The villain that made his name in Marvel’s Daredevil, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher is back, and on the hunt for his family’s killers.
From the first sequence, before the opening credits, you should be pulled in and if you aren’t hooked by the end of Episode 1, then maybe Marvel just isn’t right for you?
Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, aka Pete Castiglione, is back in NYC, trying to work out his anger after being killed in Daredevil, and not being able to avenge the unfair death of his wife and kids on the Central Park carousel.
But through it all, he’s fighting not just the people on the streets, but also the demons and dreams within him.
My family is gone because of what I know. – Frank Castle
The show spends time with Frank catching up with his former unit, as well as other people “dead to the world”, and let’s not forget the tie-in to the rest of the Marvel world, Deborah Ann Wohl’s Karen Page.
And despite the amazing performance by Bernthal, the supporting cast is just as good. Amber Rose Revah as agent Dinah Madani, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as fellow dead man David Lieberman, and of course Frank’s former unit mate, Billy Russo (played by Ben Barnes).
And it’s really hard to listen to Daniel Webber (Lewis) and not hear Lee Harvey Oswald from Hulu’s 11.22.63.
For me, it’s Episode 10 Virtue of the Vicious, that was my favorite, standing out above the rest, as they have multiple views of the same instance, working toward each person’s end game.
And when he goes full Punisher mode, nothing on television will create better scenes than that.
Meanwhile, Castle and Lieberman may both be looked at as “bad guys” to the world, but there’s no duo on television that I’d rather be rooting for right now.
I’ve been in my bathrobe in a basement for a year. – David Lieberman
This show may be one of the best Marvel and Netflix has done, easily pushing fighting Jessica Jones for the throne, getting a 9.5 out of 10.