Marvel’s The Punisher is the sixth Marvel original Netflix TV show and it is by the far the most dark.
This however, is not the first time audiences have been introduced to Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of
Frank Castle aka The Punisher as he did have a major role in Daredevil Season 2.
Marvel Punisher synopsis follows Frank trying to start a new life after the events of Daredevil season 2 (in whichhe partially avenges his family’s death). A mysterious man nicknamed ‘Microchip’ gets his attention,
and his connection with Microchip leads him down a road of redemption and punishment to those
who murdered his family hopefully once and for all.This was an interesting first season for The Punisher. It had its merits, yet the whole atmosphere seemed slow.
The trailers advertised the show to be non-stop adrenaline fueled action and what we got was dialog for 40 minutes then action in the last ten minutes for almost every episode. I would
label this show as a Thriller/Drama more than action.The pacing dragged out. The show is 13 episodes long – it could easily have been 7 or 8. I get that the creators wanted ‘Realism’, but I feel that they misunderstood who their target audience were.The final problem with the ‘The Punisher’ is that the entire narrative is convoluted at times because of the amount of screen time given to the secondary characters. Whilst I understand the potential aim of building characterization, but at times the heavy emphasis on secondary characters made you forget about the protagonist. The biggest praise I have for this show is that it addresses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) extremely well. The show builds a very good social commentary on the issues that people face with this condition, so at the same time is managing to educate viewers about the effects of PTSD.
The performances are brilliant: everyone who gets screen time gives a stellar performance, which is
all round entertainment. Especially Jon Bernthal. His performance really shows just how disturbed
Frank Castle really is, and Bernthal demonstrates the full fury his character bestows against his
enemies. The characters are very layered through their development, throughout the season. On one level I
appreciate this as a viewer, but at the same time I don’t, as their characterisation is built up over the
course of 13 episodes which I think is too long a period. A bit excessive when in each episode 70% is
practically dialog most of the time.
In conclusion, I think this is one of the more realistic Marvel shows and I do recommend The
Punisher to people as it is a very good show; but if you have seen the trailers, note that they are
false advertisements in that action is scarce. That being said, when action does occur, it is both
glorious and brutal at the same time, well worth the wait.
Marvels The Punisher Rating : 8.5/ 10
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