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SUPER LATE REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders

Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for a review and this is a review I should have done at the end of August. But it’s been chilling in my draft section for ages so I thought I’d finally finish it. I am of course talking about Marvel’s The Defenders. Now this was a show I was eagerly anticipating for ages up until Iron Fist came out and that brought down my hype by a considerable amount (review available here). But with some solid trailers I was ready to love the show. But now the show’s been out since August and before I review The Punisher (which I’ve already seen but will give another watch), I wanted to share my thoughts on this show. So if you’re still interested in my thoughts on this show read on and find out. 🙂

So the story can be described as the following: “Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of the first season of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: the Hand.”

The Defenders primarily furthers the plot and characters of the Daredevil and Iron Fist shows, however you don’t have to have seen the previous shows in order to understand whats going on here as it is a self-contained like The Avengers, that being said watching the previous shows helps you care about the characters and the significance of the stakes involved. The story starts off a big slow re-establishing the characters and storylines from the previous shows, but by the latter half of episode 3 things really pick up and start to become fun and from there you feel like you’re getting the show you were promised with fun crossover character interactions and cool fight scenes. There’s also some good action, drama, mystery and revelations. However, by the time the show ends, I feel like things could have played out in a far more captivating manner. The plot takes time to set up certain elements that will have pay off later on, the only issue is that once everything is laid out on the table it feels rather lacklustre and unsurprising.

Episode highlights include:

  • The H Word
  • Worst Behavior
  • Royal Dragon
  • Take Shelter

When it comes to the cast, I think they did their best considering the material they were given and some actors/actresses were good while others didn’t fare as well. The Defenders themselves were quite good. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil was one of the most effective characters besides Jessica Jones. He probably had most character development and it was cool to see how he evolved from the end of DD season 2 to this show and see how he interacted with the team. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones was great, all of her wonderfully bad and good character traits were on display, she didn’t like to play with others and was very rude, but did do some investing and showed up when it counted. Mike Colter as Luke Cage was good, still the strong and smooth dude from his own show, he was good though I wasn’t keen on what they did with him and Claire’s relationship. Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist was weird, it was almost like they did a bit of a course correction for the character as he comes across smarter and more confident not only in his personality but his fighting skills too. Alas, it doesn’t take long for the character to fall back into his childish and foolish ways, he’s such a weak link it is painful. The Defenders have the same sort of group dynamic that makes team formations so much fun to watch like the Avengers of Guardians of the Galaxy, they have that different personalities and ideologies and seeing them but heads and team up was great especially with Matt and Jessica. Oh and Elodie Yung as Elektra, part of me likes her, but at the same time considering how her character was handled it was just messy, a tad confusing and annoying.

Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra Reid has some moments of interest but ultimately adds up to a forgettable/boring villain. She makes a lot of sinister speeches but rarely does anything that directly impacts the heroes and the way her story arc concludes is one I not only saw coming but also felt like a slap in the face to anyone who had invested time her character. As for Scott Glenn as Stick, e was one of the best parts of Daredevil, but here he was less compelling and a little more annoying, just talking about how bad the enemy was. Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple is still the same likeable character from before, she’s good. Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing was good too, she had some decent action scenes, nice interactions with some other characters and some story stuff that carried over from Iron Fist. Simone Missick as Misty Knight was cool, sassy and proactive and while she wasn’t always on the right side of the heroes, she had some solid moments in the show, though I wish she was utilized a little better. Seeing Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page was nice as they brought a nice bit of flavour from their respective shows

As for the presentation, it was good for the most part. Visually the show was solid. One of the things the show did well was the action, I feel like the fight choreographers brought back the flair and intensity that was sorely lacking from not only Iron Fist but also Luke Cage and Jessica Jones to a degree as well.The fight scenes here were faster, better in choreography, sometimes reaching that Daredevil quality. Alas, the action isn’t always consistently good with some fight scenes looking unrealistic, slow and silly, and it also doesn’t help that some of the sequences are shot and edited in a strange way to be stylised when in fact they’re less interesting than they should be. As for the soundtrack by John Paesano, it was good. I think it was a smart choice to bring him back considering the solid work he brought to Daredevil. In this show, Paesano brings a more bombastic, intense and dramatic sound that I think the show needed especially when it comes to the opening theme. There were points where it felt a little overly dramatic but for the most part, it was really nice.

In conclusion season 1 of Marvel’s The Defenders is a decent show that has some great moments but didn’t live up to its potential. I really did enjoy the character crossover not only from the main heroes but also the secondary cast, and when the action, dialogue and soundtrack were on-point it was a fun show to watch. However, this team up series didn’t give me the compelling story that I wanted, there were some bad decisions made with the use of the villains and Iron Fist, the action scenes weren’t consistently good and there was a lack of payoff/satisfaction that I felt once the show was over. The Defenders wasn’t terrible and was easily the best material Marvel and Netflix have done since the first half of Luke Cage, but as it stands, Marvel and Netflix are really gonna have to step up their game if they want to keep the fans coming back for more.

So have you seen Marvel’s The Defenders and is so what do you think of it? Did it live up to your expectations or were you disappointed? Also, how would you compare it to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters. 🙂

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Birthday Chilling is the Name of the Game!

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it goin? So today is my birthday and it feels like it has come out of nowhere once again, not that I didn’t see it coming but right now as I’m blogging it feels kind of surreal that this day is here and I’m a year older. But hey I’m not complaining, so as usual I’m doing a birthday related blog post. 🙂

So normally when you have a birthday you’re meant to celebrate and do a lot of exciting stuff, but not me. I’m just chilling, my day was meant to be spent in the cinema, but since I’m going to dinner with my family later on I can’t binge in the cinema haha. So instead I’m staying inside and watching more Dave Chappelle on Netflix which has been killing me recently because the dude is still funny as hell. Oh and I’m sure I’ll find some time to play some more Breath of the Wild too, yeah I’ve been bleeding the new Zelda game on Switch for weeks whenever I have the time and while I have used a few guys to figure out some shrines because I’m a bit of dummy and accidentally discovered certain secrets, at the same time I’ve discovered so many cool, quirky and interesting things on my own and I am loving the sense of satisfaction I’m getting from the exploration, combat and upgrading of my hearts and stamina. So yeah that’ll probably be what I’m doing today and then I’ll be partying it up tomorrow night with my friends which I hope I’ll survive haha.

I’ve been thinking about where I am in life and while I’ve made some advancements here and there, I have a lot further to go to acquire my goals and even though I still have a lot of time. I’m gonna be 30 in a few years and I’d prefer for my life to be in order by that point especially when it comes to my actual professional career. I also wonder if I’m actually getting better as a person or that I haven’t really grown that much since I turned 18, I still have a teenage mentality but I’m stuck in an adult body. 😛 So sometimes I second guess certain things I’m doing, but I’ve learnt in recent years just to keep going with the flow, be careful and try to have fun and it seems to have worked so far. Anyways I’m gonna go back to YouTube and watch some more SomecallmeJohnny and I’ll see ya when I get around to reviewing Ghost in the Shell. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Life

 

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Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for another one of those big reviews that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, I am talking about the final Netflix show before Defenders comes out later on this year, I am of course talking about Marvel’s Iron Fist season 1. Now this show’s had one hell of an interesting ride before and during its release with early episodes getting pretty negative press from critics and then having fans slamming critics for their opinions because they think the show’s great. Either way my hype for Iron Fist super high, but the early reviews did make me worry. However, I finished the show yesterday, I’ve had some time to think about it and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

So what’s the story for this show? It can be described as the following: “Danny Rand returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting his world around him with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.”

Okay, so Iron Fist’s story. The words that immediately come to mind especially for the first half of the series would be dull, frustrating, repetitious, contrived and convenient. Those are words I never expected to associate with this show. Now none of the previous Marvel Netflix shows have been able to fully escape moments of bordem or tedious material, but show has them from the beginning. Unlike previous shows where I was on board within three episodes, this show took until episode six for me to start to get into it which was crazy. On paper this story sound like all sorts of fun and with Danny’s backstory and how it ties into what’s happening in New York with the criminals running around, it should be captivating, and yet we spend too much time on small/unimportant things, take too much time on plotlines that spread over several episodes instead of one or two or set or mention certain things that have no pay off (like the mysticism and backstory with K’un-Lun). I think it the script that does the most damage to this show with dialogue and scenarios that felt unoriginal, weird and silly. The show felt incredibly slow and it honestly felt like a chore to get through, sometimes I stopped completely paying attention to mess with my phone or play some video games. By the time the show ended I was curious as to why things unfolded in the way in which they did and if the writers had shortened, changed or simplified the story from what we had gotten, the show would have benefited from it immensely. That being said, there’s still some redeeming qualities in the story, mythology and characters especially from episode six onwards, while not consistently good there’s still elements to appreciate.

Episode highlights include:

  • Immortal Emerges from Cave
  • Felling Tree with Roots
  • Black Tiger Steals Heart
  • Dragon Plays with Fire

When it comes to the cast, I think they did their best considering the material they were given and some actors/actresses were good while other didn’t fare as well. Firstly there’s Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, here’s the thing, I like Jones as an actor and I thought he did the best that he could, that being said I didn’t like Danny Rand that much. He was a well-meaning guy with some cool martial arts talents and a sense of justice, but my god he was such an annoying, naive and frustrating person to follow. I understand the he’s endured a lot with the loss of his parents and the years he spent in K’un-Lun isolated away from the normal world, but he came across as a very childish, irrational and illogical individual. Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing fared a heck of a lot better, she had an interesting personality, code of conduct and her initial story and character moments felt far more engaging than Danny. Unfortunately because of the writing I felt like she ended up doing a few things that made her less engaging to watch but otherwise she was solid.

Tom Pelphrey and Jessica Stroup as Ward and Joy Meachum really fluctuated in terms of how much I liked them. At first they were both incredibly dull, surface level characters with no interesting qualities and I wondered why they took up so much screen time besides the fact that they were tied to Danny’s childhood. It wasn’t until later when Ward’s story started to get interesting and I was curious to see where his character went and Joy, well I liked her, but she seemed to change her motivations and moral code a few too many times for me to like her on a long-term basis. David Wenham as Harold Meachum was a lot of fun at times, but then other times he was a little generic and plain, Wenham committed to his material hundred percent and I thought he did well in his role. RamĂłn RodrĂ­guez was really effective as Bakuto, he had a very cool and intimidating presence, and seeing the return of Wai Ching Ho as Gao was great though not utilised to her fullest. Sacha Dhawan as Davos was awesome, he was a stern, aggressive and badass warrior who stole a lot of shine from Danny and was one of my favourite parts of the show. And finally Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, man I love this girl. While her integration in this show wasn’t as natural as the previous shows, she did have some of the best charisma, humour and logic of all of the characters, at this point she needs her own show or at least a more meaty role going ahead.

As for the presentation, well, it was significantly less impressive than I had hoped. Like the previous Marvel Netflix shows it is shot well for the most part and the style and presentation of New York is lovely. What was a little hit or miss was the action scenes, anyone who has read this blog knows that I LOVE me some well choreographed martial arts and considering who Iron Fist is and his comic book source material I was expecting something on another level. However, what we got at best was some interesting and fun fight sequences that borrowed from some classic and more recent films, but then were times when the fights looked okay to really dull lacking a sense of urgency, style, flair, impact and speed that was really required for characters so closely associated with martial arts. As for the soundtrack by Trevor Morris wasn’t all that impressive, unlike previous Marvel shows (especially Luke Cage) the score has no presence or does little to elevate what’s happening on-screen. The most memorable piece of music is the opening theme and that’s all because it reminds me of “The Game Has Changed” from Tron Legacy.

In conclusion season 1 of Marvel’s Iron Fist is a disappointment. The show is not complete garbage as a lot of critics have made it out to be and there is some fun to be had once you get into the latter half of the season, but as it stands, I feel like the bad outweigh the good with a lot of issues relating to the dialogue, pacing, characters and most importantly the martial arts. It isn’t fun, there’s no real sense of personality or flair and compared to the comics and the shows that preceded it, it should have been much better. If you love the show, more power to you, but I can only recommend this show if you’re curious or a completest of MCU material.

So have you seen season 1 of Marvel’s Iron Fist and is so what do you think of it? And how would you compare it to Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one of those beastly reviews and today I’m reviewing something I’ve waited ages to see, I am of course talking about the first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage. The funny thing is, even though Mike Colter’s Luke Cage was one of the best aspects of Jessica Jones, I wasn’t too hyped about him getting his own show initially. However, over time when I watched and read interviews with the cast, producers and showrunner, my interest increased, but it was after the Comic-Con trailer dropped in July that I was down for this show. So now that I’ve seen it all, how is it? Well read on and find out!

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So what’s the story for this show? Well our protagonist, Luke Cage is an ex-convict who was experimented on in prison and given super strength and durability, however he escapes and now resides in Harlem hiding in plain sight. However when problems arise in the city, Luke has to step  up and confront issues past and present in order to keep everyone safe.

What I appreciated the most about this show immediately its sense of identity, Luke Cage is totally different from Daredevil and Jessica Jones in style, tone and story, however, it shares enough similarities that in certain elements that it fits into the same universe as the previous shows. Straight from the beginning you notice the show’s sense of presence, charisma and sophistication that you don’t see with a lot superhero TV, and as someone who has been following this show long before the marketing started, it was fascinating and rewarding to see how showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker’s vision come to life in such a vivid manner after reading and watching all of those interviews. The show also does a really good job of telling its story slowly and methodically, having a lot of the key superhero story plot points, but also telling a story which felt smart, realistic and relevant to social and racial issues that are happening in the world today.

I would also like to note that Luke Cage might be the most consistent of all the Marvel Netflix shows so far, Jessica Jones‘ episodes tended to fluctuate in terms of enjoyment and relevance and the same can be said for this year’s Daredevil season 2, and even Daredevil season 1 there was a dip in quality in the final three episodes (not so much the finale though). As I was binging Luke Cage every episode had content that was felt compelling, fun, interesting, dramatic and most importantly relevant, none of it felt like filler, though I have heard some say that the final two episodes felt weaker than what came before and while I can see that point of view, at the same time they didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the show. I also liked how the show took some chances and made some surprising turns with the overall story and use of certain characters. Oh and the references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be my favourites so far with ties to specific characters, events and technology from a few of the films and previous Netflix shows being used to great effect in verbal and visual ways. With all that being said the show wasn’t perfect, firstly there was a misuse of certain characters over the course of the season. Secondly there were some plot points that were brought up but never got properly concluded or didn’t have as much of a satisfying pay off as one would expect. And for all the references that were put into the show, I felt like some of them were teasing certain things that never came to pass unfortunately.

Episode highlights include:

  • Moment of Truth
  • Code of the Streets (personal favourite)
  • Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?
  • Step in the Arena (personal favourite)
  • Just to Get a Rep
  • Manifest (personal favourite)
  • Blowin’ Up the Spot
  • DWYCK
  • Take It Personal (personal favourite)
  • Now You’re Mine

When it comes to the cast they were all really good, and I found it intriguing how a lot of them had surface level personas, but as the season went on you discovered their real selves, though some stood out more than others. Firstly there’s Mike Colter as Luke Cage, damn this guy is good! Colter bring such a sense of fun, charisma, subtlety, magnetism and depth to this character who’s already endured a lot in his life and has more personal struggles ahead of him with the villains and scenarios he gets into. I also adored how grounded and relatable Luke was, he was an every man, like he belonged among non-superpowered people unlike Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock who feel anything but normal and have questionable personality traits. Mahershala Ali was beyond great as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, here we had a character who is your standard villain but in all the right ways, he’s charming, intimidating, smart and has some really compelling personal history that enriches him as a character, and every time he was on-screen you wanted him to come back. Simone Missick as Misty Knight was also very good, at first I really appreciated her no-nonsense/cocky attitude, but it did take me a while to feel connected to her and thankfully due to the use of the character in the story and some terrific acting from Missick she ascended into my favourites department. Theo Rossi as Shades was someone I thought would be a throwaway character, but he quickly became one of my favourites due to his totally chilled out demeanour, sense of style and character motivations, plus Rossi’s acting made him so likeable.

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Alfre Woodard was fabulous as Mariah Dillard, this lady was driven, committed and proactive, though the actions of Luke and Cottonmouth created some issues morally and personally for her as time went on. There was a lot more to this character than I expected, and the reason I liked her so much was because of Woodard’s acting, bloody hell I forgot how good she was and she has some really great material at certain points. Rosario Dawson did well as Claire Temple and had a fair amount to do, far more than I expected when it came to learning more about her and see how she fits into main story, and Dawson just brings that passion, charm and beauty that she’s known for in full effect. Then there’s Erik LaRay Harvey (who I remembered from Boardwalk Empire) as Diamondback and he was pretty good too, while his character wasn’t nearly compellng or fleshed out as the rest of the cast, at the same time he was pretty scary, perceptive and ruthless and it really helped that Harvey excels in these kind of roles. A powerful arms dealer who is Cage’s half-brother, and framed him for the crime that sent him to Seagate Prison. You also have Frank Whaley as Rafael Scarfe and Ron Cephas Jones as Bobby Fish, both characters have ties to the main characters (Scarfe with Misty and Fish with Luke), and they have some really cool, hilarious and notable moments in this show. And finally there are some wonderful cameos from characters who first appeared in Daredevil and Jessica Jones and they are used to wonderful effect, especially one key character who you’ll know when you see him. 😀

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As for the presentation, it fabulous. Visually the show looks very nice and consistent with the previous shows, but I feel like there was a lot more attention to detail when it came to the framing of certain shots and general cinematography. I also loved the way the filmmakers captured Harlem in all of its areas, it makes you feel like you know the area and you get in on the ground level from the fancy areas to the dark back alleys. And I have to talk about the action scenes, while not as impressive as Daredevil (obviously because Luke’s no martial arts expert) I really enjoyed the way the show depicted Luke’s strength and durability, but also how he fought in his action sequences which were frantic, hard-hitting and sometimes hilarious. Oh and that intro with the visual imagery and song, fabulous! As for the soundtrack, composers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad made something damn special, their score for this TV show has such a beautiful sound that feels intricate to the show and has a variety in its sound, but calls a lot a 1970’s funk/disco sound with some hip-hop vibes. Oh and that the choices of music from real life musicians whether they were life performances or just placed within an episode were fantastic and captured the mood and style of the show so well.

In conclusion season 1 of Marvel’s Luke Cage is a damn good show and I would say it’s miles better than Jessica Jones, but not quite as solid Daredevil‘s first season, though it’s damn close! This show has a lot to say over with its themes, issues and story aspects which were explored in such a thoughtful, emotional and engaging manner, and with such fabulous performances and an incredible soundtrack it is impossible to deny this show’s quality. It does have some issues with the use of characters and unanswered story elements, and some may not enjoy the slower pace, but overall it’s some damn good TV which I highly recommend.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen season 1 of Marvel’s Luke Cage and is so what do you think of it? And how would you compare it to Daredevil and Jessica Jones? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, after all the waiting and waiting and WAITING, we’re here in 2016 and Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 and I’m here to review it. I adored the first season and made mention of that in my review, and after an epic binge over the course of Saturday from midnight to nightfall, I binged the hell out of this show coz I’m crazy and I’m an addict. So how does the second season of Daredevil fared? Well read on and find out! (Oh and careful for spoilers from Daredevil season 1, though I can’t imagine why you’d be reading this if you weren’t aware of transpired last season)

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So what’s the story for this season? Well Matt Murdock is still a blind lawyer by day and continues to fight crime at night as Daredevil and things seem to be going well after the incarnation of Wilson Fisk, however new challenges come in the form of the dangerous Frank Castle/ Punisher, and Matt’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios, things get a lot more complicated as Hell’s Kitchen becomes home to all new levels of crime and chaos.

From the beginning things kick off pretty quickly as you’re filled in with what’s transpired since last season and then get introduced to the new plot elements and characters that will inhabit this world for the forseeable future. This season is all about morality, the value of life, relationships past and present, and when you take the law into your own hands, how far is too far? And with those themes comes new layers of darkness, psychological issues and sensuality through the storytelling and character moments that’s so incredibly dramatic, engaging and heart racing. This season also gets into some thought-provoking areas when covering the Punisher and Daredevil’s different ideologies and brings up questions like: Is the criminal justice system enough? Where does one draw line? Is it right to take a human life? And if one crime is worse than another does that person deserve death or a shot at redemption? We really get into the mind space of what it means to have rules and whether they should be abided by or not when they don’t work, and seeing both sides of the argument really adds some perspective not only to this part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also for superhero adaptations in general.

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I would also say that this season is better with its pacing and storytelling resulting in more consistent and satisfying episodes than before which just made me want to jump on the next episode immediately. Another aspect of note would be legal material. More so than last season, the lawyering is at the forefront and there’s a lot more conversations dealing with the law and how it works, the research, evidence and how it can help and hinder certain cases, and court room drama too which is very good and full of suspense and tension. Nelson and Murdock are really put through their paces and have interesting new hurdles to overcome and it is really well written and captivating stuff. Oh and the references to the comics, last season and Jessica Jones were awesome, it was nice world building too. And that’s all the stuff I can tell you, believe me there’s so much I want to share about this show, but it’d be giving away too much good material, suffice to say that there are plenty of surprises and moments that’ll frigging blow your mind! XD

Episode highlights include:

  • Bang
  • New York’s Finest (personal favourite)
  • Penny and Dime (personal favourite)
  • Kinbaku (personal favourite)
  • Semper Fidelis
  • Guilty as Sin (personal favourite)
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven (personal favourite)
  • The Dark at the End of the Tunnel
  • Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen

When it comes to the cast, the returning members all do such great job as they’ve settled into their roles but have also gained additional layers too, while the new players do really well to change things up and yet stay relevant to the main plot. Firstly there’s Charlie Cox who is once again wonderful as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. He’s still very smart, courageous and cool, but he’s still flawed and has issues with his duality as a superhero and lawyer that make his life a lot more complicated and the way it unfolds is such a whirlwind of emotions, and Cox handles his material so well. I also believe this season also dives a little deeper into the mind of Matt; what drives him to do what he does as Daredevil and how it affects the people around him. Elden Henson also steps up his game as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, this season he’s in a more interesting place not only because of the legal material he has to deal with but also the lies and complexities that come with being friends with Matt and hiding his secret. Deborah Ann Woll does a fantastic job as Karen Page too, unlike last season she had her uses but was primarily a background character, here she’s a lot more pro-active, has her own agendas and her efforts are quintessential to this season’s story and characters.

The newcomers are just as important, so let’s start with the man who nearly steals the whole show, Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/Punisher. This is how you do the Punisher justice. Prior to this series both Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson have portrayed this character in 2004 and 2008, and while both of them had elements of the character done right, neither of them had the full package, but Bernthal has it. Here we have a man on a warpath, who is calculated, strategic, driven and scary as hell, but behind all his exterior there’s a tragic story that almost justifies his actions and makes him human/relatable. Bernthal really has a good lock on what makes the Punisher so engaging to watch whether he’s fighting, shooting or giving speeches, this man is like a hurricane of different things, he moves like the T-800 and yet has a depth to him that’s beyond your average killer. And then there’s Élodie Yung who is so sexy and deadly as Elektra Natchios, Jesus Christ! This woman is perceptive, smart, vivacious, playful and all sorts of trouble, and the backstory she has with Matt is one of most intriguing, fun, destructive and sensual relationships I’ve seen in quite some time. Their relationship in one of passion and toxicity and just seeing how things unfolded in the past and present was incredibly satisfying thanks to some incredible chemistry from Cox and Yung. I also enjoyed the appearances from Michelle Hurd as Samantha Reyes and Stephen Rider as Blake Tower who added an intriguing new dynamic to legal side of things.

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And finally there’s some of my favourite returning characters too. Rosario Dawson once again shines as Claire Temple offering her services both as a nurse and counsel for the good guys was great, Royce Johnson also returns as Brett Mahoney and it’s so awesome to see more of him in this season, and of course the cast wouldn’t be complete without Scott Glenn as Stick who is just as rude, sarcastic, funny and hardcore as ever. There are also some other returning faces but I’ll let you discover those on your own. 😀

As for the presentation, it is just as good as ever. Visually the show’s received a bit more of budget for new locations more intricate camera movements, better lighting, more digital and practical effects and more detailed make-up as I think the show’s a little more violent than before. Just like last year the action is badass with some beautiful fight choreography, gun fights, explosions and the introduction of ninjas just made everything better. Also John Paesano returns again to craft the soundtrack and it is fairly dramatic, emotionally gripping and awesome.

So are there any problems with this season, well yes there is. This will really depend on the individual, but for me there were certain storylines that didn’t pay off in the way that I’d hoped, and you could argue that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk left such a major impression on fans last season, that this season definitely a little empty without him being the primary focus of Daredevil’s missions. Plus while most characters get moments to shine, certain people (me included) will be disappointed with the amount of screen time and specific character arcs that they’ve gotten.

In conclusion season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil is absolutely fabulous, I cannot praise it enough. While it may sound like I’m just a biased fanboy, if you really looked at this season as a whole, it takes the foundation of first season and improves on it in every way with such incredible attention to detail with the story, character development, action sequences and expanding this world’s mythology. I think your appreciation for this show will depend on what you want from this season and whether you loved the first one or not, but in my mind this is easily the best TV-based superhero material available. I’m already hyped for season 3 and I’ll probably be sure to watch this season again very soon. 😀

Rating: 9/10 (Even more fun than the first season)

So have you seen season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil and is so what do you think of it? Did it meet or exceed your expectations? And I’m also curious to know which did you prefer, season 1 or 2? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Master of None Season 1

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another TV review and today I’ll be talking about Master of None Season 1. Before this show was released I was immediately interested because of Aziz Ansari, he was not a person on my radar until I watched Parks and Recreation and he killed me with his charisma and humour. However, when I heard and read about the format of the show I wasn’t sure it was for me, but since I had some free time during the week I watched all 10 episodes and I wanted to get my thoughts out about this show.

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The show can simply be described as the following:

“The personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York.”

What I didn’t expect was how emotionally invested I’d get in this show. For all of the humourous and crazy stuff that goes down in this show, a lot of the stuff that Dev experiences is very relatable and true to life. Each episode’s title is a reference to the theme or key elements of that episode and it is surprising how many topics get presented. There are interesting themes covered like parenting, racism, infidelity, sexuality, feminism, and relationships between lovers and family. Whether it be the complications that come with being an aspiring actor, reconnecting with your family, the highs and lows of being in a relationship or the feelings of uncertainty when thinking about the future, this show covers those subjects in a very realistic and wonderful way. While some of the stories aren’t as riveting as others, I found all of the key stories involving Dev and his interactions with people to be incredibly engaging from start to the really great final episode which was so unexpected and emotionally fulfilling. Oh and I have to say that the choice of music was awesome with some really great with some of my favourite songs being featured at the intro of an episode or at other points of other episodes as well.

But what good would these stories be without its cast? This cast brings these colourful characters to life in fun and relatable ways, but at the end of the day they felt like fully formed people because of their realistic personalities and decision-making. Let’s start with Aziz Ansari who was awesome as Dev Shah, this man has an interesting and fun life, though he has issues with his personal and professional life that keep things engaging and challenging, and it was just fun to see him tackle these scenarios in ways that didn’t feel like network TV. Also great was NoĂ«l Wells as Rachel, this woman was smart, witty and not your conventional kind of lady and when she became Dev’s primary romantic interest things got even more interested. Wells and Aziz had such great chemistry and worked really together because of the humour and typical TV-based relationships. Eric Wareheim was also great as Arnold Baumheiser, this character was one of the more wacky/strange people to show up, but he was always very fun and his relationship with Dev was so chilled out, weird and relatable. Lena Waithe did such an amazing job as Denise, she was Dev’s lesbian friend who was always so cool and open about her sexuality, but not in the conventional way, but she was also very funny and gave great advice to Dev on numerous occasions. Kelvin Yu as Brian Cheng was also pretty good, but I wish I had seen more of him. H. Jon Benjamin was one of my favourite people as Benjamin, I’ve never seen Benjamin in anything live-action, but have recognized his voice work from years since Home Movies, Family Guy, Archer and Bob Burgers among other things, and in this show his character was really funny as Dev’s an acting colleague, but beyond that his character was very insightful and offered good life advice. Oh and Shoukath and Fatima Ansari did such great jobs as Dev’s parents, Ramesh and Nisha, especially with Ramesh, he was bloody hilarious with some of his dialogue.

In conclusion Master of None is a very entertaining, fun and heartfelt tale of one man’s adventure in the city of New York experiencing the highs and lows that life throws at him with varying degrees of success. While the show didn’t have me laughing out loud like comedy shows that I watch, it was really was funny, but also surprisingly engaging on an emotional level and covering certain topics in a realistic and unexpected way.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Master of None and is so what did you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Marvel Hire Scott Buck As Showrunner For Iron Fist Netflix Show

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some quick TV news and while it is small, it means a lot in the grand scheme of things. It seems like there is more movement in the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it relates to one of the key characters, Iron Fist!

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The following info comes come ComicBookMovie:

Marvel has officially confirmed that Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under) will indeed serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Iron Fist series on Netflix. “Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb in the press release. “We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders.”

Buck seems very excited to tackle this character’s live-action debut: “I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and “Iron Fist” to life with Marvel on Netflix.”

They’ve also given us an official synopsis for the show.

Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist. “Marvel’s Iron Fist” is the fourth series as part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed first seasons of “Marvel’s Daredevil” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” with “Marvel’s Luke Cage” premiering in 2016. All four heroes will then unite in the mini-series event “Marvel’s The Defenders.” 

So after all the rumours of Iron Fist being dismissed from the upcoming line of Marvel Netflix shows, we have the first piece of official news that confirms that not only is the show still coming, but it has someone overseeing it on in the form of Scott Buck. I’ve not really seen anything that he’s been involved with, Rome, Six Feet Under and Dexter are shows I’ve heard good to great things about, but haven’t found the time to watch yet. But clearly the man has talent, the people in Marvel’s TV department seem to like him and he has the right kind of attitude and approach to this character which I like. So far Marvel have done well picking the right kind of showrunners for their Netflix shows whether it be Steven S. DeKnight on Daredevil or Melissa Rosenberg with the recent Jessica Jones, and I’m pretty sure things will fall into place with Luke Cage and this show’s showrunners too.

As for the synopsis, I like it. It sounds in line with what I know about the character and it’ll be cool to see how he’ll be incorporated into this more grounded/realistic world that Marvel have crafted in the Netflix world. But it does sound like martial arts and possibly the mystical elements of Danny Rand will be intact and for this show to work it’ll definitely have to take that on to be faithful to the source material and keep fans happy, but I guess we’ll see what happens after this show goes into production.

So what do you think of this news? Are you excited to see movement on Iron Fist or are you not interested? Leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Media, Television

 

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 1 Review (Spoiler Free)

Howdy people of the internet, time for the review that I’ve been waiting all year to do that isn’t Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I am of course talking about Marvel’s Jessica Jones. After bleeding through Daredevil earlier this year, I’ve been ready for this to drop and while the trailers were definitely interesting, it didn’t hype me up as much as I was expecting. But now that it’s out, I binged it over the last two days and finished it this morning around 7am. 😛 So after seeing the first season I’m ready to pass judgement in this spoiler-free review.

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Story

“Following a tragic end to her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Best way I can describe Jessica Jones is that it is an intense character-focused drama with psychological thriller and horror elements incorporated. It’s hard to talk about the story without getting into spoiler territory, but to suffice to say it worth the watch. People going into this expecting the usual Marvel adventures found in the films will be in for quite a shock as JJ is probably the darkest corner of the MCU put into live-action so far. Daredevil opened up the MCU to this grounded and realistic street-level realm of superhero antics with action, violence, moral and ethical areas of grey and the crime drama stuff, and JJ takes those foundations and creates a deeper, more mature world. JJ is very blunt about the topics it covers especially when it comes to PTSD, sex, rape, drugs, death, violence and psychological battles, it really is about power and control; who has it and how it can be used to influence, help or break those around you. JJ can be shocking, unnerving, gruesome and downright wrong to witness what goes down over the course of these 13 episodes, however, thanks to the great team of writers and directors headed by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, these can be some of the most gripping, tension-filled and memorable TV in recent memory especially for a Marvel property. There were also some references to the MCU film universe and Daredevil, nothing major, but they were notable and worked when used. I will admit that the series isn’t perfect, certain stories that are tied to specific characters aren’t as interesting as others, the amount of sex in the show while necessary for certain scenes at the same time felt unnecessary and some plot points towards the end didn’t get the conclusion I had hoped for. I feel like this show will divide the Marvel fan base due to its stories, action on-screen and the personality of the main protagonist, Jessica.

Characters

The cast really do an amazing job in this show and some more than others deliver some truly memorable performances. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones was awesome, at first I wasn’t sure her physical frame and acting skills would suit someone like Jessica, luckily Ritter proves that she’s got the right stuff for the role, for the most part. Jessica has a bad attitude, short fuse and rarely let’s anyone help her, but behind her exterior there’s a tortured and fractured soul whose past won’t let go of her, and because of current events that tie back to her own she feels compelled to take action by any means necessary. I was great learning about this character, why she acts like she does and seeing her go from a super badass to a crumbling mess was great, and Ritter did such a lovely job with her material, though as times I which she was a little more physically imposing and aggressive. Mike Colter as Luke Cage, man, what a beast! I loved this guy, Luke is a very smart, polite and keeps to himself at first, but once he interacts with Jessica and starts to become integrated into the main plot he becomes so much more interesting, dramatic and aggressive. Colter has such a great screen presence, carries himself well and can be so charming and funny, but then can be so intimidating and scary, when he’s allowed to flex his skills I loved it. Together, Ritter and Colter have a good on-screen relationship and their chemistry is nice, at first it’s not quite as strong, but later on down the road these two really find their groove. Rachael Taylor also does a good job as Trish “Patsy” Walker, at first Trish was a little bland and besides being associated with Jessica, there wasn’t much to her, but later on she’s fleshed out and becomes a much more interesting person down the line. I liked the bond between Jessica and Trish and how by the end of the season it really highlights how much their connection matters.

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Wil Traval was an unexpectedly intriguing character as Will Simpson, at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like his involvement in the show, but in the latter half he really steps up and becomes one hell of a character to lookout for and Traval was awesome. Erin Moriarty was very captivating as Hope Shlottman, this girl has quite an emotional journey in this show and I was surprised by how much she affected me, Moriarty’s acting was top-notch and really made me care for her character. Eka Darville was also good as Malcolm Ducasse, at first I wasn’t sure if there was much to his character beyond his earlier appearances, but then he really steps up and becomes a really useful character full of insight and good morals. Carrie-Anne Moss, man, she was really good as Jeri Hogarth, this is a powerful and cutthroat kind of lady who only does things for her own gain and Moss was extremely great in this role. Also have to give shout outs to Susie Abromeit as Pam, Lisa Emery as Louise Thompson and Kieran Mulcare as Ruben. But the biggest praise has to go to David Tennant as Kilgrave, damn, what a performance. Kilgrave is now easily in the top 3 villains of the MCU alongside Wilson Fisk and Loki. This is a man with mind controlling abilities and while he doesn’t view himself as a bad guy, he certainly does a lot of terrible things. I love how charismatic and versatile he is when it comes to how he interacts with people, sometimes he can be really calm, other times really humourous or sometimes he loses his shit and gets super aggressive. This guy is all sorts of nasty, he’s sadistic, disturbing, rude, volatile and has next to no redeeming qualities, and yet he is such an engaging character and I loved every minute he was on-screen as he was magnetic. Tennant is absolutely fabulous here and because the character’s backstory, history with Jessica and interactions with several people over the course of the season, it allows him to show several forms of his personality, emotion and twisted version of logic.

Presentation

When it came to the presentation it is very good for the most part. Visually I love the way the show looks, the cinematography is so good with beautiful shots of New York City’s various locations during the day through to the night, I really like the attention to detail when it came to use of colouring and lighting, everything really popped while watching on my TV screen as there was such a great sense of clarity and sharpness in the picture quality. As for the use of CGI, it is minimal and sometimes it looks good and other times not as good, the same could be said for the action, some of it was really cool, well-choreographed and badass, and some were a little too short and not as interesting. I have to say I liked the use of make-up and practical effects for some of the more violent stuff as it was very realistic and impressive to watch. Oh and I cannot forget to mention the JJ intro, it is so mysterious, abstract-looking and sassy, it looks really cool and gives a brief illustration of the tone and actions of the show and it really helps that the theme song by Sean Callery is excellent. I love that jazzy theme, but not only that his entire score for the show is a very different and unexpected beast with its jazz references being quite smooth and sensual but also being quite loud, aggressive and crazy, this soundtrack really makes the world of JJ come to life.

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Comparisons to Daredevil

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Now something I’ve seen in the comments section of each episode review that IGN were doing was people comparing this show to Daredevil, with some saying it was worse, some saying it was better and some saying it was on-par. So I thought I’d give my two cents on this subject. Jessica Jones certainly does a few things better when it comes to the depth and development of its main characters, that being said Daredevil was certainly better when it came to the action sequences and its fight choreography, plus the plot was a little more straightforward. All that aside, I have to ask: can’t both shows coexist without the moaning and bitching about which is better? Everyone has their preference, some may like the action-heavy crime stuff with Daredevil, while others may be drawn more to the psychological and drama events of Jessica Jones, either way both shows are great, and while I do prefer Daredevil because I’m an action junkie, I won’t deny that JJ had stories and specific moments that will stay in my mind for a while after my first viewing. Basically I like both, nuff said haha.

Conclusion

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In conclusion Marvel’s Jessica Jones is another successful TV show that brings us closer to the Defenders series. I’ve heard people bitch and complain that the show’s “boring” or “not edgy enough” or “not like Daredevil” and to them I say shut up. JJ succeeds in being one of the best character-focused TV shows I’ve seen in a while with really engaging and memorable performances, good action and some of the most disturbing, scary and cruel stories to come out of the MCU so far. It probably won’t be for everyone, but if you can handle the hard-hitting nature of this series you’ll find a lot to love and appreciate about this show.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Jessica Jones and if so so what do you think of it? Do you believe its dark and mature subject matter was handled effectively or not and how do you think it compares to Daredevil? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE FLASH REVIEW: Marvel’s Jessica Jones Official Trailer

Howdy people of the internet, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones coming out in just under three weeks time I thought I should give my super quick thoughts on the official trailer that came out a few weeks ago. I would have done it sooner but I’ve been super lazy haha. 😛

Anyway here’s the trailer:

So what do I think after seeing this trailer? I’m ready for this show, bring it on!

I’ve been wanting to see footage from this show for AGES since all those set photos started getting released, and while the small teasers recently have been good leading up to this trailer, it wasn’t enough for me, but this trailer finally scratches my itch for visual footage on Jessica Jones and it is looking pretty cool.

This trailer gives us a pretty good idea as to who Jessica is by showing us:

  1. She has superpowers as you can see from her jumping real high, hitting real hard when it comes to beating up guys or making a dent a subway train window and stopping the moving car.
  2. She’s a private investigator.
  3. She likes to drink.
  4. And she’s got a troubled past involving a mysterious man who messed her up psychologically (Killgrave, aka the Purple Man).

What I got from this trailer is that Jessica is someone who operates just under the radar so she doesn’t get noticed, however, things change when Luke Cage comes into play and but more so when the main villain Killgrave shows up and causes havoc which requires her to come out oft he shadows and take him out.

Like Daredevil, Jessica Jones seems to be taking the same dark and slightly more mature approach with its tone and stories, and while there hasn’t been as much visual violence on display so far, there are pretty disturbing imagery of people holding guns to their heads and some people hanging themselves in nooses. I’m really liking how intense and dramatic the tone is for this show, it looks like a lot of crazy stuff will go down not only with Jessica but also with Luke, her other associates.

What I liked about this trailer the most was David Tennant’s Killgrave character. He seems like a formidable character who is all sorts of dangerous and has mind-controlling abilities as demonstrated by that one guy who Killgrave convinces to let him into his house. But its the fact that throughout the trailer you hear about the pain he’s caused mentally to several people especially Jessica and that moment with all of the people with the guns to their heads in the police station, I believe that’s his doing and if so that’s a lot of mental power. I just can’t wait to see how this plays out.

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In conclusion the official trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones looks pretty cool. I’ve been interesting in this show for the longest time, but having actual footage to work with increases the hype levels a fair amount. Jessica’s adventures in Hell’s Kitchen look like they will be aggressive, dark and messed up, and I’m hoping that those stories will be as captivating as I’m hoping they’ll be.

So have you seen the official trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones and if so so what do you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television

 

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Elodie Yung To Play Elektra In Daredevil Season 2!

Howdy people of the internet, time for some TV news and it is relating to the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil, we already got confirmation that Punisher was entering the fray and now we’ve got even bigger news. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Once he loved her
 Now she is his most deadly enemy! Elektra is coming to Netflix’s Daredevil season two!

Mentioned by Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson in the first season, Elektra will be making her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the upcoming second season of the hit Netflix series, “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Marvel just announced that the iconic assassin will be played by G.I. Joe: Retaliation and District 13: Ultimatum star Elodie Yung!

Elektra Natchios was created by Frank Miller and her made her comic book debut in Daredevil #168. Marvel‘s announcement today describes the part as being that of “a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle.”

“After a worldwide search, we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity,” says Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.”

Elektra isn’t the only deadly character joining the Daredevil season two lineup. It was recently announced that “The Walking Dead” and Fury star Jon Bernthal will play Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, when the series returns in 2016.

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So yeah I’m down with this. While I don’t remember her in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) or G.I. Joe: Retaliation (though I’ve forgotten a lot of things from that film for a reason), from what I’m reading she’s a capable actress with martial arts experience so that’s good news already. I may have to check out some more of her material to get a better idea of how she acts but again it seems like Jeph Loeb knows what’s going on with her and I believe that she’s gotta have something special to take on this role. I just wonder how big of a role she’ll play and how she’ll factor into the main cast, will she be hanging around with Matt, Karen and Foggy or just Matt or Daredevil or with the enemy? I have predictions but won’t say anything until more details come out.

I’ve seen a few people online complaining about her being too skinny or being a French actress instead of being Greek, but these are trivial nitpicks at best, if the actress can do the job then shut up and get over it. When it comes to casting everyone has an opinion and a lot of the time their opinions aren’t always the right ones, though one person did suggest Eliza Dushku, and I’d be down with that 100%, maybe it’s because I’m biased towards her, but hell in my eyes she’s amazing. But anyways, it seems like the people behind the show have confidence in her so I’m gonna give her and chance and I hope that he’ll be just as great as the cast we’ve been given so far. 🙂

So what do you think of Yung playing Elektra? Are you down with the casting or not and are you hyped to see both Elektra and Punisher in Daredevil season 2? Please comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Media, Television

 

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