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Even cyber criminals who aren't sent to jail are put under internet probation where they literally are not allowed to access anything online, so the concept that Brie Larven is able to hack her prison files to expedite her release is laughable in so many ways. But so is this entire villain. And this entire show episode.
With the announcement that Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter would be spinning off of Agents of SHIELD to star in a spinoff, "Marvel's Most Wanted," it didn't take long for the pair to be written out of the show completely. While they had a beautiful send off and an excellent morally complex mission, there are some issues to be had here.
There has been a very bittersweet feeling all throughout the second season of Daredevil, with Nelson and Murdock crumbling, the actions of taking down Wilson Fisk potentially having been in vain, and the slow spiral of Matt's life from the storm Elektra brought to him. While the first season fizzled out in the last third, this returning trip lost momentum after the Punisher's arrest but it picked things up big-time with The Hand showing up in full force. Though once again, it lacked the feeling of a grand conclusion, and instead seems that the end sprung up in surprise.
Ok, hot damn. The instant the premise of this episode was announced, I figured "There's just no way. They're gonna muck it up. It can't actually be that awesome." and yet here I am. Knowing that the only way to gain the speed needed to defeat Zoom is to master the science of the Speed Force, The Flash sets out to learn the secrets of his old mentor: Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash.
The mysteries intertwining the fate of The Punisher and Elektra, the Blacksmith and The Hand, have finally been met with answers. Rather odd answers, but they do not disappoint in providing Daredevil with exactly the revelation necessary.
Following in the chaos of The Hand's raid on Metro General which bookended this episode and the last, the Daredevil and The Punisher found themselves fighting on the same side in pursuit of the enigmatic Blacksmith.
Coming back from hiatus in a big way, The Flash dealt with the ramifications of learning Zoom's true identity while also fighting to stop a new speedster. What could have just been another "Rogue of the week" installment actually brought with it some interesting developments for the STAR Labs crew.
With the cogs in the machinery of this grand conspiracy turning faster than ever, Daredevil manages to make the most out of it's fantastic ensemble cast to bring the tension to a boil.
Oh boy, Arrow. What are we going to do with you. Returning from hiatus after an excellent episode featuring a fully fledged superhero team up between Green Arrow and Vixen against the formidable odds of Damien Darkh that oh-so-unfortunately ended on a really lame note, decided to follow through almost completely on that note.
After the big reveal of Wilson Fisk back to pulling strings behind the scenes, it was a smart decision to deliver us his perspective; his view of the past year behind bars. Not only was it fantastic to see such a great villain make a return trip and take the spotlight, as the war between Daredevil and The Hand took a backseat for the time being.
Aaaaaaaand there it is. Picking up directly where the previous episode left us hanging in such a fantastic way is something truly refreshing that can be done with shows designed around being binge-watched. Then jumping directly into a fight with Daredevil and The Hand? This strong opening was a jolt of adrenaline just when the show needed it.
Poor Matthew. This is a dilemma all superheroes must face: do I prioritize putting the Daredevil mask on or his shades and lawyer-ing up? With the curtains behind the not-Yakuza slowly being pulled, but also the goddamn case of The People V. Frank Castle on the line, he's having a difficult time prioritizing. And honestly? He's kind of mucking it u
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.
I was skeptical of the abrupt conclusion to The Punisher's story after such a phenomenal episode, but seeing how the transition toward Elektra's involvement in the Daredevil's life is being played out I'm optimistic. The alluring d tale of Elektra Natchios toward Matt's inner devil is an exciting new spin on the character we have yet to see here; and the shift in the status quo managed to keep the pace flowing well.
With such a powerful ending to close off this chapter of the season, and possibly even The Punisher's role in it, if you ever needed a single episode to point to and say that Daredevil deserves awards, it would be "Penny and Dime." Seeing these two vigilantes, two men who cannot agree on how to save the world, who cannot agree on the importance of a life or the value of humanity, come to such an unspoken understanding here is poetry. That when put in the right hands, some truly amazing things can be done with the characters of comic book lore.