Review and Comments: Daredevil Season 2 (Netflix, 2016)
Good, but not as great as the first season. It has more fights, explosions, and killing than Season One. It has gone more to the supernatural side of Daredevil stories and lessened the realism significantly. Still does some very clever things with theme and character, but has a more complicated narrative structure that occasionally wobbles and feels a little overfull.
I loved Season One of Daredevil. I thought it was a gritty, ‘realistic’, down-to-earth superhero show that made the incredible seem plausible, did interesting things with character, and focused on telling a good story. It was thematically consistent, and, in terms of genre, kept its sights firmly on the street crime elements that gave it an authenticity and credibility. Season Two didn’t quite hit the same notes for me. Don’t get me wrong, it is still better than the vast majority of other superhero shows, but the first season was so good that this time around my expectations were perhaps a little too high. Of course you can’t really hold the show responsible for not meeting every viewer’s expectations, but when the first season creates them, you really hope that the follow up at least meets them. But there are some aspects that just didn’t work as well for me this time.