Whew! Finally with a new child in tow I was able to finish all thirteen episodes of THE PUNISHER on Netflix. Not to say that it wasn’t hard getting through them because it was a terrible show. Quite the contrary. If I hadn’t had a kid I would’ve finished this grand spectacle in two days. Simply put, The Punisher is the best Marvel Television Extended Universe series since the first two seasons of Daredevil. A great story, great acting, brutal and hardcore action and one excellent episode that stood out above the rest makes this a must see experience to behold. I was kinda getting bummed out with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and a somewhat disappointing if okay The Defenders, but this makes up for all of that ten fold.
Jon Bernthal is the Punisher. No question. Even though I still like Thomas Jane in the first movie, no one will ever be better than Bernthal. He was born for this role. Every episode he brings he A game and in a saner world would be nominated for an Emmy next year. Also, this is not just your ordinary Marvel Television series. If you thought the entire series as a whole was dark, brutal, and would probably be closer to an R rating in the theater than any other Marvel Extended Universe film that has been released, take the Punisher and times it to about ten. This would be a hard, hard rated R bordering on NC-17, violence wise. There is sex (partial nudity) and some language (didn’t hear any F words) but the violence here is cringe worthy in deed. Blood galore, head shots, body explosions, multiple stabbings up close, eye gouging out, the works. So do not let your young child watch it if he/she has watched the other ones, this is way different.
It also seems that the Marvel Cinematic Television Universe doesn’t have the Marvel villain problem like the films do. He have three really good meaty villains here, and I don’t want to take away of who the villains are as one of them is supposed to be a surprise even though it is revealed early on and you can see coming from a mile away. But the villains here are rotten, dirty, brutal, menacing, and good. Full character arcs on each of them. If you know The Punisher lore very well, it’ll be easy to figure out who the villains are based on their real names alone and you’ll know who they’ll eventually become, but for the casual viewer like myself, I do not intend on revealing who the main main baddie is just based on that it is kind of a spoiler. The series itself is a bit of a pot boiler, it has some slow moments, but they are all necessary, and when the show gets going, it REALLY gets going.
The best episode, where these Marvel Television series finally decided to do something different is Episode 10 entitled, “Virtue of the Vicious,” where the entire episode shows different perspectives on the attack of a politician. This episode is probably my favorite out of all of the series. It has action, perfectly paced, great story structure, and very intense. And if this episode doesn’t change your mind about the series, nothing will.
Some people have complained about the new character to any Punisher lore, Dinah Midani, played exquisitely by Amber Rose Devah, but I thought the character was a great addition and actually served her emotional arc well. She was absolutely needed as the audience needs someone in the law enforcement agency to have that righteous perspective on events. Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays the Punisher’s sidekick David Lieberman very well, and Ben Barnes, Paul Schulze, and Jamie Ray Newman all bring humanity into their roles.
The story itself takes place right after Daredevil Season 2 with The Punisher finishing up those they wronged him and murdered his family, but of course there is more to it, and there might be more players involved than who he thinks there is. I won’t give away much else since the fun is the journey and being able to figure things out on your own.
But yes, The Punisher is not only a great Marvel Television Extended Universe Series, it’s an awesome Netflix series in general. If anyone else plays The Punisher other than Jon Bernthal, there is going to be hell to pay, because he really is that excellent. If you’ve watch all the other Marvel television series, this is a must too, because it is in the top tier of quality for them.
List of Marvel Television Netflix Series in Order of Favorites:
- Daredevil Season 2
- The Punisher
- Daredevil Season 1
- Jessica Jones
- The Defenders
- Luke Cage
- Iron Fist