The first season of Marvel’s The Punisher is easily among my favorite of the shows produced under their deal with Netflix. So obviously my expectations were set high for Frank Castle’s next adventure. Well unfortunately, this season is a bit of a letdown.
We begin with Frank travelling across the country trying to find himself. When a young girl is attacked in a bar he’s chosen for the night, he intervenes. This leads to our titular hero becoming entangled in a mess of conspiracies. From there, we also see the return of Billy Russo, who is now both mentally and physically scarred.
In short, while I thought the season was good overall, I was still disappointed by it. There was great potential to explore some of the stories from Punisher MAX. I felt the creative team almost reverted back to things we had already covered in Season 1. For my full thoughts on the season, check out the video below.
Former marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) has been living a quiet life on the road until he suddenly becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl (Giorgia Whigham). As he is drawn into the mystery surrounding her and those in pursuit of the information she holds, Castle attracts a new target on his back as new and old enemies force him to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace a life as The Punisher.
Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer. The cast also features Ben Barnes (Billy Russo), Amber Rose Revah (Dinah Madani), Jason R. Moore (Curtis Hoyle), Josh Stewart (John Pilgrim), and Floriana Lima (Dr. Krista Dumont).
While The Punisher Season 2 continues to offer up great performances from Jon Bernthal and Ben Barnes, this season doesn't quite match up to its predecessor in terms of narrative quality.