Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 13 “Memento Mori”

While the direction and action choreography is excellent, with the director employing numerous ambitious shots and depictions, the central purpose of this episode, the confrontation between Frank and Billy, feels more out of necessity than reason. The pair always needed this fight, to allow Jigsaw to emerge from Russo, and to pave the way for … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 13 “Memento Mori”

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Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 12 “Home”

The ending is undoubtedly gratifying, an explosion of heartbreak, vengeance, desire and duty for Frank. However, while the emotional sentiment is there, much of it is betrayed by the fact that Rawlins was never a great villain. While his generic ‘dirty’ actions and responsibility for Castle’s family’s deaths did create some reason for the audience … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 12 “Home”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 11 “Danger Close”

High octane intensity comes in the form of adrenaline raising action sequences and compounding emotional stakes, this episode excellently capitalises upon the season’s set-up. Not only drawing on key relationships formed across the season, with Frank and Sarah, or Madani and Russo, but also Frank’s increasing sense of commitment, ‘The Punisher’ goes all in on … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 11 “Danger Close”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10 “Virtue of the Vicious”

Due to the poor resolution to Lewis' story and a minimal amount of consequential character development, this episode feels like an unnecessary sidetrack to the larger narrative, utilising a time jumping structure for no apparent reason. Initially, the structure seemed to be highlighting a difference in perspective, centred around contrasting views of the role of … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10 “Virtue of the Vicious”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 9 “Front Toward Enemy”

Effectively balancing a solemn, grief-struck tone with explosive intensity and brutal potency, ‘The Punisher’ delivers an episode which is impactful on the surface, playing to the viewers’ emotion, but doesn’t carry the same complexity in its depths. While Lewis’ overall intentions and motivations draw upon well developed strains and issues personally, the political stance still … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 9 “Front Toward Enemy”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 8 “Cold Steel”

In an episode undoubtedly meant to serve to clarify the origin of Billy Russo as a vindictive, selfish figure, torn between notions of loyalty while believing he can uphold all, ‘The Punisher’ again plods along, with no true focus. The childhood backstory to Russo here feels generic and cliched, it keeps within theme of the … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 8 “Cold Steel”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 7 “Crosshairs”

With a mildly intriguing action sequence that is slightly convoluted in its framing, Frank Castle’s mission here starts off feeling like a sub-plot but ends on a high as the narrative does take a step forward. Much of it is still filler though, and the show’s pacing problems do again arise, but the episode is … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 7 “Crosshairs”