Daredevil and Elektra in “Regrets Only”

Ok so I get that the show is called Daredevil and we’re supposed to care about who these not-Yakuza are and what sort of mystical plot they’ve been planning for decades here in Hell’s Kitchen but all I care about is The People v. Frank Castle, if we’re being completely honest here.

This trend of Elektra randomly calling on Matt to partake in her corporate espionage is a really fun twist, and it was fantastic to see him take on action as Matt Murdock as opposed to Daredevil. Using his walking stick as a club to subdue the guards in the bathroom created a distinctly different style of action sequence than the norm of the show. Seeing the traditionally street-level hero going on what would be a rather typical espionage mission is refreshing; and using his blindness to prey on the guards and partygoers gullibility is excellent. Charlie Cox puts extra effort into the little details of appearing blind, such as rifling through the man’s pockets to find the keycard and running his fingers along it to see if it has the code. It’s the little things that really sell his behavior. That they managed to make a clean getaway as opposed to the oh-so-typical “we’re out of time! Fight our way out!” sequence was a perfect way to cap off a neat little excursion of subverting tropes.

Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle "The Punisher," and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page in Daredevil
The fact that the man with a body count of 30+ draws more sympathy than many of the rest of the cast is a testament to the phenomenal acting on display.

But like I said earlier: The Punisher. It’s becoming increasingly clear with every installment that all of these various plot-threads are connected in some way. Recollecting the main cast and them all making their cases as to why they should or should not take Frank’s case was one of the best moments, especially considering that Foggy was the only one who wasn’t holding back some sort of information. While it’s been clear that the DA is in some fashion connected to the people who killed Frank’s family, figuring out how and why is another matter entirely. One thing I was slightly disappointed with last season was how little we actually got to see of good old Nelson and Murdock lawyer action, which makes the build up toward this grand trial all the more satisfying.

That it was the girl who was nearly killed in the crossfire by The Punisher being the one who finds sympathy for him is just the cherry on top. Honestly I’m a bit surprised that Matt didn’t ask for a moment alone with him and disclose that he was Daredevil; that he knew more than he was letting on. It just goes to show how close he’s playing his cards to the chest. Frank latched on to her likely out of guilt for putting her in harm’s way as an innocent (his insistence that she was in no harm seemed to be his own way of convincing himself that she was safe, justifying his actions,) but also that she was the only connection to his previous life. Having her describe his old home to ease his memory loss, whether that was from the time that’s passed or the bullet to the dome, fit and created a strong bond between them.

So far it seems to be shaping up that the DA is the true endgame antagonist of the season, or the as-of-yet-unseen-but-totally-The-Hand villains in the Elektra plotline. The drama is steadily increasing as more and more becomes apparent by the minute, though it’s quite a while away from forming one cohesive picture.

For my review of the previous episode of Daredevil, “Kinbaku,” click here.

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