is an episode that won’t leave anyone wanting. This is an overall great episode – season 2 is 3 for 3 so far.

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