Beware the Spoilers
It is difficult for me to figure out where to start with this episode. So much going on and yet it all flows together so beautifully. Frank makes a deal with Fisk to get more answers about his family’s death! That prison fight! Matt infiltrates The Hand’s operation and meets a former foe! There is something going on involving blood and a box with Japanese writing on it! Nelson and Murdock could be finished! Karen dives deeper into the conspiracy of the shootout in Central Park! We get very quick glimpse into the mystery that is Karen! Holy ramp up,
Just wow on the prison fight. It was so exquisitely brutal and bloody. I was cringing and cheering the entire time. After watching The Punisher be sidelined by the trial of Frank Castle it was good to see him go back to his blood-spattered ways. This is what fans of The Punisher want to see. Even though we could see it coming, it didn’t make the fight any less awesome to watch.
One thing that makes Wilson Fisk so compelling is his honesty and his cunning. The man is a master chess player and now he has moved his knight into position. Fisk has been a busy man over the last year in prison buying the loyalties of some guards and fellow prisoners, but he is not the big man in charge and he has no income to keep him afloat. After getting Frank to do his dirty work to become “Kingpin” of the prison and reestablish some money flow, Fisk talks Frank into going back out into the world to continue his brand of justice. When Fisk comes out the other side, his city will be ready for the taking once again. Frank is happy to play along because he wants to find the drug dealer known as The Blacksmith who engineered the deal that went bad and Frank’s family was killed in the crossfire.
Watching Fisk and Frank go toe to toe was a great reminder that Fisk is a physical beast in his own right, he just choses to play the smarter game. Getting Fisk to the nickname of Kingpin flowed more naturally than the other names that have been dropped throughout the series. Really well done. I don’t think we will see Fisk for the rest of this season, but it was a nice way of laying the bread crumbs for when he does make an appearance in season three or possibly even The Defenders.
The conflict building between Matt and Foggy really came to a head this episode as Foggy told Matt he wants the two of them take a giant step back from both their friendship and partnership for a little while. Matt took it one step further and ended things between the two of them for good. Poor Foggy’s face when Matt told him he wanted to make a clean break. I think Foggy was really hoping Matt would fight for the two of them and show him there is some of the old Matt left in there. But Matt is done trying to tip toe around what he does as Daredevil and wants to fully embrace that persona. Matt also cuts ties with Elektra because he doesn’t want to have to worry about her killing someone.
Foggy breaks it to Karen that the firm is finished, but she is not ready to throw in the towel yet when it comes to the overall conspiracy involving the massacre of the Castle family. She needs answers to something because she feels like her whole existence is nothing but secrets and conspiracies. She goes to Mitchell at the New York Bulletin with the photos she found of the crime scene and the disappearing John Doe the medical examiner said he falsified the records on. The two of them question the medical examiner and he tells them the man was an undercover cop. The conspiracy could go pretty damn high and Mitchell wants Karen to work for him to break the story. He gives her Ben Ulich’s old office and tells her he knows what Ben knew about her and he doesn’t care.
Yeah, I paused the show to read the article shown Karen’s file. It was about a 16 year old boy named Kevin Paige who was killed in a single car accident. The article also states the police are investigating why Kevin lost control of his car and crashed thru a gated area. So far that information is pretty innocuous, but obviously there is more to the story if there is a reason why Ben and Mitchell don’t but should care about the other papers in that file.
Matt is ready to take down The Hand for good, but he has no idea what he has gotten himself into. Matt infiltrates the layer of The Hand and finds himself battling it out with Nobu once again making Stick’s little bed time story of finding immortality true. Also there is something happening with a sarcophagus type thing and the blood of five people was needed. Possibly a “rising” of some sort.
What did you think of “Seven Minutes in Heaven”? Were you happy to see Fisk again? What do you think happened with Karen’s brother? 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 “The Man in The Box” and check out the other episodes of Daredevil here.