The May 30, 2022 installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s random entertainment opinions
So much great entertainment streaming now. Yet I still feel the pull of Daredevil drawing me back in. I loved how the first season ended and couldn’t wait to get to the second season.
With that in mind, here are some random thoughts about the entertainment I’m currently consuming.
This Installment’s Edition of Jake Schoeneberger Has Been Living Under a Rock Features: Daredevil
*This will contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t watched the show yet.*
The first episode of season 2 begins with an awesome chase scene. The cops are chasing some crooks who just pulled off a heist and Daredevil joins the chase to help them. The action, as usual in this series, is crisp and taut, and Daredevil shows his prowess capturing the crooks and freeing a hostage.
The Nelson and Murdock law firm is more popular than ever, but unfortunately, they still don’t have much money. They’re taking cases to better people’s lives, not to get rich. It’s a big reason why you root for these characters so much.
It seems Fisk’s absence has now created a void in Hell’s Kitchen. We see the Irish crime contingent planning a hostile takeover, but then their meeting gets shot up by unseen assailants. It begs the question, who will now run the town in the Kingpin’s absence?
At the crime scene, Foggy and Matt learn that the crime syndicate that shot up the Irish gang’s meeting have military training and a massive arsenal. Seems whoever this is will create quite a match for Daredevil.
Crazy trippy scene when Daredevil is searching the meat-packing plant and finds people hanging in the freezer. Crazier still when one of them was still alive. Daredevil says to him, “Tell me who they are.” But the guy responds, “No they. Him. It’s one man.” And let me tell you when he said that Jacob Schoeneberger nearly jumped off the couch. There’s only one man that can inflict that much punishment singlehandedly. And boy do I ever hope I’m right.
Karen barely gets Grotto, the sole survivor of the attack, out of the hospital in time before this one guy arrives to take him out. Just as our mystery man is about to shoot Grotto from the rooftop as Karen drives away, Daredevil arrives and the two have a wicked fight. In the end, the mystery man gets the best of Daredevil and shoots him. The episode ends on that cliffhanger, and Jacob Schoeneberger can’t wait to watch the next chapter.
The second episode begins with Foggy searching desperately and finding Matt lying unconscious on a rooftop after having been shot by the mystery man. This is essentially Foggy’s worst fear about Matt being Daredevil. Foggy gets Matt back to his apartment after he took a bullet to the head. That suit must be constructed pretty well.
Sergeant Mahoney lays out the situation really well when he describes this new mystery vigilante. He says, “When Daredevil kicks [butt], this whole city cheers like we just won the World Series But when this guy does it, the streets get bloody.” That pretty much sums up this new vigilante (whoever he may be, fingers crossed).
To complicate matters it now appears that Matt’s hearing has become first ultra-sensitive to the point of causing pain, and then he loses his hearing. He’s having horrible side effects from that bullet to the head. This is a worrying development.
As Foggy and Karen are negotiating with the DA about getting Grotto into the witness protection program, my suspicions were confirmed. The DA says the cops are calling this new vigilante “The Punisher.” He’s obviously the only person it could possibly be. I knew it from the moment the hanging guy said it was one man doing all the damage.
Great scene when Karen checks in on Matt. His hearing thankfully returns but in their conversation she draws the parallel between Daredevil and Punisher. Once the citizens applaud a vigilante, as they did with Daredevil, it paves the way for an enforcer like Punisher to start acting more violently. Matt sees this now and it’s something he’ll have to consider.
Very tense scene follows when the DA actually uses Grotto as bait to draw Punisher in, instead of using him to get evidence on a different crook like they agreed. Punisher knows it’s a trap and is about to kill Grotto when Daredevil shows up for round two. They battle it out as the cops shoot at them. The action is intense, and the fight sequence once again delivers.
Eventually the two go crashing through the ceiling onto a floor below. The jolt from the fall causes Matt to lose his hearing again. Daredevil is now completely at the mercy of Punisher, and if there’s one thing The Punisher doesn’t have much of, it’s mercy. The episode ends with the cops and Foggy realizing the pair have disappeared and again Jacob Schoeneberger cannot wait to get to the next episode.
The Jake Schoeneberger Random Entertainment Thought of the Day
Is there anything not to love about Jon Bernthal? He owns the screen and he’s perfect in this role as The Punisher. He looks the part, and he has that intimidating factor that just makes the character so awesome.
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