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Review: The Punisher season 2

punisher-season-2-posterWell Frank Castle is back and better than ever in the Marvel Netflix team up that’s better than its first season.  Season 2 does have some minor things that bother me, but for the most part, this is what I would expect for this character.

If you go into this season thinking that there is going to be a straight forward simple story, then you’ll find yourself mistaken.  There are two arcs that run throughout the entirety, and they both wrap up nicely.

Without focusing too much on the plot, so that I avoid spoilers, I do want to point out my one slight issue.  Jigsaw.  Billy Russo was not quite taken from source material, but with a new take on him.  Instead of his face really being the scarred part, it was his psyche that was shattered from the events at the end of season 1.  On that note as well, the amount of trauma that the Punisher himself experiences physically should have had him just as scarred as Billy, but at the end Frank is unmarred when he fully dons the vigilante persona.  Okay, so there is suspension of disbelief with that, and the way that everything flowed during this season was better than ANY of the other Marvel/Netflix shows.

Amy, Madoni, Curtis, John Pilgrim, and the rest of the cast were just as exemplary in their roles as Frank and Billy.  It was a job well done by all.

It didn’t drag on in parts and wrapped up everything nicely.  I hope we see more of the character soon.  Personally, I’d like a Nick Fury/Winter Soldier/Punisher team up, but that’s just me.

What were your thoughts?  I give season 2 of the Punisher 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.


Review: Marvel’s Punisher

mtpunsdf-700x400The Marvel and Netflix combo hit again with their newest series The Punisher.  My expectations were very high for this show, because I was an avid reader of the gratuitously violent anti-hero vigilante.  There was something about the character that went beyond just the gore and killing.  He was a decent human being that lost his family.  He wasn’t just a murdering psychopath.

We already got a taste of Frank Castle during Daredevil season 2, so going into this I was worried that the audience wouldn’t be able to connect with him.  With all the violence in today’s society it is hard to find a reason to see him as a hero, but this show was done perfectly to exude that feeling.

While some may complain that it was way too slow, I think most will agree that the paced narrative was necessary to make the audience cheer for the main character and feel for him.  He’s not out for revenge.  He’s out for justice.  It may not be what the government deems as just, but for the people he’s taking out, it is what he feels needs to be done.

There is a suspension of disbelief seeing him get tortured, beaten, and shot beyond a level suitable for any one human to take, but isn’t that how any show like this would go?  There were some references to the comics that were done tastefully.  The final three episodes go from story telling to hard core (at some moments almost unwatchable combat).  Yes, there was more than one moment where I had a difficult time seeing what was on screen, but it held my attention because at that point in the story the villains really needed to have that done to them.

SPOILER ALERT:  The final battle with Billy Russo and Punisher was my favorite scene.  I got worried at one point that they’d kill off the big bad.  I knew that in the comics he becomes Jigsaw (basically the antithesis to Frank Castle with a horribly scarred face.  At one point he even wore a costume similar to Punisher’s).  Thankfully, Frank had reason to let him live, and with all the foreshadowing done throughout the episodes, how could he not?

Will we see The Punisher and Daredevil team up again to take down a Kingpin/Jigsaw/Bullseye combo?  Who knows, but it’s something that I hope happens at some point.  END SPOILERS

At the end of the day it comes down to this… The Punisher season 1 is a well told story.  It is a tragic story.  It is a love story.  It is a story about corruption and justice.  It is a story about political agendas and dealing with PTSD.  Throw in some really action packed scenes to live up to the name Frank Castle bears, and you end up with something completely new for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  It went beyond my expectations for a good story, and appeased the comic book fan in me.

What did you think of Punisher season 1?  Comment with your thoughts and predictions of where they may take the character(s) after this.

 


Scarred Face and Psyche poll

There are some men in comics who just can’t seem to show their faces in public.  Even if they did, you wouldn’t want them around because their minds are just as scarred as their faces.  Who are these men?  DC Comics has Two-Face, Marvel Comics has Jigsaw, sCrypt Comics has Marcus (artwork by Dan Pipito), and Midway has Kabal.  Below will be a brief summary of each character, and then a poll.  Vote for who you think would win in a battle or add a character that you feel I should have included.  Have fun and enjoy!

District Attorney Harvey Dent was a man who worked to keep the justice system truly just.  That was until he had half of his face scarred for life.  There are variations on his origin throughout the years, but the most common one would be that he had half of his face blown off in an explosion.  Always a man who struggled with his inner demons, this tragic event forced his split personality to take over.  Two-Face uses a coin to decide which half (Harvey Dent or Two-Face) would act in the decision.  If he was flipping for you, you wouldn’t want to see tails, or you’d most likely be dead.  He first appeared in Detective Comics #66 in 1942.

Billy Russo was a professional hitman and criminal for the Maggia crime family.  As one of the very few people to survive being on the Punisher’s hitlist, Billy was thrown through a pane of glass head first.  After barely surviving, he had a surgeon stitch his face back together like that of a jigsaw puzzle.  As Jigsaw he is one of the most violent mob criminals ever to grace the pages of a comic.  He first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #162 in 1976.

Marcus was a vampire in medieval times.  He had no special abilities, other than his need for blood, and tendency to maim his victims.  As he chased a woman through the forest, he was stopped by a young boy (who later grew to be King Arthur.)  The boy threw a bucket of mined silver into Marcus’ face.  It horribly scarred him, and forced him into hiding.  When he emerged a month later, he earned the nickname the Stalker.  From the shadows, he would follow his victims and toy with them until entire kingdoms were killed for pleasure and food.  He first appeared in the novel “Blood, The Second Helping,” and his first graphic novel appearance was in “Blood, The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire.”

As a former member of the criminal organization known as the Black Dragons, he tried to turn his life around and serve for the greater good.  When the evil emperor Shao Kahn invaded earth, Kabal barely survived.  Now he needs a respirator to breathe, and hide his horribly scarred face.  Originally, he reverted to his Black Dragon roots after the attack, but who knows what the future will bring.  Just don’t cross his path if he is armed with his hook swords; he won’t hesitate to gut you from face to feet.  He was first introduced in Mortal Kombat 3.

So there you have it.  Four men who you don’t want to have as your enemy or your friend.  Cast your vote below, and spread the word.