For the second time in the new episodes of Daredevil, the line between the two seasons has been blurred to solid results. The Wilson Fisk reveal at the end of episode 8 led straight into a flashback sequence that caught us up to speed on the Kingpin’s not-so-rough life in prison. As always, D’Onofrio is so much fun to watch as Fisk because of how strange, unexpected, and fully realized his take on the character is. If the series puts him into a scene with Bernthal’s Punisher, it’s simply going to have energy.
And the energy carries through to the Castle’s assassination mission, which is aided by Daredevil‘s growing love of wild coincidences. You see, the prison where Fisk is being held just so happens to be run by a guy named Dutton, who informs the former crime boss that he’s the kingpin. (“Boy, I wonder if this guy will die a horrible death by the end of the episode,” I wonder aloud to myself.) And Dutton just so happens to have played an integral role in the Central Park shootout that killed Castle’s family.
If that sounds insanely convenient… yes.
But it’s true. Dutton did have a hand in the murder of Castle’s family, but he wasn’t the man responsible. That responsibility hangs on the shoulders of someone called The Blacksmith, who based on the show’s track record is probably somebody we’ve already met. Reyes? Foggy? I bet it’s Foggy.
Anyway, after completing his mission, Frank has to face an entire cell block of prisoners, which he does with bloody aplomb. As The Punisher stabs, impales, slices, and slits his way through the convicts, I couldn’t help but wonder. How is it that we’re allowed to see Frank Castle literally shower himself with the blood of his enemies and run them through with sharpened broom sticks, but nudity and F-words are out of the question?
Back on the outside, Matt is healing up from his run-in with the Hand and witnessing the true extent of Elektra’s bloodlust. She doesn’t just believe that killing is the way to achieve her goals. She enjoys the act. Matt understands this now and dumps her because of it, because that’s honestly a pretty basic deal breaker. (Don’t be racist. Don’t do hard drugs. Don’t kill people just because you want to.) Feeling betrayed, Matt states that he has to fight this war himself, which isn’t necessarily true. The Defenders is a thing that will happen eventually, and he already knows about other superheroes. Why not ask for an early assist?
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Daredevil’s one man war-waging starts by once again messing with that poor accountant and leads to an encounter with Nobu, who (as I totally called it) has returned from the dead. You see, there is no such thing as death. At least that’s what Nobu says, but I’d wager that Ben Urich feels differently about the topic. Or he doesn’t feel anything at all, because he’s dead.