Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6 “The Judas Goat”

At the core of ‘The Punisher’ is Frank Castle’s desire to not only avenge his family, but also reinvest himself in relationships, to find a new family of sorts. The opening hallucination excellently illustrates this, as Castle’s two ‘families’ interact as one. It showcases the evident magnitude of his quest, and the effect Micro and Sarah are having upon him. This reflects that core statement, as shocking imagery and Castle’s brutality and forcefulness is contrasted with the joy and sensation his loved ones elicit. Throughout the rest of the episode, we see Castle confront this concept of family and loyalty multiple times, which climaxes in an ending that is predictable, but still cuts deeps in considering the impact it will have on Frank. The episode itself is rather slow and Madani’s story still feels rather by the books, but the characters, especially Billy, Curtis and Lewis, have enough depth to sustain some interest. 8.3/10

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