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The second and probably last season of The Punisher arrived on Netflix this past weekend, and after binging the whole thing, I’m ready for the Netflix Defenders shows to end. It was a fine experiment, there’s some decent TV on the whole, but let’s move on.
TV Show Rating: 4/10 – Pretty Bad
I should preface this whole post with a warning to take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I’ve only ever been a moderate Punisher fan, but I hold Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX comic as one of the greatest comic book runs of all time. I reread nearly all 10+ volumes at least once a year, I love it so much. So when it comes to reviewing anything new about the Punisher, I am hugely biased in one certain direction.
And for the second season in a row, The Punisher TV show on Netflix is nothing like Punisher MAX. The show is its own thing, and I can respect that. I’d like it even more if that own thing was good. But as we’ll discuss, I didn’t care for this season.
Join me after the jump for my thoughts on The Punisher season 2! Feel free to share your own review in the comments. And be aware of FULL SPOILERS for the entire show.
The second season of The Punisher on Netflix releases into all of our lives next Friday! I was pretty OK with the first season, and you best believe I’m going to watch the second.
The biggest thing I want from season 2 — other than a direct adaptation of The Slavers — is more actual punishing. I want him in the outfit with the skull logo killing criminals. I don’t like that Jigsaw is coming back, to keep the fight personal. I want the Punisher indiscriminately killing criminals and bad guys. That’s the Punisher!
Earlier this week, I posted my review of The Punisher TV show on Netflix and ended with the suggestion that they should just film Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX. I know I’m not alone in declaring that this is the best Punisher story of all time. I also think it’s hugely filmable. And movie and TV adaptions clearly hint at this greatness, but none have yet just grabbed this amazing, massive story and turned it into cinematic gold.
They should. And I’ll take a moment to tell them how it should be done.
I liked The Punisher on Netflix well enough, but it could have been better. It could have been so much better. Granted, I’m not in charge of the show and I don’t have any say in any of these matters. But I’ve got a blog and an opinion, and that’s all I really need!
Join me after the jump for how I would make seasons 2 and 3 of The Punisher. If we accept season 1 as canon now, I think we can still transition into the Punisher MAX material.
It’ll help if you already know the material I’m talking about. Definite SPOILERS for both the comic and the show. Let me know what you think about my ideas in the comments!
I continue to be amazed that we live in a world where the Punisher gets a TV show. How can we be so lucky? And in the same year that Iron Fist and The Defenders also had TV shows! Thankfully, I think The Punisher is better than both of those shows…but not by much. I liked The Punisher well enough, but in the end, I’m a little disappointed that it wasn’t better. This is a good character with some great stories, but this 13-episode show barely scratched the surface of potential.
TV Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good
Out of all the Netflix shows, I would rank The Punisher somewhere below the first half of Luke Cage and then above the second half of Luke Cage. It’s good, solid entertainment, but it doesn’t really leave an impact or push itself as far and as powerfully as it could. And it’s even worse that the showrunners had three failed Punisher movie adaptations that showed them how not to make a Punisher show.
The Punisher has never been one of my favorite characters, but I like him well enough. And I regard writer Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX storyline as one of my Top 5 favorite comic book runs of all time. So I’m no stranger to wanting the best for this character. Let’s just hope he gets some future seasons to try again.
Join me after the jump for my review of The Punisher on Netflix! Expect FULL SPOILERS for the whole first season! And I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show in the comments!
Sigh. I should have expected this. They couldn’t get it right in the Punisher movies, they didn’t get it right in the second season of Daredevil; why should they get it right in the Punisher’s actual TV show?
Let’s see if you can spot it in this first full trailer! The show will arrive sometime this year.
The one thing that separates the Punisher from every other revenge thriller out there is that the Punisher isn’t out for revenge. The Punisher is out to punish!
Frank Castle is an ordinary man with an exceptional set of skills whose family just happens to get caught in the crossfire of a mob shooting, and who, in response, sets out to punish all criminals everywhere. Yes, at some point he deals with the mobsters who killed his family, but the Punisher is largely about attacking criminals who had nothing to do with his family’s deaths. That’s what makes him so dangerous! So compelling! That’s what makes him work so well!
But nope, apparently the show is is about some deep-seeded military conspiracy focused on Frank Castle himself, and he’s got to get revenge against those people. Sigh.
Call me if season 2 adapts The Slavers.