On Friday morning I woke up early, so I could watch the first few episodes of Daredevil before work. I had finished rewatching the first season the night before so I was all caught up and anxiously awaited the return of Charlie Cox as Daredevil, the debuts of Jon Bernthal as the Punisher, and Elodie Yung arriving as Elektra. I worried a little about whether or not season two could live up to season one, and now I feel foolish to have ever questioned it.
Daredevil was a surprise hit last year. It has been speculated that a second season was never planned, and the initial outline of Marvel and Netflix’s deal, while not ruling it out, seemed to account for only four series before the team-up of The Defenders. But despite these things, the well written characters, compelling plot, and brutal fight scenes earned a second season when the show was met with widespread critical praise. The question now is, can the show achieve the same level of quality without the element of surprise?