Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Episode 3 Recap | New York’s Finest

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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Kevin Mahadeo (@kevmahadeo) raise the roof and talk about Marvel’s Daredevil episode 203, “New York’s Finest,” featuring the finest Frank Castle scenes yet, as Matt Murdock gets a front row view of the Punisher at work. Josh and Kevin talk about the philosophical war waged between Frank and Red, the merits of Foggy Nelson on the show, and much more.

A new Daredevil podcast will drop every week day for the remainder of the season, continuing tomorrow with episode four, “Penny and Dime.”

  • Linus Wesley

    Nice Dreamz car reference Josh.

    I think that scene at the hospital where they reintroduce us to Claire is so awkward, when she is basically telling a gang member off about how it’s his fault that he lost his fingers and then shuts him down when he tries to argue. To me it really comes across like one of those situations when someone pretends to be on the phone when someone else comes into the room so that they can sound really tough or important on the phone. I know Claire isn’t pretending, but it feels like a transparent attempt by the writers to make her seem really cool. I do think Claire is cool and Rosario Dawson is excellent on these shows, but that scene is just awkward and I’ve seen it three or four times now.

    The Dogs of Hell actually appeared in Agents of SHIELD season one, in the episode with the Asgardian Lorelei. It’s really curious because you would have thought they were made up here in Daredevil as a Hell’s Kitchen establishment, so A+ to whoever worked that out on the production side.

  • Rory

    #teammezzaro. I agree that Foggy is one of the worst parts of the show. The best word to sum him up is sanctimonious. He’s also constantly hounding Matt and giving him crap about being Daredevil, it’s very tiresome.

    I also don’t like the performance, it makes me feel like I’m watching an actor rather than a character. His “funny” lines feel forced – I feel like the writers are trying desperately to make us like him but it has the opposite effect.

    Speaking of sanctimonious, I’m surprised Kevin has such a problem with The Punisher. Superheroes exist because they don’t believe the law is enough to control crime. In that way, they already don’t believe in the criminal justice system, and Frank is taking it one step further. We constantly see supervillains escape from prison and kill repeatedly. It becomes an ethical thought experiment, like the “trolley problem”. Is it more ethical for Batman to kill The Joker, a proven murderer? Or does he let him live, knowing that his choice will lead to the death of innocents in the future? In that way, superheroes truly are a half measure, and it’s an interesting idea to explore.

    Which is why I’m confused about Kevin shying away from the conversation. The show seems to be doing the same – I thought the shooting the chain thing was a cop out for what should have been an interesting moral challenge.

    I’m loving this season so far. Most of the reason I didn’t like season 1 is because I found Fisk insufferable. Between the speechifying about “THIS CITY”, the way he speaks and the performance, I find him so bland and unbelievable. Give me Punisher or Killgrave any day over Fisk.

  • Hornacek

    While the x-ray Karen holds at the end of the episode is likely Frank’s, showing a bullet wound, I think it’s also meant to show the Punisher skull logo.