Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Review

“One batch, two batch, penny and dime”

After Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil, fans have been craving a spin-off show based on the famous anti-hero, The Punisher or Frank Castle, especially after seeing the much well-received episode four titled “Penny and Dime.” This is the 4th time this character has been brought to big and small screens and each has failed to interpret the character, except Punisher: War Zone because it’s just ridiculously gory. Jon Bernthal (“The Accountant,” “Baby Driver”) reprises his role as Frank Castle in the most real and dark interpretation of one of Marvel’s most iconic anti-heroes, and it really shows as he is still traumatized after the death of his family. So the real question is, does it live up to Marvel Netflix standards? Yes, oh yes it does. Jon Bernthal brings his A game to the character as he goes after the people who made him the crime fighting vigilante he is today, but also having both CIA and FBI hunting him down. The Punisher shows no sign of slowing down with its excellent performance and surprisingly very gory action scenes which goes out with a bang!

If you have seen the Marvel Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones and The Defenders you know that they are part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) but this one is not at all related to the MCU. If you have seen the promotion or having seen Daredevil you would know that Deborah Ann Woll reprises her role as Karen Page; she helps Frank Castle on this journey of revenge, and redemption. But, this series isn’t a direct continuation of Season 2 of Daredevil but takes place months after.

The action scenes are astounding with tough as nails gory scenes that are definitely not for the squeamish, this really has done the character justice. As a huge fan of action films and TV shows, I think that this is my favorite Marvel Netflix series because I’m a huge fan of Jon Bernthal with his work in “The Accountant,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and his part in “Baby Driver” was very memorable (even if it lasted only a few minutes) and funny as well.  This series is streaming now on Netflix with 12 nail-biting episodes that leaves fans wanting more from this dark and haunting anti-hero.

By: John Bizub ’20

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