Beware the Spoilers
When I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Stick was not the Blacksmith it was
The Kurgan Colonel Schoonover. I should have known because using Clancy Brown in such a small role during “Guilty as Sin” was such a miscast. I feel kinda dumb for not seeing it until Karen went to his house to talk to him about Frank. As soon as I saw that she went to him for more information as to what kind of man Frank really was, I knew. What a great way to tie up the overall mystery behind the deaths of Frank’s family. I really loved that Frank didn’t go soft and put a bullet thru the brain pan of Schoonover even when Karen begged him not to. The writers are staying true to the personality of The Punisher and really did a great job showing the layers behind such a complicated character.
Karen finally embracing her calling as a budding reporter is a great next step for her overall arch in the show. She was great as the assistant to Nelson and Murdock, but it is time to see her stand on her own and become something more interesting. The working relationship/friendship building between Karen and Mitchell will definitely be a highlight for next season. Foggy and Matt kept pushing her away with their secrets about who Matt is in the hopes she would move on, but Mitchell pushes her to keep digging for the truth. Great contrasts between the different bosses.
It is not so great when the side arch of The Punisher is more interesting to me than all the lore with The Hand. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline of the Black Star and The Rising is great along with the additional layers of the Matt/Elektra/Stick connection. It is just a little too over-wrought the idea of some big bad wanting to take over/destroy the world.
Watching the ever evolving relationship between Matt, Elektra, and Stick is fascinating because all three characters are very complicated people. Stick, in his own cantankerous way, loved Elektra as a daughter and we see in flashbacks he turned his back big time on those who would fight with him to keep The Rising from happening to protect her. He was hoping maybe he could keep her nature from taking over before she had a chance to develop the will to fight against it. Maybe Stick sent Elektra to Matt not to break Matt, but to fall for him and want to go against her homicidal tendencies. Is that too far of a stretch?
The show could have gone in the typical direction and have Elektra kill Stick and join The Hand, and for a while she was tempted. But I’m glad they have her still fighting. I honestly thought Elektra was going to show up and kill Stick right after he told Matt he was proud of him. Anytime a mentor that has been withholding of affections finally gives someone some love, they always die. Thanks for not following the trend Daredevil.
Normally the penultimate episode is the calm before the storm, but “The Dark at the End of the Tunnel” was full of action and reveals. Stick whispering to Matt about how to defeat The Hand fighters was a brilliant way to evolve the fighting sequences. Frank finding the guns and gear The Punisher traditionally has in the comics. Foggy and Matt ending the law firm of Nelson and Murdock on a bittersweet moment. All of it worked together to build to what is hopefully a great ending to a stellar season. Here is hoping Daredevil season two can do what season one couldn’t and have an exciting ending.
What did you think of “The Dark at the End of the Tunnel”? Are you excited for the finale? I’m not because I don’t want this amazing show to be done just yet. 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 finale, “A Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen” and check out the other episodes of Daredevil here.