Daredevil (2015–2018)

Penny and Dime (18 Mar. 2016)

TV Episode   |  TV-MA   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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Karen uncovers shocking facts about the Punisher, who finds himself hunted by a powerful force in Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil ponders his next moves.


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19 March 2016 | luismatheus-v
| Absolutely Stunning
This episode nails every single aspect of both the Punisher's and Daredevil's characters and takes the best from their relationship that has been going for 40 years in the comics to make something that is incredible to witness.

The episode keeps the pacing of the season moving as smoothly as ever, it feels like the second act of a really good movie. It holds no punches to the viewer, with its brutal moments that are presented both visually and audibly.

The moral dilemma you're facing on this season, and this episode in particular is the age-old matter of "to kill or not to kill". The show does a great job of not to shoving any point of view down your throat, and also of making a trope that's been done to death feel quite fresh. Who you sympathize with, who you root for? That's up to you. The Punisher is ruthless in his pursuit for justice, he's a character that is very easy to relate to due to the tragedies he's been through, and though his actions undoubtedly brings results, they're pretty tough to watch. He isn't a caricature here. And incredibly, neither is Daredevil. Though his way of working isn't as harsh as Punisher's, it's just as flawed.

One particular thing about this episode is the path that it takes the Punisher. There is one scene, in a graveyard, that truly showcases his acting abilities. The man is able to take a comic book anti-hero that already had 3 different movie adaptations and hundreds of different takes on his on the comics and turn it into something of his own. The character of Frank Castle has never been explored like this. The sheer emotion that flows throughout the scene just couldn't be done by anyone else.

All in all, this is the best work of superhero TV that I have witnessed yet. It makes me excited for the future.

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