Daredevil Season 2 Recap – “Kinbaku”

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Fitting title for the episode as Kinbaku is a type of Japanese Bondage that uses simple, but intricate knots to tie up the submissive. Bet you didn’t think you were gonna learn a bit about kinky stuff from Daredevil did ya? The style in which Elektra tied up Roscoe Sweeny is a form of Kinbaku.

The theme from the fifth outing is not about how Elektra has Matt tied up in knots, but really about Karen and Elektra’s battle for Matt’s soul using flashbacks to show how each woman brings out the different sides of our titular hero.

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Image Courtesy of Netflix and Marvel Entertainment

On one side, there is Karen (and I love that Karen is the sweet innocent one in comparison to Elektra) who came to New York from her tiny town in Vermont to discover the cities secrets. With her fair skin and flowery dresses, she is the angel on Matt’s shoulder. Despite all the hell she has been thru and all the bad she continues to see, she can’t help but love New York and feel safe at times there. New York is an honest city. There are lovely parts, but there are horrible aspects and it leaves all the good and bad out there for everyone to see without fear of judgment. With Karen, Matt sees thru her eyes the beauty in the small things and isn’t ashamed of growing up thinking the best kind of date is cheap wine and Indian food. The two of them are literally surrounded by colorful lights at one point as they discuss their love of small indulgences. Matt can’t help but want and see the good when he is around her and wants so badly not to mess things up between them. But the second he leaves her side, all he can see is the scum and violence.

On the other side is Elektra. The dark haired, all black wearing devil on his other shoulder. Upon meeting her ten years before while crashing a fancy party, Matt immediately got a read on her. She is a bored little rich girl who smashes everything valuable around her simply because she hates it for being precious. The two of them bond over their shared demons, loneliness, and need for danger and the unexpected. When he takes her to the gym he grew up watching his father train at, she breaks the window to get in instead of picking the lock. She engages Matt in a fight to test his reflexes, begging him to hit her back. The two of them have sexy times in the same ring he used to watch his father practice in. If that doesn’t scream violent lust then I don’t know what does. Matt tells her of his father’s death at the hands of a gangster and she seeks the man out for Matt to kill as revenge. When Matt refuses to cross that line, she leaves him. Now back in his life, Elektra manipulates Matt into engaging in her private battle with the newly reformed Yakuza, whose legit companies own her father’s fortune. She even brings Matt’s Daredevil suit with her to further provoke his need to fight it out.

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Image Courtesy of Netflix and Marvel Entertainment

Elektra and Karen are like The Punisher and Daredevil. The two have extreme views on how justice is to be carried out. Karen and Daredevil see bad things happen and they want to make it right using the most moral ways they possibly can. Karen looks to reveal the whole truth of a situation and Daredevil tries to help the police take down crime and looks to the law as the best solution. Elektra and The Punisher deal in more extremes. They see someone doing something wicked and they are quick to violence and death as their method of justice. The only difference is The Punisher deals in black and white revenge while Elektra plays in the grey for her own amusement.

Speaking of The Punisher, DA Reyes is looking to prosecute Frank Castle and set a precedent for all vigilantes running around New York. Specifically Jessica Jones and Daredevil. Reyes is manipulating the press’ version of Frank Castle’s story to make sure she comes out looking like the woman who put a crazed killer behind bars and not a veteran suffering from PTSD who snapped when he lost his wife and children to gang violence. Karen goes to Mitchell Ellison, Ben Urich’s former boss, to see why they are not reporting on the whole story. Somehow evidence of Frank’s military record (including the fact that he was awarded the Navy Cross) or his hospital records couldn’t be found when New York Bulletin did their research before running the story. Karen relays her theory that Frank witnessed his family being killed and the story the nurse told her about Frank dying and coming back. The two of them go thru old newspapers and find an article about a major gang war between the Irish mob, the Dogs of Hell’s Kitchen motorcycle gang, and the drug cartel that took place in front of a carousel in Central Park. There were reported deaths from the three gangs, but no civilian casualties. I smell a conspiracy involving the DA’s office and the shadowy organization of suits.

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Image Courtesy of Netflix and Marvel Entertainment

What did you think of “Kinbaku”? Are you enjoying Elodie Yung’s portrayal of Elektra so far? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not give away spoilers for future episodes. Not everyone can binge the entire series. I will be doing one episode recap/breakdown of Daredevil everyday so come back tomorrow for “Regrets Only” and check out the other episodes of Daredevil here.

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