Punisher: Season 2 Punishes

Well season two of the Punisher was released a weak or so ago and I manged to binge the crap of it. It seems that Netflix is slowly moving away from the Marvel products. Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, all cancelled. Not sure if we will see more of the Punisher or not, my gut says no.

As you may remember the Punisher season 1 was quite good. Once again Jon Bernthal is pretty solid as the Punisher. He has the voice and the attitude to pull off the character and continues to nail it in season two. This time we begin a few months after the events of Season 1. Frank Castle, AKA Pete Castelloni is travelling. I will spare the spoilers since some of you may not be through all 13 episodes yet. Frank stumbles onto a young girl that is all twisted up in some crazy evil plot and Castle is trying to save her. Meanwhile we learn all about what happened to Billy Russo after his face got in the way of the Punisher.

This season gives us two distinctly different villains. They are completely separate antagonists with two mostly unconnected stories. Considering there is only 13 episodes of slightly less than an hour each, they did a fair job holding it all together. There however is one glaring and egregious fail in this one. The new villain is one of the most intriguing characters. This guy is deep, he has a whole giant story to tell us, yet we never really get it. We get bits and pieces, but I was left at the end wanting to know more about this guy. 13 episodes is not enough time to build up a brand new character with this kind of tangled existence. This guy deserved more, we deserved more. They should have wrapped up Billy Russo’s story line and saved John Pilgrim for Season 3.

That however may have been the problem. Perhaps there is no season 3, perhaps they had to merge the story arcs into one season. I do not know, what I do know is that John Pilgrim was an amazing antagonist that should have been more developed. We could have explored this guy’s mind the way they tried to have us explore Billy Russo’s mind. I really feel they missed a big opportunity here.

Overall the season was great, I enjoyed watching it and it is well worth the investment in time. It’s just awful though to see them that close to greatness only to fall back to just ‘really good’.

Here they are all ranked up again the 11 seasons of Marvel on Netflix.

  1. Daredevil I
  2. Daredevil II
  3. Jessica Jones II
  4. Jessica Jones I
  5. Daredevil III
  6. Luke Cage
  7. Punisher
  8. Defenders
  9. Punisher II
  10. Iron Fist II
  11. Iron Fist I
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