Netflix launches Season 2 of ‘Daredevil’ and all we can say is that it is “elektra-fying!”. Check out our thoughts on this brand new season below.
One of the great things about this new season, along with that whole Frank Castle (a perfect Jon Bernthal) business and an intense Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) subplot, was the introduction of ninja anti-heroine Elektra, played by Elodie Yung. The Marvel comic book character, of course, appeared both in the 2003 ‘Daredevil‘ movie and a follow-up spin-off with Jennifer Garner in the role. Garner was a decent choice to play Elektra Natchios and she did well. Despite the movies themselves not being masterpieces, it was definitely cool to see Hollywood make another, better superhero movie with a female lead after the disaster that was ‘Catwoman‘. Back then, the only super-heroines we could count on were members of the ‘X-Men’ so Elektra, even if it was poorly received by critics, was an important and welcome addition to the Marvel movie universe.
Thankfully, with a Wonder Woman feature on the way and the likes of ‘Supergirl‘, ‘Jessica Jones‘ and ‘Agent Carter‘ currently rocking their own shows, it looks like the world is slowly but surely waking up to female heroes kicking ass.
The great thing about this new Elektra is how complex of a character she is. It would have been so easy to just make her another simple threat for Daredevil to handle, showing up every so often with those awesome knives and a fancy red costume for the occasional fight. But what this show does best is flesh out its characters so everyone, from Elektra to Castle and even sidekicks Scott Glenn (Scott Glenn), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), gets some clever character development. Nelson, Temple, and Page, I should point out, are so courageous and three-dimensional in this season, calling them sidekicks is basically incorrect at this point. If anything, Daredevil is the side character, struggling to deal with everyone and everything going on around him.
Except maybe those guys he punches and kicks in that staircase, he handles them pretty well.
But Elektra is this season’s most interesting character by far. Not only is she a dangerous assassin who is totally fine with murdering bad guys brutally, Elektra was trained by ageing master Stick (Scott Glenn), almost turned Matt Murdock into a killer and, we learn right at the end, is the Chosen One for a gang of evil zombie ninjas. I’m simplifying things somewhat, but that’s essentially what they are.
Elektra is conflicted throughout between wanting to be “good” like Murdock and not kill anyone and the fact she was trained to be a killer from a very young age. She’s just as tough as Daredevil, fights just as well and has the looks and intelligence to be effective in covert operations, which makes her both a valuable asset to the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen but also a dangerous threat, to say the least.
You don’t want Elektra to turn to the Dark Side, let’s just put it that way.
And, if you’ve seen the new season all the way through, that’s exactly what the showrunners are hinting at for the next season. I personally can’t wait to see Elektra kick butt once again, even if that butt will probably belong to poor old Matt. That’s the problem with those short seasons, though, they’re quickly consumed and then we’re made to wait for a heck of a long time for the next one.
You can check out ‘Daredevil’ now on Netflix.