Marvel’s Daredevil has returned to Netflix for its second season and it’s an exciting, violent return to Hell’s Kitchen. In particular, Daredevil’s second season benefits from being able to build off of the origin story of the first season and offer up a Daredevil who is more confident and accomplished than he was when we last saw him, but also drowning in a whole new set of problems. Right now it’s debatable whether the second season is better than the first, but there are some definite areas where it bests what came before, with the following elements representing the best parts of the second season. One thing’s for sure: Luke Cage is going to have a hell of a time trying to outclass this season when it hits Netflix this September!
Warning: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Daredevil season two.
10. The Attempts To Make Side Characters More Important
When it comes to Daredevil‘s side characters, most notably Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, the second season does a much better job of giving them a purpose than the first season did. The show’s momentum still slows down whenever the scene switches from something Daredevil-related to these two, but overall, Foggy and Karen actually feel like they deserve to be part of the ensemble this time around. Foggy in particular benefits from some stronger writing, as the schlubby co-proprietor of Nelson & Murdock has some honest-to-goodness character development this time around as he learns to get out from under Matt’s shadow and become his own man. Karen is much more of a mixed bag, as Deborah Ann Woll’s performance is easily the weakest element of the entire ensemble, but she displays some interesting connections with The Punisher and is also given more to do than figure things out long after the audience already has. That has to count for something.