I’m not usually one for shows as bloody as Daredevil. Actually, this is the only show I watch that is so violent and gruesome. The first season was good but there were some parts of the story line that had me wavering. Two points actually: the episode where we learn why Matt Murdock put on the mask and Fisk’s background. It was stomach churning and horrifying. But everyone I knew said that season two was so good, and I was only a few episodes away from finishing the first season. So I did it. I finished it and I was hooked.
There are 13 episodes in season 2. Each episode is an hour long. It took me about a week to get through the entire thing and I am completely confident in saying that season 2 was even better than the first. Season 2 is just as gory as the first. Watching Daredevil getting beat up is… it made me cringe because as graphic as the show is, it doesn’t glorify the violence.
In fact, this show (while I certainly wouldn’t mind if the gore was turned down a bit) confronts you with the ugly reality that there are people in this world that will do some of these things. It makes you ask the question: what am I doing to make the world a better place?
One of the fundamental struggles our hero has though, is not allowing himself to get caught up in the fight to the point where he’s killing everyone. He actively chooses to restrain himself. He struggles with the reality that he has to go so far already to help the innocent, but he also struggles with the question: is he going far enough?
The latter question is posed by Punisher, who doesn’t even blink an eye when he kills someone because these people aren’t innocent. They have already hurt and killed people, and they’re planning on doing more of it. He has no qualms, but Daredevil points out that even though they’ve done bad things that they’re still people. Daredevil’s response is a conflicted one. It’s not one he gives easily because he understands that these men hurt people, but the one thing I really appreciate is how Daredevil holds onto his belief that human lives matter. Many of his decisions aren’t made easily. No. Actually, none of them are. Each one takes a toll on him. He struggles with the repercussions of each one of them. He values human life. He believes that it is not his decision to decide who lives and dies.
Everything and everyone is at risk in season 2, just as much as they were in the first season. The end left me wanting for more and I’m disappointed that we probably aren’t going to get a third season until next year.