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”

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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”

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

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 5 “Gunner”

Although the ‘big bad’ is rather bland, generic and empty, a typical army man thrust into power, he contributes to a nice shift away from the typically, but also purposfully, confined scope of the Marvel Netflix franchise, towards a national focus with the CIA. This differentiates the show and gives greater weight and seriousness to … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 5 “Gunner”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 4 “Resupply”

Expanding the scope of the show with intersecting narratives and thematically rich subplots has benefits and disadvantages for ‘The Punisher’. While the Billy Russo story is still grappling for relevancy outside of placing the character on a pedestal for a potential villainy in the future, and discussing PTSD in a half-developed manner, it was excellent … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 4 “Resupply”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 3 “Kandahar”

The relationship between Frank Castle and Micro is excellently teased here, as the pair’s ideological differences are well presented in relation to their evident need for each other. This clash will certainly provide splendour for the writers, but unfortunately the background story and conspiracy that is meant to inspire their unity against the Government is … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 3 “Kandahar”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 2 “Two Dead Men”

With a far better pace than the preceding episode, ‘The Punisher’ may still feel derivative of other similar shows that focus around a government conspiracy related to war-time efforts, but Jon Bernthal’s brooding, emotional, deep performance keeps focus. Frank Castle is defined by his tragic circumstances, often to a fault as the show holds the … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 2 “Two Dead Men”