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!
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!